SHOP THIS CUTE MATERNITY OUTFIT:
After about 23 weeks of being pregnant, I’m quickly realizing that pregnancy isn’t exactly how I expected it to be. But since I’m past the first trimester (actually closer to the third – crazy!) I have a good grasp on what early pregnancy is like and the general feelings surrounding it. I know that most of you are likely not pregnant, but perhaps you have been, have someone close to you that is pregnant, or some day plan to be pregnant yourself! So I thought that this post on things about pregnancy that I’ve learned would be helpful for all those reasons.
As women, it is important to be able to understand and support each other through our unique female life experiences. And I feel like it is my job to give you as much knowledge as possible to support yourself, your friends, and your loved ones through pregnancy. I was personally pretty clueless, because people just don’t talk about the real stuff. But I don’t want you to be clueless! So here we go with some realness.
SHOP THIS CUTE MATERNITY OUTFIT:
5 Things About Pregnancy I’ve Learned So Far
1.”Morning Sickness” is Generally A Myth.
In the movies, the pregnant lady throws up first thing in the morning then goes on with her day as usual. This “being sick in the morning” lie that Hollywood taught us is so far from the truth. Personally, I felt nauseous all day for the entire first trimester, but never threw up. I have friends who threw up in the afternoon, some friends who threw up all day, and some who felt completely fine with no nausea. Everyone has a different experience, but mine was far from the Hollywood expectation. I got through the days by eating something small every 2 hours, and sipping on ginger ale.
2. Expect Exhaustion.
The first trimester (first 12-ish weeks) is especially exhausting. I was never a nap person, and then suddenly I was crashing at 5pm after work. Being so tired kind of messed with my social calendar, as I didn’t really feel like going out and doing anything. I remember on New Year’s Eve this year, it was downright painful to stay up until midnight! Despite my anti-socialness, I’m happy that I had that time to relax, enjoy all the new changes, and savor some time with Dan.
3.It’s Not That Easy To Be Active.
I remember seeing pregnant Charlotte on Sex and The City going for jogs all the way until she gave birth. While working out is probably different for everyone, I’ve personally had a hard time keeping up with my old routine. Being pregnant dilates your blood vessels, which makes you breathless much sooner. Additionally, your joints become more pliable, and your center of gravity is all wonky. I used to be able to run 10 miles on a random Tuesday, squat my body weight, and do all sorts of crazy complicated moves. With my changing body, I can’t safely run because of the bouncing and breathlessness. My workouts consist of low impact cardio (mostly vigorous walks) and simple weighted exercises. It kind of bums me out because I’m typically an intense workout lover, but I know I’ll be able to get back to it once baby glam arrives.
That being said, I still went skiing at 13 weeks, I’m able to touch my toes, and I can walk 5 miles at a fast pace. It is just the jumping and heavy lifting that bothers me. Listen to your body, and try not to be too bummed about what you can’t do.
4.Body Confidence Will Have Serious Ups And Downs.
Some days I’ll be in awe of what my body is doing, and other days I am frustrated that none of my clothing fits. Who am I kidding, I have these thoughts back and forth within minutes of each other! I know it might seem like I have it all together on my Instagram and my blog, but I assure you that I try really hard and that’s not always the case. I didn’t expect such wild and fast body changes. Like gaining 10 lb in a month (seriously) or 2 bra cup sizes in what felt like a week. I see some pregnant women on Instagram who look like themselves but like they have a watermelon under their shirt. But-nope-that is not me, and most likely won’t be for 90% of our pregnant experiences.
It makes sense, because I’m a vessel for our precious baby! Like a human pillow. But despite the logic, I didn’t expect it! It is hard to walk by my favorite stores and know nothing fits, and looking into my own closet takes a toll on my confidence. I honestly struggle with it every day. I always wanted to be the cutest pregnant woman ever, but most days I’m just dying to be in my leggings, sports bra, and an oversized tee. My solution is to find cute maternity clothes and focus on accessories (like shoes and bags!). So far I’m loving Ingrid & Isabel, Asos, Destination Maternity, Old Navy, Amazon, and Pink Blush. Weight comes and goes, so I’m trying to focus on the little one that I get to bring into the world.
5.Your Routine Will Inevitably Change.
From the dietary restrictions, to the medications you are allowed to take, things will certainly be different. A few things I had to give up (minus the obvious: wine) are multiple cups of coffee a day, pain killers, allergy and cold medicine, as well as some of my beloved skincare saviors (retinol and salicylic acid…so sad.) I had a terrible cold when we were in Bozeman Montana this year, and I could only take a few natural remedies. My body now needs 9 hours of sleep, when I used to be able to comfortably coast on 6-7. I probably pee every hour, in part because I’m drinking so much water, but also because of the hormonal changes. My advice is to embrace the new, avoid being too rigid with your routine, and have fun trying new things.
I can’t wait to share more motherhood things with you, and let you in on what I’m learning as the process continues. Pregnancy is certainly an adventure leading to another even bigger adventure, and I’m trying to savor every moment.