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So, I was 34 weeks on Friday.
My bump doesn't look 34 weeks. At all. Dr said that a combination of super strong abdominal muscles, a long torso, and keeping up a fairly rigorous exercise schedule is the cause and that it's not a problem at all. Baby is measuring perfectly and everything is perfect.
BUT... I guess it's because I live in a super small southern town where your business is every little old ladies business. It seems that everyone, everywhere asks about my pregnancy. That's cool. But when you ask how far along I am and after my response you look at me all wild eyed and say "no way you're that far along!", "You should go to the doctor, because something is wrong!", "Are you sure you're that far along, you should be so much bigger!", "I think you might need to go get checked, the only reason you're that small is because you or the baby is sick!"... it makes me crazy.
I know everything is fine. I know nothing is wrong. But, those seeds of negativity are easy to plant. I feel like I go around in public chanting "bubble of peace" constantly. I dread going out because I dread the inevitable conversation.
I've even stopped running in public. Usually in the mornings because the hubs goes to work, I'll get up and go run two miles, stopping at a rather busy store - especially in the mornings - and get a coffee and walk the rest of the way home. It was a treat, and I feel like it's just been taken away because of the dread. I didn't know it was okay to give exercising pregnant women the look of death. I didn't know so many people had such a problem with it! "You're going to hurt your baby doing too much!", "You can't run while you're pregnant, what are you thinking!", "Are those weights on your wrists and ankles, what's wrong with you! You should be thinking about your baby". Do you seriously think I would do anything without clearing it with my doctor!?
I am thinking about my baby. It sucks to get up everyday, especially this far along and push myself to sweat and workout... but I do it FOR my baby. The best thing for my kiddo is for me to be the healthiest that I can be. I'm giving him the very best body to grow in that I can! I'm keeping myself in the best shape possible for my kids!
I'm sorry!! That is terrible that people are so negative towards you. You shouldn't feel like you have to give up running just because of their reactions. I am in a similar situation- small town, I look really small, and I'm still running. I get comments about how little I am, but I try to brush them off and keep going.
That sucks! Good for you for having the willpower to work out like you do and stay in awesome shape. You are gonna be the girl who gets to walk out the hospital with a flat tummy Don't people know that you can keep the same level of exercise during pregnancy that you did before...jeez! Keep your head up think of a few lines to spit at people that will stop them in their tracks and keep doing you. I also live in a small town and I'm sure people talk all the time but I frankly just don't give a ****!
I think it's awesome that you are still so physically fit and pushing hard for you little one!!! Forget the haters... there is always someone that is going to have negative things to say about EVERYTHING!!
Don't let people ruin your routine. My bump was pretty small up until about 8 months, and I constantly had people at work telling me the same things. Of course, I cannot attribute it to be awesomely disciplined like you are, but I understand how annoying it is. Just do your thing, and when you look fantastic the day you walk out of the hospital, people will shut the hell up.