Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pregnancy Things to Remember

I know that the first time you do something is always the hardest and while I had a great pregnancy, there are so many things I learned. I don't know if we will have another child and I know that each pregnancy is different, but I wanted to share some of the things that kept me sane this time and I would want to keep in mind for next time.

Strength Train Before Getting Pregnant

In all honesty, strength training is not my favorite activity. I know it is good for me, but I would much rather run or spin than. Prior to getting pregnant, I was seriously slacking on the strength training. I would do it a couple times a month...not the best way to stay strong. I think that is part of why my back couldn't take running by 17 weeks. It wasn't strong enough to support my growing belly and bust. Lesson learned and strength training is a big part of my post partim plans. I also lost a lot of my muscle tone and want to get that back.

Prenatal Yoga Rocks

I didn't start prenatal yoga until well into my second trimester because I didn't feel like I was pregnant enough. In hindsight, I wish I would have started almost immediately. The prenatal yoga class at Full Circle Yoga is so much more than just a workout. The practice gives you a time to focus on both your mind and body. The class I went to is taught by a doula and you can often get insight and advice on all the discomforts of pregnancy. Additionally, you meet a great group of other moms and moms to be. I know that this may not be an option everywhere, but I highly recommend finding a class that works for you.

First Trimester During the Holidays Sucks

I want to preface this by saying that I completely understand you only have so much control over when you get pregnant. This time we were eager to try as soon as we could after we lost the our first pregnancy. That said, if possible I would like to avoid being in my first trimester during November and December because it pretty much sucked. 

I felt terrible from right after Thanksgiving until the middle of January. It felt like worst hangover ever without the fun of drinking the night before. It was also difficult because we didn't want to tell anyone we were pregnant until we were out of the first trimester, so I had to pretend like I felt normal. I also didn't get to really celebrate at the various holiday parties and other festivities. We left my holiday party and 9 p.m. and I almost puked during Christmas Eve mass. Not a good time. We will see what happens, but I would like to avoid being in my first trimester during the holidays if at all possible.

Prenatal Massages are Amazing

These really helped me turing the last few months of pregnancy. I went about once a month for the last four months. The massages loosened up my muscles and helped with aches and pains. I think that this is a big part of why my back didn't hurt more than it did. They also helped me relax and clear my mind. Something that is often hard to do while pregnant. I got a couple of them as a birthday gift from my husband and a prenatal massage is one of the best gifts you can give a pregnant lady.

These are just a few of the things I want to remember from being pregnant. What did you learn when you were pregnant?