August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
This week it hit me just how close we are to having a baby. We are between 6 and 9 weeks away from D-Day. And never was it more apparent than on Tuesday night at my Preggi Bellies class when one of the women who was about 35 weeks pregnant went into labour. Because in that group, I’m ‘next in line’!
So there we were, sweating and huffing and puffing away on our Pilates balls, working up a sweat nicely when she went to sit down because her stomach felt hard and strange. None of us thought too much about this because weird things happen to your tummy when you’re pregnant and exercising and as long as it’s not sore it’s generally nothing to worry about. Besides, her water hadn’t broken and she still looked normal. No screams of agony as movie-style labour pains gripped her either.
But 20 minutes later she looked a little more worried and was convinced to go home just to be sure. Turns out she was in fact in labour and gave birth to a little girl the next day! Some people will do ANYTHING to get out of exercise
Hubby and I also attended our first antenatal class this week which was an eye-opener.
Literally. Nothing like a big screen with lady-bits popping out grey-gooey babies to get your attention.
The poor men didn’t know where to look. And after watching a video of a rather graphic water-birth I don’t think poor hubby will ever be the same… as we left the class he looked at me with big eyes, patted my shoulder and said in all earnest “Good luck!”
However, until I am the one in labour I will focus on that which I can still control…. like my exercise regime. So here we are, week 31 and still going strong.
This week appeared to be the week of the upper body. Between CrossFit and Preggi Bellies I have done well over 300 push-ups this week. Which is no mean feat when you have a belly the size of a beach-ball (but not nearly as light in weight).
CrossFit’s Wednesday workout was fun, but gruelling. It consisted of “Cindy”, another infamous lady-killer workout that sounds simple enough with 20 minutes of as many rounds as possible of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats. But you try do that fast and I can guarantee you by the 5th minute you’re wondering what the fudge you were thinking…
So this was the workout, except with a 30 second break inbetween rounds. I used the green band for the pull-ups and did the push-ups on my knees. So although it was “easier” it was still enough to elicit pig-like squeals from me. I managed to do 10 and a half rounds in the 20 minutes, which works out to 55 pull-ups, 105 push-ups and 150 squats.
Needless to say I couldn’t straighten my arms or lift them very high above my head the next day.
Which was unfortunate – since Sonja had decided that this would be the day to up the ante on the upper-body “little pulses” with light weights and dips. Cue more pig-like squealing.
I also managed a 28kg push-press this week which was quite cool, I’m not losing as much upper-body strength as I had feared.
This morning I Power Cleaned a measly 29kg, but Jobst wouldn’t let me go higher anyway.Then for the workout we did three “will-it-ever-end” rounds of this:
30 seconds of the maximum number of thrusters you could do
30 seconds of maximum number of push-ups
30 seconds of maximum calories rowed on the rowning machine
30 seconds of maximum number of power cleans
With a 30 second rest between each. Very tiring. Induced yet more pig-squealing. Getting quite good at that now, if only it were a real talent…
So as another week draws to a close and the nay-sayers still shake their heads in dismay that such a ‘heavily pregnant woman’ is still doing so much exercise I can honestly say I’m feeling super. I have lots of energy and even when I don’t feel like leaving the house on a dark, cold and rainy morning for crossfit or a dark, cold, rainy evening for Preggi Bellies, I know that once I’m done I will feel amazing.
And I always do.
Have a super weekend y’all!