Isn't it incredible that I have reached 28 weeks and am now in the third trimester? Who would have thought? This is as far as I worried for Emma's life, from now on I now she can most likely survive well on the outside, and every additional week is a wonderful bonus. Not to mention that my cervix is completely unchanged, at 4.5 cm, and hence that I am very likely to give birth to a term baby, which is the biggest bonus that this life could ever give me. Emma weighs 1.3 kg, and is in the 70th percentile. I feel so blessed, and lucky, and happy!
MrH and I went sailing (he sailed, I alternatively slept and puked because despite sailing with him for about seven years, I still get desperately seasick whenever the waves hit sideways to the hull). Still, once we got into calm waters between islands it was so beautiful and peaceful, that I came back feeling like I have tasted heaven. The morning after sailing, we woke up to find the marina water so deep and calm that one could see clearly all the way to the bottom. There were starfish, jellyfish, small fish, and a crab that was feeding himself with his cute little claws, bringing algae to his mouth. A flat fish with both eyes on one side of the face was cautiously checking out the crab, it was a social life like you wouldn't believe on the bottom of that marina!
I came back rejuvenated spiritually, and had a wonderful time. I also ate a bit too many chicken and halibut burgers, and have decided that the cellulite on my thighs has now reached a critical point at which something must be done. I embrace my dimpled thighs with the necessary respect that I have to accord to them hormonal outcomes, but honestly, I am not going to lie down and take it! I am going to start employing all my secret weapons minus the caffeine creams, which I don't want to expose Emma to. This is the plan:
1. start re-orienting myself towards vegan type of foods again. Once the pregnancy is done, I will be vegan again, and I might as well start heading in that direction now. If I crave protein (and I usually crave it in the form of fish or eggs or chicken) then I will have it, but otherwise my diet is going back to pot barley, buckwheat, quinoa, rice, vegetables of all kinds, hummus, nuts of all sorts, almond milk, fruit and soy milk. I am going to continue eating yogourt though, which I love and think it is healthy. I only eat organic yogourt, which I usually make myself, so it can't be that bad. I am going to avoid flour for now, because it raises the insulin, which in turn makes my thighs rack up more fatty acid deposits.
2. swimming. I go to the pool and tread water, which is very good for the thighs/butt area.
3. massage. I am going to get a series of ten anti-cellulite massages from my mom. In exchange I am giving her massages to soothe the lower back muscles, which she needs. We both have good spa skills and groom each other like monkeys. She gave me a lovely French pedicure tonight.
4. moisturizing. At least it will look better.
5. cold and hot alternating showers. I don't know if it helps, but it will improve the circulation.
6. I am already drinking lots of water, and will continue to drink lots. I find that pregnancy makes me more thirsty than usual. I don't know if it helps with cellulite, but I am sure it is good to be well hydrated.
7. eating slower. I tend to eat much faster than usual when I eat with my parents (to match their speed), and this is a bad habit. I need to work on taking at least twice as long eating a meal than I currently do.
I will post a results report in about one month. Let's see where it takes me.