I’ve been wanting to write for a while, but I haven’t had the slightest idea of what to actually write.
There is a reason I’ve been MIA from this blog for quite a while. I’m currently 6 months pregnant – and while we are thrilled, pregnancy has not been overly kind to me.
My main thing is since I started having severe morning (really all day) sickness at week 6, I’m still struggling with it today at almost 28 weeks. I definitely have better ways to manage it now, but I still have some pretty bad days. And I’m exhausted all the time – I never got that “honeymoon” second trimester that people told me about so glowingly while I was unable to keep anything down during my first trimester. Needless to say, my idea of fitness was taking a nice nap and drinking lots of water.
But it is what it is. I do have good moments – and I relish those, and just take care of myself during the bad moments. There’s no use complaining, getting down, or angry. And as I’ve been able to manage my symptoms, I have been able to get some moderate exercise in, which has been fantastic!
During this time I have learned some interesting things about health and fitness – lessons I probably never would have learned if it wasn’t for this pregnancy.
- Your body can overrun your good intentions. I always have a plan of attack for exercise every day – whether it’s a gentle 15 minute prenatal stretching routine, a brisk walk outdoors, or some light weight training at home. And while I’ve definitely had the wrath of sore muscles/injuries, colds and busy days try to ruin my workout plans pre-pregnancy, I was always able to find a way around it. If my hip was acting up, I could do some upper body work. If I had a cold, I could do some yoga at home. But during these past 6 months I’ve had to come to grips that sometimes you just need to do nothing but rest. Your body is working hard enough as it is – so rest days have become more common in my world.
- When you don’t want to eat healthfully – you have to sneak in your nutrition. During most of my pregnancy I have had a huge aversion to any and all vegetables. Veggies used to make up the majority of my diet – so this was a big change. But with the nausea, my body craved anything loaded with carbs. Luckily some of my veggie aversions have gone away – I can happily eat some broccoli now, but asparagus is a no go. So during those aversion times, I had to disguise my vegetables. Casseroles, sauces, chopping them up fine in sauces, meatloaf, etc. Whatever it took to get my veggies in was done.
- When you generally feel like crap, drink a big glass of water. This helps me a lot! The last thing I want to drink when my tummy is upset is water, but if I’m feeling gross, blah or have a headache – water is my best remedy. There’s a lot to say about hydration!
- Body perception and image is a crazy thing. My body feels almost foreign at times. I still think I can squeeze through tight spaces that I used to be able to get too before my baby bump. It’s just now sinking in that I’m bigger. And I have a slight fear of where the rest of the baby weight will go. But that’s all perception, as I have many co-workers, friends and even medical staff tell me that in the pregnancy world, I’m “tiny”.
That’s all I can think of at the moment – I have found that pregnancy brain (aka lack of sleep) is very real too!