I made two important discoveries in the past 24 hours:
1. Rolling my right hip out with The Stick before bed last night = comfortable sleep and no pain until midday today.
2. Turns out water is a great place for my regular strength training/core exercises because I can actually do more without putting any stress on my back.
I began my water time today with a soak in the JCC warm pool, then moved to a lap lane. I felt particularly out of breath and think it was a result of my recent lunch. Between food and Baby, there was no room in there for lungs and air! I stopped after each lap to catch my breath and did only 450 before deciding I was finished. During my swim I observed that even in my prego slo-mo I was still the fastest swimmer in the crowded pool. This is the major difference between YMCA & JCC (at least during the hours I swim). The Y is full of young-ish athletes training and looking serious. The JCC is a mixed group of recreational swimmers, some with water belts, some floating around chatting. I prefer swimming next to the training folks because it’s more motivating, but nothing beats sitting in the warm pool only available at the JCC!
After my swim I stretched for a few minutes in the warm pool then thought I’d try some core work. I put my hands on the lowest step and proceeded to do 10 chaturanga push-ups. Success! I moved on to side plank with leg lifts, tri-dips and bird-dog. After two sets, I finished with some regular and side crunches then attempted to float. Apparently pregnant bellies don’t float!
450 yd swim, alternating 50 yds free, breast, back
core exercises in water: 2×10 push-ups, side plank w/ leg raise, tri-dips, bird-dog, 10 crunches & side crunches