My fun travels during pregnancy

It’s been a busy couple months for Baby B and me!  I was excited to get a couple of trips in before my third trimester began and I could no longer fly.  Our first adventure took us to beautiful West Virginia to visit my cousin and his family.  Greg, my cousin Matt, his lovely wife Samantha and I all hopped a quick flight down from MA to WV.  Every year I’m reminded how lucky I am to be a New Englander to watch the wide spectrum of colors that Autumn brings.  It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the same colors spread across the West Virginia landscape as well!

The precious cutie-pie in this picture is Sophia.  She is almost a year old and is such a happy baby!  Her personality shines through and I had so much fun spending a few days playing with her!  I think it’s important for future Moms and Dads to spend time with new parents, especially when they are as wonderful as my cousin and his wife.  They gave us lot of great advice, which I haven’t forgotten! For example, Joy shared with me that I’ll most likely get a lot of clothes sized 0-3 months.  She recommended not to remove all the tags and wash all the clothes before Baby B arrives.  Yes, this can hard when the nesting phase of pregnancy strikes, but it’s worth resisting the temptation!  This way we can exchange some of the smaller sizes for a size larger, which will extend the wardrobe longer as the baby quickly grows.  A genius Mommy tidbit.

The next trip on the itinerary was Austin, Texas with my Mom to visit our friends Maggie and Randy.  Austin was beautiful, and so much “hilly-er” than I imagined!  I always envisioned TX to be very flat, but I quickly learned on the short trip from the airport to their home that my assumption was wrong.  One thing is for sure.  People do not go hungry in TX!  My belly grew during those few days I spent in Austin.  Not sure whether it from the growing baby in my belly, or whether it was from all the delicious food I ate!

I am thankful to our gracious hosts in West Virginia and Texas.  I’m also thankful that Baby B seemed to like flying!  Besides the kicks to the bladder that had me running to the little airplane bathroom stalls every 10 minutes, I felt great on all of the flights.  Greg wondered whether flying during pregnancy will help make the baby more comfortable with flying once he is out in the real world 🙂  I’m not sure about that… but either way, my little boy and I have already had some great adventures together.

Being pregnant in the gym and on the mat

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to work up a good sweat.   Not only do I enjoy the physical benefits of exercise, but it also helps to keep me sane!  Naturally, I’ve always known that I would continue to exercise during pregnancy.  In fact, I can remember the week after I found out I was pregnant I hit the gym a few times and completed some decent mileage on the treadmill.  And then morning…pardon me…all day sickness hit.  For the rest of my first trimester the most exercise I got was speed walking to the nearest restroom in my office (discretely of course).

However, one sunny September day I woke up feeling like myself again.  I was ready to take on the world again, and the gym.  Doctors say that as long as you are in good condition you can continue your pre-pregnancy exercise routine with very little modifications.  Just the other day Greg and I saw a woman at the gym who must have been 8 months pregnant doing a lifting circuit.  I thought the baby could have just dropped out of her onto the mat then and there!  I admire her tenacity and I always thought I would be just like that.

The truth is that every woman’s body reacts differently to the beautiful miracle growing inside of them.  It’s up to us to listen to our bodies, listen to our hearts, and make healthy choices for our baby.  When I go the gym my workout consists of low-impact cardio, like elliptical and walking, and then a lot of stretching.  My favorite prenatal workout?  YOGA!  The poses and classes are extremely modified compared to the yoga classes I took before I was pregnant, but they are no less valuable or satisfying.

Yoga class creates moments to connect your breath to your body.  Prenatal yoga class creates moments to connect your breath to your baby.  Sometimes it becomes overwhelming to think that every bite of food, every positive or negative thought, every move you make affects your baby.  A pregnant woman is no longer the same “I” she has always associated herself with – she has become a host for her baby!  I feel empowered and blessed to be a woman and to have the gift of giving life to another human being.

I started this post by saying that exercise has always “worked out” my body and mind.  More than ever I’m realizing how important the mind-benefits of the gym and yoga are to me.  Because it’s during these moments on the elliptical and on the yoga mat that I feel most connected to my baby.  My mission from the moment he was conceived is to make sure that he has the tools he needs to be healthy, be happy, be strong. Prenatal exercise and yoga feel like the natural foundation to carrying out this mission while he lives in my tummy.