OBSERVATIONS AT 32 WEEKS

32 Weeks

At 32 weeks I am feeling fantastic — healthy, energetic and generally very comfortable. My recent physical complaints (heartburn, rib pain, occasional pelvic discomfort) have more or less vanished, though I expect this will be a temporary reprieve, since there is a whole lot of loosening up of ligaments yet to occur.

My “innie” is mostly an “outie” now (not completely; just mostly :)), and my belly has actually outgrown some of my earliest maternity clothing purchases, which I find amazing, since they used to be so big on me. And judging by the bellies of some of the women in my prenatal class, my wardrobe is about to shrink even more, since the baby will roughly double in size between now and his arrival!

I am still going strong at the gym, usually doing three CrossFit workouts per week plus a recreational fitness activity. This leaves three recovery days, which seems to be just about the right amount to prevent any overtraining injuries in my *ahem* delicate condition ;).

My workouts are definitely going much better than I’d have expected by this point. I still have the occasional days where I top the score board, or come very close. To balance that out, I also have days where I am just proud of myself for showing up at the gym and slogging my way through a modified version of whatever torture has been conjured up for us.

In terms of exercises, the only ones I now consider wholly off limits are the dynamic abdominal exercises such as sit-ups, knees-to-elbows and toes-to-bar. My obliques remain very strong, but the rectus abdominis has relaxed considerably in order to accommodate the growing baby, which means that strenuous abdominal exercises could cause diastasis recti — an abdominal separation down the mid-line. This is a common pregnancy-related condition that generally corrects itself within a few months of delivery, but does require post-partum exercise to be conducted with much greater caution. And I can certainly see the potential for this to occur, since every time I sit up from lying on my back, my stomach — compressed by my obliques — comes to a sharp vertical ridge down the centre (it looks very strange, indeed)!

I am still doing regular push-ups and burpees with no trouble, but I have taken to using a resistance band for workouts with any large quantity of pull-ups. I can do handstands, but not handstand push-ups or inverted burpees. I have also switched to sumo (wide stance) deadlifts, to accommodate my belly in the low position, and have reduced my range of motion when rowing. Other than that, I can pretty much do anything that is required of me, including running, jumping, skipping and all of the lifts.

A few weeks ago I had a little bit of edema, but after two solid weeks of very strict Paleo eating, I have lost all of the excess fluid (about six pounds worth!) and can see my ankles again. It will be interesting trying to explain to the midwife on Monday why I have had a net loss of weight since my last visit…

For the first time in the pregnancy, I am finally noticing an increase in my appetite, but thankfully, no cravings. For a while, I was eating quite a bit less food than usual, as I found that having a full stomach intensified heartburn symptoms, but now I find myself hungry a lot more frequently. Bring on the fat and protein!

Lastly, I shall talk about sleep. Although I know that I should be sleeping on my left side to help the baby move into a proper birthing position (as far as we know, he is still in frank breech position), it seems that I roll onto my back pretty much as soon as I start to fall asleep, and that is where I remain until I wake up. I don’t think I’ve had a full night’s sleep in quite some time, as it takes me a while to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, and then I am usually awoken by early morning light and/or having to go to the bathroom. I don’t feel exhausted like I did in the first trimester, but the lack of overnight sleep is starting to wear on me, and as a result, I’m finding that I need the occasional afternoon nap in order to maintain my energy levels.

And thus concludes the 32-week report 🙂

Grouse Mountain snowshoe hike earlier this week. Still almost six metres of snow in June!

4 responses to “OBSERVATIONS AT 32 WEEKS

  1. Excellent report all around! I’m a Crossfitter who just found out I’m expecting and have found your blog to be such a great and encouraging resource.

    • Thanks, BB – I’m so glad you are finding the information useful! Best of luck with your pregnancy. Don’t be afraid to rebuke conventional wisdom and do what feels right 🙂

  2. Great post addressing abdominal exercises/muscles during pregnancy. I am 21 weeks pregnant and have scaled back a bit but not as much as CrossFit Mom.com would have me scale. I feel fine doing abdominal exercises, box jumps (just being a bit more careful), deep squats etc. Plenty early on still. Started scaling weights back a bit a few weeks ago due to fear of injury.

    I’m sure my body will limit me more in the next several weeks, but up through these first 20 weeks limitations have been limited. 🙂 My husband wanted me to stop rope climbs because it makes him nervous, it doesn’t make me nervous, but it seemed important to him, so I obliged.

    Love the blog – very helpful posts for us pregnant CrossFitters out there. Keep blogging please and I’ll keep following!

  3. Hi Carli.
    Im now carrying our 5th baby and will be 38 in September when this baby will be in October. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I have been searching the net for everything but couldn’t find anything that fit with me and how I felt. You are speaking my language as I very much listen to my body. My 4th child I was working out and when I went through the first trimester of nothing but morning sickness it literally put me off working out and I never returned.. only to suffer when I finally did nearly 2 years later… this time I have just gone over the first trimester and did my first full set which included sit ups and T2B (toes to bar) – I felt amazing! constantly listening to my body and baby all the way through it. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was while doing DUz (double unders) I realised I needed a bigger pad… ah well lol. I will certainly be an avid follower as I work through my pregnancy and thank you for recording your journey with us. I too plan to blog my journey in the hopes to show mums out there that just because they are pregnant, doesn’t necessarily mean they stop doing what they love. Thanks Carli

    Katherine from NZ

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