Healthy Pregnancy – 32 Weeks

unnamed-3How far along? 32 Weeks

Baby Size: A spaghetti squash

Weight gain: Staying steady at 17lbs

Maternity clothes? Yep. I don’t want to stretch out all of my regular clothes!

Belly Button in or out? So far out.

Best moment this week: Making some major progress on the baby’s room with Pat and starting a baby book. It is wonderful to no longer have clothes all over his room and to finally have them put away!

Miss Anything? Having a brain. This week I thought we had signed up for a 5k, but it turns out the 5k we signed up for is in May. How I got February 7 and May 16 mixed-up is beyond me.

Movement: There is a lot of movement, and it is getting super strong.

Food cravings: I am still digging my bland cereals. Otherwise, I am focusing on eating balanced meals with a lot of vegetables.

Gender: Boy!

Looking forward to: Finishing the baby’s room this week hopefully.

The following is a more in depth explanation of what I went through early in my pregnancy with placenta previa. I am grateful that everything turned out fine, and I have compiled a few tips on how I maintained my health despite what felt like an overwhelming obstacle.

During the year leading up to pregnancy, I worked really hard to get into the best shape of my life. We were not sure exactly when we would start trying to get pregnant, but ever the planner, I wanted to make sure I was as healthy as possible to set myself up for a healthy pregnancy and set our baby up for healthy growth. This consisted of lifting a lot and more weight than I ever had, as well as running, and working on my core strength. I was convinced that all of this hard work would ensure a breezy pregnancy and quick recovery to better care for our baby.

For the first twelve weeks of my pregnancy I was able to mostly maintain my normal level of activity. I was running about 16 miles per week and lifting five or six days per week, with longer rests between sets. I had eliminated any exercise requiring jumping, such as box jumps and jump rope.

At the end of my twelfth week I received a call from my doctor’s office informing me that I had placenta previa. Much of my research indicated that this is typically a non-issue until the end of the second trimester or the third trimester; however, my doctor’s office advised me not to run, swim, lift anything over ten pounds, or generally “exert” myself. This was a complete 180 from my activity level until that point, but I knew I could overcome this obstacle. Here are three things I did under such limitations:

  • Walking – I made sure to walk at least four times per week. This is typically where I would catch up on phone calls. If anyone asked to go for a walk my answer was always yes. I was able to maintain through walking the same mileage I had been running. Some days I would take to the elliptical on the lowest setting and get in a little exercise that way.
  • Body weight exercises – Though I was advised not to lift more than the weight of a vacuum, I would do circuits at home involving simply my body. This included squats, push-ups, tricep dips, and bridges. I may not have been throwing around weight, but I was keeping my muscle memory in check.
  • Eat healthy – I am not going to lie, eating pre-pregnancy healthy once I became pregnant was difficult for me. I had a lot of food aversions and I was so exhausted all the time that cooking was the last thing I was motivated to do. I still did my best to eat well, not only for the baby, but also in the hopes that it would lift my energy levels. Sometime around week 16 I regained some of my energy, lost some of my food aversions, and was able to prepare meals ahead of time again. The idea here was simply to be as healthy as possible for baby and me so that once he is born I can recover quickly enough to give him the best care possible.

    Homemade Salmon With Spicy Miso Broth & Wakame
    Homemade Salmon With Spicy Miso Broth & Wakame

At week 19 I went in for my mid-pregnancy ultrasound followed by a visit with my OB. This doctor (I go to a group practice) told us that many of the precautions taken for placenta previa detected early are unnecessary. He informed us that there is no science to back the claim that any of those activities have a negative or positive impact on the placenta or the fetus when placenta previa is present that early. He lifted my restrictions with the condition that I listen to my body and stop activity if anything feels uncomfortable or off.

Though I was disappointed to have taken over six weeks off from my usual activity due to overly cautious policies, I am happy to know that our baby is still healthy and thriving. Despite pregnancy not turning out to be the rainbows and unicorns I had anticipated, I did not let obstacles derail my goal of being my healthiest self for baby and me. Our baby is safe, and I have maintained my health. I could not ask for me.

 

2 thoughts on “Healthy Pregnancy – 32 Weeks

  1. I’m almost 21 weeks and during my anatomy ultrasound a couple of days ago the tech said that I had a partial placenta previa. I didn’t see the doctor until today and she said they are doing another ultrasound at 28 weeks to check it again and told me that most of the time as the uterus grows the placenta moves out of the way.The doctor said until my next ultrasound in 8 weeks no sex, no baths and no swimming (I think it’s called pelvic rest) until they check me again!! From what I read they usually only suggest this if the placenta is still low on the follow up ultrasound (at 28 weeks in the 3rd trimester). I’ve had zero bleeding. Also, I work out 4 days a week and haven’t had to stop or slow down at all in my pregnancy. I usually take 2 spin classes per week, work on the elliptical 1 day and take a prenatal yoga class. The doctor seems to think spin class is fine but not sex…weird to me. It’s scary to think that if it doesn’t move I’ll have to have a c-section! But of course I want the baby to be safe and healthy. I’m very frustrated about this!

    1. As you read, I had a similar situation. They found mine pretty early (11-12 weeks) and put me on pelvic rest, as well as told me I couldn’t run, swim, or lift anything over 10lbs. Being a personal trainer, that meant I couldn’t work because I couldn’t properly spot clients. I did as I was told by the doctor, but when I went in for my 19 week ultrasound (anatomy) and went to the follow-up appointment, the placenta was still covering the cervix, but the doctor I saw (I go to a group practice, so it was a different doctor than the original doctor who put me under all sorts of restrictions) told me I never should have been under those restrictions to begin with because there was no science to prove that any of those activities would have an impact on the placenta until the third trimester. Though I was extremely frustrated to have been unnecessarily under restriction, especially since I felt as though my activity level had not been taken into account (it would take less energy and exertion for me to lift 10lbs than a sedentary patient), I was glad I aired on the side of caution simply because I never would have forgiven myself if something did happen. I would have always thought “what if I listened to the doctor, would this have happened?” Body weight exercises, elliptical, and outdoor walks were my exercise during that time. I also incorporated resistance band work, and light weights here and there.

      It is definitely scary to think about needing a c-section, although this gives you time to mentally prepare if it does end up being necessary. I hope that the placenta is in a spot that will allow it to move away from the cervix as your uterus grows, and you can have more options for your birth. Best of luck!

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