Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Pregnancy Post Inspired by Twitter Hashtags

The first four months of pregnancy I was so nauseous and felt like I was always on the verge of throwing up. BUT, the catch 22 is that if you don't eat, your tummy will hurt worse!

The nausea slowly went away for me. I know for some people, it's they wake up one day and it's gone, but for me it just got a little better every day. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel normal. I am so thankful to feel like myself again and not want to throw up or just lay around all the time.

I have lots of tiny, cute friends who are pregnant at the same time as me. I have had to remind myself that each woman grows differently because I seriously look like I am about to give birth compared to some of these teeny girls!

I realized that cleaning out and purging my closet while I am preggo is a terrible idea. It only makes me wonder "will I ever fit into these clothes again?" It was hard not to get rid of a lot of stuff, but that will give me something to work toward after Quinn gets here.

Now that the nausea is gone, all I want to do is eat. Mostly sweets. I have been really good about trying to balance my diet, but sweets get me every time. Luckily, I am craving watermelon like crazy right now, so if I had a cookie at work, I make myself eat watermelon after dinner instead of ice cream. But seriously, all I want is sweets!!

I heart my husband. He has been so supportive, loving, encouraging and excited through this whole process. I really don't know how I could get through this without him. I need my husband and Quinn needs her Daddy!

I have always been really active, so going to the gym during the pregnancy has been funny. I promised myself I would try to jog until 20 weeks, which I did. Now I walk, alternating the treadmill on an incline every half mile or I do an interval workout on the elliptical. For a while I wondered if people at the gym thought I was just a chubby girl trying to lose weight, but now you can tell I am pregnant so hopefully people are inspired by the fatty working it on the treadmill! "If that pregnant girl can get her booty to the gym, then so can I." I am planning to start prenatal yoga this week, so I am pumped about that!

The weirdest thing about being pregnant is the lack of control I feel like I have over my body. My belly just keeps growing and there are so many abnormal feelings inside my body that I feel like I should be able to fix, but it's just a normal part of pregnancy.

I am hungry all the time. All. The. Time. I feel like I do when I am training for a half-marathon, except I can't contribute it to my great metabolism. I suppose maybe it's my metabolism combined with Quinn's. Regardless, I have had to have some major self-discipline and I surround myself with fruit. I made it a goal to think about the food pyramid at the end of each day and think about what I hadn't had enough of. I don't always get enough veggies (they don't sound good right now) but I am getting better. Before I was pregnant I ate a salad almost every day at lunch. It's weird how a baby can completely change your taste buds.

I bought this super-cute book and cd set called Sing To Your Baby. It was featured on the NPR blog and I loved it. The illustrations are really cool and the songs are really cute. The selling point for me was that they record the songs in one key for the mom and a lower key for the dad. I was so excited to have this cd for Jeremy too, but after listening to it, he was a no-go. It's pretty funny...the guy singing on the cd sounds like he's auditioning for an opera at the Met. It's pretty funny and ridiculous. BUT, I love the cd. As cheesy as it sounds, I have singing time with Quinn on the way to work in the mornings. She likes the songs and it will be fun to see if she recognizes them after she's born.

The middle of the summer, in Texas, in the middle of a drought with average temps of 100 every day is not ideal for a pregnant lady. I don't even want to go to the pool or lake since even that would still be too warm. Bleh! I guess the good thing is that when I am great big fat pregnant, it will be the fall and hopefully a bit cooler. I can't wait to walk outside rather than on a treadmill at the gym, and I can't wait to take the dogs for walks again!


jen mccrady

this was awesome :)


I had the same feelings about my pre-pregnancy clothes, I thought I would never fit into them again! But now I'm wearing all my old clothes :)

Unsolicited advice: I developed really bad sciatic pain around 30 weeks. I had to go to a chiropractor and he asked if I was walking on an incline on the treadmill - of course I was (being the good pregnant lady at the gym). He told me that pregnant women should not use an incline because of the extra strain on the body in late pregnancy. After some adjustments I was back up and walking (without an incline) :)