I am fortunate to say that I am one of those lucky women who honestly love being pregnant. It takes me to the very end before I feel too heavy or too tired. I love growing and feeling this little miracle inside me. Let me interject hear and say after 4 months I feel this way. I cop it pretty bad in the beginning but love that pregnancy amnesia will eventually over.
Third pregnancy in and I feel my body having “had enough” earlier and earlier than previously.
With Autumn I was 10 days over due and very happy to let her go. I really loved the pregnancy and can’t think of a time pre 39 weeks where I was really ready to have her.
Lux came on time but I do remember at about 37 weeks thinking that I was really looking forward to the end.
This time around it’s a different story. I know I am running around after 2 kids as well as business’s and household ‘stuff’ but I can honestly say that I am almost at that point of being ‘over it’.
Is it an age thing? A third pregnancy thing? I really don’t know but all I do know is that the two factors I just mentioned are out of my control. It had me thinking about all the women who are ‘over it’ so early in their first pregnancies. I hear it all the time ‘I just want it out’ or ‘I’ve had enough’ and all I can think is “it’s a bit early love, you still have a couple of months to go!”
What do we have control over? We have control over the food we eat, what we drink and also very important, we have control over how fit we are during our pregnancy.
How fit you are during your pregnancy can have a huge impact on your last 10 weeks. It’s important to be fit so you continue to enjoy having the baby growing inside you. As we know, every single day inside your tummy is a blessing, we mustn’t ever negate the importance of having a growing bub and I am of the opinion that the baby will come when the baby is ready. If it’s in there, it generally NEEDS to be in there. Of course there are exceptions to this but generally, baby knows best, not our impatience.
Gabby Targett from A Labour of Love likens natural labour to “running a marathon” and I could not agree with her more. Whether you are planning to sprint or run your way through your labour it still requires a certain level of fitness.
Now we all know that during your pregnancy you shouldn’t aim to get any fitter, you just need to maintain your current fitness levels.
To do this you could get cracking on the following:
– Water aerobics
Please don’t fall into the trap of not doing anything or being too tired to get up and about because you will suffer for it in the end. Pregnancy is 9 ½ months,
that’s a long time and the longer you can enjoy it, the better it will be for both you and your baby.
Just as stress crosses the placenta, so do endorphins (endorphins are the happy chemical that is released when exercising). Baby loves endorphins!
One of the most important things we can remember when growing a baby is that we should be doing more of the things that are good for us, not doing less. Eat better, exercise and drink plenty of water.
You’ve never had a better excuse to do these things than when you are growing a baby.
I want to state very clearly that I am not a doctor, midwife or birthing expert. The information is intended solely for general educational aid and must not be considered medical or health care advise. I am writing on personal experience and the opinion’s expressed here are my own. Please consult your doctor or medical advisor if you require specific information.