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Week 39 Continued, sick, and birthed a baby!

Well, I didn’t do as planned: writing each day. I also didn’t exercise much. I came down with a cold beginning on Tuesday night. Wednesday, Day 2, I walked 15 minutes brisk then I can’t remember the rest. Must have headed to a park somewhere, local I think. Day 3 cancelled all work since I was sick, but did walk 25 minutes to Atlantic avenue . Day 4 still sick, light walking in Museum of Natural History and carried Mateo home from the subway 2 blocks.  Day 5: Still sick, coughing, not sleeping well went where? Must have walked somewhere… Oh yeah, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, a bit in lower Manhattan and then later home from Brooklyn Heights, Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, still having sore throat.  Day 6: went to park (10 minutes each way) and was having a change in contractions, deeper and more intense. Labor was short and extremely painful and super intense.  But it was no where near as physically exhausting as my first labor which lasted 36 hours. This one was less than 12 from the change in contractions in the morning around 8:30 am until it became time to call the midwife for reassurance that this really might be true labor at 1:00 PM to calling her around 4:30 saying it is maybe time to think about coming to her arriving at 5:45 when it was really excrutiating but I could still communicate fine and felt fine between contractions and then it was fast, intense, physical and rough until Ana Lupe was born at 6:36PM. Crazy short! 

Ana Lupe

Ana Lupe

Day 7: activity: some stair climbing and putting Mateo on my shoulders to flip down, oh and I’m still sick… 

So, I had planned on staying active until my daughter was born, but I didn’t because of being sick. I’m a bit disappointed about that, but that is how it went and all is well.

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Week 38

Busy and active week. I lost a few pounds, but the baby is still growing (and kicking) fine so…. A couple of contributing factors: 1) super active and 2) change in diet. I discontinued dairy, eggs and peanuts since those are foods my son is allergic to, I figure that will give us a good starting point to see if this child has food allergies or not; my breast milk will already be free of those allergens by the time she is born. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the next week with the weight loss and to see how big this second child ends up being at birth.

Day 1: 7:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk, 45 minute moderate walk and leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk.

9:30 AM short walk to playground and back (10 minutes each way)

3:30 PM 1 hour walk to Brooklyn Heights and back while pushing stroller and sleeping Mateo.

Day 2: 6:05 AM  10 minute brisk walk, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets pushups, 2 sets of deep knee squats,

8:10 AM 15 minute brisk walk home followed by 15 minute brisk walk at 8:40 and another 15 minutes at 10:00

Later in afternoon: 20 minute moderate walk with Mateo on scooter, more moderate walking and running errands, followed by 15 minute brisk walk (over 1 1/2 hours walking at a moderate to brisk pace–no wonder I’m not gaining weight anymore, but I feel good and strong and the baby feels strong inside of me…)

Day 3:  7:10 AM 15 minute brisk, 35 minute moderate with leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walking. I used the pedometer and it recorded 6166 Steps!

12:00 PM  25 minute speed walk. I also wore the pedometer but with a different pair of pants and it only recorded 50 steps, obviously inaccurate.

2:00 PM 40 minute moderate walking while pushing stroller and running errands, again the pedometer didn’t record anything.  I am doing lots of nesting, and buying supplies for the birth and for after the birth, that’s why I’m running so many errands.

Day 4: 6:00 AM 17 minute not so brisk walk, 10 minute walk, 1 hour walk (with errands across Park Slope),

Super tired the rest of the day. I had only slept 4 1/2 hours of sleep the night before and I just couldn’t do anything.

Day 5: Ran to and around Cadman Plaza. Brought Mateo with me, he rode his scooter and I ran. It worked better than I expected, except I would have liked to run one more loop, but he was too tired. ran 3 loops then down the hill to the playground where I did two sets of pushups and two sets of pull ups for the upper back using the playscape.

Lot’s of cleaning of the house.

4:00 walked around Fort Greene Park and to restaurant. Then 15 minute walk pushing stroller, arms super tired while pushing stroller. (Lot’s of Braxton Hicks contractions between 6:00 and 10:00 pm)

Day 6:  Lot’s of household cleaning, mopping, laundry. 3:00PM  20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park, various activities, including sprinting, climbing, pushing swings, carrying a stroller up steps while holding Mateo’s hand so he wouldn’t slide, then 10 minute walk to restaurant and 40 minute walk home after eating at restaurant.  Now when I get the Braxton Hicks contractions I need to slow my pace, even if I’m just walking.

Day 7:  Calf cramps during the night.  7:30 AM  3 sets of lunges, 2 sets of push ups on knees 10 repetitions, but not too low since my belly was hitting the floor, 2 sets of rows (11 pounds), shoulder flys and rotator flys.

8:50 AM  12 minute super brisk walk, 10:10 40 minute walk and errands, but mostly walking briskly.

