Saturday, January 18, 2014

My #1 Tip to Surviving the Last Month of Pregnancy

Monday will make 38 weeks pregnant!
Wow. Is it just me or has this pregnancy flown by??

Pregnancy has been a cakewalk for the most part.. all up until around 34 weeks or so. Then my body changed! I had a reader comment the other day and asked me if I were human. It was a funny comment basically stating that she was impressed with how much I was doing at so far along.
The truth is, yes, I am human. Such a shame right?? I would love to be Wonder Woman!

Since the wonderful (hint of sarcasm) Relaxin hormone set in, I am unable to do as much as I used to. For the most part, I have limited lifting weights starting at 36 weeks and I then started focusing on 1 hour to 1 1/2 of cardio 3-4 days per week since I was getting bigger and my joints were getting less and less stable (I have become a huge fan of tripping over invisible objects these days).

I had the chance yesterday to do some Kettlebell workouts (using a 26lb Kettlebell pictured above) and it felt awesome! I should not have stopped lifting weights, but instead I should have just limited my weight here towards the end. Still, with only two weeks left of this pregnancy, I am so excited to still be able to run a 5k (3.1 miles). 

Does it hurt? HELL YEAH. My back hurts. My joints hurt. My pelvic floor hurts. Its pregnancy! I am carrying a 6lb+ baby in there. But, its certainly not my excuse. I know that if I lay on the couch and eat all I want, I will hurt more and not just physically. Besides, after my workouts, I end up feeling a LOT better. My pains virtually go away, though I become more fatigued afterwards. Then I rest. And repeat the next day.

SO this leads me to my #1 tip during the last month of pregnancy.
I know you hurt. I know you are tired. But you are in the homestretch.
You will thank yourself after baby. I promise!
Your body will thank you. Your healthy baby will thank you. If you need to rest, then certainly do so. But don't give up. Keeping those muscles and joints active will help you bounce back in no time.
If you can only do a little, then do that. Every workout counts because you are still lapping every person laying on the couch!

1 comment:

  1. Work it girl! You're so cute! So excited to find a blogger that shares the same interests. You're on the home stretch and you look great!


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