The Pregnant Athlete

Learning To Embrace My Changing Pregnant Body While Swimming, Biking, Running & Practicing Yoga


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She’s coming…soon!

Week 38 | +30 lbs

Last Thursday seemed as if it would end as just another ordinary day. I had a  pleasant day at work, as usual, hosted dinner at Ippudo, my favorite ramen restaurant in New York City, for some of my family visiting from out of town, and then led them to try tasty Japanese desserts at Chikalicious Dessert Club nearby.  My husband and I finally entered our apartment at 11:00pm, and I immediately headed to the bathroom to pee, of course.  I looked down at the toilet, and noticed some blood. Our ordinary day changed in that instant.

We still didn’t have a nursery prepared, we hadn’t packed a hospital bag, and I still had emails to send to staff and teachers at my yoga studio reminding them that I could give birth soon!  Most of our nursery items had only arrived at our door that day, and were waiting for us at our door when we had arrived moments ago.  My husband began frantically opening all the boxes, and setting them where he thought they belonged. I started tossing items together in a hospital bag, grabbing some of the items he had just un-boxed.  We then both spent hours taking care of work, just in case we’d be busy the following day!

Nursery items still in boxes just as we arrived at our apartment, 7/10/14

Nursery items still in boxes just as we arrived at our apartment, 7/10/14

The following morning, my husband and I packed our hospital bag, picked up my breast pump at Target that was provided by my health insurance, and headed over to my doctor’s office to get examined.  We were told that I had experienced bloody show and was 2 centimeters dilated! Also, our daughter weighed in at approximately 7.5 lbs! It was my first cervical exam of the pregnancy, and quite an exciting one at that!

That weekend, my husband completed a 116-mile long ride and 18-mile long run for his upcoming Ironman, Ironman Mont Tremblant, while I decided to cut my planned training schedule, opting to take a rest day on Saturday, forgoing the 4-mile race I had registered for–I did, however, take Prenatal Yoga and then go on an easy 4-mile run home from my studio on Sunday.  My husband and I dedicated the remaining hours of the weekend to vigorously cleaning and organizing our apartment! I completed our nursery and cleaned our pantry and fridge, while my husband finally organized our storage closets, after months of my asking him to do so!

Nursery!

Nursery!

The frantic activity around our apartment has quieted since last weekend, and I’ve resumed my regular exercise regime. However, my husband and I are aware that I could go into labor at any given moment now. She’s coming…soon!

Yesterday's 4-mile run before I spent the night struggling with Braxton Hicks contractions, 7/17/14

Yesterday’s 4-mile run over the Williamsburg Bridge before I spent the night struggling with Braxton Hicks contractions, 7/17/14

Week 36 (6/29-7/5) training: 10.25 miles 

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Spin
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 6.25 miles

Week 37 (7/6-7/12) training: 4.75 miles 

Sunday: 4.75 miles
Monday: Spin
Tuesday: Yoga
Wednesday: Spin
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest