So one thing I did not expect going into pregnancy was the feeling of shortness or breath. I know I am not a skinny girl but I feel like I have always been able to carry my weight well, maintain it and exercise to be fairly healthy.
Boy, its really depressing that walking about a brisk pace or up a flight of stairs will now leave me breathless. I know its because of two things 1. I now have asthma and 2. pregnancy increases blood volume but NOT red blood cells (those happy little O2 carriers). So I am hefting more fluids around without the help of rbcs. Great.
What am I doing about it? Well I am still moving, just slower. I walk everyday on campus, the dogs and on Wednesdays they go to obedience where there is alot of walking/moving to do.
I also started water aerobics on Saturdays. I have to say I don't have a huge bump so I was nervous of not looking pregnant with a bunch of other pregnant ladies. But I was ok and the water felt amazing! I wish I could do it everyday! I took water aerobics in college but this was different, focused on relieving our aches and pains and not raising our bp too much.
Unfortunately, I already have some swelling my ankles... probably due to salt intake and standing at work. I drink a lot of water and put my feet up but it is uncomfortable. Here is the evidence at the end of the day yesterday... its not for the faint of heart!