Do (or did you) get asked if you are “still…” doing something while you are (were) pregnant? Are there things you wish you could do still, while pregnant, or wished you could while you were?
It seems the near end of the third trimester brings about a whole other set of questions. ”You’re still…?” or “Are you still…?” With Susanna, I was pretty much living a quiet life in a small and new town. My circle of human interaction was far smaller than it is with this pregnancy. I didn’t experience the “still…” questions.
Just this week I’ve been asked in a few e-mails if I’m still swimming. A few others have commented more directly on it. One of my beloved swim mates told the front desk people that, “I’m convinced she’s going to give birth in the pool.”
The same day that my swim mate said that, as I was completing a solid 2400 set, I thought, “Wow… I never did this with Susanna. There’s only a few more swims to go and I’m really doing it.”
Athletics weren’t my strength in school and growing up. Swimming has always been my love. With Susanna, my body did not tolerate chlorine at all. To be able to swim this late in the pregnancy and this consistent (after five weeks off in the summer and lots of ups-downs in life) is a blessing and a gift.
I’ve pondered if my water will break in the pool. If we might avoid a repeat C-section due to the swims. I don’t know.
When my swim mate shared her comment, and I followed with my above-noted pondering, she lit up. She and another less frequent swim mate were fully on board to my going into labor in the pool. While I noted the cleanliness factor and other perceptions, their love and support was felt.
To have this amazing group of women observing and encouraging my health, the health of our daughter, and pregnant activity in general is wow-some.
So, yes, I’m still swimming. Still hitting goals. Still keeping pace. Still feeling completely famished post swim and eating a massive amount. Still enjoying long, warm showers after the sets. Still doing yoga in the pool to open my hips. Still saying, “thank you..” on each lap to count. Still embracing the feeling when my body is enveloped in the water for the first moment. Still varying my sets. Still doing what I love and feels right.
What are you still doing? What do you long to still be doing?