Week 27: Goodbye Second Trimester and is Labor like a Marathon?
|August 16, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
Happy Friday! I hit 27 weeks on Wednesday and things are still going well. My energy levels and appetite are good, she’s moving around quite a bit, and my belly is slowly growing larger and larger. I’m ever so glad that empire-waisted dresses exist – this one is actually not even a maternity dress!
Workouts are still good. This week included 6 days of cardio including spinning, elliptical, walking on an incline on the treadmill, and swimming. I find the variety of workouts helps to combat the boredom that can come from not being able to train. I also did 3 days of strength training. Though the intensity of my workouts is not the same as pre-pregnancy and I’ve had to make some modifications, I’m pretty happy I’ve been able to maintain my pre-pregnancy workout frequency. It hasn’t been a struggle either so I feel very lucky. I’m sure towards the end this will change and my frequency may drop, but I hope to keep things up as long as I can. I’ve also had some nice strolls with my dog in the unseasonably nice weather we’ve had here recently (low 80s and no humidity in August in DC – unheard of!)
We had our first birth class last night. I’m not as freaked out as I thought I’d be, but still…labor (and the pain) is scary. I signed up for a natural childbirth class with the hope that I can deliver with minimal interventions but still in a hospital setting. It was a bit surprising to hear from the instructor (a former labor and delivery nurse at a major hospital here in D.C.) that roughly 5% of births that she attended while at the hospital were natural. Yikes! She said it is possible to deliver naturally, it is just harder when you are in the hospital and the option of pain relief is so readily available. The class is two parts – in the first part we learned about the whole process of labor and delivery: signs your started labor, when to go to the hospital, the phases of labor, and the recovery. The next part (in two weeks) will focus on relaxation and coping techniques during labor. She is also going to talk a bit about the various interventions so that should any of us need them, we will know what to expect.
Our instructor used running a marathon as an analogy for labor. While this may work well for people who haven’t run a marathon, for people who have I’m not so sure I agree. In a marathon if you are struggling you can slow down or even stop if things get really bad…not so in labor. A marathon is very much in your control – sure there are outside factors like weather and course terrain that are outside of your control, but you dictate your pace, you set your fueling schedule, and you decide whether to keep going or to stop. There is no stopping or eating during labor, and the “pace” at which you dilate is outside of your control. I wish labor were actually like a marathon. In marathon training I can train to deal with the discomfort that inevitably comes in miles 18-26 by including several long runs in my training. But how does one train for the pain of labor? Our next class will give me some techniques to cope, but there is really no equivalent to a 20-mile run in preparing for labor.