I’m not someone that enjoys being pregnant – it’s fine, but I wouldn’t say I enjoy it. Most days I forget I’m pregnant (until I bend down) and rubbing, or talking to my bump is just not me at all. Is that awful? I also really hate the thought of people treating me differently – just because I’m pregnant. I do however think it is utterly magnificent that my body is growing something cell by cell, without me being fully aware of it. I sometimes say to Jared when we’re both sat down: “You’re just sat there, but me…I’m sat here and growing a baby!” – it’s miraculous and totally blows my mind.
Pregnancy puts a lot of additional strain on the body – parts swell, bones soften, skin changes, veins grow, breath is shorter (and so much more), without even considering the additional weight of a baby and all the fluid that goes with one. Before each pregnancy I try very hard to get really fit and strong. I truly believe it has helped me cope with labour far better both times, and to cope with day to day life once they are here.
Before getting pregnant with Ru I booked myself in for a marathon (although I didn’t realise I was actually pregnant when I ran it), and before getting pregnant this time around I booked myself in for a half marathon to push me to get fit and healthy. I also made sure I made time to go to the gym when I could which provided me with head space – so healing after a difficult day.
This pregnancy I was completely wiped by 7pm every day for the first three months (actually 4pm is probably more accurate) – so any chances of exercising were gone. I decided to cancel my gym membership last month (I cried) because I knew I wouldn’t get my money’s worth during the remainder of my pregnancy.
To be honest I have been a bit of a slob this pregnancy, which is why I am extra thankful to have Win and Ru to keep me busy. I can’t really get motivated to exercise regularly and I’ve started to enjoy my ‘downtime’ far too much (!) I try to walk with them whenever possible and on the days that Win is at nursery I always go on a little bike ride with Ru…but I have been known to have a sly nap too.
I’m telling myself – it’s all about balance!