Today has been one of those lovely chilled Sundays, where I have really enjoyed myself without over doing it and getting exhausted! Starting with the necessary lie in on a Sunday, (as I have quite early and busy starts on a Saturday being a Personal Trainer,) I then chilled on the sofa watching a little catch up TV with Josh, breakfast and a good cuppa! We're going through a phase of loving TV dramas, so any good recommendations let me know! I then glammed myself up, which is always fun getting to dress in normal clothes, yes.. even when pregnant (read my post about dressing my baby bump here), given that 90% of the week I live in stretchy gym gear. Once dressed and ready to face the world I met an old client for lunch in Summetown. This is one of the benefits of my job, because you work so closely with people on a 1-2-1 basis, I find I have the most incredible friendships with my clients. We sometimes talk about the craziest and funniest moments, or personal dilemmas we are currently facing, yet can always snap into training mode and take direction! So we had a lovely old gossip over a light lunch and coffee (decaf for me obviously...) I can imagine it was such a shock for her seeing the size of my pregnant belly, given the last time we met was December and I wasn't showing any sign of a bump!! After lunch, I then popped around the shops as I had a few bits and pieces I needed to pick up, before coming home to the wifey duties of washing and cleaning/organising.
A simple Sunday, you would say. Nothing overly complicated. But it does feel so good to get up and out of the house and do things, despite being very pregnant and tired a lot of the time! Any other pregnant ladies agree with me? Yes, it's a relief to get home and put your feet up, but it is so rewarding doing so knowing you've accomplished something in your day! I know I'm sounding a bit like a typical Personal Trainer being uber positive and motivational.. sorry! But it's true!
It's days like today that make me realise how important it is getting up and out the house, especially in these last few weeks leading up to the birth of my little one. Just doing something nice for myself. I'm assuming it's going to be very difficult to be spontaneous, or at least will be for the first few months till I get a routine going with my baby... to do things like organise days out or meet up with friends and family, as I have no idea how I'll be feeling – most likely exhausted! And no idea how cooperative my baby will be! I'm sure they'll be days as a first time mummy when I think of something fun to do, but when it comes round to it, I am no way in the mood or have the energy to do so!
Personally, I think in the final countdown weeks of pregnancy, as nice as it is to stay home, snuggle in pyjamas and nest... I don't believe it's healthy to do everyday mentally, even though our bodies are going through so much physically. I know for me even before I got pregnant, if I stay in for too many days in a row I loose the plot, cabin fever kicks in and I feel like I have no purpose outside the comfort of my home! Especially if I'm going to be spending the first couple of weeks with a newborn at home, it is even more important and good to keep going out as much as I can now! It can be as little as a walk round the park, a coffee date, getting your nails done, or a little bit of shopping. Just something that means you need to set an alarm, get up with a purpose, dress up, feel nice and enjoy yourself!!
Lets be realistic here, I am no way saying that expectant mummy's should go out everyday in the final few weeks of pregnancy and go on a crazy adventure... it's just not going to happen. I'm sure in the last 3 weeks before my due date, (once I am officially off on maternity leave and have more time on my hands) there are going to be make-up-less, top-knot, tracksuit days. But I will make sure those days are balanced with days where I do make plans and get myself out the house for some fresh air. I feel lucky that I am having a summer baby, so thankfully I have the sunnier and warmer weather on my side (unless as usual its raining in England!) I can imagine the thought of going for a long walk impossible if you're 8 months pregnant in the winter months and it's freezing outside is a lot more challenging!
So my thought of the day, to help me through the final 8 weeks of being pregnant.. get out, and do something for yourself. Despite feeling huge, even if I feel tired, as mentally I know I will always feel better afterwards.
Obvious disclaimer moment – this is all my PERSONAL thoughts and beliefs. I am by no means preaching for every pregnant women out there, every women is different, has a different journey when pregnant and I am not a therapist. But if my motivational, rambling, thought of the day can help anyone struggling, pregnant or not pregnant, make the most of their day and get out and feel good about themselves, then I'm happy I could've helped! Hope you have had a great weekend, any feedback or comments leave below or contact me via the social page!