It’s been a minute…. Or a year.
Ok, so I slacked this past year on writing. More like a year in a half. I kind of strayed away from why I got into the fitness industry and took some time to focus on myself and well maybe another thing as well. I slowly started to lose that passion for spreading the word about a healthy lifestyle. I guess being pregnant will make you lose that focus. Yes, you read that right. I am pregnant!! Perspective on life changes a whole lot when you start growing a tiny human inside you. I am also writing this 2 in a half weeks before my due date because if I don’t get this out now, I will put it off for another few months.
I am going to be completely honest here and say that I have eaten more food that I typically don’t eat in the past 9 months than I have in the past 5 years probably. Yes, it has everything to do with the hormones, but it has also opened my eyes to what my body really needs. I have learned to listen way more to my body and not deprive it of what its literally screaming at me to eat.
First trimester was hard. I never skip meals, nor do I slack on feeding my body the calories it needs but let me tell you, nothing sounded good. Except potatoes and occasionally a burger. Sounds like the perfect diet, right? Every once in a while, I would get a craving for something and I would literally have to rush to get it and eat it before that craving went away and I didn’t want it anymore. It was a nightmare. All these hormones had me all over the place to the point where I would be a few bites into a meal and just stop eating because it wasn’t tasting good anymore. Makes you want to get pregnant, doesn’t it? I was tired and nauseous all the time so meal prepping and working out was hard to keep up with. I would have to get as much done in my work as possible, before it would be too much and I would feel nauseous again. Luckily, I would have good days and bad days and was still able to work out.
I would sleep on average 9 hours a night during the first 3 months which sounds like a dream right? It was at first but then it got to the point where my husband was so worried about me, he literally dragged me outside and said, “You need sun and you can’t come back inside until I say so.” I never really thanked him for that but let me tell you, it helped. I am a pretty stubborn person so I know he will give me shit for this after he reads it.
Food plays a very important part in pregnancy and it affects everyone differently. Me? You can pretty much say the staple of this pregnancy has been eggs, potatoes and ketchup. Last time I had ketchup? Probably college. Do I have it every week right now? What else am I going to put on my potatoes? Literally any form of potatoes has been a life saver for me the past 9 months. But what that showed me was my iron is low. It wasn’t critical nor did I have to take a supplement but whenever I craved potatoes it meant my iron was getting low. So, you can imagine that I have had every form of potatoes this pregnancy. From waffle fries to hash browns to potato soup. And I have loved every minute of it. You may think meal prep was easy for me but that first trimester with only being able to eat eggs and potatoes but to be honest, I don’t think I meal prepped for a month straight. Honestly, I barely remember it because I was in such a fog. But at the time, sleep and potatoes was what my body needed.
(This is after I completed the Memorial Day Murph workout challenge 4 months pregnant)
Red meat has also been a weekly deal for me. This goes along with the iron, but it also has a lot to do with vitamin B12 and niacin. Which are essential in early development of the baby and energy levels. Everyone knows B12 as the energy booster however most people don’t know you can acquire most of you B12 intake by food and not by a shot. You can find B12 in animal products like meat, fish, eggs, and milk. Let me tell you, if something gives you energy during pregnancy and its healthy for you and the baby, you hold on to it like a stage 5 clinger. Why you might ask? Because you have to monitor your caffeine levels while pregnant. Staying under 150mg (about 2 cups of coffee) is safe and anything above that can put your baby at risk. Now, before pregnancy, I averaged 200-300 mg per day. So, anything that gave me some energy, I made sure to always have it on hand.
Second trimester was definitely my favorite time. I wasn’t feeling so foggy anymore and I was working out regularly again, I had energy, my somewhat normal taste buds started coming back and I started to feel the baby move around. Still on that eggs, potatoes and ketchup train though. Except now I can eat a little more without giving up halfway through. Burgers and steaks have been on the menu a lot during the second 3 months. Total boy right? My birthday dinner was In-n-out and you would have thought I had a $100 steak that night from the smile it put on my face. But that is what baby wanted so that is what baby got. And to be honest, I have been trying so hard to live by that because I know it’s what my body needs during this time and when you are growing a little human, you can’t help but think, whatever that baby needs, that baby better get it.
My real saving grace throughout my second and third trimester was working out. I know, I know, shocking right? However, the more I read up on working out during pregnancy, the more I understood why I felt so much better after working out. Feeling sluggish? Work out. Body starting to ache, or muscles feel tight? Work out. Swollen? Work out. Every symptom that came up, working out was one of the ways to help with it. I may not be working out as hard or as often, but I do make sure I am working out 4-5 times a week. I love lifting weights but as the baby grew, lifting heavy got harder and I didn’t want to strain as much so I made sure I was doing lighter weight for more reps. Cardio seemed to always make me feel the best so even if I was not lifting that day, I made sure to get a little bit of cardio in. Whether it was the bike, elliptical or just walking, I was doing it. If my body wasn’t feeling it that day, I listened and put my feet up and took the day off. If I wasn’t pregnant, I would have never done that.
Moral of this story is that, listening to your body is always a good idea. Not only that but making sure you are taking care of it as well, which has been a major eye opener for me.
Eating the right foods for proper body function and making sure you aren’t just filling your body with crap. Listen and pay attention to how your body reacts to foods and you will be so much happier with the outcome!
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