Did I Jinx My Pregnancy By Staying Fit?
I had a dream the other night and not one of those empowering Dr. King ones that make you want to raise your first with pride. There I was, sitting on my OB/GYN’s exam table for a routine pregnancy visit. “I am looking at him and things look normal,” she starts. “But there’s one problem. It looks like he is not going to come out anytime soon.”
As this is my first dance with pregnancy I will be the first person to say that I don’t know all there is to motherhood and the process. I am 39 weeks with some days til go to D-day and have done all the right things according to textbook. I never pigged out, I stayed active, working out multiple days a week (I was a gym rat before my pregnancy) and took all the recommended precautions to help make sure my son and I stayed safe. It wasn’t until recently when my visits to my doctor became weekly that I started to get this weird feeling that I jinxed myself. Maybe it was the news two weeks in a row that while he was in the correct position, he has yet to drop lower into my pelvis. Now, obviously my baby is going to come out when he wants to and I have no control over it, but I couldn’t help but think my being active has made him so comfortable there will be nothing I can do to help speed up the process if you will.
I have been told that walking helps. Too bad I run almost seven miles a week, so that’s out of the question. I have also heard that activities with weights have assisted other women, but what do I do when I circuit train twice a week? They say sex helps, too but…well, let’s just say that while I am not hanging off chandeliers with my husband anymore, our waters don’t run dry in that area if you know what I mean.
Can being too active actually cause your baby to get so comfy that he doesn’t want to come out? It’s a serious question because I have heard a few stories from other mothers I know who had similar levels of fitness where the doctor had to go in and get their child. I have been so thankful to be able to continue certain workouts from trimester to trimester that I would feel so horrible and guilty if it backfired. And they say that fitness is suppose to help with the whole labor and delivery process. I guess I’ll see for myself.
My husband thinks I’m being silly but you know how we can get when it’s so close to the big day–any little fear or worry can set things off. I guess as long as my doctor thinks things are going fine I shouldn’t really freak myself out before I really delay the process.
Are there any mamas out there who regularly exercised throughout the pregnancy? How did it affect your labor and delivery process? Did you find that it helped or made things a little more delayed?