In the spring of 2014 I found out I was pregnant with twins. I have been documenting my journey weekly. I will be periodically posting these writings, starting from the beginning. This was written June 24, 2014.
I am now 24 weeks along in this journey of carrying our two little babes. According to my iPhone app, they are as long as an ear of corn. With taste buds, hearing, and even eyebrows and eyelashes, they are really turning into little humans. At my ultrasound today, the ultrasound technician gathered they weighed 1.6 and 1.9 lbs with Karson weighing the latter. My father in law has been hoping for a good linebacker out me and perhaps he’ll get his wish. The ultrasound also revealed that they’re packed in there and it looks like Karson is already driving his sister crazy, kicking her in the head.
I no longer have to worry if people realize I’m pregnant versus just packing on some pounds. I definitely look pregnant and I feel pregnant too. Everything is quickly becoming more difficult. Who would have thought I’d have to figure out new ways of putting on and pulling up my underwear?!
Other challenges include sitting for long periods of time, standing, going up stairs, sleeping, getting in and out of cars, putting my shoes on and leaning over the sink to do dishes. Gravity is no longer my friend and requires me to take intermittent periods of laying down. Yet at the same time, I feel better when I’m able to get up and move around. And if I’m really getting achy and stiff, some yoga can help me feel more nimble again.
I’ve been casually practicing yoga for almost 15 years. Aside from diet, I believe there’s nothing else physically a person can do for themselves to gain a better disposition. I find this to be even more true now that I’m pregnant. Sometimes I’m just so darned uncomfortable. I feel like things are all constricted and full and some light stretching will help open it all up. Yoga has helped relieve my back pain and improve my posture too. It helps my breathing and calms me. It’s amazing sometimes when you give your body the opportunity to relax, how tense you didn’t even realize you were! I’ve had to adjust my practice and listen more closely to my body when certain positions don’t feel right. I have fallen in love with some prenatal yoga videos on YouTube, and I’ve also taken advantage of local prenatal yoga classes which are also great for meeting other preggers who you can relate to.
Pregnant or not, I highly recommend everyone give yoga a try or at least incorporate some routine stretching. You won’t see me knotted up in a pretzel or with my legs behind my head, but I reap the benefits nonetheless. Everyday, I’m getting bigger and bigger and often feel like my body is not my own. Yoga is one way I can pretend I at least have a little control.
Update: this was my favorite yoga routine while I was pregnant