calibrateBUMPS: Cait's Week 37-38
We're getting closer - 10 days to go!
We had another check up on Friday with the OB this week. She is officially very large for an Asian baby but is perfectly average for a Western baby. Luckily, based on my build and my half-Western-ness I follow the Western charts, not the Asian. I did the math and I'm about 5% Fudge by weight. For anyone who placed a birth weight bet, she's already blown past quite a few of your guesses...
This week was my last full work week before I'm off for a while which did mean I saw a few clients for the last time pre-baby this week! To all those clients: you're in great hands with the rest of Calibrate Team and I'll be back when I'm ready!
After a week of very high energy and slightly more training than usual last week I had a very different week this week. Mostly because I was a lot busier with work but also because for most of the week I felt a noticeable pressure in the front of my pelvis which made attempts at training really uncomfortable.
I also only clocked 10k+ steps 3 times this week which might be a record for fewest steps in a week. I'll have to get used to that though, in a few weeks I imagine I'll be lucky if I clock 10k steps in a week, not in a day!
Completely passed out last night, I woke up at 6:30am after clocking 10 hours of solid sleep. I had some breakfast and had no plans at all for the day but when I went to do my mental and physical check-in I noticed my body was pretty wiped and sore so I opted to take a pregnancy day. Started and finished a book and spent most of the day just conserving energy.
Started my day off by going into the studio early to get a 30min stretching and mobility session in before I started with clients. I'd originally planned to go to the gym at 1pm when I was all done with clients but as the morning wore on I noticed an increasing feeling of pressure building in through my pelvis which wasn't super comfortable. So, instead of heading to the gym after work, I went home to put my feet up for a bit and decided I'd check back in with myself at 3/3:30 to see how I was feeling.
I decided some moving was going to be better than none so I set a timer for 30min and went for a walk at a slight incline on the treadmill. Then, due to shoulders feeling a bit achey, did some very light prehab shoulder work.
A1. 12 Arnold Presses
A2. 15 Cable External Rotations
B1. 10 Standing Dumbbell Tricep Extensions
B2. 15 Cable Internal Rotation
C1. 15 Cable Frontal Raises
C2. Cable T Pulls
After that I decided to call it a day, have a shower, and lie down for a bit.
Had almost back to back clients from 10am through to 6pm with only one 90min break at 2pm during which I got some lunch and walked. I just needed to get out of the studio! Not much time for much else today.
Woke up at 7am after a SOLID 9.5 hour sleep which was magnificent. I went over to my parent's place to watch Kamala Harris own Pence and the fly in the debate. At 1pm I went in for a bit of a hair salon pampering session (thanks mum!): a 60min head and neck massage and a much needed haircut. For those of you that don't know, during pregnancy your hair doesn't fall out. Which I guess for some people is ok but my hair gains thickness/density before it gains length and it's really getting to be too much. My head literally feels kilos lighter now!
Glorious weather this morning so I hopped on the bus, got off 5 or so stops later (ie. after the hill up and down) and walked the rest of the way into Central. It was just over a 60min walk, the furthest I'd walked all week and it felt great! I made sure to follow a bus route in case my pelvis got uncomfortable but it never did.
I went for a few strolls between clients today and then at 5pm I decided I'd try to train.
10 Heels Elevated Deep Squats
15 Straight Arm Pulldowns
10 Kettlebell Press to Halos
Then I had to call it, I felt my pelvis starting to strain and figured it's just not worth it. I could have probably continued to do some upper body stuff but I'm honestly so bored of upper body training, I just pumped some tunes and lay down for a bit.
Had a bit of a hormonal morning so I decided to clear my head and go for a walk, I had errands to run anyway. I made the brilliant move of just assuming stores would open at 10am, most didn't until noon so I just strolled around somewhat aimlessly for a few hours.
By about 1pm my right lower back/upper glute and my pelvis was really starting to bother me so I decided it was time to go home. I had a long, hot shower which felt wonderful and then I changed into PJs and napped on and off for 3-4 hours. Tough life.
After my terribly stressful and exhausting nap day yesterday Jack and I opted to continue to rest and relax again today. It's our last weekend of calm and we wanted to make the most of it.
I did have much more energy today so we decided to head into Calibrate in the mid-morning to train quickly (and take my BUMPS photo) before heading to Cyberport for a picnic with a few friends.
A1. 10 Incline Push Ups
A2. 8 Full Body Kettlebell Flow (Squat to Bicep Curl to Goblet Squat to Tricep Extension to OH Squat)
A3. 15 Banded Wood Chops
B1. 12 Banded W Pulls to Presses
B2. 15 Goblet Squats
B3. 15 Banded Reverse Wood Chops
Life in General
No weird run ins with vomiting this week which was good! Definitely had quite fluctuating appetite levels - some days I was starving and others I wasn't hungry at all. As of today I'm back on coffee and it feels GREAT!
I guess the only major change in life was the strain in through my pelvis which wasn't as bad as some of the "lightning crotch" pain I'd read horror stories about but it's definitely not a pleasant feeling. I guess "unstable" is a good way to describe how it feels and occasionally there's a little zing of pain which lasts all of a millisecond. It's just due to my body slowly prepping itself for Fudge's great escape in a few weeks/days though so I suppose it's a good thing! Plus, the discomfort actually isn't that bad at all when I stop to put it into perspective, it's about to get a whole lot more exciting...
It was a slightly frustrating week as I would have liked to have been more active but I'm not going to lose sleep over having a legitimate excuse to just chill and do nothing. It's obviously what my body needed and as I've always said, the most important thing to do in pregnancy is to listen to your body!
As for other developments out of the doctor's appointment:
- Fudge is still very active which the OB said was a very good sign.
- Her femur length, stomach circumference, and head circumference are perfectly average. She's a little above average in terms of weight but she's still well within the norm.
- I did get a recently noticeably enlarged mole checked out by the OB who said based on a few factors was no cause for concern at all. I'll keep an eye on it.
Other than that, not much to report this week! We see our midwife, Michelle, next week Friday and we're booked in to see the OB again on due date (if we make it) which is in 10 days.
I'll speak to you all again next Sunday unless Fudge makes an early appearance!