Hey there! How’s your week going?
We’re midway through Week 25 already! Marcus and I had a doctor’s appointment this week to check on the baby and and get an update on the Placenta Previa.
We had an ultrasound before seeing the doctor. It’s always so much fun seeing our little nugget. Baby T was playing with his/her tongue (sticking it in and out), kicking, and hiccuping during the ultrasound. It was so cute seeing the hiccups.
I can’t wait to kiss that button nose! That’s M’s chubby arm in front of the mouth.
And I’m happy to report the placenta has moved!! YAY! That means I’m not longer on pelvic rest and can possibly have a natural birth.
The good news is a massive weight lifted from my shoulders and getting to see M was the highlight of the week. So overall Week 25 has been a breeze. Here’s what’s going on otherwise:
What’s going on with Baby T?
As big as a:
- Baseball glove or Napa cabbage
- About 13.5 inches long and 1 lb, 11 oz
- Baby can detect light
- Hair is thickening and gaining color
- Nostrils opening and air sacs forming in lungs
- New sense of equilibrium- knows which way is up and down
- Heart rate 149 bmp
What’s going on with mom:
Weight gain so far: 9 lbs (I was off last week, but this is the official doctor weigh-in)
- Fruit, specifically peaches, blueberries, and grapes
- Joints ache, especially hips
- Round ligament pain…still
- Placenta previa has resolved itself!!
Because the placenta is no longer previa, I’m no longer an pelvic rest or have any restrictions. Thank goodness; one less thing to worry about!
The first thing my husband said when the doctor told me I was free from restrictions was, “Go easy on the squats.” He knew how much I was missing compound leg exercises. I’ve been limited to extensions, leg curls, and a few other isolation exercises for the past 8 weeks and it’s been driving me crazy!!
I know, what person wants to do squats, leg press, lunges, and step-ups? Psychopaths?
The very first thing I did was walk into the squat rack. Oh, how I missed it! I took it easy because 1) I’m not trying to build muscle or go she-hulk while pregnant anyway, and 2) I’ve lost a ton of strength during the past 8 weeks and couldn’t go heavy if I wanted to.
My workout consisted of:
- Squats 4×12
- Hack squats 4×12
- Extensions 4×12
- Walking lunges 4×12 each leg
- Frog leg press 4×12
- Standing calf press
The hormone Relaxin can cause some issues during workouts, especially for the lower body. Relaxin loosens muscles to allow for the belly to expand, including muscles around joints. Loose muscles around joints allow for greater range of motion, which is good, but it also causes decreased stability and the chance of hyper-extending the joint. It took a few sets for my hips and knees to warm into the actions (especially since it’s been 8 weeks!), but they were eventually okay.
To say the exercises burned would be an understatement. My quads were knotting up by the time I got to hack squats. But I powered through…and now my legs hate me. All in a day’s work.
Question: What’s your favorite exercise (in or out of the gym)?