Hiking, Pregnancy, Top Trips

Learning to adjust

In my last post, I was all excited about feeling great after a longer hike. I must have jinxed myself. The following weekend, JK and I hiked Teanaway Ridge in search of shrooms and blooms – we were too early for both, but what I did find was that walking hurt. A lot.

In the following days, so did little movements like getting up from the couch and turning over in bed. I tried to rest and not do any exercise for most of a week, but, as always, that led to lower back pain and severe down-in-the-dumpsiness.

Calypso orchids Bømp

My yoga teacher told me to make sure I keep my hips level and legs together whenever I change positions (like getting off the couch), which helps a lot, and I also bought this maternity support belt to wear when I walk. It’s a minor miracle worker – when I wear it, I’m able to walk without feeling like my pelvis is being ripped apart by a thousand monkeys. The only complaint I have about it is that it takes what is normally a rather cute baby bump and squeezes all the extraneous blubber up, transforming it into a most impressive muffin top. Oh well, there’s no place for vanity in hiking (or in pregnancy, as I am learning).

JK is excited about the GPW

After testing the belt on Cougar Mountain and in the Redmond Watershed with great success, I felt ready to try a “real” hike again, especially since summer seems to have arrived very early in Washington this year!

Spawning station :)

I picked Twin Lakes near Lake Wenatchee, a new trail for us but one that was reported as being snow-free. I refuse to hike on snow these days, since I worry about slipping, falling, and smushing my belly. Even if I just slip and don’t fall, it’s going to hurt like the dickens, thanks to that delightfully unstable pelvis of mine.

At last

Anyway, back to the trail. Instant favorite. There was so much variety! Wildflowers, open viewpoints, riverside walking, a surprisingly pretty marsh, giant cedars, a stretch of forest that reminded us of hiking in the tropics, two different (but somewhat similar, being Twin Lakes and all) lakes, and, at last, shrooms!

Log crossing So much variety on this trail

The only parts I didn’t like were the ravenous mosquitoes (the price you pay for the pretty marsh) and the log crossing. It’s an easy crossing and I wouldn’t normally give it a second thought, but given the baby-smushing risk, I’ve decided to not cross another slick log like that this season. It’s just not worth it.

Beautimous trail

By the time we made it to the lakes, I was both happy and tired – a little too tired. JK had brought a full-length sleeping pad that I could stretch out on, and I did my best to rehydrate and eat everything in sight.

Lunch on the boardwalk

Luckily it wasn’t such a bad place to spend an hour or two!

Second twin

This was the hike that made me realize that my body is calling the shots from now on, and it’s not something I can just mentally push through – an unfamiliar thought for someone who struggles with always feeling like she’s too lazy. Staying active during these last months is good (for body, mind, and baby), overdoing it is not.


What really brought it home was how I felt the next day. Ever since my pelvic issues started, I’ve felt awful the rest of the day after a walk or a yoga class, but then felt a million times better the next day. This time, however, it just got worse and worse, and by late Sunday afternoon I couldn’t stand up without wincing or walk without a significant waddle.

Then, aaahhh, Monday morning brought relief. JK has helped me out with this exercise whenever the pain has been bad, and when we tried it on Monday morning, I heard a loud popping/clicking sound, and suddenly the pain was gone – I could walk like a normal person! I could even get up from the couch with all my weight on one leg!! From what I can tell, my pubic symphysis must have been way out of alignment, and the sound I heard was of it popping back into place.

Pretty marsh Wild ginger!

As miraculous as it felt, I fully expect this pain to come back throughout the rest of my pregnancy, possibly getting worse and worse (based on the horror stories I’ve read on the internets). It doesn’t seem like anyone knows how to prevent it, so I’ll just keep my movements controlled, do my kegels like a champ, use my belt, and find a list of nice, short, well-shaded hikes to go on this summer…and, when hiking FOMO inevitably sets in, remember that this is but one summer out of my life, those mountains aren’t going anywhere, and what I am doing is way, way more important to me than trail time.

Twin Lakes | 8 miles | 1000 feet elevation gain –

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  • Reply Michelle June 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Exactly! I had bad PSD (or whatever the acronym is) too from around 27 weeks…and for the most part stopped doing much walking, did more swimming and strength work, even went kayaking…and really, it seemed okay in the end to not be hiking much because it seemed my body could rest better when i wasn’t moving on land…as an aside, looks like I will wait a little longer to join you in the viable pregnancy game…keep enjoying the outdoors when you can, i love the pics!

