Pregnancy Changes Things… A Little :)

Never did I think I’d actually ENJOY weight gain, decreased performance with running/lifting/exercise, and having a gut!
Turns out pregnancy makes things a whole different ball game. Every morning, I step on the scale and the number goes up, and I *like* it. I’ll look in the mirror and my stomach is getting bigger, and I absolutely *LOVE* it!! Half of my clothes either don’t fit anymore, or don’t fit the way they used to, and I couldn’t care less!
Let me just say – as a girl that struggled with image issues for a big chunk of her life, it’s SO WEIRD to hear myself say, “I love my belly!”
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it’s not weird for me to get tired easier when running, or notice that my body doesn’t recover as easily from weight-lifting as it used to, despite the fact that I’m using lighter weights, or to be totally winded when I walk up a set of stairs (this one really gets me.. “oh sure, I’ll gladly run 6 miles…. but stairs? Oh man, I’ll be gasping for air!” Super strange lol). It’s just that I know *why* it’s harder, and it makes it beyond easy to accept.
Honestly, I always thought I’d be the girl that hated pregnancy because I’d hate everything that came with it! But oh goodness no… I’m one of those freaks that [so far] absolutely loves it! Did I have *any* energy in first trimester? Not in the least! (as you can tell by my lack of blogs… I basically forced myself through my work day and that was that. Nothing more! Work and sleep. The end!). Can I run as far or as fast? Nope, not anymore! Can I fit into my favorite skinny jeans? HA! Laughable! Is the scale hitting numbers I’ve never seen? Oh yes, definitely yes – numbers that before would’ve made me stop eating for a month and somehow find a magical way to hold plank while running until I was back to a weight I was comfortable with.
Currently I’m just glad and consider myself fortunate that I’m able to have a “fit pregnancy”. I love being able to still run and lift and swim and do things that I love to do! It feels good to know that what I love doing is also healthy for my baby – and to know/hope that it will help me in the future, during labor and recovery. Now, it’s true that nutrition wasn’t exactly on point for a while, but I’ve finally managed to reign that in too, thankfully. And okay, okay!!! So “not on point” is an understatement… it was basically horrible lol. First trimester was pathetic — if it was a food I never eat (fried greasy cheesy sugary salty mess of empty calories), it was the *only* thing I could stomach!! Vegetables were about as appetizing as fresh steaming elephant poop rolled in dirty kitty litter, so clearly I didn’t manage to gag many of those down; and fruit was okay as long as it was a super sweet fruit and/or doused in cinnamon. I basically lived off of carbohydrates, fried chicken, pickles and chocolate (no, never pickles with chocolate — thankfully I at least kept the majority of my sanity in that regard lol). But now I’m just over halfway through my second trimester and I’m finally cutting out the added sugars (yes, I still let myself have a treat here and there, but not daily as I was), and vegetables are finally appetizing again (YAY! Ask my friends and they’ll tell you all I eat is plain grilled chicken and veggies with hummus… *obsessed* with vegetables normally!!). I’ve also been consistently working out for 30 minutes a day for most of my second trimester (rest days here and there, but normally my “rest” day is yoga… and oh baby does it help my lower back!). So when people ask me how I’m feeling, I’m able to say “great!!”, and truly mean it! I don’t feel disgusting, despite the fact that I’m slowly starting to fluff out a bit in new places; and my energy levels are pretty much normal! I attribute that largely to being consistent with exercise and on top of nutrition now.

So the importance of following a healthy diet and exercise routine, and the positive impact it can have on your energy and attitude, really does pertain to everyone. I’ve found that while pregnancy makes a suuuuuuuper easy excuse not to be active or eat well, it’s really the worst excuse there is! Yes, there are some people that aren’t allowed to exercise during pregnancy, so clearly at that point pregnancy becomes a very valid reason not to, but there’s still no excuse to not eat healthy! Just as diet and exercise can impact the way you feel normally, they have a HUGE impact on how you feel when pregnant! Plus it’s great for your baby if you stay healthy and active — and that’s what pregnancy is all about: doing all you can to grow a healthy baby <3   (and feel your best while doing it!).


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CKline829 CKline829
My life centers around three things: Faith, Family, Fitness. Faith comes first -- without Christ, I am nothing! I pushed Him out of my life for quite a few years, and my life went down the drain quickly. Now that I've reconnected and recommitted to Him - life couldn't be better! Family -- My family has been with me through all the ups and downs in life, and they always will be. I'm incredibly close with all of them and I consider myself very fortunate for that :) Family isn't all blood, by the way -- I have many friends that I consider family as well! Fitness -- Need I say more?! ;) Living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition (most days haha) and staying physically active has really helped me find self-respect. Being a large victim of self-doubt, I have used fitness to push myself beyond my mental boundaries and prove myself capable of far more than I tell myself I am! Now I'm simply addicted - I love the feeling of sore muscles, sweat pouring off my face, and being short of breath from a challenging workout! It's all about pushing new limits/taking on new challenges, but having fun on the way :) (even if that limit/challenge is, "Okay, take it easy for a bit, Woman!" haha)

4 Comments

  1. Marie Pienton Marie Pienton
    Posted December 5, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Congratulations!! How exciting! Pregnancy is a great reason to eat healthy and exercise. I ran eariler this year until week 29 and then it just became too tough for me, but I kept walking. I ran the GG and River Bank Run 5K and was so glad I could continue to run and exercise. I’m positive it made pregnancy better and easier for me as well as labor and delivery. So stay active as long as you and the baby remain healthy, it’s the best thing you can do! I too could run 3-5 miles while pregnant, but got winded walking up steps!

  2. Veronica Constantine veronica
    Posted December 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your pregnancy! that is so exciting. I always had to slow down and walk my way through pregnancy so kudos for you for sticking with running!

  3. deanal deanal
    Posted December 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Hey there, friend!! I am so excited for you, and glad to hear that things are going well. I saw your recent picture from the Riverbank training run, and so glad to see that little bump of yours going strong. We need to plan a short little fun run amongst us all soon!!

  4. sglista
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    CONGRATS!! One of my favorite things about being a part of this group is how much it has put being a parent into perspective for me (a 23 year old). Parenting is an amazing sacrifice, but it’s awe inspiring that you’ve been able to make time and find energy for the things that you love to do! I hope you continue to have a happy and health pregnancy!!

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