I am almost 33 weeks pregnant with twin boys now, and it's amazing how much they have helped me set more normal exercise expectations for myself. I still exercise more than most medical professionals would probably suggest for a woman this far along with twins, but it's nothing tremendously intense any more. I do a lot of walking, but my pace has slowed a bit and I've learned to be okay with that and not drive myself as fast as I can - I'm not trying to bring on contractions here! And I still go jogging, but very slowly and carefully, and I take walking breaks after each mile or so. A year ago, I would have cried if my pace was what it is nowadays (12 min/mile, MAX, and frequently a bit slower) - I used to run more like 8-8:30/mile, and I could go for 10-12 miles, instead of the 4-5.5ish that I limit myself to now. But again, I'm not trying to get myself into preterm labor! Twins are a "high risk" kind of pregnancy as it is, and they'll likely come a few weeks early just because they'll run out of room. I don't need to encourage them to be any earlier; I don't want to have them spend any time in the NICU because they were born really premature!
So they have already done an amazing service for their mother, and they're not even out in the world yet. But they have helped rescue her sanity! I know now that I don't have to be working out as hard as I can every day to stay healthy. A slow, easy jog is just fine - it doesn't have be a full-on RUN for two hours!
Again, I'm still struggling a bit - I can't ever take a rest day where I don't do *any* exercise, and the more I've done in a day, the happier I feel about it even though I supposedly ought to be sitting around with my feet up more...but it's still so much better than it was even the last time I posted that things were getting better.
Thank you, babies!