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    Working out for two

    So with a few days' delay here's my new thread. I wanted to wait until I had actual exercise to report and I have - I just did day 9 of Combat HIIT on level I. Level I because I'm still in the last stages of my cold. And because, yes, I'm working out for two now and feel like I have to find a balance every day between doing too much physically and doing too little. I think the solution will be a lot of level I stuff because even if knee strikes are less than perfect, a small dose of them will be less of a problem than a large dose.

    I'm in week 16 right now, so there's a little bit of a bulge showing and if all goes well, there will be a new human some time at the end of june. Which new human will have to come out of me, but I'm trying not to focus on that aspect too much yet. It's really crazy, I've started telling people bit by bit over the last weeks and it is starting to feel more real. I'm very happy (and also scared), we both are, but there are times when the whole concept of a new person growing inside me just seems absurd.

    So that is the explanation for that low-energy phase and for the fact that in the last few weeks, the moving was enough of a workout for me.

    I've been thinking a lot about the working-out aspect of the whole thing (well, I'm an (over)thinker, so of course I've thought long and hard about various aspects of this pregnancy ) and I will attend kung fu practice as long as possible. I told the people there after the 12 week sonogram and now am skipping the jumping exercises and everything that seems too violent. (I have not been jumping a while longer because of a made-up ankle injury - and I've avoided thursday sanda practices for a bit.) Now that people know I might just go back on thursdays and just practice my tao lu. There will certainly be no sparring and no holding pads for other people. Luckily the sword tao lu so far is perfect - it is not slow as such, but kind of flowy without abrupt body movements, it has no jumps, and lots of deep stances. So practice is more or less taken care of - I'll do what I feel good doing and master also knows a thing or two about the human body and has already given me advice on what to avoid.

    Also, I'll look for a pregnancy yoga class. I've been wanting to get into yoga for a while now and have been telling myself that I'll start when I get pregnant. I'm sure both the strength and the flexibility aspects will be good for me (and, you know, the getting calm and stuff), and getting to know other women in my situation might also be a good thing.

    Darebee-wise, I think I'll try to finish Combat HIIT on level I or II, depending on what the workout is and on how I'm feeling. Even though the name sounds very wrong for a pregnant person, there has not been a day with mandatory jumping yet, and all the other things can be done with focus on technique rather than power. And if I do it consistently I might be done before the belly makes kicking uncomfortable.
    After that, I'm not sure yet. Any advice from other (formerly) pregnant people? inbetween ? I was considering going for Foundation and Foundation light in the very last months. In that order, and maybe even backwards, that is, making my way from day 30 to day 1. I'd like to incorporate swimming, but I also have my doubts because according to one website I think to be trustworthy you're not supposed to get your heart rate up very high when swimming in pregnancy. But I don't know if I could hold myself back very well once I'm in the pool. Then again, I have such shortness of breath that my heart will probably not have the chance to really get going before I slow down because of that. We'll see. I'll keep you posted. That website (it's from a university and run by sports scientists and midwives and people who should know) discouraged me from running (apparently you can do it, but only if you're an experienced, practiced runner, and only if you contract and release your pelvic floor every few steps? That sounded like a too high margin for error to me, especially with winter and the bad weather approaching) and I kind of miss it. But the move has been a workout program in itself, so I'm not all that worried about my shape.

    Okay, this has been a looooong initial post. To everybody who made it to here: thanks for reading!

    #2
    Congratulations!!!

    (now I have to return to reading more then the first to rows)

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      #3
      Originally posted by twinkletoes View Post
      (now I have to return to reading more then the first to rows)
      Awww, thank you so much twinkletoes !!! And here I was ready to be impressed with your reading speed

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        #4
        Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post

        Awww, thank you so much twinkletoes !!! And here I was ready to be impressed with your reading speed
        *cough* I'm the worlds slowest reader I was just so happy for you that I couldn't wait Congratulations once again
        Let's see what kind of advice our experienced Dare-moms will give you.

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          #5
          Congratulations I wish you the best!

