At my prenatal yoga class the other day, we were doing a warrior pose and I asked the teacher, "I feel a little off balance--am I doing something wrong?" She said, "no, you feel off balance because you are this tiny little thing with a huge belly!" and compared me to a spider.
At 36 weeks, that sums it up. My belly is big and is a strain to carry around, especially after nights when I don't sleep well. I keep injuring the ligaments around it by picking up my daughter or objects during moments of need. Today even dumping a pot of boiling water strained my belly. I finally got a pregnancy support belt last week and then promptly lost it. My husband found it tonight--evidently my daughter had hidden it in some random drawer.
At the same time, sometimes I'm walking and I get these excruciating pains (cramps?) around the ligaments between my body and my left leg. They can be quickly relieved by holding my knee up towards my chest (which I'm sure looks ridiculous in the middle of the park or the public playground!) and by walking in big wide steps, but sheesh! Luckily they don't prevent me from taking regular walks. These pains mostly happen after I've been sitting in chairs or the car and were worse by the end of my last pregnancy, when I didn't stay active enough. (Chairs are my enemy!) I flew a kite the other day with my daughter in not all that windy conditions. I kept telling her we needed to run to keep the kite up, and she'd take off and I... wouldn't.
I finally feel a little nesting energy but it is slow going. Today I was proud of myself for washing the wooden blinds, ceiling fan, and doors in the bedroom where I'll probably give birth. It took so much effort, though! I'm also getting close to being done with several rounds of washing and drying our new prefolds, and then onto the baby clothes. Next I want to assemble all our birth supplies and cook some meals and make requests of friends. There are so many things I'd hoped I'd accomplish that I won't.
I remember after I gave birth last time how miraculous it felt to not be pregnant anymore. I felt so much more nimble. But I'm enjoying the experience of knowing that this baby I'm carrying in me is really, truly the baby we will meet earthside very, very soon. I feel like a kangaroo with my little buddy with me. It's nice.
Anyway, so I'm definitely slowing down. Not feeling too awful, though. Much better since I've recovered from that 4 weeks of bad cold/sinus infection. before 31 weeks.