At 5 months pregnant, (the halfway point – yay!), I had hoped I would chronicle my pregnancy a little more closely on the blog. Unfortunately, the (sometimes) overwhelming exhaustion from early pregnancy, combined with moving houses, has really taken its toll on my best efforts and love of blogging. I’ve been so happy to get back to a little blogging, here and there, recently, and I can’t wait to introduce you all to the new little member of our family, come February.
So, let’s talk a little about these past five months. I’ll start off by saying that we planned to start trying to get pregnant, so I knew it could happen beforehand, and had time to tweak my diet and exercise regime as needed. I added in more vigorous abdominal and back exercises, since I knew I’d be training my abdomen less during pregnancy, and I’d need those wonderful back muscles to support my increasing weight. I also tried to add in more vegetables into my diet, especially those I knew to increase fertility. I’m so so so glad I did all of this. I think it’s been the key to the health of my pregnancy, so far.
I know every pregnancy is different, but my own experience has been that the first trimester of pregnancy was quite a bit more exhausting than I honestly expected. I’ll shoot you straight – I kind of thought everyone exaggerated the extreme tiredness, but no – for me, that one was entirely true. But, here’s the reason I believe I was so exhausted: I was used to eating a certain way, and exercising a certain way, every day/ every week. During the first three months of my pregnancy, I had terrible food aversions, so I was unable to stick to my eating plan… in fact, I was unable to eat much at all. I lost about six pounds, and I felt like I was starving all the time. Luckily, I’ve regained that weight, plus a few pounds, and my doctor is pleased with my weight-gain at this point.
I’ve kept up with walking, jogging on the elliptical, body weight exercises, and light-weight/ low-resistance exercises, exactly as I used to train before. In the beginning, of course, a lot less frequently, but I’m happy to say that the past 8 weeks, I’ve had the energy to continue basically the same routine as pre-pregnancy (with just a few adjustments).
My diet has also been the same as pre-pregnancy, since my food aversions improved. It’s been a cyclical thing. I eat well, so I have more energy, so I workout with the same intensity, which gives me even more energy. I’m grateful for a healthy pregnancy so far, and I plan to do everything within my control to keep it up.