5:00 10 minute walk to park and around park and back 10 minutes

Week 37 — I’m still running (jogging) and feeling good

Day 1: 4 rounds of the sun salutation (my belly is in the way and it doesn’t exactly feel good, not sure why), 2 sets lunges, 2 sets deep, deep knee squats (can I labor in that position? I hope so, but it does make the contractions super intense. At least that’s what I remember from the last time.),  2 sets pushups on my knees (belly to floor), 2 sets rows and one set each of shoulder fly and rotator shoulder fly (this works the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder joint). Some stretching during the day.  35 minute walk while pushing stroller, some sprints after a tennis ball while we were at the park and lots of just being on my feet and moving around. 10 minute walk. 

Day 2: 30 minute run. 4 loops around Cadman Plaza plus there and back. I went a bit fast since I kept on passing the same gentleman (grey-haired- I hope I’m still running when I have grey hair). He was going in the opposite direction so we would pass each other twice a loop and my competitive spirit came out, so he was going just a little bit faster than me, but I was going faster than I would have if he hadn’t been there. I did feel more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions as I ran (maybe 4 or 5 during the run and a few more as I cooled down). The last loop I ran much slower since my competition had left. I felt good, I wasn’t out of breath although my legs felt a bit heavy, maybe from the lunges yesterday.  Oh and my pelvis was a bit achy as I was running, but it felt better after I had run a bit, I kept the Kegel muscles active and kept the transverse abdominis active also (that’s the natural girdle muscle, activated by pulling belly button in towards your spine, or think about hugging your baby inside your womb with your abdomen).

Day 3:  6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 4 minute jog, 40 minute walk, 15 minute brisk walk.

11:15 leisurely one hour walk

2:00 25 minute brisk walk pushing stroller. my arms were very tired after the walk from pushing the stroller.  Later in the afternoon 2 ten minute walks to and back from park with some climbing and sliding.

Day 4: 6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets of deep knee squats, 2 sets of pushups, 6 minute jog. Super tired after a poor night of sleep. All of this felt good, good to be able to do, but I was happy to sit and rest for an hour on a park bench while reading (achy pelvis when I stood up to walk, felt better after walking a bit). 10 minute brisk walk later, plus 20 minute limping walk to playground, very painful, but after being in the playground for awhile the hip worked itself out.  

Day 5: 30 minute run with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park, Felt great to do it and good doing it.  I am getting thinner actually, or I seem to be. The baby is growing fine but my arms and legs are getting thin, weird…. 2 sets of rows and 2 sets of shoulder flys.  More walking later in the day around Fort Greene Park.

Day 6: 20 minute walk to Fort Greene park plus additional walking in park.  

Day 7: 25 minute run with 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park and a jog down to Brooklyn Bridge park, pushups and modified pull ups in the park (2 sets each) and 2 sets of lunges. Late in day a couple of 15 to 25 minute walks.  Overall this week I did a lot of activity, feels good to still be able to do so much activity.  I am glad I kept running during this pregnancy!

Week 31 – the hard to breathe week

Day 1:  6:00 am  15 minute brisk walk, run to park and one loop around Cadman Plaza park. I can no longer keep up with my client, I’m just too winded too easily with the extra 23 pounds I’m carrying and the Braxton Hicks contractions are very noticeable, they went away when I slowed down, hate to slow down, but it’s only for a couple more months and then running without a belly can begin again. I did two sets of lunges and one set of bench pushups. Ran back 5 minutes.  

7:25   30 minute moderate walk, some stretches

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

Walked around the Museum of Modern Art, carried Mateo from F train station at York street home. Really difficult with all the stairs!  

Day 2:  8:45 am  15 minute brisk walk

11:30 am taught Sling Your Baby™  dance class. Felt good to move in a dance way, but winded!

5:30 pm ran up and down the hall kicking a ball for about 15 minutes or more.

Day 3: 7:00 am  25 minute moderate walk, 40 minute moderate walk, leg stretches,  

8:25 am 15 min. brisk walk

11:30   30 minute brisk walk with stroller, Mateo on scooter.

2:00 30 minute walk with Mateo sleeping in stroller.

5:45 Mateo on scooter and me walking briskly to keep up with him, 10 minutes to park, threw rocks into the water and walked across rocks — good balance exercise, much climbing on the playground equipment and sliding down slides, 10 minute walk back with more balance work while walking on the train tracks that can still be found in our neighborhood streets.

Day 4:   6:45 am –15 minute brisk walk, short run to Columbia Heights hill, one run down and up – definitely a rating of 9 on a scale of one to ten with ten being extremely hard, I was completely out of breath, but it only took about 2 minutes to recover, so not so bad – did two sets of lunges and 2 sets of wall pushups, 10 minute run back, leg stretches.

9:35 am – very brisk 30 minute walk – felt good to do even after the early morning activity.

11:45 am – moderate walk about 20 minutes

Later in day various sprints to catch Mateo, some activity putting together a bookshelf. So winded just all the time, the uterus is squishing my diaphragm muscle and I can’t even sit relaxed or it gets squished and I can’t breathe.

Day 5 : light walking

Day 6: more walking, moderate not very long distances, flew a kite

Day 7:  15 minute walk brisk, 25 minute walk brisk, two more 10 minute walks, stretching,