Elizabeth (greyautumnrain) wrote,

I should have done this earlier...

Yesterday I went to the gym again for the first time in months. I hadn't gone since before I started stims for this last IVF. I could give you all sorts of excuses for why this is, good-sounding reasonable excuses, but I think the real reason was the blond girl. Imagine if you will, a beautiful blond young woman. She's slender, with a sweet face, and she's probably older, but she looks maybe 24. She was also about seven months pregnant. At the time I was not feeling very pretty, what with all the waited I'd gained from my various failed cycles, and I had no confidence that I would ever be pregnant. Seeing her every morning I went to the gym was a major morale hit, and I stopped going. I also failed to get back into the habit once I was out of the risky first trimester.

Remember the shoulder pain? I was sure it was from sleepy funny. Also, I can not use a body pillow as people kindly suggested because I toss and turn too much -- any pillow not under my head ends up on the floor. Anyway, on Thursday I was sitting at my computer when I was hit by sudden, very localized back pain. It was bad. I wasn't particularly hunched over or slouching either. Sudden severe back pain while playing Warcraft is Not Good. Warren gave me a back-rub after that really helped, but it was clear I needed to do something.

One of the extras you pay for at my gym is massage. Better yet, they offer special massages just for pregnant women. Clearly it was time to go to the gym and book one of those, and maybe do a little exercise while I was there anyway.

I went yesterday morning, which was Saturday, intending to also take the prenatal yoga class. Alas the class was cancelled due to renovations. But I did spend 45 minutes on a gentle workout plus lots of stretching, and I felt so much better after. I made the appointment for the massage, which was this morning. It's the first time I've ever had a professional massage, and I'm wondering why I didn't have the good sense to do this earlier, both the massage and the return to the gym.

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