foto friday: staying active at 39 weeks pregnant

39 weeks


My countdown is winding down. My due date is in three (!!) days and I sure hope that I won’t be posting another weekly update on staying fit while pregnant come next Friday. Because I hope to not be pregnant come next Friday. :) But I also know that most first-time moms go past their due date and that it’s likely that I will not be having this baby as soon as Monday, my predicted (yet somewhat arbitrary) “due date”.

No matter when she comes, I feel ready to receive and to meet this daughter of mine. I feel mentally prepared for the labor and I know that I’m also physically prepared for it after nine months of cycling and staying active through a variety of activities.

With the intense heat we’ve been experiencing in the Midwest (temperatures as high as the 100s F), I have not been able to keep up with my regular routine this past week though. There have been no walks, no bike rides, and no swims at the outdoor pool either. Instead, I’ve made it a point to practice yoga as often as possible at home accompanied by the welcoming hum of our air conditioner. When you’re new to something, like I am to yoga, it can sometimes be frustrating to do it on our own as you’re constantly questioning whether you’re doing it ‘right’. So thank you to Lauren for providing some great tips regarding online yoga classes and yoga podcasts on yesterday’s yoga post:

And thanks to a good friend from my prenatal yoga class, who’s also a certified yoga instructor, I now know of:
In addition to looking for resources on practicing yoga, I’ve also been increasingly interested in learning more about yoga philosophy and will put together a list of readings on that soon as well. Especially now, as I’m getting closer to labor, the calm of yoga with the emphasis on ‘mindfulness’ and being present in the moment has helped me to mentally prepare for this experience. I know that when the time comes, I can trust my body to do what it needs to do to deliver this baby. I know that I am doing what billions of women have done before me. I know that my body and my baby are meant to work together during this experience and that (barring complications) it will work out and I will get to finally meet my daughter at the end of it.

That’s the mentra I’ve been repeating to myself and it’s what I will keep reminding myself of when contractions start. For all the moms out there, how did you prepare for labor and did you feel like it worked when the moment came?

And for the yoginis out there, please continue to chime in with your yoga resources! And thanks in advance for adding to the list!

Namaste. And have a good weekend, everyone!

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27 Responses to foto friday: staying active at 39 weeks pregnant

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have been reading your blog since you started it; I followed you over from Academichic (which I am heartbroken to say goodbye to!). I’m an RSS girl and rarely click through to comment, but I wanted to send you some positive labor vibes! I am a labor and delivery nurse and student nurse midwife, and and I am expecting my first in March next year! I have truly enjoyed following your pregnancy and can’t wait to hear your birth story (if you choose to share it) and “meet” your daughter. Congratulations!

  2. Lissa says:

    It’s been a pleasure following your blog, old and new, for the last six months; thank you for wonderful stories and resources, and the gorgeous “bike dates” series — you’ve inspired my girlfriend and I to rent a tandem bicycle and plan a romantic tour of Central Park, once the heatwave breaks!

    I wanted to take a moment to wish you the utmost joy and peace as you welcome your daughter into the world; know that a stranger hundreds of miles away sends some hope and love in your direction.


    • simplybike says:

      Thanks, Lissa, and yay for tandem bike dates! If you and your girlfriend want to be featured as part of the series, I’d love to include you! Just email me a guest post, a romantic bike ride through Central Park sounds perfect :)

  3. CM says:

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog! You look amazing, and I hope your labor and delivery go well. I know exactly what you mean about practicing yoga at home. I’ve tried several times to do it on my own, but I can’t find any videos that I like and I don’t know enough to do it without any instruction. I plan on checking out those web sites you mentioned.

  4. T says:

    I prepared for labor just exactly as you are and it worked like a charm. Good luck!

  5. Lady Vélo says:

    It has been wonderful following you and your cycling while you are pregnant! You look absolutely beautiful and positively radiant! I hope your Labour is fine – good luck to you all & can not wait to see your new addition.

    Best of luck.
    Jools xx

  6. G.E. says:

    You look lovely, S! It’s been fun to “watch” through your blog posts as you’ve progressed through your pregnancy. I have no advice (as I’m not a mom to human children – only fur children), but just wanted to wish you well as you’re closing in on the time to add your daughter to your family. As others have said, I look forward to reading more as you continue your journey. Best to you!

  7. Erin says:

    S, you look radiant despite the boiling Midwest heat! I’m sending good labor vibes your way. Yoga and yoga breathing helped me prepare for the delivery of my little dude (seven weeks yesterday!), but I had to be reminded by my fabulous L&D nurse during labor to “breathe for my baby.” I had a really short labor for a first-time mom (about three hours), and I was in intense transitional labor when I got to the hospital. But as soon as I was reminded to “breathe,” I tapped my yoga practice, and I felt more in control. (That’s not to say that natural childbirth was easy!)

    I think you’re probably as ready as you’ll ever be. I hope you show off your little lady on the blog!

  8. simplybike says:

    Thanks for all your really nice and encouraging words, everyone! They really mean a lot to me right now!


