|Me at 27 weeks, with my mom. And the belly has grown since then.|
And I'm still running! Double yay!
But running has changed a great deal in the last 28 weeks. Though it happened gradually, I have definitely noticed my gait is different. I don't really want to say the word "waddling," but let's face it: I feel like I'm starting to waddle.
And I now run So. Very. Slowly. So slowly that pre-pregnant me would probably stop running and walk instead. It seems I've discovered a lower gear than I previously thought I possessed, which will be useful in the future, for running all the way up hills and continuing to run when I'm very tired. Instead of giving in and walking, I now know I CAN keep running, because I am capable of slowing my pace more than I used to think was possible.
Breathing has become more difficult too. The feeling of breathing harder at any given speed makes me feel a little out of shape, but I know it's not that. It's my lungs running out of room as the baby continues to grow and take up even more room.
My discomforts have been minor: a little extra fatigue and some round ligament pain. Getting up from a reclining position has gotten more difficult, and probably more comical too.
Last week I gave in and did something I told myself I wouldn't do: I bought a maternity swimsuit. This one, from Motherhood Maternity.
|photo: Motherhood Maternity|
(Is she even pregnant? I wonder that about all their models). I hated to spend $40 on a swimsuit I will wear for a total of three months (and during any future pregnancies, I suppose), but once I got in the water, I realized it was worth it. I felt weightless, supported by the water. Even though aqua-jogging was tough because I haven't done it recently, and because of my reduced lung capacity, it was a really enjoyable workout. I'm going to add it to my schedule twice a week for now, but if I start to get too uncomfortable running, or if it gets too unbearably hot here, I'm glad to know I have a fun alternative!