My Best Pregnancy and Here's Why (Quick! Knock on Wood!)Monica Bielanko
I cannot even believe I’m about to write this.
Surely the universe will slap me back into submission with a debilitating case of some rare pregnancy condition which requires me to take to bed until my March due date…
And yet, I am willing to do it. To tell you that I do believe this is my best pregnancy out of the three I’ve experienced. Granted I’m only knocking on the door of my third trimester when every mama knows it all gets real, but, you guys! I’m feeling really good.
My legs feel weaker than I’d like, I did pause halfway up the stairs several times yesterday to catch my breath and I have been experiencing those annoying Braxton Hicks contractions that transform my stomach into a bowling ball, but overall, I feel good.
When pregnant with Henry at this point I felt terrible. Awful. Violet wasn’t much better.
I was trying to figure out why that is, what I’ve done differently, so I could impart some words of wisdom with you all and I think I’ve nailed it.
I’ve not given in to all my food cravings and I’ve kept a tiny bit more active than I was during those first two pregnancies. With me, the first time I was pregnant I just kind of caved to the whole societal thing about pregnancy cravings and “eating for two” that we’ve all heard forever.
I craved a food so I ate it. And not only did I eat it, I ate enough for two. And when I say I ate enough for two I really mean four. It made me feel like crap. Sluggish, tired and enormous. I gained more weight than I should’ve which made me more tired and feel less like moving. A prisoner of my body.
So. There you have it. If I could give a newly pregnant woman one word of advise it would be to eat as healthfully as possible. Sure, your first trimester may be filled with morning sickness that lasts all day, and in that case I wholeheartedly advise you to eat whatever you can keep down, whatever sounds good. But once you hit the cruise control of trimester two, dial in your cravings, don’t over-indulge because you’re “eating for two.” If you do that you’ll be feeling better in your third trimester when you’re really going to need your energy.
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