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.
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!
I 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!