  • Reply Lisa June 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! 8 miles is pretty far! Gorgeous hike, though, I see it was worth it!

  • Reply Ingunn June 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Michelle, I’m so sorry to hear that. :(

  • Reply Karen June 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

    You may want to look into chiropractic care for pregnancy, just do your research first and make sure they have treated pregnant women in the past.
    Just a suggestion…. i hope the last few weeks goes fast so you can get back to the trails you love with the little in tow :)

  • Reply Ingunn June 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Karen, my midwife suggested the same thing, she said chiros have been very helpful to other women with the same problem. If it gets really bad again and I’m not able to do the magic pop myself, I’ll get a referral asap.

  • Reply Maura June 4, 2014 at 11:31 am

    You might also ask your midwife for a referral to a physical therapist. I did physical therapy throughout my second trimester for back pain and it really helped. She would frequently check me to make sure that my hips were still even and not out of alignment. The exercises she gave me to do have helped my back pain so much that I don’t need to go in for office visits anymore, which, in part, were rather pleasant prenatal massages! Just another suggestion! Awesome write up!

  • Reply Ingunn June 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Maura, that’s a good idea!

  • Reply solgunnf June 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hei Ingunn
    Vil bare dele min erfaring med bekkenløsning i symfysen. Kanskje det kan være til hjelp.

    Jeg gikk ofte tur som regel daglig, men trappet gradvis ned på lengden for ikke å presse over smerteterskelen. At det gjør mer vondt etter tur er normalt, men kroppen skal klare å komme seg i løpet av natten med hvile. Var det ekstra smertefullt i symfysen neste dag, hadde jeg gått for langt, eller i et for ulendt terreng. Mykt og flatt skogsunderlag med lite røtter og steiner å løfte beina over (au-au til symfysen!) funket bar. Jeg prøvde å finne en balanse mellom hvile, aktivitet og holde smertene i symfysen på et minimum.

    Jeg er helt overbevist om at det hjalp å holde seg aktiv, men aldri presse og at det var medvirkende til at jeg ikke fikk problemer med bekkenløsning i etterkant, eller måtte på krykker i svangerskapet. Jeg hadde oppfølging av kiropraktor i mitt andre svangerskap og kjenner igjen øvelsen fra snutten. Samlede bein var også til stor hjelp og pussig nok gjør jeg det enda :)

    Lykke til med innspurten. Det er spennende og gledelig å følge deg. Håper bekkenet holder seg i sjakk.

    Klem fra Solgunn

  • Reply Ingunn June 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Solgunn, det høres akkurat ut som kroppen min akkurat nå! Og ja, å skreve over ting eller ta store skritt opp eller ned = auauau. Jeg har fått tak i en bok som heter ‘Best Hikes with Kids’, og jeg tror det er den jeg skal velge mine sommerturer fra også – flatere, jevnere, kortere. :D Prøver også å ta veldig korte skritt, men det er litt vanskelig når jeg blir sånn hyper og glad av å være på tur.

    Det med samlede ben er virkelig noe jeg må trene meg selv til å gjøre, jeg har liksom reist meg fra sofa/seng/stol på en og samme måte i alle år nå, så det er lett å glemme seg…men da kjenner jeg det fort, det er nesten den vondeste bevegelsen av alle når jeg prøver å løfte hele kroppen med vekten på ett ben.

  • Reply Christina Smith June 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Ingunn!!!! You are pregnant!! I haven’t been on your blog in such a long time! I had no idea! Congratulations! I am SO excited for you!!! Yay!!!!

  • Reply Melissa June 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hey Ingunn! I really wanted to try this trail! Looks amazing! I am actually going on my first overnight trip this weekend to Enchanted Valley. I am super excited. Wish me luck ;) Can’t wait to see your next post!

  • Reply Heidi Tafjord June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    My husband (Oyvind) told me about your blog while we were living in Oregon. Your hikes and pictures made us envious of the trails up farther north. We (husband, 7yo girl, 3yo boy and me) now live in Seattle! We are very much looking forward to following your footsteps in the future :) Thank you!

  • Reply Rachel June 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Wow! That looks like such a beautiful trail! I’ll definitely have to check it out. And congrats again :)

  • Reply jill i June 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Oh your so impress me! And as always love your writing style and photos. Take it easy, listen to that body, and enjoy summer. Here’s hoping you don’t have much worse pain and baby pops out smoothly at the end and is a natural hiker.

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