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Having avoided any movement other than that which was completely necessary to my existence for the past couple of months, I felt like a wooden board.
The idea of any kind of exercise or physical exertion (fetching something from another room included) made want to crawl into a sleep coma or be sick. So aside from dragging myself slowly to work each day I’ve been completely immobile.
I went from regularly doing yoga, Pilates and running to zero activity. Today I finally went back to my yoga class and it felt so good to move! With the nausea almost gone and my energy flowing again (thank god) I felt like I was ready to get back to some exercise. I’m going to have to adapt my yoga practice to avoid any postures which involve lying on my stomach, being upside down and deep bends and twists that will squash my bump.
I was able to do most of the class absolutely fine, and my teacher was really great at suggesting alternatives for me to try. He explained how my pelvis would already be widening so I need to make sure I stand with my feet a little wider apart to accommodate this. Hormones also do another crazy thing to your body – they make you bendier, and whilst this might sound fun, apparently it’s not that great to bend further than you would normally! Alas, the lotus position may still be out of reach.
I’m going to stick with my normal yoga class because I really like my teacher but I am going to join a pregnancy Pilates class.
I slipped a disc in my back last year so I feel it’s going to be really important for me to strengthen everything as much as possible to give my body and back the best chance of heaving around a growing bump, getting through labour and carrying a baby around!
I’ve also decided to swap running for swimming. I’ve always been a bit rubbish at running, probably because I’ve always been quite reluctant about it and I’ve decided there’s no point in doing something you don’t enjoy! Besides I’ve read that swimming is really good in pregnancy as it’s non impact, relaxing and as you get bigger it allows you to feel that magical feeling of weightlessness!
I’m hoping that slowly increasing my exercise will help to also increase my energy levels and general feeling of wellbeing during pregnancy. I’ve always been active person so it’s felt really alien not doing anything for a couple of months! Hopefully I’ll keep my resolve and that nothing will conspire against me – watch this space!
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