I'm what some would call an extremist. When I do (or don't do) things, I go all the way. I don't work well on the middle of the track. That's just how I roll.
So when I got pregnant, like some many other extremes in my life, I thought- I'll either LOVE being pregnant or HATE it. For me, the concept of being in a happy middle didn't even cross my mind.
If I'm completely honest, I haven't loved being pregnant. Gaining weight is very uncomfortable both physically and emotionally for me and although my pregnancy has gone well, my workout routine has had to change. The change in exercise was part of my extreme thinking. When I couldn't do 8 mile hikes anymore, I decided I couldn't hike :). So at 7 months pregnant, I was left with almost no exercise options save prenatal yoga and evening walks- and let's face it, that's not enough for this mama.
In my hunt for the perfect pregnancy exercise I made the decision to go back to swimming. I give it up on occasion because I pay so much to have my hair colored every six weeks that I hate the idea of the color fading quickly in chlorine. Call me crazy, but I like my hair. Swimming, however is the best option for an uncomfortable pregnant woman in her 8th month of pregnancy. So off to the pool, go I.
I have been swimming competitively since I can remember, and being in the water is very comfortable for me. I have even found it healing. So for now, I am feeling very grateful for not only my ability to swim but for my desire to swim. Pregnancy might not be my favorite state of being, but while I'm in the water, I barley feel pregnant. I can swim almost as long, fast, and technical as I ever have before- and right now that is enough to make me feel extreme about getting to the pool as often as I can!