Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When is it time to stop going to the gym???

Well, I'm almost 30 weeks now and I'm facing a dilema. I have so far in this pregnancy managed to get to the gym almost every day Monday through Friday. I have jokingly been saying that this is my little experiment to see if I recover more quickly even though will have a c-section and my stomach muscles will be sliced and diced anyways. I'm really not joking. I'm really curious if I will recover faster. I've noticed that going to the gym is keeping the issues of water retention and swelling at bay. I really love my time to myself (an hour and a half without kids, woo hoo!) and usually feel better after the gym even if I am tired. Here is my dilema. To go to the gym I need to put the kids in the daycare at the gym for the time I am there. There is one way to do this. I have to call at noon a week in advance to get a time. I have been trying to do this. I'm on the phone for a half hour pushing redial until I finally get through and lately by 12:30 I am the sixth person on the waiting list for the time I need to get to the gym. This problem is most pronounced on Mondays. Wednesday through Friday I'm usually 1st on the waiting list and have no problem getting in. This has been happening for the last month and it's only getting worse. I've asked the people in the daycare if they think it will get better and they tell me yes, in about a month. In about a month I'm not sure if I'll still be able to make it to the gym. I'm a little irritated at the whole issue. I think they need more people or a bigger playroom or something. The other issue I'm facing is that more and more I'm starting to feel worse. I feel exhausted, light headed, dizzy, grouchy. I don't have a doctors appointment until October 8th and I suppose I could call the doctor's office but I'm just starting to wonder if it's time to put the gym membership on hold until after this baby comes. What do you think? Should I keep going until the doctor says stop or just stop while I'm ahead. I just don't want to lose all I've gained over the last year at the gym.

6 comments:

leslie the licorice stick lady said...

If it makes you happy, I'd still keep it up. Exercise is never a bad thing unless it is hurting you or the baby. Make sure you take it easy-you already know that, though. Look up online about pregnancy exercise guidelines. You could probably find some useful info.

Tug said...

Maybe try cutting back to 3 times a week - those that are easier to get in the day care? I'd start with that, and see how you feel from there. Good luck!

bon said...

I am completely convinced that you are gonna have to make the call. Seriously. Every woman's answer is different.

G'ma Nasus said...

Taking care of yourself is the most important thing a wife and mother can do for herself and her family. You need to be careful not to be over exurberant. Taking care of three children will be all the exercise you are going to need for the next ten years. Proper rest is as important as exercise. Be wise. Listen to the spirt as to what is best for you and yours.

Cheer34 said...

call your doctor and find out what she suggests....getting dizzy and all that is not something to ignore.....

Superwoman said...

lsl- I agree, that's why I'm so hesitant to stop

tug- I think your advice is best, I told my trainer today that I'm cutting down to three days a week and she told me she would come up with some things I could do at home to maintain where I am now at our next meeting.

bon- thanks, I've thought long and hard about it

g'ma nasus- I wish it was! For some reason I need that extra time to stay a healthy weight. The catalyst that got this whole thing going was that someone in my ward told me that I looked pregnant when I wasn't. It was heartbreaking

cheer- I think it's just normal pregnancy crap. I do have an appointment in another week or so and I'll ask then. I'll also find out if they're going to change my due date because at my last appointment I was measuring three weeks early.