Even walking the hallways at work and taking the stairs is ridiculous. My co-worker with her bum knee is flying past me down the hall these days. She at least doesn’t have to take a break on the stairs.
Basically, all I can do now is swim. And with the weather lately here in my part of the world, getting through the snow to the gym to even attempt to swim is a big deal. I don’t want to get snowed in at the gym. And just the energy it takes to clear my car of snow, warm it up and then go somewhere is exhausting. I don’t even feel up to doing laps after all that prep work.
Am I just being a big baby? Or is being 36 weeks pregnant really as difficult as I’m making it out to be? Someone back me up here! I want to keep exercising to stay healthy, but my lack of ability to breathe and the utter fatigue is really getting to me. Maybe I just need to suck it up. Or take a nap. Or whatever.
And combine all of this with the ever present doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds, doula-assigned prep work and even figuring out what to put in my hospital bag- I guess I can admit to being a bit stressed. Plus there’s trying to prepare co-workers for my maternity leave.
Fellow mamas or mamas-to-be, please tell me that this is normal. That exercise is freaking hard and made harder by carrying a near full-term baby around. Pretty please? With sugar on top?