Congratulations to myself for I have reached the midpoint of my pregnancy journey. My fast-ballooning uterus has also achieved the halfway mark, and that makes me want to rub my big belly all the time. In fact, my protruding baby bump proudly declares that I am going to be a mom and I am oh, so comfortable in my maternity clothes right now.
However, I cannot escape from dry, itchy and flaky skin, which are common in pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Abdominal stretch marks are appearing from nowhere with the rapid expansion of my belly. Oh well, my mom had stretch marks with both her pregnancies and I knew it will be passed down to me genetically. I am trying my very best to abstain from scratching them and there is no way that I will allow these pinkish streaks to destroy the beauty of my waistline.
The truth is we cannot avoid having stretch marks or make them disappear like magic! I have come to learn that I can minimize the appearance of stretch marks so that they fade and blend perfectly into my skin after giving birth. Having said that, I am now being proactive in moisturizing myself with Mama Bee’s Vitamin E oil. Even if the moisturizing does not miraculously remove the marks, at least it helps with the dryness and itchy skin associated with pregnancy.
I must admit my current cravings are affecting my pregnancy slow-and-steady weight gain momentum and this is one of the factors which causes the appearance of stretch marks. Chill, Grace. Chill! I am freaking out with the 14lbs weight gain at week 20. I should only gained 10lbs by now. I overshot.
Darn it! I must really start saying NO to refined carbs, nuggets, Sprite, and cupcakes.
The other option is to exercise to battle the rapid weight gain. Hopefully I will gain less fat weight during the next few weeks of pregnancy if I choose to be physically active. I wish I could swim everyday but the house swimming pool is not ready yet. What a bummer! The pool is usually opened on Memorial Day weekend which means I have to wait for another 6 weeks.
Swimming is indeed a great routine exercise for pregnant moms and I am up for it. It is a low impact exercise which is extremely safe for my joints and ligaments. Not only it is safe, it is the perfect way to reduce stress and water retention.
You see, I was in Philadelphia for the past few days to assist a friend in an apartment hunt. With all the long hours of sitting in the car, I felt horrible by Saturday afternoon. I just could not handle the sudden fatigue and the lower back pain was not allowing me to sit properly.
I convinced my husband to allow me to pamper myself the very next day. It was such a last minute decision that I felt fortunate to be able to get an appointment on a Sunday afternoon with Lux and Spa Fitness in Philly downtown. The good thing about Lux and Spa Fitness is they allowed their massage/spa clients to use extra facilities such as swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, and gym.
Without a doubt, I
jumped dipped myself into the swimming pool and swam for 15 minutes. I cannot recall the day I last swam but all I knew it was so refreshing to relax in the pool. I just wanted to pamper myself.
The main purpose of me visiting Lux and Spa Fitness was to get a prenatal massage. The 55 minutes of powerful and healing touch unquestionably rejuvenated my mind, body and soul. I know prenatal massage is not popular in Malaysia but it is indeed a big thing in America.
There is no question about the benefits of prenatal massage. Benefits such as increasing blood and lymph circulation, easing muscular discomforts, reducing swelling in limbs, stimulating the release of endorphins, enabling easier labor, and overall improving the mother and baby’s health.
However, it is important to share information about your condition and your preferences with your massage therapist when you arrive for your appointment. The massage therapist will adjust your prenatal massage to make it as soothing and as useful as possible based on your personal needs and preferences.
Aaahhh… at this very moment, I just want to look forward for another pampering session, whether it will be a swim or a massage, as long as it improves my health.