due in 5 weeks with ds2. After i had ds1 my whole body ached like no bodys business. I felt like id been crippled and walked all hunched up for quite a few weeks after i had him. I had 2nd degree tear and grazing and also couldnt sit without a pillow for about 8 weeks.
I was swimming a few times a week before i gave birth with ds1 but this time round have been too ill and suffering with spd and bad pelvis so dont excercise as such just running round after an active 2 yr old so dont think fitness wise is anything i can do about at the moment.
book a break for end of 4th trimester, so dp/helper is with you and you can get a swim and an extra nap everyday for a week, once you've done the first 12 weeks of adjusting! tis great to have something to look forward to, and marks a watershed in terms of how baby grows and how you start getting back more towards yourself. or new self. and for now, deffo try relaxation/hypnosis/meditation practice, so you can make most of snatched time free to relax and heal after the birth. good luck.
Phone up all your friends and relatives now to get someone to come round each day, just to do some picking up and hefting about of the baby. i had bad spd and just picking him up and burping and cuddling gets too much in the evening, but loads of people are willing to hold and rock him for a couple hours.
friends/family who will look after baby in part of the night and only bring him to you when he needs feeding are even more invaluable!
(got told off by gp the other day and to get more help, seeing as 5 weeks ago spd had me in a wheelchair...)
Make sure you tell everyone you will need help when the baby comes - whether it's taking your older child out for an hour and making him feel special, or running the vac round the living room. People generally want to help but need to know the best way to help you.