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Excited about baby on the way, but hit by reality of feeling like the “not so glowing pregnant mom to be”? If that is you it is okay…It is okay to feel this way so stop being so hard on yourself, we are all unique and different on the journey preparing for the new life we will give birth to in just a few months.
No matter how well you think you prepare yourself mentally for pregnancy you may not be able to anticipate all of the different changes that are about to take place in your body…
I’m just over 23 weeks pregnant as I’m typing this post and thought I would share my personal experience. This is my second pregnancy. My daughter will be turning 6 in January 2019 and our baby girl will be born end of February, beginning of March 2019, we will find out the day today so will keep you posted.
Pregnancy is different for every women. Some woman glow with good health and vitality during their pregnancy and others feel miserable and tired and maybe a bit depressed. I’ve never been as tired in my life accompanied by emotions like a rollercoaster like in my first trimester or well throughout this time. From driven and ambitious to lifelessness’ is there such a word? Well I don’t know but it sums it up. Daily tasks became an effort and left me exhausted and out of breath before I even got started. Where training is part of my everyday life I went to no training in no time…Why, because I was just to tired and self-conscious about my serious weight gain!!!
Some common changes like sore breasts, this is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. They are triggered by hormonal changes, which are preparing your milk ducts to feed your baby. Once again some are just too happy to have fuller breasts where others not so much…Going up not one cup size but 3 sizes in 5 months, yip that’s me…. Now let me tell you that in itself is heavy, uncomfortable and just terrible to say the least. Keep in mind I’m 1.52m.
Food cravings and aversions are real. The only craving I had in my first trimester was for anything lemon. Crushed ice with lemon was the most refreshing drink I could have but make sure to take note on what you drink and the sugar intake of your drinks. Drink more liquids to stay hydrated especially in these warm climates during summer in South Africa. Drinking water is extra-important during pregnancy, and it’s more important than ever to ensure your source is safe. Your recommended daily water intake is higher during pregnancy so keep that in mind. Expect frequent irritation. Blame all of it on hormones or progesterone or whatever, it is shit to say it mildly. Increased fatigue and changing hormones = Mood swings. Things are getting real, you can’t control them ALL of the time whether you give it your best shot. You can be excessively happy and the next moment depressed and crying.
We are all different and we all respond to things differently and the sooner you realize it the better for your own well-being. So to the glowing mothers out there gaining some or no weight, glowing and vitalized and loving every second of the physical changes, I’m so happy for you and can’t imagine how amazing the entire experience must be. To the rest waking up tired, taking it day by day to get through the mental struggle accompanied by the changes, hats of to you as well.
This is to all the pregnant mommies reading this post. You got this and it will soon be over. Every second is so worth it, holding that little one in our arms will let all the negatives disappear in a blink of an eye. I might feel the most self-conscious and insecure, unattractive that I have ever felt in my life, but it is only temporary, it will get better. I am mentally prepared to make a comeback in every area of my life including health and fitness related. Back to prepping food and eating 100% clean and healthy. To working out at least 5 times a week and getting mentally fit. This is to healthy living, body, mind and soul.
If you feel like you’re going through the same emotions leave a comment below, or share this post-reaching women to realize it is OKAY not to be glowing and smiling 24/7. It is okay to feel overwhelmed by all the changes happening. It is okay to speak out about it or even reach out for help. This does not mean that you are weak or have less excitement for the miracle growing inside of you, yes it may be suppressed by some of the things mentioned above but you know deep down in your heart the way you feel about your little one and that in itself exceeds every possible negative there could be. Being a mother is the most amazing, rewarding, incredible experience and gift. So keep that in mind and keep going.
Let’s do this, one step at a time.
Try this super delicious & healthy meatball with zucchini noodles recipe: www.usn.co.za
500g lean beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped (keep one half aside for sauce)
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. crushed garlic
½ tsp. basil, chopped or dried
½ tsp pepper
1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
1 tsp organum, dried or fresh
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 sachet tomato paste
½ cup hot water
1 packet of zucchini noodles (zoodles)
1. Preheat oven to 180˚C
2. Place mince, chopped onion, garlic, egg, basil and pepper into a bowl. Combine well. Shape into meat balls and place on a sprayed baking tray. Put into oven to cook, cook for 15 mins and turn meatballs then cook for another 15 mins until golden brown.
3. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add chopped onion and fry until translucent. Add organum, tomatoes and tomato paste, heat through and add hot water. Reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 15-20 mins.
4. Remove meatballs from oven and place in sauce pan with Italian tomato sauce. Simmer gently over low heat for 5 mins.
5. Steam/microwave zucchini noodles for 2-3 mins and place in bowls.
6. Serve meatballs in tomato sauce over zucchini noodles.