Im 24 weeks into my second pregnancy and so far its been just like my first! Fairly smooth sailing for the most part, fingers crossed it stays that way, but its definitely had its moments. Just like my first with Scarlette, from week 6ish- 9/12ish, I was nauseous almost 24/7. There was no pattern to it and it didn’t just happen in the morning. I was also exhaaaausted for most of the day and was struggling to keep my eyes open past 6:30/7pm. It was hard. Not to mention, Scarlette was around 8/9 months old while I was feeling like shit which made functioning even harder. Trying to take care of baby while growing one made me want to nap 7x a day and sit around and do nothing…but that was the complete opposite of what I did.
Like Ive said before, working out/exercise/movement and eating healthy are priorities in my life and I didn’t let that change when I was pregnant the first time and currently, the second time. Now let me say, I am human, I do indulge, have bad days, busy ass days and days where I want to be a sloth but what has kept me on track and in the direction of keeping my priorities straight has been habits……and my husband, god bless him….but mostly the habits and lifestyle we have created and committed to.
Unlike what some people may think, I don’t wake up super motivated every single day. I have days where working out is the last thing I want to do and making veggies seems like too much of an effort but I do it anyways. Doing things when you don’t want to do them is how you form habits, and its probably one of the most powerful things you can do for yourself. So when people ask me, how do you have the energy to do that!? you’re so lucky you have an easy pregnancy, where do you find the time!? etc. I don’t always have the energy, and I don’t have all time time in the world, I just do it. You can be the same way, you just have to set your priorities, make promises to yourself to get shit done and follow through on it.
I don’t think Ive ever used the excuse “I’m eating for two” to OVER indulge…it just doesn’t sit right with me. For those of you that may think you need to eat double the amount, you only need about 300-500 extra cals, so go grab a banana and PB and call it a day (there are so many healthy ways to get those cals in, thats not the only option but you get my point….its not that much) Again, Im not perfect, I love ice-cream and chips and cheese and I will have some but to me this is probably the most important time to be healthy and take care of myself. Some treats here and there are ok but every day, every time I feel like grabbing muffin or donut with a coffee, every time I feel like grabbing a munchie snack while Im grocery shopping…I can’t justify it. Eating crap doesn’t fix anything, it MAY make you feel good in the moment but none of us feel amazing we eat it.
I want to inspire women to be and feel their best, to make a commitment to themselves to put their wellness at the forefront, to have a healthy and active pregnancy and to not fall into the trap, so to speak, of “I’m pregnant…..” so I’m allowed and supposed to be lazy, immobile, eat too much, feel like garbage, gain a bunch of unnecessary weight etc. I know not all pregnancies go as planned, they aren’t all enjoyable, they aren’t all easy but your mindset will have a big impact. When I felt like shit during those 5 weeks I never wanted to work out, cook or be productive. Getting to the gym and getting started were the hardest! but I pushed through and once I got going, during that 30-60mins, I forgot how tired and nauseous I was before I started. I gained energy, I felt refreshed and I was ALWAYS happy I did it.
I find it somewhat amusing that when people are planning for a vacation, a wedding, summer, a big date etc, they can workout hardcore, eat super clean, say no to desert and eat proper portion sizes but during pregnancy all that gets thrown out the window!! WHY!? Growing an f’n human being is probably the most important and magical things you will ever do so all those things should just be MORE important right!?
Well thats at least what I think, and Im sure there are people out there who wont agree with me and thats fine. I don’t write this to appeal to everyone. To the ones its meant to serve it will and if it can just help 1 person be a little healthier, to be a little more active, to learn to push through the things they don’t want to do to get them done- Im happy. For all you mamas and mamas-to-be out here, you can do it, you can do anything. Being a mom gives you super powers you didn’t know you had so starting giving your body the love it deserves. You are ALWAYS stronger than you think you are.
Peace, Love & SimplyB