May 8, 2013
I had my follow-up ultrasound yesterday to check on the hemorrhage.
I was feeling pretty good about how it would turn out since I have had no bleeding for a couple weeks now.
But it was still nice to be shown and told that the hemorrhage is completely gone. Prayers have been answered and all the blood has been re-absorbed, everything is looking wonderfully great!
Well, except for maybe the weight scale.
Perhaps I shouldn't mention this, but I took up Zumba a couple weeks before I was pregnant, when a friend who use to be an instructor decided to do a free class in the morning for anyone who wanted to come. I was excited because mornings work better for me than evenings and I can bring the kids with me and they just play, or dance. Whichever they decide.
Anyway, I actually use to go to her house and we'd do Zumba together. So when she failed to find a back-up teacher for days she couldn't be there, she asked if I'd be willing to learn a routine and be her back-up instructor.
I wasn't sure how well I'd do but I was excited to at least try. So she made me a dvd and I took to trying to memorize the routines.
At this point I now knew I was expecting, and also that I might have a complication.
But practicing Zumba was a good distraction, especially since when I'm concentrating and my heart rate is up, my nausea tends to ebb away.
Then when the doctor told me about the hemorrhage, I asked him if I could keep exercising. At first he said yes, then he stopped and said, "Well, maybe not. I don't think you should be running or lifting weights. In fact, don't lift anything heavy."
I decided it was pointless to mention I have a toddler.
Still, I wanted so badly to keep exercising through this pregnancy and be all healthy and stuff, (without having to actually give up chocolate) I decided I would practice a few songs at home, taking it very light and easy and see how my body would react.
Especially since I wasn't running or lifting weights. *wink wink*
No cramping, no bleeding, in fact it felt good! So I kept going to the classes, just taking it easy to gauge how my body would respond. Nothing. I felt no bad after-effects at all.
I even had a chance to play instructor once when my friend was out of town. It was so fun and the ladies were so good to work with me and my goof-ups.
Because I didn't have a severe hemorrhage, there's a chance that the exercise actually may have helped my body re-absorb the blood.
So now I am back to learning a few new songs and exercising (not rigorously, so don't worry) five days a week.
Since this is the first time I've ever exercised during a pregnancy, it has been... interesting, but good.
So yes, I'll be that weird lady with a ginormous belly shaking her chocolate-filled booty like nobody's business.
I'm so, so sorry for anyone who stands behind me.
I hope my awkwardness won't disturb them... permanently.