I am just a couple weeks out of from my due date (even sooner, if my d-day prediction is correct), and I have to say, I am feeling good. Uncomfortable, yes, but it is not a get-this-baby-out-of-my belly-uncomfortable. Just the pregnancy norms of not sleeping well, early morning wakefulness, swelling, etc. I actually ran twice last week, and it felt great! Much better than the week before, and it gives me hope that maybe I will be able to keep on running right up until my delivery!
Generally, I can't complain!
This is Ryan and I out for a little evening walk the other night. We were dropping off my hospital preregistration papers that were supposed to be taken in "no later than 6 months into pregnancy." Oops.
When people saw this picture, I received a plethora of you-look-so-great-comments that no pregnant lady can ever get enough of- so THANK YOU!
I don't love being pregnant (gasp!). In fact, I am already counting down the weeks until I can get on my bike again (hopefully before the Chicago weather takes a turn for the worst), and I can NOT wait to go on a real run.
That being said, this pregnancy has been so much better than the first, and when people ask me, "why?" This is what I have come up with:
1. It was planned. Period.
2. I started off in great post-Ironman shape. Even when I wanted to throw up all day, I made myself exercise because I just didn't want to stop and try to start up again. I have continued a pretty well-rounded cardio + strength regiment throughout.
3. Eating well. I have not deprived myself, as I type there is an empty quart of ice cream in my sink that was one of my meals yesterday. But, I also haven't gone crazy eating junk food the whole time. Mostly, I have tried to follow a high-fiber diet, eat more protein/less pasta, and drink lots of water.
4. Having a toddler! Half the time, I forgot I was even pregnant because Ryan keeps us all on the move. Not to mention, the energy it takes to keep a toddler entertained/safe/out of trouble!
5. No car. We live downtown and walk EVERYWHERE. On any given day, I would say I walk 3-5 miles just as a part of our daily living. Although, I don't consider this a workout, it is most definitely a great form of exercise.
So, as I head into the final stretch, I feel good...maybe even great! I am so excited to meet this little baby, but a tad anxious thinking about what life will be like with 2 little ones. I am not signing up for an Ironman next summer, but I have some other goals that I am pretty excited about and will be happy to share later.