I'm down to walking. Slow. Waddling around while Elsa plays outside. After J gets paid this week we are going to get one of those big inflatable pools. I won't be able to really swim in it, but I can at least immerse myself and float around which I know will feel great. I wish I had access to a real pool. They shut down our city pool due to lack of maintenance funds, and the closest Y is at least a half hour's drive away. Maybe when I get my own car I will make a few day trips but I can't do anything on a routine.
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I keep trying to get a swim in now that I'm mostly recovered from the last one but I've been getting no sleep this week and I'm afraid to over do it again, so...I keep putting it off. I've been walking at least half an hour every day and doing some prenatal yoga which feels a-maz-ing these days. But tomorrow i will swim!
Thanks for the swimsuit update, LeAnn - I definitely need a new suit since my current one just has tiny spaghetti straps that are pretty useless when I'm bouncing around in water aerobics class!
I've been slacking on my exercise. I do yoga and water aerobics once a week each, and then go for a 2-4 mile walk once or twice a week, but that's it. I need to get back into it!
Yeah, I tried on all of my pre-preg suits. Umm...nope. They just felt a little scandalous considering I'm already up 2 cup sizes and the suits weren't very big on coverage in the first place. Yikes! But I really like these. They strike a good balance between coverage/support and cuteness. :) I'm going to get the bikini bottoms, too.
I can still wear my non- pregnant bikini bottoms but have switched the tops to my 'old' BFing top I bought when BFing DS1.. luckily it works, a little big but not enough its scandalous :)
I did buy a one piece for PP, but then the trip I thought Id need it for got canceled.. so now I have a one piece which I'll wear assuming I can swim again before the summer heat is over in sept :)
Hey everyone! I think I broke my abs doing planks today. I think it's time to cut out ab work altogether. :(
I bought a new bikini at Old Navy and it didn't work, so I'm just back in my old one, which still fits. My boobs have shrunk again, weirdly, so everything still fits. It is kind of funny that when I'm sitting in certain positions the belly hides the bikini bottoms so it looks like I'm wearing nothing at all. Pregnant flasher over here.
Overall, workouts have still been going well. I've been doing Crossfit three days a week pretty consistently, mixing that in with 3 mile walks or house/yard work. Once we get the house under control (we're moving everything back in and putting everything back in place after the painter finished the walls and DH finished the floors) I'm hoping to keep Crossfit to 4 days a week with two walks or so on the other days. I'm finding consecutive workouts harder to handle though, so I'm not really wedded to any particular plan. I've developed SI joint pain on the left side, which is really ticking me off. I don't quite know what to do for it other than avoid positions that make it hurt.
Sounds like everyone else is still doing really well! I think at this stage walking and water stuff is probably ideal. I'll see how long I can manage the gym stuff and then transition to long early morning walks with the dogs to stay out of the heat. I haven't been in a pool mood recently, but that might change.
I sort of fear for my vanity PP.
With DS1 I was in really good shape up until the day he was born- but it still took me forever to get my body back to any form I sort of remembered, esp my skin on my stomach and my core strength.. .. and this pregnancy although I have been consistently active and eating more or less ok, I have gained way more weight and haven't been able to stick with any of the cardo which I was able to do until 41w with DS.. I am moving much slower and still have a good month or so left before birth.. I don't feel anywhere near as fit or strong as I did with DS pregnancy.. I am big, uncomfortable and swollen this round. Today I went to swim laps at 25 mins into it stopped because I just felt like I couldn't breathe. :(
I am really sort of trying to mentally prepare for the aftermath of PP with twins. Its hard because I feel like I literally had just got my body back a month or so before I got pregnant and now here I am starting that process soon all over again.. I really dont want to have to go down the road I know is ahead of me and what makes me even more bummed is seeing how 'bad' a PP body is after twins.. then how much of my fitness I've lost and have to work back up to is really sometimes harder-- going up a mountain with friends and being SO far behind and feeling so weak is really hard on me..
sorry if this is terribly vain, I just had to put it out there. . .
lily your post always make me wish I had a gym membership :)
leann you now have me craving a new suit
Lily, I did a Body Pump class today and I normally just modify the ab workout to accommodate my belly, but I tried planking today and it felt too weird. I am just going to skip the ab section from now on...that will be my mid-workout potty break time. I am also skipping push-ups and just doing military presses instead. I do not like the feeling of my belly hanging down.