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            #6
            Congratulations!! That's some really good news! (Time for a dance)
            And don't be afraid too much about it, it will all work out like it has to be. (I have some experience, even though I was just the "looking on" part)
            But that moment, when you can hold the little one the first time.... Well, I don't think I can find the right words to explain this in English, I as already have problems describing it in German
            It is just unbelievable, cool, overwhelming... it is epic, really... all the feelings you ever had come back all at once and will be instantly replaced with pure love (and that even describes it only in parts...)

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              #7
              Erm... I could say that in some ways, working out with another human being inside of you is easier than doing it once said human being has finally decided to come out, and also decided that it's hungry (again), and what is this "sleep at night" thing everyone is talking about?

              But what I really mean, of course, is to congratulate you both. Being a parent isn't always easy, but it's still great. And I'm sure you'll do very well, and enjoy it a lot.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Redline View Post
                Erm... I could say that in some ways, working out with another human being inside of you is easier than doing it once said human being has finally decided to come out, and also decided that it's hungry (again), and what is this "sleep at night" thing everyone is talking about?
                To make you a little bit jealous... the older one just wanted to eat once during the nights, and always at around 1 o'clock. You could really set the alarm for this
                The younger one just had 2 times at night... so it was really like we could sleep at night...


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                  #9

                  Wouhouh!
                  Congratulations!

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                    #10
                    Thank you very much Hiraelle , lpf , Redline , and Sevalys !!! It's so nice reading your responses and knowing that people share my joy and excitement

                    lpf yes, I'm really looking forward to that moment of meeting the new little person for the first time. And I'm trying not to be too scared, but of course doctors have to tell you about all the risks and then everybody knows someone with a terrible story and on the one hand you don't want to be overcareful, but on the other you don't want to run risks... I'm actually feeling more secure now that the magical first 12 weeks are over and the little bee is still safely inside me. So I'm just going to trust my body knows what it's doing - after all, it hasn't let me down yet.

                    Redline yeah, I know that as of now I have no way of judging how the sleep deprivation and not being mistress of my own time as much will impact my ability to work out. And I sincerely hope that the little one will be as well-behaved in that respect as lpf 's children. But believe me, going from being one of the fittest people at practice to being out of breath from walking up the three flights of stairs to my apartment and to having to lie down on the bed in the middle of a saturday of packing boxes because it's just impossible to keep going, suddenly feeling nauseated most of the time for all kinds of different reasons (usually hungry, but also tired, full, thirsty) and throwing up for hardly any reason at all (brushing teeth? really?) can also put a little of a dent in your motivation to work out. Luckily the throwing up only happened five times, so I consider myself lucky, but that doesn't make it more fun kneeling in front of the toilet at 7:55 in the morning when having to leave the house for work at 8:00.
                    Fortunately the fatigue and nausea are mostly in the past now. Shortness of breath I can deal with. I still don't have that much energy, but part of that may be being tired after the last few weeks and that cold.
                    But one could definitely say that the last few months have been an education about the difference between wanting to do something and being able to. And yes, the next few months will probably continue that education. But then, many people have kids and go through those difficult times and come out the other side, and not all of them flabby and in bad shape.

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                      #11
                      MissSmilla - Congratulations and all the best!

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                        #12
                        Congratulations MissSmilla !!

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                          #13
                          Wow! Fantastic news!!! I am so happy for you! Enjoy this miracle of life I will write some more later on, but don't worry too much about loosing what you have gained... you will regain it quickly after birth, our bodies are really capable of rebuilding and regaining lost strength.

                          The best advice I could give you is: prepare as much as you can for a natural, unmedicated birth during which you'll be able to walk and move till the very end (that is, emerging of the baby). This is crucial. Giving your body the freedom of movement helps the baby move through and get out of your body. Consider giving birth in a vertical position (not lying on the bed), like in the squatting position or kneeling. Avoiding any unnecessary medical interventions will help you recover quickly after birth and get back to your old self. It will also help you live through this experience as something empowering. I will write some more later, gotta go right now! Being prepared for birth can make a huge difference in how you'll experience it and how it will end.

                          Congrats and take care! First trimester can be hard, but you may be surprised how agile you'll feel during the second part of the pregnancy.

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                            #14
                            Congratulations, MissSmilla ! I'm happy for you !

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                              #15
                              Congratulations fellow Whovian!

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