My Fitness Routine this Week:
At 35 weeks pregnant, I have to sneak in any fitness I can because the thought of sitting on the couch without moving all day sounds HEAVENLY. I am still keeping up with my reformer Pilates, but I am also trying to increase my walking on flat ground and up and down stairs in my apartments complex.
I have a long commute to and from work, so I use that time to do my Kegels! Kegels help to keep the pelvic floor muscles toned and in control so that I can maintain as much control as possible after the trauma of labor. Kegels help to minimize incontinence after the baby is born, and the post-baby fitness journey is hard enough without having to worry about something like that! Even for those women (and men!) who are not pregnant, Kegels are very beneficial. The best part is that no one ever knows you are doing them! To do a kegel, simply pretend like you are stopping a stream of urine. Hold this contraction for 10 seconds, then release. Do 10 reps 3 times a day!
My Beauty Routine this Week:
In this last month of my pregnancy, my skin has begun to dry out pretty badly. One of the best things that I have found for excessive dryness is to exfoliate!
During pregnancy one of the safest exfoliation services you can get is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses what is called "manual stimulation" which means that something is physically sloughing off the dead skin rather than using chemicals. Because there are not chemicals, there are no contraindications for pregnant women. Once the dead skin is removed a thick moisturizer can penetrate deeply much more effectively! Microdermabrasion can also be helpful for those women who experience "pregnancy mask" which is a pigmentation of the skin on the face that develops during pregnancy. While I have not experienced this personally, you can imagine that it would be frustrating for someone who might feel less than glamorous already!
Pregnant skin can be more sensitive than non-pregnant skin, so make sure to communicate constantly with your esthetician about your comfort level.
How I'm Feeling this Week:
I am 100% exhausted. ALL. THE. TIME. This last month of pregnancy has hit me like a ton of bricks. My energy comes in short bursts and feels rare, but when I do have energy my nesting instinct is in full force. I am in the throws of re-organizing my home, my office, my car, pretty much anything I can!
My husband and I did a few hospital tours at the locations that we may be referred to when I go into labor so that we know where to park, where to check in, and were able to see the rooms that I will deliver our baby in. It all made the process so real for us! We are getting so anxious to see our son!