Beauties and Beasts, I hope you are all happy and healthy because when its all said and done, that is all that really matters! I hope you enjoyed the baby shower pictures, I wish I’d taken more but so much was happening all day, it went by so fast.
Now that I’m one week away from my due date some days are understandably more uncomfortable than others, may be because when baby is overly active It makes me feel a lot heavier, its probably like carrying a wobbly heavy weight, which might be hard to imagine because weights are not supposed to be wobbly but it was the closest comparison I could think of. On days where I have felt less comfortable, I have had to listen to what my body needs so I would definitely take it easy and stay less active to let my body do what it needs to. Sometimes this means staying home for the day and just chilling, having a nice relaxed bath with some candles (I prefer scented candles), playing calm music in the background and sprinkling some bath crystals which helps when feeling fatigue, I personally find the bath crystals absolutely amazing!
Although it is absolutely necessary to listen to our bodies and know when we need to rest, it is also important that being less active does not become habit because being active is just as important as resting. Staying active means you’ll most likely have a healthy baby, it decreases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and any birth defects. Staying active throughout pregnancy and especially during the last trimester will help you cope better with the physical demand of probably one of the hardest trimester’s yet and during labour.
This does not mean you have to work out 5 times a week because I most certainly do not do that, that would be a joke. Not everyone is physically capable of doing that, I used to workout before pregnancy, then had an awful first trimester which stopped me from working out and it was hard getting back to my old routine. Things that worked for me were walking as much as my body would allow me to, swimming when I could be bothered to go and right now if I don’t feel like doing any of those things, I walk up and down a set of stairs 10 tens times which doesn’t sound like a lot but when you are 39 weeks pregnant, trust me its more than enough. If I don’t even want to do that then Ill do some very simple pelvic exercise’s which help strengthen pelvic muscles, help during labour, after labour and helps reduce stress. Everyone is different and it’s important to know what our body needs.
Our bodies tell us what it needs, if we listen when it whispers we won’t hear it scream.