Week 7 Pregnancy – What to Expect

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

 

If you find this information helpful in any way I’d love to hear from you!  This blog is for all of you so I’m happy to share any valuable information!

If you want to follow along my journey that is currently 18 weeks follow me on Intagram @angieRhart1 !  I’ll try to get myself up to date on the blog in the meantime!

Week 6 Pregnancy Workout

Still feeling like myself I continued my workouts as usual and even going back to this video I still do the same type of workouts – sans the jumping action as much.

I always start with a warm up at some sort of intensity boost as he time continues.  I usually warm up at a 5 minute steady wattage and make it a goal to increase my wattage/speed for about 20 seconds then revert back to steady pace for 20 seconds and repeat for the duration of the session.  Here’s an example of what my cardio looked like at 6 weeks as well as today at 17 weeks.  If I feel I’m losing my breath or my heart rate is too high, I scale back a notch to catch my breath and try to keep a pretty even breath throughout.

Warmup: 5 minutes Moderate pace (approx. 5 out of 10 exertion)

Increase #1: 5 minutes +10 wattage/+1 speed increase

20 second increase / 20 seconds moderate pace – Repeat for 5 minutes

Increase #2: 5 minutes +20 wattage/ +2 speed increase

20 second increase / 20 seconds moderate pace – Repeat 5 minutes

Increase #3: 5 minutes +30 wattage/ +3 speed increase

20 second increase / 20 seconds moderate pace – Repeat 5 minutes

Increase #4: 3 minutes +20 wattage/ +2 speed increase

30 second increase / 30 second moderate pace – Repeat 6x (3 minutes)

Cool Down: 2 minutes moderate pace

Total 25 minutes

To view the video click here!

Below is a series I did that is quick and great if you are short on time but want to get some glutes and legs in a quick workout.

15 reps each exercise – repeat for 3-5 rounds

15 Plie Squats with lifted heels and leg extension

30 Bench Hops

15 Stationary weighted lunge dips (both sides)

Rest 30 seconds / Repeat 3-5 rounds

Total 12 – 15 minutes

 

Whoa baby!

Its official, we are expecting!!!! Very excited to announce and share my journey with all  of you.  Its been a crazy journey so far and we have so far to go!  I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant and found out this news at about 5 1/2 weeks.  The pic below is shortly after finding out to start tracking my bump journey and I’ll backup through my 1st trimester and also take you up to date on my progress as well as provide tips on what I’m eating and how I’m staying active given the ups and downs day in and day out of pregnancy.

prego-5-weeks

 

Finding out I was pregnant was crazy because I wasn’t expecting this to happen so soon and yet just weeks prior I found myself in a playing a head game with myself fearing the unknown whether I could or could not become pregnant at my ripe age of 36!  Now by all means this is not a ripe age but in maternal age, some parts of the country – or the world for that matter – consider this a “geriatric or high risk” age.  Those of you that follow me or know me are well aware I do not consider myself old and I live my life more active than most 20 year olds.  However, for women the state and age of our eggs is well, diminishing as we approach our late 30’s into our 40’s.  We are born with x eggs and they are eliminated month by month until we progress into menopause.

When I was living in the Midwest, I was told from my early 30’s that I needed to freeze my eggs because my eggs were becoming old or aging.  I found myself so emotional after every annual appointment I would call my mom and cry every single time.   When I moved to New York, my primary doctor gave me a speech about how things are different and we have so many options available and I didn’t have to be concerned at this point about being high risk.  My OB laughed at me when I asked him if I was high risk.  So now I was starting to see a variance of medical and personal onions ranging by region of this country so you can imagine my mind had slowly started to ease.  The thing is we are living longer, have more information at our fingertips about how to stay healthier and things have changed, people!

At 5 1/2 weeks I was still feeling good.  It felt like I was just ovulating and going through normal monthly hormonal changes except my boobs were out of control and beyond sensitive!  That weekend hubby and I had planned a little getaway to DC rather than doing a traditional Thanksgiving and it was a perfect way to spend some time together and see the sights in DC.  Thankfully at that point, I was still feeling like myself with tons of energy and a regular appetite.  However, this was the point where I realized being in social settings and going to dinner was going to be a bit frustrating as I couldn’t not retrieve to my standard glass of bold red wine.  Instead, I found myself being as creative as possible in the mocktail arena.  And needless to day, mocktails can be fun and make you feel like a functioning part of society!  This is also one of the first dead giveaways that a woman may be pregnant around friends or family.  We found it easier to steer clear of that issue as much as possible until we were officially in the clear and into the second trimester.  However, there were occasions where we had dinner with friends and while trying to be discrete, it was not so discrete with the clueless waiter what was happening and became a very suspicious giveaway on a couple occasions.

The other frustrating part was ordering.  I love food and the thought of eliminating some of my favorites and having to dance around every dish with questions of every last ingredient was quite daunting.  However, as time progresses, it does get easier.  In the first trimester carbs became my primary friend and heavily weighted macro so that made things a bit easier!

prego-gym-5-weeksI was still working out as usual and was still able to maintain cardio at a higher level with ease and was lifting as usual but I made sure to take it down a notch just to be careful.  I started re-thinking the way I worked out and thought more about what was safe for me and baby and what my body actually needed as opposed to what I thought it needed.  I’ll talk more about this later on as it does get more difficult but at this early stage it was still early and new.

This is a journey and all so new to me so I hope you all enjoy me sharing.  Would love to hear feedback and welcome any questions on anything you would like to hear about my pregnancy or anything else!