Although it is too early to be on the waiting game for baby to arrive, I am definitely on a different waiting game. The wait of whether I am going to have the same dreaded puffiness I had in the first pregnancy.
In my first, the swelling became so bad I felt unrecognisable. Nothing I did helped control the swelling. I had the classic “cankle “look, which is actually being nice, my ankles were SO bad they literally just flowed over my trainers. To make matters worse I couldn’t even get Ugg boots on, so there was literally nothing I could do to hide them.
So, not only did I feel huge, and even compared myself to Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate factory when she swells up like a blueberry (of course, minus turning blue) but it turned out the rest of the world was beginning to agree with me. With comments such as “Wow, you are huge!” or “Your bump in enormous”… I wanted to hide from the world.
As I enter into the final 6 weeks of pregnancy I can’t help but feel I am in some kind of brutal waiting game…I mean there is still time for this puffiness to hit and I am petrified to wake up one day and suddenly have no ankles, or worse than that? See my face blend in with my neck!
From what I have read, to prevent swelling there are a couple of things you can do, so this is what I have done so far:
At least 1 ltr a day and having a pretty water bottle never seems to hurt.
I work so much on my fitness. Trying to go to the gym at least 3 times a week or doing some form of work out at home. I follow the work outs posted from Bumps & Burpees (Linked their instagram and below is the website for you to get inspiration!) You can either follow along to these amazing work out videos if you just need a bit of guidance on what is safe in pregnancy, or can download the ebook. I watch the videos and have them all saved ready for when I am in the gym its perfect and even can do a work out when Max is asleep. I wish I had this when I was pregnant with Max.
Having a toddler.
I also think having a toddler who is as active as Max has definitely helped keep my body puffiness under control so far. This kid has the energy levels of someone who has downed a bucket of red bull. Quite literally I am exhausted just watching him run laps around the flat. Sitting down just exposes yourself to a term we have called “The Beanie Beanie Butt Slam” (I think this is self explanatory). I am always on my feet with him.
Not eating for two…
…or inhaling mars bar ice creams, or donuts, or hot cross buns or anything else that came in multi packs. I am pretty sure this may have contributed towards my swelling. 😉
At 34 weeks I can’t help but think maybe, just maybe I have had a lucky escape from the dreaded puff?! That my shoes and jeans will continue to fit!? Could it be!!!?
I don’t dare excite myself too much – and will keep you posted. We may not be clear since today I had my first, “wow aren’t you big if you still have a month to go!?”
But for now at 34 weeks I cannot recommend keeping up exercise in whatever form, enough.
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