Seven things I can't do any more...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Until now I never realised (or considered) how much pregnancy would effect my capacity to do simple, every day things. I'm currently one week away from entering the 'dreaded' third trimester and already noticing my belly just gets in the way of everything!

Foxton Beach, New Zealand


Let this be a lesson to you all you ladies out there considering joining the motherhood club.

Seven things I can't do any more...

  1. Fly. This is top of my list and makes me the most upset. Next weekend will be my last adventure abroad before the little one arrives. I even have to get a doctors certificate to say it's safe for me to board the plane.
  2. Dishes. Not the worst thing in the world to give up. These days when I stand at the sink the size of my belly means I have to lean forward to comfortably reach the water and dishes resulting in a sore back. Ouch.
  3. Tie my own shoe laces, or doing up fancy buckles on my work heels. Thank goodness for slip-ons is all I can say!
  4. Pick up things off the ground. Seriously, with a groan I can get down there, but it's not fun and I move at snail pace.
  5. Run. I used to run almost every day. These days I get going for just a few minutes and my belly seriously starts to ache. Alas I have retired my trainers and these days find myself swimming lengths at the gym.
  6. Sleep. Oh I miss sleep. What I would give for just one night of blissful, uninterrupted dreams...
  7. Walk up stairs without puffing. Plod, plod, plod. What's that noise you say? That's me plodding and puffing slowly up the stairs to my front door.
PS. the photo above is of my nephew running around Foxton Beach on the west coast of New Zealand a few years ago. I'm holding out to be able to do this again.

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12 comments

  1. Although what you end up gaining after pregnancy definitely makes pregnancy worth it, I think that so many women are so unprepared for the realities of how difficult pregnancy can really be! I guess it's all about sandals during pregnancy, although I don't know what pregnant women do about winter - get someone else to help them with their shoes?

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. I definitely have been under prepared the whole way, but I think that's my style. The less I know in advance the less stressed I feel about the big life change coming my way. Thanks for stopping by Rae :)

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  2. I just hit 20 weeks and I wish my belly got in the way so I couldn't do dishes :) haha! I can say without hesitation that you will be able to do all of those things (minus #6!) pretty soon after baby is born. Good luck to you!

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    1. Ha ha, don't worry you'll be there soon no doubt! The sleep thing is funny - I kinda think less sleep but being more comfortable might be preferable, but who knows. I might think very different in a few months!! Good luck on your pregnancy Colleen :)

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  3. But it is just great that you can't do dishes anymore !! A gift from heaven ! Now your husband has no excuse to refuse you a dishwasher ;-)))
    No more running, that's less interesting... Every runner knows how addictive running is... But I think having a running-pause is a small sacrifice to make, considering what joy is coming your way !!
    Take good care, we're all looking forward to see cute baby-pics !

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    1. I will inform my hubby tonight that nee needs to buy me a dishwasher! Maybe it will be a good Christmas present lol?? Thanks for your lovely comment Ingrid.

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  4. I had no idea you were pregnant, huge congratulations! :)

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    1. Thanks Natasha. I kept the news under wraps for quite a long time (there was a lot of denial going on!)

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  5. Oh I feel you, Claire! My little one just arrived this past weekend (happy times!!), but pregnancy is much more difficult than the way a lot of people describe it. I hope that you continue to have a safe, healthy, and happy pregnancy and easy delivery. Best wishes to you and your growing family!

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    1. Big congrats Elizabeth!!! How amazing. Hope you are both doing well :)

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  6. Oh dear!!! I hated being pregnant both times (never understood how some women had it so easy) but as everyone else says, kids are AWESOME! I had no idea how fun they would be. And don't worry - your fitness will bounce back.

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    1. Thanks Kat. Looking forward to the Awesomeness :)

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