Diary of a Healthy Mom: I’m OVER the Hump!
What can YOU do in 6 months?
I’ll tell you what I can do … grow a human to the size of an butternut squash, a belly the size of a basketball, and biceps the size of … ok, I’m still working on the biceps.
This week marks 26 weeks pregnant with my 3rd bambino, putting me just past the 6 month mark, with 90-something days to go until our due date <– this is unreal to me. All you who have a CHRISTMAS countdown going – I’m right there with you!!
I’ve made it over the hump now being about half way to D-Day!!! Something tells me it’s all downhill from here, and the clock is going to start ticking faster than I’m ready for. Just yesterday I had a baby appointment, and was prompted it was time to do my birth center registration, a tour, and glucose testing. I’m not sure I’m ready to be this far along. I know I will be more prepared in 3 months, but is anyone ever truly ready to have a baby?
Among the many things that have changed for me personally, mentally and physically during this pregnancy, today I want to address some symptoms that have plagued me most recently in the hopes this can provide some comfort and support if you’re experiencing something similar: Nose bleeds
- Sore spots
- A Lazy Mind
Who has experienced breathlessness … perhaps after running up a flight of stairs or playing tag with the kids? Imagine that feeling coming on in a matter of moments, while you’re doing an activity as basic as picking something up off the floor or folding laundry … the struggle is real. While I would consider myself in good physical shape, I am struck with this feeling several times each day.
The cause of feeling out of breath during your last trimester of pregnancy is your baby pushing your uterus against your diaphragm, which is the muscle under your lungs, which contracts and relaxes in the breathing cycle. The diaphragm is moved up about 4cm from it’s pre-pregnancy position. Did you read that … FOUR centimeters, that’s a big move in such a short amount of time!!! Ladies, our bodies are amazing.
So what can you do? I’ll tell you what I do! Continue to be active, while being conscious of activities that leave me out of breath, and ensuring I don’t do anything that brings me to an uncomfortable level, I’m so thankful for the level of health I have achieved, and am certainly not giving up now!
Next on my list are sore spots. Sure, I have aches and pains in my back, core, hips, you name it, but truly, this little bambino has been practicing for his soccer match because I would bet that I had internal bruising from the jabs and pokes I get in ONE PARTICULAR SPOT. During my visit yesterday the doctor suggested due to baby’s current position, I am likely feeling elbows, and let me tell you, they are JABBY little things!!! It seems to help a lot when I’m able to side-lay, and gently massage the baby away from the sore spot, but as soon as I’m vertical, he’s back in his favorite position. Good times.
A Lazy Mind
OK, confession time. As active as I am in my day to day life, I have only made my scheduled fitness routine a handful of times this past couple of weeks. TODAY, I made it happen, and it felt great to stretch, and work on weight training, but I’ve noticed that lately, I’m just tired. There are so many things I can’t slow down with, such as being a mom, and coming to work, so, in a way taking the fitness aspect out of my day just sounded like a break. In reality, it doesn’t help. It’s always easier to sit on a couch verses get physically active, but the natural stress relief, and burst of energy I get from a short workout goes leaps and bounds beyond taking extended rest periods.
To battle my lazy mind, I’ve taken time to pre-plan what I want to do, and when I’m going to do it, even engage a partner to hold me accountable to my own fitness goals. Today, I packed my gym bag with me, and worked out with a buddy over my lunch break. I could feel the lack of strength from falling out of routine the past couple of weeks, crazy how fast that happens!!! I’m still committed to leading an active pregnancy to birth and beyond, so, lazy mind or not, it is my goal to move beyond excuses and get in about 30 min of exercise, no less than 4 days per week.
What’s nesting you ask? Nesting is the urge to organize, prep, and even clean your entire house, particularly the feeling that you want to have everything ready for your new baby. Lately, while I haven’t verbally confessed this, I have been on an organizing spree. From sorting my children’s clothing, to re-arranging furniture, organizing the fridge, cleaning things like the oven and every window in the house, and dusting every surface in the house regularly… for me, nesting came on out of nowhere. The urge seems so silly, and certainly doesn’t fit in with my comment above about having a lazy mind, but give me 5 moments to sit and do nothing, and I will come up with a list of 20 things I could be, should be, need to be doing instead. I just … can’t … stop. Not that wanting to be prepared and uber-organized is a bad thing, but not being able to relax and enjoy a simple moment is when this goes from cute, to problematic for me. I’m nowhere near prepared, or uber-organized, so maybe once I hit those categories, I’ll find some true rest time. Until then, my few “spare hours” at home will likely be spent on house projects, cleaning, and organizing.