Hey everyone! So I am having a baby!
Yes I know everyone knows, I made it quite public. I decided it was important to talk about all of this pregnancy business for a few reasons. For starters, I never wanted children so this is a BIG deal for me. In fact, I will be 41 years old in a few days and my baby is due in just a few short months. This is a life changer that's for sure. I can't just be doing whatever I want anymore. This is called "adulting", or whatever. So was giving up my WRX. That was adulting too. A little too much if you ask me.
|5 weeks pregnant|
As some of you are aware, the last 2 and a half years I have been battling Hashimoto's disease as well as other issues like anemia and food allergies. The last few years of my life was already life-changing; I had to drastically change my diet by converting to an Autoimmune Protocol diet; I had to start taking more supplements than I have ever expected; I had no choice but to become extra creative with food to avoid boredom, and to stick with this all no matter how hard it got. I did all of this so I could avoid prescription drugs and decrease inflammation in my body in hopes of self-healing. All of these struggles paid off. 2017 I felt like I was my healthiest in a very long time. It was so much work but well worth it!
So I must admit, I was frightened when I found out that I was pregnant. The reason I felt this way-- I was scared that my thyroid disease would get worse after all my sacrifices that I took to become super healthy. And not only that, I was very scared to pass this on to my unborn child. None of this seemed fair to me. So I became extra strict with my diet and health, despite of how I felt along the way.
The first 4 months of my pregnancy were brutal. I was nauseous from the minute I got up to the minute I went to bed. I could barely even drink water without wanting to vomit. For some reason I could only eat bacon, I figured the salt was soothing to me since I was so dehydrated from not drinking enough water. And most likely the fat in the bacon kept me somewhat satisfied during all the sickness since I was pretty much starving. When you are that nauseous, you don't feel hungry at all, and it's hard to figure out what to eat without wanting to throw up. So bacon was life. I lost 7 pounds.
When my 24 hours a day morning sickness decided to go away, my body decided it would stop sleeping instead. I stopped sleeping for a month. I was a walking zombie. I couldn't sleep to save my life. So that's when a person starts to think all the time about everything, because what else happens when you feel like you have completely LOST YOUR MIND from lack of sleep? I was overthinking everything. You start to think the worst of every event that takes place, big or small. Everything makes you want to cry. I didn't want to take sleeping pills either because I stopped all over the counter medicine when I found out that I had Hashimoto's disease. I don't even take Tylenol.
Finally by 20 weeks, the worst was over. I started to eat more and sleep more. Which meant the baby started to grow faster, which has caused my uterus to sit up high. I literally feel like my stomach is in my throat on most days, which causes me to get full really fast when I eat, and when I feel too full, I can't breathe. Just think about how it would feel like if you suddenly developed asthma, or you have been smoking 2 packs of cigarettes per day for the last 20 years and went for a run. Probably feels like that. How about bending over to put shoes on? Good luck with that one. If you make it down without choking on your lungs, you might not be able to make it back up. Oh the joys of pregnancy!
|23 weeks pregnant|
Throughout all of this, I have managed to continue my workouts. I still lift as heavy as I can with some modifications, and I added some HIIT training during my workouts so I can keep up with my cardio and open up my lungs. I have recently added some walks outside too now that it's so warm out.
|Me right now|
I am going on my third trimester now, and this has all been quite the interesting journey. My Hashimoto's disease never got worse. In fact, my antibody levels dropped significantly to the point that I am confident that being pregnant is doing everything opposite of what I expected. My iron levels have doubled and I am nowhere near being anemic anymore, and my hair grew like crazy! So I am pretty pleased with that. I must be growing a super human.
But ladies, if I could ever give any of you just one piece of advice, KEEP WORKING OUT while pregnant or start a light program, and please.....EAT HEALTHY. When I mean healthy, stay away from processed foods and eat whole foods. Pasta does not grow on trees. I am a huge fan of paleo, and if you have an autoimmune disease like I do, stick to an AIP diet. Our hormones go crazy during pregnancy and we need to keep them as regulated as possible. I don't eat gluten, dairy, grains or legumes and I definitely stay away from anything that I am allergic to. Not even worth it.
You can stay fit during pregnancy. It's not only worth it to your body and mind, it will be worth it to the health of your child. By staying active during this long and sometimes painful journey, you are already setting a good example.
You are pregnant, not sick or broken. You can and should be active. Don't let people freak you out about being healthy and active. Don't let people convince you to eat more junk food or extra food in general because THEY have a problem with your healthy habits. Extra weight on your body does not mean a healthier baby. You are not being abnormal by working out and eating healthy, the commentators in your life are the abnormal ones for suggesting that you shouldn't keep your body healthy. Those comments are strange to me and makes no sense at all. Avoid the nonsense and keep your health a priority.