What happened in trimester 2 and plans for trimester 3?
I am at 28 weeks in my pregnancy and am past the end of the 2nd trimester for my baby and me.
We found out we are having a boy which is exciting and nerve racking, we will have one of each after this baby which is incredible.
I have gained around 18-20 lbs in 28 weeks, which feels like a lot to me, weight gain has slowed a bit but baby is measuring on point, which is great. A lot of this weight was put on during the holidays. :D I feel huge at this point and I know it will just keep going up from here.
As a trainer, woman and health conscious person it is hard to accept this much weight gain in this short amount of time. I have a body type and metabolism that causes me to gain weight easily so I have to keep active and keep tracking my food intake to maintain a goal weight. Obviously while I am pregnant I am not trying to lose weight but I am trying to make sure my weight gain is healthy for baby and me through healthy food choices as much as possible and staying active. I know that if I gain excessive weight then it can put a lot of extra pressure on my abdominals and pelvic floor and nobody needs that.
I had a bad go with a cough and cold for about 8 weeks of November and December, which really challenged my pelvic floor and core strength and integrity. I had to increase my strengthening program to counteract the pressure that the coughing and sneezing put on my pelvic floor and abdominals. I think there is some minor damage there but I was definitely able to minimize it with my training, knowledge and experience! I will be seeing my Pelvic Health Physiotherapist at 36/37 weeks to learn how to push effectively and have my pelvic floor released to prepare and reduce further damage during labour and delivery and will see her again after baby is born to get started on my rehab program. I am excited for this prenatal visit to the Pelvic Health Physio as I was not aware that they could help you with labour and delivery preparation and it is covered by your independent physio insurance. Because guess what, if someone told you that all you need to know is that you need to push like you have to Poop, they gave you absolutely the worst, terrible advice. Pushing that way can cause extra or unnecessary tearing, extra muscle strain, and even organ prolapse. It can destroy your body. I am taking steps to prevent and minimize damage to my body and therefore recovery time this time around.
In trimester 2 I stopped exercising on 4 point because it can cause or aggravate a diastasis. I miss some of those exercises but I will get them back after I rehab more core post baby. I am working on strengthening my body, maintaining a good level of cardio and stretching to reduce stiffness and aches and pains, and of course training and strengthening my pelvic floor for the last trimester. And of course making sure I relax, distress and rest in preparation for the baby birthing marathon and sleepless nights to come. Lots of fun ahead in these last couple of months with my baby bump.
If you want to chat about your pregnancy, fitness or nutrition during pregnancy please chime in or email me, I would love to hear from you and answer any questions.