This week I decided it was really time to stop being so lazy and get back to exercise. Not for the sake of weightloss, but for relaxation, stress releif and getting fit and flexible for labour and delivery. The shooting, nerve pain in my right leg had finally eased off and let me function as a normal human being, and my back was feeling much more mobile, too.
Apparently you get a spike of relaxin around 16-24 weeks (and another before labour) which probably contributed to the joint pain as my pelvis settled into a new position, and ligaments and muscles started to change. If this is what happened to me, it felt a lot better now, and I signed up to the local gym. It is my ONE luxury- I love fitness classes and going for a swim, so I took advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and joined up.
No TRX or Bodypump though for the time being, I just wanted to practise some yoga (self practise takes such discipline and we have such limited floor space), get out the house, and keep moving.
So I’ve been to two yoga classes this week, both teachers letting me join in (thank goodness!) and adapting asanas to adjust around The Belly. Some things that I usually love; deep twists, backbends, etc are obviously out of the question- but other poses felt really really good. I havent practised since I’ve had a bump, so it was all quite new. Hip openers and stretches that targeted the backs of my legs felt amazing.
I had been itching to get get dancing again recently, so I also went to a Zumba class- I last taught at 14 weeks so I was not used to my limited range of motion and useless lung capacity! Again, I didnt twist and shimmy the same but I substituted the jumps for squats and felt like Mother Theresa trying not to shake my hips too much! The teacher was great, and I worked up a sweat.
The nicest thing has been swimming, though. I’m not a great swimmer- I can do a pretty solid head-down breaststroke but front crawl is out of the question. But to bob around and be weightless is such a nice feeling at the moment. However, it does make me cramp up so badly! I get one pretty much constant Braxton Hicks contraction for the first ten minutes or so before it disperses and I can relax into a rhythm.
I’ve been noticing stitches a lot this week, from doing absolutely nothing. Like sleeping. I will wake up (for a pee) with a stitch as though I’ve been running. I guess things must be moving around in there.
I’ve met a few of Rob’s friends now and everyone seems lovely, but I would really like to find a mum-to-be group or something. I know talking about babies is boring to everyone except other mums with babies so I would love to find some of them before Spud makes his big entrance. Until then, I will just carry on talking to the dogs and smiling creepily at other pregnant ladies.