Today was a great and productive day.
I started my morning off by going for a run. I am really proud of myself for running this long into pregnancy. It has always been my goal to run as long as possible because in my experience, the people who have run during their pregnancies have had faster labors and easier deliveries. So here’s hoping!
Midwife note: There are actually studies that support that regular exercise during pregnancy is related to shorter labors, more vaginal births and less epidurals. See info from two of those studies here and here.
Before pregnancy and now, I am not a daily runner, but I do try to run at least once weekly, depending on the weather. I hate treadmills and my gym closest gym is kind of far, so I really prefer to run outside. With the heat of summer coming, combined with pregnancy, I doubt I’ll be running too much longer. But I will take every opportunity that I can! I have been a runner for many years (since middle school) and I can pretty easily just run 2-3 miles, even if it’s been awhile. I also ran a marathon in 2013 which was one of the most physically hardest things I’ve ever done (and the training which I actually did twice since in 2012 the marathon was cancelled).
Today I ran 2.5 miles at 8 months pregnant and I felt great. I’m running a lot slower than when I’m not pregnant, of course, but I don’t care. It feels good to get out there and run. I make sure to hydrate a lot before and after and watch my footing carefully. Surprisingly, not many people have given me weird looks for running while so obviously pregnant!
Fred and I accomplished another big thing today - we finished painting the spare room/baby’s room! It was the last room (in our living space) that needed to be painted. We have painted every room in our two floors and it’s been a long process. I used to like painting….haha. But it has been a lot of walls to paint! Fred totally hates painting. But it feels really good to have finished finally!
For the baby’s room, we have a lot of baby’s stuff in there, but we aren’t fully setting up the nursery yet, or at least it’s not a priority. The reason is that baby will be in our room in our Snoo bassinet (which really seems like the greatest invention ever...stay tuned when baby is born), for at least the first 6 months. However, we are happy that the room is painted and that step is finally over!
Midwife note: This is the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Infants should share their parents’ room for at least the first six months, optimally the first year.
A pregnant midwife living and working in New York City