I feel like a whiner by saying it, but this third trimester of pregnancy hit me hard. If you’ve had a baby, or are expecting right now, maybe you know the feeling? But let’s do the chant together — “It’s All Worth It!” Of course it is, and I know that I’m lucky to be pregnant at all. But at the end of the day, when my joints ache so much that every movement feels like I’m being pierced by daggers, it can be easy to forget.
I’ve made a list of the things that are getting me through… but I would honestly love your input as well!
1) Naps – I don’t have time to take one every day, but when I do, it makes all the difference. The piercing daggers I mentioned tend to stay away.
2) Yoga – Again, time is a factor, and I don’t have enough to go take a class. But I do DVD’s at home, and take moments here and there to stretch, breathe, and do some poses. I can feel that it gets my circulation going, alleviates some of the discomfort, and helps me feel refreshed.
3) The Chiropractor – Right now, I’m going every other week, and it makes all the difference. Joints become so loose during pregnancy, and the body is changing so much, that it’s easy for things to get out of place. As achey as I feel, I know it would be a lot worse if I weren’t getting adjusted. It’s also preparing my body for childbirth — ensuring that everything is aligned and ready for the baby to come out more smoothly. Worked with my first! (If you haven’t been before and are thinking of making an appointment, make sure that the practitioner is qualified to work on expecting mothers and has an adjustable table.)
4) Green Smoothies – I’m craving fruit — especially juicy fruits like grapefruits and pomegranates. So I throw them into the blender along with a bunch of greens, and I’m know I’m getting lots of vitamins and enzymes for the little one. It just feels healthy.
4) Massages – Sometimes I ask Kirk to give me a back rub and loosen up all the knots. He’s a sweetie and it really helps… but I’m daydreaming about getting a professional prenatal massage as well.
5) Sweatpants – And t-shirts, and Uggs, and leggings, and all those easy, comfy kinds of clothes. I’m normally not the kind of person who dresses like this day to day, but I’ve given myself permission and am LOVING it.
5) Taking it Easy – I admit it. This is the hardest thing to do. With a business to run, design deadlines to meet, a toddler to take care of, church responsibilities, home renovations & projects to finish up, etc… I just want to go-go-go all the time and get it done. But I’ve been trying to make myself slow down. Especially since I fell off a ladder last week. (Don’t worry, it was scary, but the baby and I are fine.) Having a healthy full-term baby is more important than checking every item off of my to-do list, obviously. But for someone with a type A personality, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded.
What has helped you or your loved ones? Please share! Thanks – Eva