We’re 36 Weeks Pregnant!
Yesterday, I would have told you that you didn’t get to pinch me, because I remembered to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day (see the above Instagram photo as evidence).
Today, though, I think I need you to pinch me. I can’t believe that we’re only four weeks from D-Day! Four weeks, exactly, from our due date, and truly, it seems like this pregnancy has just flown by.
Since I’ve documented this journey weekly for #FittaMammaFriday, I’ve talked a lot about nutrition and active living in regards to pregnancy. Let’s talk about what 36 weeks pregnant means for my nutrition and what physical activity feels like at 36 weeks along.
My Pregnancy Nutrition at 36 Weeks
With just four weeks until our due date, our baby boy is taking up more and more of the space where my stomach used to live. As my stomach has become more squished, my appetite has definitely changed:
- Acid reflux is a brutal beast!
- I can only eat a little bit at a time.
- Certain foods are totally, absolutely, no-gos. Examples include pizza, anything with tomato sauce, and anything with onions or red peppers.
I’ve eaten pretty healthy throughout this pregnancy, so I’ve kept my weight gain under control. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m indulging just a little bit more than I was in the beginning. I’m having a little bit of ice cream or an occasional full-fat latte, and I’m not feeling guilty about it, because…
I’m Still Exercising at 36 Weeks Pregnant
Yep, I’m still exercising as much as I can. I’ve done power yoga regularly since I was about five weeks pregnant, and up until a week or ten days ago, I was still feeling great in my power yoga classes. I couldn’t do every single pose, and of course, I had to make modifications, but my balance and strength were really pretty great!
Now, though, I’m starting to feel less confident in class. I get light-headed pretty easily, and my center of gravity has really changed. My joints are starting to feel a little looser (that’s a result of a hormone called relaxin), which means that my ankles are less stable than they used to be.
My private goal had been to continue to do power yoga until at least 35 weeks, and I achieved that goal! Now I feel like any yoga I can continue to do in this final month will add strength and flexibility during labor and delivery, but I’m stressed about achieving peak poses or putting any sort of notches in my yoga belt (so to speak).
From here on out, it’s all about managing the growing stiffness and discomfort in my back, neck, and hips, and being very careful not to twist my ankles or fall down when I’m on steps or uneven surfaces.
Walking My Way to 40 Weeks
One thing I’m really starting to do a lot more of now is simply walking. When the weather is gloomy (we had several inches of snow here earlier this week) I go to the gym to use a treadmill, but if the weather is nicer, I try to get outside. The fresh air feels good, and it’s nice to be outside, even if it’s still cold out.
I have another little private goal for these last four weeks of pregnancy that’s related to walking, but I don’t want to share it with you yet. I’ll just say that walking is the biggest key to my pregnancy fitness from here on out.
In Other News
In other news, my hospital bag is mostly packed, and we’ve got a a primary and a back-up care plan for Small Shaw so that when I go into labor, we know who’ll care for her until the baby is born and Nick can get home from the hospital.
We also have military orders! We’ve known for awhile now that summer of 2016 would bring a move from Germany back to the USA, but we weren’t sure of the details. Today, Nick got official orders, so we know exactly when and where we’re moving this summer.
In other fun news, one of my close girlfriends in Germany gave me my big maternity gift — a new diaper bag! I’m stoked because this time around, I picked out a backpack-style bag that I thought would be easier to carry while juggling an infant and a two-year-old than an over-the-shoulder bag would be.
Also, it’s a slightly darker shade of my signature teal color, so I was feeling particularly pregnant-sassy when I took the tags off and tried my new diaper bag on.
It’s really hard to believe that I’m already 36 weeks along, and that our little Bavarian Baby Boy will be here in about a month. I’m so pleased with how this pregnancy has gone, and I feel really blessed that I’ve been able to maintain such a regular exercise routine and a good nutrition plan for these last eight months.
A highlight of this pregnancy has been my partnership with maternity activewear brand FittaMamma. FittaMamma doesn’t just sell clothes, it empowers women through pregnancy and postpartum with free downloads, nutrition advice, recipes, safe exercise tips, and more.
FittaMamma ships all over the world, too, so no matter where you live (or like us, are stationed with the military), you can count on your pretty pink FittaMamma bag to be delivered safely to your doorstep or P.O. Box.
In today’s post, I’m wearing FittaMamma’s Pregnancy Yoga Top in light pink.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FittaMamma, who has graciously outfitted me with maternity activewear for my active pregnancy. FittaMamma supports active mammas by offering exercise tips, recipes, and maternity activewear that holds and supports your baby bump!