I never thought i’d be saying this- but right now I really miss working out. I’m not slacking due to just being pregnant- had a little scare late last week that’s been putting me out of commission.
Was just doing my regular work out routine (core strength exercises and pilates) when Holden decided it would be a good idea to body slam me. As I lifted him off of me, I felt painful and tight pulling underneath my bellybutton. No pain after that, so I didn’t think much of it.
A few hours later, I started having sharp pains in the same area. My immediate thought was a pulled muscle, so I tried taking it easy the rest of the day. Unfortunately, the pain did not get any better- it just seemed to get worse and more uncomfortable to do just about anything.
As to not be a total alarmist, and since there was no bleeding or anything else and baby was kicking up a storm, I decided not to call my doctor unless I was having the same pain the following day.
Woke up the next morning feeling pretty good, but a few hours into my day the pain returned. Called my doctor, who said they wanted me to come in and be checked, and then called Thomas to come home.
The doctor’s visit went fine. No hernia, just what they thought was a pulled muscle as well. Just in case, I got to have an ultrasound just to make sure there was no tear in my placenta. I never complain about a free ultrasound- and everything was just fine there, too.
After that, I decided to take it easy for a few days. I don’t usually work out on the weekends anyways so I wasn’t really missing out on much, but after talking with Thomas I decided not to work out today either.
So basically, other than taking Holden back & forth to the potty, I sat around like a big fat lump. I don’t like the feeling of big fat lumpy-ness. The worry that my thighs will once again look like cottage cheese like they did after Holden because I was a lazy turd (ok, I was on bed rest.. but still). Exercising has helped me feel like i’m not totally letting myself go, maybe keeping my blood pressure down- and especially getting myself ready for the labor process. Prenatal Pilates = Kegels. Kegels are important ladies, don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t! It’s much easier to push a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha when you have strong muscles… down there. The last thing I need is to get snipped TWICE again and be in excrutiating pain for something like 10 weeks after giving birth because I can’t seem to squeeze a fat baby head out on my own.. but this time have a toddler to watch after as well as a newborn. That’s just not gonna fly.
I can work past being fat and uncomfortable while exercising, easy. Just sit and take a breather, and then stand back up and push through. I just don’t want to totally mess myself up and be laid out on the couch with pulled muscles in my stomach again, or worse, actually have it BE a placental tear.. and at the same time I don’t want to be a lumpy landbeast either.
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