There is a mantra commonly spoken by pregnant women reaching their due date: "Get this baby out". In the first trimester, most women barely feel the physical presence of the baby, while the second trimester is often marked with the growth of a cute, round bump and fluttering sensations when the baby moves. The third trimester, however, can be trying time with some women experiencing increased discomfort as the baby grows to the size of a watermelon. (source)
And so... after spending a few very uncomfortable nights with my watermelon, I have decided that it is time for me to cut back again (a little). As my sweet friend Tess said prophetically last night "its better to slow down that to have to stop if you had pushed too hard". Which is true, I don't want to pull a ligament down there and have to hang up my running shoes! So here is the new plan:
- Focus on my eating habits: When you are pregnant you need about 300 extra calories a day to maintain your weight. When you are pregnant and exercising like I was you get an extra 600-900 calories a day (which means that my diet has been anything but "clean"). Time to shape it up a bit!
- Limit treadmill time to 30 minutes a day: I was doing 1 hour chunks (some days two hours) so this should help relieve the wear and tear on my pelvis as things start to relax and baby starts to shove her head in there.
- Limit speed to 2.5 mph: (yes that is a 24 minute mile): Same reason as above really. My pelvis is starting to get really loose and so it is hard to keep up much speed without things feeling painfully pulled.
So there it is. Nothing fancy-schmancy or gallaway-ish, just a pregnant lady trying to stay in the game for as long as I can. Look forward to reading about all my fast friends!!! I can live vicariously! I have done this plan today already (yup, got in my 30 minutes during nap time) and I'll see how my pelvis feels tonight. Nights are the worst! Wish me luck!