I couldn’t believe my ears when the doctor told me, “you’re pregnant!” I looked at her in sheer disbelief. I mean of course it was possible. I just didn’t think it was possible for me, especially since getting pregnant with my first daughter seven years ago was so hard fraught.
So here I am, 37 years old and newly pregnant. I had a mixture of emotions, joy, excitement and nervousness. I wanted to do everything to make sure I kept my stress levels down in order to take care of myself and my baby the best way I knew how. and for me that included several hours of self prescribed bed rest a day.
I know bed rest may seem controversial to a lot of people as we are told to exercise daily even in pregnancy, but every body is different and when you get to the ripe age of 37 you begin to know your body and what works best for you.
So I kept my activity low. I walked my dog for 20 minutes in the morning, did my work and household chores and retired for a nap most days around 12 noon until about 2:30pm and it has been glorious! I am very fortunate to be able to do this as a stay at home mom with my eldest in school. But even so, I am glad I have given myself the gift of rest.
I am now 37 weeks along and the baby can technically come at any time. The good news is that all my vitals remained normal and baby is doing well, so we might be able to go the full distance this time around and get to 40 weeks. My only complaint has been severe swelling in my legs and feet which have me feeling pretty limited in my activity, so bed rest is actually a necessity at this stage in the game.
I would say that I am a lucky one to have had such a pretty good pregnancy so far, especially since my first pregnancy was smooth sailing until I found out I had preeclampsia at 28 weeks and ended up in the hospital for 3 weeks before my sweet Ellie was born. I guess that experience taught me the value of taking it slow and avoiding stress at all costs especially during pregnancy.
So we are almost there, I cannot wait to meet you, my new little one!
Until Next Time! xoxo