Hey Mamas! What a beautiful day it is here in Boston. I had the morning off today, so I got a chance to get back to the studio for a group workout. What a treat! Also had a chance to connect with a pp doula, and I'm really excited about working with her. She worked with my midwife after the mw's baby was born, so that was a great way to find someone.
In terms of what I'm doing to take care of myself, because I'm so busy teaching I absolutely have to build in me-time or else I get way too stressed. So, when I drive in to teach in the mornings, I've been listening to music or a meditation talk by one of my favorite teachers. It helps me not get stressed about traffic and about having to get up so early. I also make sure to take a rest after lunch for half an hour, and I listen to a beautiful recording of Tibetan singing bowls that I find really, really soothing. At night before I go to bed, I try to turn on more relaxing music, light some candles, and have tea with my husband. We don't always do this, but when we do it makes going to sleep much more peaceful. (Can you tell I don't have kids yet???) So even though I'm way busier than I want to be, making sure to get these moments of quiet in during the day is helping a lot. I also make sure to exercise almost every morning, which also keeps me feeling strong, physically and emotionally. Finally, I'm making sure to drink a lot of red raspberry leaf and nettle tea every day. I was reading that drinking these infusions is kind of like exercise - you have to do it often enough for it to make a difference in the long run.
Okay, so anyone else dealing with charley horses? Oh, my god! Yesterday when the alarm clock went off, I instinctively stretched, and I suddenly had THE MOST painful cramp ever! My calf is still incredibly sore today. I had a more minor one again this morning because I automatically stretched when I woke up. Not nearly as painful, but I got up and ate a banana right away. And I'm upping my calcium/mag intake. I figured out if I take 200 mg of magnesium in the morning and then 200 more at night, I can avoid the gastric distress of taking too much at one time. Hopefully getting enough of these minerals will make a difference.
Also - carpal tunnel! Anyone else dealing with numbing/tingling in your hands and arms at night? It was really starting to bother me, so I started taking extra B vitamins, especially B6. Didn't have any numbness last night, so maybe it's working!
Other than these small things, I'm so happy to be feeling good and energized at 29 weeks.
Pregnova - congrats on your rental! What a relief to finally have your own space . . . and with flexible options to figure out the best option down the road. Great!