Ithappened, I totally feel you on body image issues PP. I have always worked out and been proud of being in shape and being able to easily accomplish physical things. It has been a big adjustment for me to have to modify my activities, and to recognize the loss of my level of fitness when doing every day activities. It doesn't help that I had some pretty intense body image issues prior to getting pregnant. It was never anything unhealthy, I was just very conscious of making sure I stayed fit, and perhaps a bit of obsessing over diet/exercise. I imagine it is even harder for you since you know a) how your body is PP and the recovery time your body takes and b) since it is twins. But you look still look fantastic, and you are staying relatively active and eating well, so you shouldn't have too much to worry about. However, I get it, I'm really looking forward to being able to build up my fitness level again PP.
Leann, my pre-preggo tops were also scandalous looking, even at the end of the first trimester. I was pretty small chested to begin with, so there was really no where for them to go in my old tops.
Other than Body Pump on Sundays with B, I try to make it to the pool once a week, and then walks 2-3 times a week with some yard and house work thrown in on Saturdays. I want to start making it to the pool 2-3 times a week like I was before I started studying for my exam last month, but I guess I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. It was easier to make it to the pool when B was traveling, now that he is home, I end up hanging out with him, especially last week when he kept getting home early.
VV- yeap. With DS1 I sort of assumed because I had maintained a really good/high level of fitness during pregnancy I would bounce back (well at least within 4-8w) and almost not noticed I have even given birth-- and instead it took me a good year or more to really feel 100% again in terms of core strength/body/endurance/cadro etc That was such a shock for me.. I remember going backcountry skiing like 3 months PP and feeling like I had never done it before- my stomach/back/arm muscles all felt like they were totally gone- and my cardo too.. that was really hard on me. Then my stomach was the same story- even without the stretch marks and not gaining too much weight during my pregnancy-- it also took a good year to 'look right' again.. anyhow.
Me, three! I'm pretty nervous about getting back to myself PP. I'm trying to take the long view - it took 9 months to get here, it will probably take about that to be comfortably 'Me' again. While I don't love that thought, I'm hoping at least I won't have to deal w a lot of anxiety and disapointment when I'm still not there a few months in. W DH's work sched/travel, I'm not thinking I'll have much help day to day, so getting out for a run or to a class is going to take some creative planning. It's just something I'll have to figure out, especially since my future income (and sanity) is directly tied to my fitness in a way. Recently, I find myself getting jealous of DH when he goes to work out, esp the fun stuff like Mud runs and kayaking. I'm just not used to all the limitations/safety concerns. :/
ithappened - I'm sure you know this but PPD can also delay recovery. This time around, hopefully you'll be back to yourself much more quickly, you know what to watch out for and the help you've lined up will make a huge difference.
VV - I had recently lost a cup size after my 200hr instructor training (power vinyasa/hot yoga 5+ times/wk). So I knew I'd be going up a few sizes. Now I'm wondering just how big they're going to get?!
LeAnn can you invest in/borrow/buy used a jogging stroller? Like a chariot or burley sort of thing which would work for running and biking? I bought one when DS was a year old and wish I had gotten it MUCH earlier- it allows you to workout (run, hike, bike, rollerblade) really easily as you dont have to factor in who to leave the baby with- I found it to be a total lifesaver the last 2 years with DS. I plan to borrow a double this winter and will start taking the twins out on my runs while DS is at daycare and I can break away from work.. anyhow- I highly highly recommend them!
ithappened - Is there one that does both? We are planning to buy a jogging stroller to use as soon as LO has decent head control. I've been trying to decide which one I want to get. I really want a new bike (mine is a currently defunct 80's road bike) and a burley, too. Do they make a stroller that also works as a burley? That would be pretty awesome! I don't know how long it'll take us to amass all the stuff but I'm hoping we can get it all the first year, hopefully used/CraigsList. Yoga is pretty important to me, too. I really want to teaching by the end of the year. So I'll just have to work that one out. Its great that you were able to borrow a double! You are great at finding those resources. I have to work on that.
