I continue to be humbled by my body's limits while pregnant. Now that I'm feeling great, I have been determined not to slow down, and actually often forget that I have this big beautiful belly until I catch a glimpse of myself in a reflection and think, 'oh wow- you're quite pregnant there!'. I'm usually also carrying an enormous diaper bag and a toddler so it's quite the sight.
We had so much fun biking as a family all through last summer and I imagined that we'd do some even more adventurous rides this year now that Little Smith is older. I know that I've seen lots of pictures of pregnant women biking, so I figured it would be no problem. We all geared up and set out for the park, which mercifully isn't too far from our house.
Immediately it was just really tough, not painful certainly but awkward. I have a mountain bike and need to hunch over pretty far to reach the handle bars, which meant a whole lot of belly squishing and baby kicking. I also had to splay my legs out really far so that I didn't keep jostling the belly and apparently my legs aren't in tip-top shape because in no time they were burning. The trip home is almost all uphill, and I somehow willed myself to the top, refusing to slow down or take a break. I pulled into the driveway and James and Little Smith were all smiles, congratulating me on my speed on the hill and ready to keep going... I mumbled something about water and rest and stumbled into the house while they took off for their next destination.
It's tough for me to admit that I can't do everything, especially when I know there are plenty of women even more pregnant than I am who are more capable. But I am learning that I really need to listen to my own body. I'm growing a whole new little person, and just as every child is different, every pregnancy has its own unique opportunities and limitations. I will do some more biking this summer... but probably stick to flat paths and leisurely rides.
It's great to stay active and participate in everything, but sometimes it can also be pretty great to watch from the sidelines... in my nightgown.
*last year's biking, my little munchkin!