Belly of the Beast
by Mommy MD Guides blogger Julie Davidson
Jumping, touching your toes, and sitting up. For the most part, those are things that are easy to do. At least two of the three are included on those awful physical fitness tests we endured in grade school. You know: The ones you dreaded because the entire class watched. That’s okay, because if you passed all the gazillion mini boot camp drills, you got your name written on a cheesy pre-printed certificate.
When you really think about the transition your body goes through during pregnancy, on one hand, it’s amazing. On the other hand, it’s frightening. It takes less than 10 months for your body to transform another being from a tiny dot to a full-fledged human. Not an alien. A real human.
During that journey, your body won’t function the same as it once did. Consider how long it usually takes you to sit up. Pre-pregnancy, probably less than three seconds. To get an idea of how long that takes during pregnancy, go back to a time you were curious about ladybugs and beetles.
So there you are, watching a bug climb up a stick or across the lawn. He was just minding his own business. Doing bug stuff. And then suddenly you had the genius idea to see what happens if you turn the bug onto his back. His little legs and antennae flail around trying to grasp the ground that you took away. How many times can you recall a bug flipping back over to its rightful position? Well in a less insecty kind of way, it’s the same when you have a bulging belly.
Along the same lines, by the 7th or 8th month, you have a difficult time jumping. Which isn’t that bad. Jumping jacks are a distant memory, and if something excites you, you can always clap your hands.
Later in your pregnancy, you give up all hope of touching your toes. Don’t worry, if you are concerned that they’re still there, wiggle them. It’s almost hilarious tying to bend down that far. It’s reminiscent of a Weeble Wobble.
Sitting up? If you are already in an upright position, you’re fine. But if you’re lying down, you’re about as good as a ladybug on its back.