Fitness Friday: Labor Taper Edition?

This week saw another slowdown in my exertion. I hit 38 weeks of pregnancy and started feeling…so…incredibly…tired. I’m going to listen to whatever my body is trying to tell me, and I can only hope it’s trying to get me to rest up for labor sooner rather than later, and actually rest.

My husband said last night that I never sit around and rest and that I’m always running around doing too much. It’s true, but in my defense it’s kind of hard to relax and rest with a three-year-old. They don’t always get that memo. My new thing is that I have to actually lay down on the couch for an hour or so in the afternoons to make it through the rest of the day! I’ve never been someone who can do that. I’m usually just going and going all day and I will sit down and relax at night before bed and read. Laying down in the middle of the day just feels weird.

The baby is grinding down on my tailbone, my hips, my everything and my body is so sore and achy! I don’t want to go into the physical exertion of labor not well rested. I also don’t want to have dirty hair, in case tonight is the night! I feel like I need to be constantly ready to head to the hospital.

This week’s recap:

Monday I did my 30 minutes on the elliptical plus 10 minutes of incline treadmill walking.

Tuesday 1 hour full body weights workout in the weight room. I somehow managed to up my weight on the tricep overhead pull machine to 40 lbs from the 30 I’ve been doing for a year. Am I just stronger since I weigh more than I ever have in my life (I broke 150 for the first time, including my last pregnancy)? So strange.

Wednesday was another elliptical/treadmill 40 minute cardio workout.  I actually had some energy this day and felt good. I contemplated trying Spin again but the class didn’t fit with my schedule.

Yesterday, Thursday…I rested! I was so tired I did my couch laying thing and found something I could tolerate that my daughter can also tolerate: cooking shows! She loves them. So much better than having to hear kids’ shows blaring in the background and for some reason, makes me feel better about her watching TV. We watched Giada and Paula Deen. Anna said “I want her [Giada’s] kitchen and her food so I can make that food for you when I’m a Mommy.” So I’m holding her to that. In 25 years I’m showing up for chicken orzo and homemade mojitos at my daughter’s house.

I did take the dog for an hour walk that night.

(the dog)

Today I will probably do another strength training workout. But if I feel like the living dead again I may even rest another day! This is so strange and foreign to me, but I have a feeling I may be having this baby soon. Of course, I could be totally wrong and if no baby shows up by Monday I’m not sure how much more resting I can tolerate. The last two days I’ve felt like I’m PMSing times 10…cranky spells alternating with weeping over nothing, periods of euphoria, starving to death and wanting chocolate, my skin and hair are super greasy and oily, and I’m exhausted and my nose is stuffy. And I’m starting to swell in my hands and fingers which is totally new. Does this mean anything!? I’m crazy looking for labor signs lady. I really hope this apparent hormone shift means something.

Maybe I will do some cardio tomorrow morning instead of resting to make up for my rest on Thursday. I’ll have to see how I feel. Planning seems to be futile right now.


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  1. I’m so glad I found you from your comment on my blog :) Good luck with the last couple weeks of pregnancy!

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