Week of pregnancy: 35 weeks. The homestretch
Last run: at 33.5 weeks
“Don’t feel guilty if you stop running now or if you stopped a month ago. Sometimes a sixth sense – or plain old common sense- tells you it’s quitting time. It’s just not worth the discomfort anymore. Make your decision with confidence and pat yourself on the back for running this far into your pregnancy.”
My last run was a Thursday afternoon outdoor run at 33.5 weeks pregnant, departing from the SMU track. I ran 2km of Norma’s warm up run with her and then did a second 2km loop solo. It felt amazing and exhilarating to be outdoors, to be around my track running friends and coach. But my body caused me a decent amount of discomfort in the last 200m. The discomfort lingered. That night in bed, I felt like I might have run my last run.
My badly behaved pelvis joints have a certain amount of discomfort at baseline. As in they are uncomfortable pretty much all the time. Three weeks ago, running only made these joints mildly more uncomfortable. The mild increase in discomfort was short-lived and to me, therefore worth running. I get that this isn’t reasoning that everyone would ascribe to. My husband says this is like a drug addict’s problem solving (I disagree). But alas, the discomfort that running created at 33 weeks was significantly more. And probably no longer worth it.
So I choose to stop for myself, with confidence, and to feel good about having run until 33.5 weeks of pregnancy. I’ve had a good run.
Two weeks makes a huge difference in one’s body at this point in pregnancy. I can hardly believe that my body would let me run just 14 days ago.
I’d love to start walking outdoors instead but can’t even do that until the current pelvis joint pain that I have settles some. I’m hoping it will in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, you won’t catch me at the pool, no matter how many people recommend it. In non-pregnant state, I sink more than float. I dislike it. I have nothing to wear that will fit over my 24 lbs baby bump. No, my current bikinis are not an option without the tops garnering me a citation for indecent exposure. And most importantly, an unstable pelvis is unstable whether it is on the ground or in water.
For now, I happily await our baby in the homestretch.