Teacher. Goal Setting. Success. Health. FITNESS.
And now -- BABY! I am ecstatic about this new chapter in my life.
I know this journey includes many changes, but I know it will be amazing!
June 10, 2013 | 09:15 AM
Those who know me or have read Turbo Teacher, know what a health nut I am or was...
Before getting pregnant, I always told Ben that I would not be someone who used pregnancy as an excuse to eat anything I wanted. However, in my first 13 weeks of pregnancy, I truly did just that. I craved the most ridiculous foods Macaronie and Cheese, Bagel Bites, Pizza Rolls, Frisco Melts from Steak-n-Shake, Spaghettios. These foods used to disgust me, why are they sounding so appealing now?? It was not that I ate too much food, but rather just that everything I ate was incredibly unhealthy.
I used to love salads, green beans, broccoli, grilled chicken, but these were all sounding repulsive to me. I wanted nothing to do with them.
I laughed when I told others about my cravings, but it actually really troubled me at times. Pregnancy is supposed to be a special time!! But I disliked the choice of foods my body was craving, and I especially disliked what those foods were doing to my body.
I know that one does not have to give into cravings, and normally I am great at mind over matter, but this all changes during pregnancy, especially in the beginning. I felt like the foods I was craving were the only foods that might help me feel better, or help me stop feeling nauseous. That definitely was not the case, as I often continued to feel nauseous after eating, but my body still insisted on these unhealthy foods.
My pants stopped fitting very early in my pregnancy. Yes, I have heard of the Bellybands, but those do not work if you cannot even get your pants over your thighs...
I finally decided it was time to go in search of bigger clothing for myself. This is what all ladies do during pregnancy, I was no exception. I entered Target with this mission and left with nothing but tears. I became so upsest while I was trying on clothes, I just put my basket away and left the store empty-handed. I was thankful for my sunglasses to hide the tears on my way out.
Along with being upset for reasons mentioned above, I started making myself nervous about what this unhealthy food could be doing to my Baby Titus. I started questioning, and then I started researching. I must stop reading so much information online it just makes me worry!! People say that your body craves what it needs, but how could my body and Baby Titus need these crazy unhealthful foods??
I want to enjoy my pregnancy and embrace this special time in life, but it has been difficult at certain points. I am not sure how many people I expect to understand this post, but I am only trying to be real about myself and my feelings throughout my pregnancy.
I am normally completely in control of what I eat and what my body wants, but it seems during my first 13 weeks of pregnancy, I lost all control and that was just tough for me. I had quite a few breakdowns during these weeks and I was very thankful to have such an incredible Hubby!!
I am at 15 weeks now and have recently started feeling more energetic and much less nauseous. Because of this, I feel like I can now do a better job of controlling what I eat. I have made a conscious effort to eat more greens and give Baby Titus more healthful foods. I have recently been craving strawberries and cantaloupe!!! And I feel more able to start exercising again!!!
I am thankful for my Mom, Hubby Ben, for my Sister, and for good friends, who have helped me through those first weeks - constantly reminding me that my body needed those yucky foods and my body needs to change in order for Baby Titus to be healthy!!
Ben continuously tells me how beautiful I look and reminds me that pregnancy is an amazing time I need to embrace. My body is creating a new life (!!!!) so of course it will endure many changes. I am learning to be accepting of those changes and recently purchased four new pieces of larger clothing for myself.
I am truly starting to enjoy this amazing time now that I am feeling better, less nauseous, and more energetic. I am very excited to be that glowing, happy pregnant Mommy I am supposed to be!!
I am constantly wondering how others feel, or felt, when pregnant! Please feel free to share any insights you might have!!! I would love to hear!!