Welp, here I am at 32 weeks!
Looks like there really is a baby in there, folks. Like for real.
It kind of pains me to look at that picture–I didn’t realize how far my head/neck were jutting forward!
I happen to have learned all about that in my prenatal fitness training–it’s a very common musculoskeletal imbalance during pregnancy, as your body’s trying to deal with all the extra weight in front.
Here’s a picture of the dreaded “forward head” from my manual:
…although she COULD be exaggerating a little.
Anyway. The biggest change since my last update (at 28 weeks) is that I’m starting to have a lot more trouble with breathing. I get short of breath a lot more easily, and it’s noticeably harder to move all that baby out of the way to take nice, deep diaphragmatic breaths. (Ya know, the ones I just got done telling you were so important?? Ohh, the irony.)
It got so bad one night, about a half hour after I went to bed (but definitely not to sleep), that I felt like I was drowning. I just couldn’t get enough air in (or so I thought), to the point where I started panicking. Eventually, my lips and face even started tingling, which I learned last fall (after going to the ER with the migraine from hell) meant that I was hyperventilating.
I ended up in the living room, on my hands and knees, watching Conan and trying to get ahold of myself.
And there may have been some crying and some “I’m so sick of pregnancy” gripes. (Also known as “the third trimester”–for me anyway.) Thankfully, the husband was nice enough to sit with me through it.
Other details about what’s happening right now…
Discomfort: I still have a small hernia, and it’s still very touchy–ranging from unnoticeable to uncomfortable to, sometimes, completely excruciating. The pain seems to be correlated with how much I pick up Mason in a day (er–I’m not supposed to be doing that at all), which means that it’s always a little worse after the weekend. Rolling over in bed is an especially massive ordeal–even moreso than it already is with being preggo.
I’m also starting to get a little back pain when I walk a lot. I know this is from my big old belly pulling my lower back into an arch, so I try to correct it with pelvic tilts (tucking the butt under), but it’s definitely not an instant fix.
Weight gain: Right around 30 pounds, aka 5 pounds under the max recommended gain. Good thing Savannah Guthrie made me feel better.
Workouts: Still going ok, despite the shortness of breath business. I’m still trying to do morning workouts, which works only as long as I don’t turn off my alarm in my sleep (turns out I’m pretty awesome at that).
I’m really grateful for my Prenatal Fit Club ladies–they probably don’t realize how much they’re inspiring me, as opposed to vice versa! Not only am I motivated to kick my own butt during our weekly workouts, but I’m forced to work out regularly outside of class in order to test the workouts I’m writing. I’m not sure what I’d be doing with all that extra accountability!
With the pelvic pain I’ve been having (a big, gorgeous mix of hernia, round ligament pain, and general pelvic pressure)–which has actually eased up a lot lately, but is still a consideration–I’ve completely stopped doing any exercise that involves spreading my legs apart to the sides, where one leg is moving while the other stays still. So forward/backward lunges and squats feel fine, but things like side lunges and hip abductions are not happening.
I’m actually really glad that I’m experiencing some of this stuff, as annoying as it is, since it’s giving me a bigger perspective on pregnancy as it relates to prenatal fitness. I want the prenatal workouts I write to take into account ALL pregnancy conditions (outside of the ones that prevent exercising at all) so they’re accessible to everyone.
Movement: Still tons. I’ve been trying to take videos of my belly jumping around (to gross him out with in 15 years), but the baby never cooperates–totally camera shy. He stops moving the second I get my phone out. Well played, son.
Baby prep: I booked a photographer for our newborn shoot! It’s someone new that we haven’t worked with before, but her photography style is exactly what I’m looking for (very natural looking, vs. the super forced-looking poses, and plenty of inclusion of family members). And the best part: she’s coming to our house! So no trying to wrangle a newborn and a toddler in a studio somewhere.
I also found another Craigslist crib that actually looks promising! In other words: the seller is responding to my emails and seems pretty normal. (I swear that’s a rarity in Cragslist culture.) We won’t have a chance to look at the crib until next weekend, but fingers crossed that it works out!
Oh, and I even picked up my first little piece of baby room decor. Found this wooden wall art at Kohls:I’m officially going grey and yellow with the room, with white furniture.
Thoughts: Starting to get excited/scared about the idea of having 2 kids! This article got me a little nervous. Guuuulp.
That’s it for now!
Just one or two more updates before I should have a birth announcement for you! (WHAT?)