How active are you?
I think now is the time to chill!!! I'm almost 38 weeks and even though I've been super active my whole pregnancy-- i'm not feeling up to much exercise. The most I get is on days I go to the gym, which has only been about 3-4 times a week now, and all I do is walk SLOWLY on the treadmill or go on the elliptical. I can't really go for long walks outside anymore because I end up having to pee 30 minutes into it, being very far from a bathroom, and very miserable. My inner thigh muscles are also super twingey/nervey/loose weird feeling and my SI joints are really mobile so I'm feeling like taking it super easy BUT keeping the hips active- not being stagnant is what is needed now. Rolling around on exercise ball, stretching/moving hips, hanging out in squats-- all good things. no need to feel bad for chillin-- especially with only a couple weeks (or less) left!
I was intending for a more rounded (haha) routine this pregnancy, but I've pretty much stayed with walking or running. I ran somewhat regularly until about 32 weeks (nothing more than 3 miles), and since then I've been shooting for 2-3 mile walks 2-3 times per week. Walking is what ended up bringing DS2 down to full engagement last time, so I feel like keeping mobile is helpful for me.
But I'm definitely feeling anything physical much more now - carrying/picking up my boys (55 and 30 pounds), lugging the wood that we've split, moving things around the house. None of it would be a big deal, typically, but now it puts me right out of commission.
Im staying semi active... I did crossfit until 34 weeks. This week Ive been rowing about 2,000 meters a day again or doing a couple hundred step ups and doing a few miles of walking a day. Im almost 40 weeks so Im not too worried about it. I figure if I go 2 weeks "overdue" and between the 6 weeks healing time thats 2 months no exercise and Ive done that before and got back into it pretty well. Im more concerned about after pregnancy activity then I am the rest of the pregnancy just because I did stay so active this pregnancy.
I am not active at all. I don't even walk my kids the 1 mile to school anymore. We get a ride with a friend. I try to go on a walk during my lunch break but its snail pace and lasts about 20 minutes. I don't even feel guilty about it anymore. I do stress that I'm going to gain weight, but my Dr keeps telling me I'm right on target and not to worry.
Sitting here at 41+2 wks here and Ive been feeling like I cant quit moving the last 2 weeks even though I know I should probably rest before things get serious. Ive tried to "exercise" my mind this pregnancy more than anything through meditation and relaxation to focus in on the baby and prepare for our homebirth. I was attending weekly yoga classes up until 3 weeks ago, just dont have the time, and chasing my toddler around the park has been good enough for me...OH and sex, lots of good therapeutic sex for exercise!!! I did however manage 3.5 miles of hiking today...followed by sex! My trick to walking and having to take pee breaks is to just hike in the woods, then pee in the woods...but Im such a crazy hippie I prefer peeing in grass then dirty bathrooms any day! Was hoping that would jumpstart something but alas, Im still very pregnant!