Sadly, I’m done running during this pregnancy. I hadn’t run in a few weeks, mostly because of time and weather. Plus the cramping. That turned out to be more than just growing pains. But the antibiotic did the trick and I was without cramps for 2 days, so I thought I would try a nice slow run around the block.
Running is stress relief for me. And we are loaded with stress right now! We just put an offer in on a house that was accepted. I had two interviews for a job that I want REALLY BAD and I was told I will get a call on Monday about their decision. My daughter is turning 5 on June 10. We close on the house on June 7. The baby is due June 21. School goes until June 12. I spent all day Monday in the hospital with contractions. My daughter and I are supposed to be traveling to my hometown after Easter and I think the doctor is going to say no to that now. Our subdivision is having a big sale the first weekend of May. We have a lot of stuff we could get rid of. Since we are moving out, we have to have the house “show ready” for any potential renters.
So I thought, with no cramps left, and some nice weather, why not go for a short little run around the neighborhood.
My daughter has been full of questions lately. So while I was getting dressed, she was asking away! “Mommy, why do your pants go up so high like that? Because there’s a baby in there? What music are you going to listen to? Can I go?”
I told her I only had a few minutes to run but she followed me out the door anyways. And started running. I put my music on, but she just kept on talking… “does the baby like when you run? what is she doing in t here? what music are you listening to? thanks for letting me come with you!”
I said “I didn’t really have a choice about you coming, did I?” and she said “yeah, you’re right!” So the stress relief I usually get from listening to some music while alone…that wasn’t happening.
She was certainly enjoying herself. Even if I wasn’t 😦
I didn’t last very long. I was getting more stressed having her with me. I was picturing her falling and hurting herself and me having to call my husband to drive around the corner to get us because I wouldn’t be able to pick her up…so we turned around.
Then I changed and went to my group meeting that I go to every Sunday. And had a bunch of contractions. So I guess I’m done running.
I need some new form of stress relief. I tried Yoga, but I just can’t get into it enough. And without being familiar with the poses, modifying them the way I would need to since I am pregnant, is not easy.
What do you think? Give me some ways to relieve stress that won’t also cause contractions.