I'm feeling huge lately and I'm wishing in some ways that my twin pregnancy hadn't been ten years ago -- I remember thinking all through Eliza's pregnancy how much easier it was. The normal swelling and awkwardness of pregnancy just didn't get to me because after carrying around 11.5 pounds of two babies, a normal-size 7 pounder was nothing. But though I can remember the desperation of the third trimester of my twin pregnancy, it's not fresh enough in my mind to keep me from feeling huge and awkward now, with 12 weeks still to grow.
I had to give up running a few weeks ago, at a little past 24 weeks. My legs just felt dead when I was running, as if I wasn't getting enough circulation, and I was getting sooooo slow. I've started to have contractions every day, whether exercising or not, and that wasn't helping, nor was the constantly reoccurring side stitches that seem to happen every time I move for more than five minutes, running or walking. It was just time.
But I'm feeling a little stir crazy since I stopped running. I miss talking to Marci. I miss the psychological boost of doing something hard long enough that it's just part of my routine. There's just something about coming home from a four to six mile run and feeling strong and healthy. Walking seems so wimpy in comparison, and I've yet to get into a routine with my elliptical that feels as challenging. (OK, I haven't gotten into a routine with my elliptical at all -- I've only done it about three times since I stopped running. Maybe doing it more would help . . .)
But the most frustrating thing I'm dealing with right now are backaches, either in my lower back or right beneath my shoulder blades. The latter got so bad last week that I was near tears on Saturday and trying to remind myself that this is all worth it. My husband helped adjust my back and that has helped take off the worst of the pain, but it seems to come back. I asked the hive mind (aka Facebook) and got some good recommendations -- chiropracters, yoga (already doing that one), Tiger balm or Deep Blue, and massage. I hope it helps! I don't remember feeling this much back pain in my previous pregnancies. I'm thinking it might be because I'm carrying so high -- most of my belly bulk is right below my ribs, so I probably unconsciously pull my shoulders back.
But enough of me and my complaining. I really do feel blessed that it's only been in the last few weeks that this pregnancy has been hard -- I'm so grateful for the relief I felt from my usual first trimester awfulness and if I only have to endure discomfort for three instead of six months this pregnancy, it's a good trade.