I got to run today with the help of this belly band that I borrowed from my friend. Without it, I get ligament pain. This is my first time to get ligament pain in pregnancy while exercising and it’s obviously an age issue. Since I usually carry my babies pretty high, I can play sports up until 7 months and then just deal with the back pain after. But with this baby, my belly seems lower so there is more pressure on my ligaments.
The belly band worked wonders. It was like having an extra strip of muscle to hold everything up. I couldn’t run super fast but the pace was enough to work up a sweat. Edric and I did 5k and he was very sweet to slow down for me. In fact, he kept on doing side glances to see if I was okay. Last month, I told him to run ahead of me because the pain was the stabbing, arresting kind that forced me to walk. So being able to finish with him was such a joy. Yeah! I will take this one run at a time.
Of course, by the time I got home, I was twice as hungry so I probably negated the exercise. But I was energized! There is nothing like a jog and morning sun to get the blood circulating, especially to the brain. And I need blood flow in my brain right now.
My brain has been functioning at 50% capacity. It’s called pregnancy brain. I forget my children’s names and interchange them, and I misuse words and terminologies often. Sometimes, I just stare at nothing and it is actually very relaxing.
I just recently wrote about exercise in pregnancy so I won’t go into that. Instead I wanted to make a note about how pregnancy doesn’t have to alter your lifestyle significantly. As much as possible, I try to do the same things I do when I am not pregnant — homeschool, home management, ministry, speaking engagements, dates with my hubby, write, exercise…It certainly makes the pregnancy go by quicker because life goes on as usual. As my due date gets closer, naturally, I will have to cut back on some things. But at least pregnancy doesn’t feel like an interruption.
It’s the post pregnancy phase that makes my life stop for about six months. Caring for a newborn and breastfeeding are the more challenging parts. So I try to maximize the pregnancy phase by keeping up with activities I enjoy and wearing a belly band if I need some extra help to do so. 😉