As part of my usual Tuesdays to write about something pregnancy related, I wanted to write about my weekend activities. In our only weekend without travel for the whole month, I planned a few out of ordinary activities for just me.
On Saturday, I signed up for a pregnancy workshop at Define Body, the studio I’ve been talking about for a while. With only four other people, we learned how to modify movements we do in regular classes to help us. Then we had snacks, and then we did a short Mind class, which is all stretching. It was really nice to not be the only pregnant person in the class, and to be the focus of how to modify instead of trying to guess or have to give the instructor a look of “is this safe for me? or “what am I supposed to do here instead?” I also would like to take a mixed Body and Mind class to get a little of each in an hour’s time.
Before that, I walked three miles. I did another three miles on Friday morning. And the elliptical and light weights on Sunday morning.
Then on Sunday, I scheduled massages for me and for Jeffrey. I did my first pre-natal massage, which I never thought I would like before I got pregnant. I didn’t think I’d like the idea of getting rubbed being so much bigger, but I can tell that different muscles get worn more easily, like legs and hips. They’re holding more weight and getting pulled in different ways.
My massage was a little more wimpy than I expected, but I probably should have expected something very moderate. Better to be careful, but it wasn’t as hard, and more limited on body parts than I expected. Rolling on the foam roller or a hard ball gives me more release than that massage. And I already own that! So I guess I’ll spend more time foam rolling. Who knew that thing would still be coming in handy?
Before I got pregnant, I hoped that exercise would be a big part of my routine still, and I’m glad it is. I hope to be able to continue walking, stretching, and doing light weights until the end, and I really think it helps me stay limber and feeling good. I’m hoping it helps with labor and recovery and I hope I bounce back quickly because I stayed in good shape. I am glad I have found some activities that I enjoy doing and a studio that embraces pregnancy modifications.
So that was my weekend–four workouts between Friday and Sunday, all moderate, nothing really intense, just nice to keep moving and stretching!