  9. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been so inspired by your blog! I’m at 15 weeks of my first pregnancy and am just now getting back to exercise after a rather miserable first trimester. I live where it is nasty hot all summer, so biking hasn’t really be a fun option so far, but swimming and yoga, definitely. I aspire for a healthy and active pregnancy like yours, and wish you all the best for your labor and delivery! I look forward to hearing about it, and thanks again for sharing your adventure with us.

  10. Angela says:

    I hope when I get to the mother stage of my life I’m half as good/collected/smart about it as you are! You sound like you’re ready and I can’t wait to see pics of the little new one (if you’re sharing)!

  11. You’re almost there! A good friend of mine is due in a week. Thanks for the link love!

  12. Erin says:

    So close, yet so far! That’s how I felt at this point in my pregnancy. I was so ready and anxious. My own little C decided she was quite comfortable inside the McMansion I had created for her so I had to be induced as there was absolutely no progress for me by 41 weeks. (The nurses even said, “Erin you’re still pregnant!” at my 41 week appointment.) My only advice is to just go with whatever comes up. It may not be according to your plan(s) but just be ready to do whatever it takes to get your precious angel out and in your arms!

    I also want to echo the others who have said how amazing and radiant you look!

    Good luck and I know everything will go well for you, T and little C. :)

  13. Nadine says:

    Oh sweetie, best of luck! I really hope everything goes OK! The first labour and delivery is SUCH a journey into the unknown . . . I hope your ‘Plan A’ works out for you, but even if it doesn’t, you’re still going to have a gorgeous baby daughter at the end of it all. I’m SO excited for you! Babies are awesome! :)

  14. Nadine says:

    Oh, hey I didn’t answer your questions . . ! Sorry! I got really sick almost as soon as I conceived, so I able to predict very accurately when both my babies were due. ‘Officially’ my first one was late and my second one was early, but I knew exactly when they were coming, to within 2 days. For my first child I had a home birth planned, but my plan did not work out (‘failure to progress’) and I ended up in hospital. No drama, but I wanted to go home straight away and they wouldn’t let me! (Because I had lost so much blood, and because I was having trouble learning to breastfeed. But I persevered and became quite the expert at it after all my initial problems . . ) Second time around I was lucky enough to get my home birth, and was much more confident about what I wanted during labour, but my baby was posterior and seemed to take quite some time . . Good times! No, really! ;)

  15. C says:

    Hi S!

    I’ve been reading you on academichic but I love the biking/parenting project over here (even though I am currently abroad and bikeless, and definitely childless). Just wanted to wish you good luck with the coming week, and recommend the Yogamazing podcasts on iTunes (free!) as an awesome resource.

    Cheers from Scotland,

  16. Kristina says:

    Yoga Today RULES! been using the free classes for over a year now and Im happy with how they vary it up with each class :) THERE IS BUNCH OF YOGA APPS YOUR CAN DOWNLOAD TOO :)



  17. cb says:

    you are absolutely stunning! i can’t wait for you to have your little baby girl! what a beautiful family you will have :D hopefully she comes sooner then you think!

    thinking of you and your little one!


  18. Sue says:

    S, wishing you and your baby much happiness as she enters this world. Hang in there it’s almost over :).

  19. Somehow I commented on the Summer Games post, and my comment will seem quite random..sorry. Here it is again: You look absolutely adorable. Sending you best wishes and good vibes for a easy labor and wonderful delivery!!!

  20. Alli says:

    I also followed you over from academichic and have been loved hearing about your impressive, active pregnancy. I rarely comment, but can’t resist the opportunity to share yoga resources! Yoga Today is my favorite series out there, especially Adi’s classes. They used to have free, 60- to 90-minute downloadable classes, which were fantastic. I haven’t ventured beyond the paywall, but if those old classes are accessible there, then I’d highly recommend it. Otherwise, stringing together a few of the free podcasts can make for a nice class. Yoga Journal also has some nice video podcasts for free.

    Finally — and here I’m way outside my own zone of expertise — a friend of mine strongly recommended hypnobabies as a labor and delivery method/philosophy/technique. It sounds very yoga-inspired, so you might like it if mindfulness and being in touch with the breath are what’s working for you right now.

    • simplybike says:

      Alli, thanks so much for the yoga tips! I will look into all of those suggestions and as for the hypnobabies, I have actually been listening to some meditative tracks from a hypnobirthing CD a friend gave me. The guided relaxation and the breathing techniques are very much akin to the kind of practices we do in yoga. So I’ve really loved it and have also used that as a tool in my preparation. So you’re totally right in suggesting that!


  21. aem2 says:

    Darn, somebody beat me to the 20-minute yoga and the Yoga Journal podcasts. I will just say that I took the yoga for cyclists with me on my cycling trip to Provence last year. Did it every day and felt zero twinges the next day, despite a 40-50 km ride. I can’t remember which one also has a pose guide.

    Good luck with the labour!

  22. paige says:

    okay, so i was wrong…you’re a first time mommy! congrats!
    (and now i get to go back to believing that wives tale!) ;)

    • simplybike says:

      Hi Paige and welcome to the site! Thanks for your comments, and you’re right, this is my first baby. They say first babies tend to come late, so this may be something you’re in for too :) Or maybe you’ll be one of the lucky ones who are on time or even a bit early. I hope you’re doing well and I wish you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy!


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