LeAnn- most bike trailers can be converted- there are a few brands I know of but I am sure there are more... I think Chariots are the most expensive- then there are copies of them- like Burley and this other one which starts with a C.. most if not all the bike trailers can be converted into jogging strollers but you have to buy this 'kit' usually to do it- which is just a front wheel really...
I would go check them out at an REI/EMS sort of store and then look at CL, ebay and the classified ads, I found within a month or so I could usually pick one up used for a decent price but it might be easier faster since you're near DC--mine was still around 300USD... they are expensive but then again I dont have a gym membership so I figured it was 3-4 month gym membership fees or a trailer I could use for a few years, for a few kids + for cargo/groceries since we dont really have a car.
Its also worth asking any local moms clubs or bike clubs or people at the yoga school- I found 80% of my stuff just by shamlessly asking people if they had one they weren't using or if they knew someone who might and if I could borrow/buy it from them.. almost always someone has one somewhere and more often then not they will let you borrow it or just give it to you for free :)
Lily - I checked it out and you can't really go the other way because of the higher profile/center of gravity. Schwinn makes a trailer that comes w the stroller conversion kit. It's more affordable then the Burley and the reviews look ok but it seems like it'd be best for older kids rather than babies. Lots of people mentioned the lack of padding in the seats, etc. The BOB Revolution sounds like a good jogger option. Mountain Buggy makes an awesome jogger that works from infant to toddler (comes w a cocoon for the infant stage) but is $$$, maybe used? Otherwise Baby Jogger seems to be the other good option. A friend has the newest Baby Jogger City Mini and she LOVES it. All of them (except that particular Mountain Buggy) seem to recommend LO be 6mos or you can use a carseat adaptor., which makes sense. I think we'll get our carriers now and a stroller around 6mos, bike and trailer will probably wait until next summer. Sorry about the info download, I think I get a little crazy doing all this research/trying to figure out the best option...
LeAnn, I do the same thing. It's like thinking out loud. I agree the options are somewhat overwhelming. We got a BOB Revolution from the in-laws, so we're set on that one. Unfortunately, jogging strollers, like so much else, really depend on the individual. Lots of people I know love the BOB, but then a few (like you ithappened) say it just doesn't work for them. I'm sure gait/stride length/height and all that good stuff has a lot to do with it. We'll probably look into trailers and such a little later. DH is training for a half Ironman this year and I can only guess what comes next. Fortunately the baby is arriving toward the end of the racing season this year.
that's what we did actually..
we used a moby and ergo for the first 8 months or so then got an umbrella stroller around 8 months from a family member which was heavily used but worked when we didnt feel like carrying DS.. didn't get the jogger until DS was around 10 months (due to the fact I had no interest in running due to my hard birth recovery and when I did run, I preferred going alone). We didnt ever get him a 'real' stroller just used the umbrella when he didnt want to be in the ergo or walking... with the twins we'll be borrowing strollers again and using an ergo.. I plan to use the stroller right away as I havent figure out a way I could realistically carry them both without my back hating me. .
First workout back at the gym in over a week due to bronchitis, pink eye, and host of other awful things. It felt REALLY good to get back. I'm hoping getting back into squatting and just using my muscles again will help alleviate some of this massive hip/pelvic/groin craziness that kicked in this week. The workout today made me feel lighter too... this kid has really been pushing at my cervix as he/she drops and I got out of bed feeling like a whale. Now I think the babe has been pushed up a bit. Or something. Everything feels better though.
Oh, and the weirdest thing is that my feet really hurt after walking like 3 miles but don't hurt at all after jump roping or more intense workouts. I can't figure it out. I did a 3 mile walk with the dogs yesterday and felt like I had run a marathon. My feet were still sore this morning. But nothing at all hurt after the workout, including the feets. So weird.