Things are pretty uneventful lately. I feel good, the yoga feels good, I have plenty of energy and a good appetite. Things are right on track. She’s a good size and developing well. She has gotten incredibly active. I used to feel her just at night or very quiet times during the day. Now I feel her kicking and rolling all day long, especially during class and after backbends. She used to be quiet the whole time I was teaching, now she’s kicking me while I’m talking. The one part of class that completely mellows her is Kapalbhati. I don’t know if its the motion or the rhythmic squeezing, but I don’t hear a peep from her for about an hour after we’re done. Even when I am just demonstrating or joining the group while I’m teaching.
Her favorite place to plant a kick is right in my liver. I am happy, though, that she’s on that side because if she were reversed, I’d be seeing my lunch again as she jabbed me in my stomach.
Someone told me this week that they were glad to hear I was pregnant because they thought I had just been eating too much ice cream. More students have figured it out or are passing the news on. I feel like I get more energy every single day. It feels so good not to feel bad that I am ecstatic. I’ve felt a little rolling and pressure in my abdomen, but no concrete kicks yet. I do, however, have regular Braxton-Hicks contractions. I notice after I lie down from a backbend that my uterus gets firm and bulges up. It was surprising at first, but my midwife says it’s a normal reaction to exercise and activity and it all serves to make my uterine muscle stronger for childbirth.
The pregnancy modifications feel really good. The only thing I miss in the release in my upper back that you get from Rabbit and Head-to-Knee. The Cat/Cow in place of Rabbit is a fair substitute, but in no way as deep a stretch.
I am surprised, but already my belly is in the way in Spine Twisting. Even with my lower leg extended, I can still feel too much compression in my lower abdomen. I have had to start twisting in the opposite direction (open). Most of the twist happens in my mid-back and upper back.