Growing, Glowing, and Going: South Mountain

November 14, 2010 at 7:07 am

I’m twenty-six weeks today. Or about 6 months.  On the verge of the third trimester.  Time flies!  This afternoon, I was telling my husband that I’ve been feeling more pregnancy aches and pains in my lower back and pelvis (mostly when getting out of bed in the morning or getting up from sitting on the couch for too long). It’s always worse after I’ve been immobile for an extended period of time. So I guess the key is: keep moving. Too bad sleep is so important, eh?

My body is telling me to get moving. And research on prenatal exercise tells me the same thing. Remember that book I mentioned in my last exercise post? Origins:How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, by Annie Murphy Paul? I picked it up from the library earlier this week. I haven’t had a chance to read much of it yet, but from what little I’ve read so far, there’s no question that prenatal exercise is beneficial to both mom and baby. And, of particular note to me today, prenatal exercise can “help manage musculoskeletal problems like low back pain” (p. 151). This reinforces what I had already learned reading Exercising Through Your Pregnancy a couple of years ago.

Keep moving, my body is saying. So… I obliged. And the perfect Arizona fall weather obliged as well. It was a fabulous day for a picnic and hike at South Mountain.  Those rocky trail inclines were a workout, but it was awesome. My body felt great, my kids impressed me with their stamina, and, as per my usual, I took an excessive number of pictures. Here are a few (or maybe more than a few) of them…