There is no science involved in this story! Just my own observations and experience from 2 completely different pregnancies, and births.
Right, let’s get started 😊
I’m now a mom of 2 boys. For the whole 6 days it’s been 2. It’s amazing how it feels all new again. Like I haven’t experienced it before. The smell of the new baby, the tiny hands and toes, the so completely and utterly adorable cuteness of a newborn.
And how on earth did my 5-year old grow up over night? I left to hospital leaving my “baby” at home, and came back to a grown person ☹
I must say that exercising in pregnancy makes such a difference! Here’s the proof:
With my first pregnancy, I didn’t exercise at all, and didn’t know anything about healthy eating. Pasta and bread all the way, pasta on bread and bread with pasta, oh, and chocolate! So…
- I gained 30 kg… 30 fluffing kg…
- I was depressed during pregnancy and it really kicked in 6 months postpartum… antidepressants and all, the whole shabang…
- I had back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, heartburn… And overall an unhealthy miserable person… I didn’t enjoy being pregnant at all!
This time around I exercised throughout my pregnancy. I had my last workout a day before I went to labor. To be honest, I think it was the workout that put me into labor as it was higher intensity that I normally do 😊 (regards to Maggie and Piloxing).
I tried my best to keep up the healthy eating… I wasn’t very good at it! At least at the end I wasn’t. Around 30 week mark I just didn’t care, which is unusual. So all baby’s fault 😊. So…
- I gained 15 kg (my goal was 12 kg but as I said, baby demanded biscuits)
- I worked until 37 weeks, and was happy throughout my pregnancy (the bit of weeping and mood swing bombarding the husband is totally acceptable, right!?)
- No aches or pains what so ever. No, I’m lying, I had few mornings of back pain, and 3 days of heart burn! But that’s it.
- AND… Still didn’t enjoy being pregnant. I’m just after the end result.
First labor was looong. With pains all day, and all night, and then to find out you’re only 1 cm dilated… Christ on a bike bfff… About 14 hours of that I finally got my epidural. From there onward it was bliss, didn’t feel anything. When I finally got to pushing, I still didn’t feel anything. So not too bad, looking back. I didn’t think that then though 😊.
Result: Jayden 4.3 kg and 53 cm. 10 days over.
Second labor. All too fresh at the moment, so I could write an essay on it. Went to hospital 1 am because my waters broke. No pains. Couldn’t sleep that night for obvious reasons, and was just bouncing on a birthing ball and playing Candy Crush. Pains only started the next day but went quite fast from there. At 5 pm I was sitting in the bath and having really strong contractions, and 5.20 I was in the labor ward. 2 cm dilated. Are you ffff… kidding me…
Got an epidural. Not ashamed! Pain is not my thing, so whatever I can get to feel better, I’ll take it all. But the epidural didn’t really kick in this time. So no bliss, felt everything. How do you, girls, do it all natural??? Respect to all! We ran into trouble then with baby’s heart rate dropping and placenta rupturing. I wasn’t even fully dilated yet but it was quick quick quick from there to get the baba out. Vacuum, cut and heavy pushing. That’s it, I’m done, no more kids for me.
Result: Ryan 3.8 kg and 51 cm. 8 days early.
Coming back to exercise…
Although I was hoping that my body is a lot more prepared this time, and I’ll cope better, it didn’t really go that way. I promised an update 9 months ago on prenatal exercise and if it makes labor easier. Well… In theory, YES! And many girls have told me that YES. Unfortunately, I will never know myself. BUT… It sure helps with coping with the whole 9 months.
And there are studies done on prenatal exercise and going into labor before your due date 😉 It was 8 days earlier for me. Coincidence or proof? Who knows 😊