I’m finally in my last month of pregnancy.
Many of my favorite sports I’ve put on hold for now, or else slowed waaay down:
– Bouldering: stopped at two months (doctor’s orders)
– Aerials: stopped at five months due to decreasing muscle strength and an unexpected fall
– Running: stopped at seven months due to sore hip and pelvis ligaments
– Biking: stopped at eight months after becoming difficult to reach handlebars (check out how I raised my handlebars to make it this far!)
– Climbing: still top roping, but not at my usual level since about seven months (feeling too heavy and weak, with low endurance)
– Walking: still walking, but for no more than 2-3 miles (lower back gets achy)
Prenatal yoga has been unaffected and is my haven! The weekly class I go to feels wonderful for my soft body and provides the perfect community of fellow first-time preggos. Everyone is super friendly, and it’s rewarding to be a part of other preggos’ journeys: the nausea and uncertainty of first trimester, the energy and optimism of second, and the final weariness and realization of third trimester.
At this point I only have a few weeks of pregnancy left. It feels like just yesterday I was googling “what it feels like to be pregnant” and wondering what changes would come to my body. It’s hard to believe I’m almost done!
Next up: labor and delivery, then postpartum recovery. Stay tuned for getting back to a normal sports routine!