At 7 weeks pregnant I found myself going through so many emotions on top of the crazy morning sickness. In my head I thought I was prepared for pregnancy but I just had no idea it would happen at all rather than as fast as it did! Suddenly my world was turned upside down, I had to watch what I was eating, I could no longer drink, socializing was difficult and I was in this weird place between trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, let alone how to even accommodate another person. Don’t get me wrong, this was amazing news and we were beyond thrilled, but you still go through some of these emotions and its completely normal!
I was afraid I was losing my identity, my freedom, myself! What I didn’t realize is how this process was starting to change me and preparing me to be a mom. I think that’s why we have 9 months to adjust while our baby grows! It’s needed becuase you are about to make one of the biggest life changes and you need time to accept and prepare for that! I’ve asked so many other pregnant women and mothers and this this is part of the process and it’s completely normal. Don’t freak out or think you are a bad person or mom because you are having feels of doubt and anxiety.
As far as my body, that was another struggle. Every morning was a fight to get up. Not just like a normal morning “I want to sleep in my warm comfy bed and not get up in the cold”, but physically can’t get up. Exhausted beyond any measure. Before this I was a morning person and LOVED getting up and getting in a good workout to start my day. At 7 weeks i was lucky to get in 1 morning workout during the work week let alone my normal 4-5 day a week workouts.
I was constantly nauseated and light headed to where I needed to take breaks from getting out of my bed and walking to the bathroom. It felt like there is something literally sucking the life out of me. Where the hell did my energy go? Before I would wake up, kill a 6am workout and have much energy going into the workday. Now, I’m not allowed caffeine so even that saving grace is now longer an option. My dr said I can have one small cup a day (300mg) but I just avoid it becuase I really want to function without it. I started with a small cup of decaf 1-2x week or a chai latte but during those early weeks only wanted a few sips then was done so it very quickly broke my 1 a day coffee habit.
I resorted to setting my alarm an hour before I even had to get up, eat 2-3 saltines and drink hot lemon water with fresh ginger slices to help with the nausea. It was taking me about 2-3 hours to get over my queasy stomach before I wanted to eat any real food. However, I did find that eating something – mainly carbs – really helped with the nausea. So once I was able to make breakfast, usually toast with an egg, oatmeal or homemade (anti queasy) muffins and able to keep it down I could finally start moving. From start to finish the process was about 4-5 hours give or take. However, I have a full time job so even though I was still feeling queasy I still have to walk to the subway, manage through the subway ride for 30 minutes and walk to work. I would usually start to feel better by lunch time. This process was very hard for me in the beginning. Things were just so easy before and I totally took for granted the small things. Now I constantly feel like I’m on the verge of getting sick and have to actually take it easy.
Onwards and upwards! I had to stay positive and moving and try to get in my 45 min walk because I always make a point to get some sort of exercise at least 30 minutes a day – other than just my commute! I would also try to get in some resistance or light weight training on the days I felt better. A typical breakfast on those days I would have a protein smoothie bowl after my workout which consisted of the following:
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 scoop plant protein
- Top with granola, cacao nibs and unsweetened coconut flakes
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