Preparing for pregnancy

I’m not someone that enjoys being pregnant – it’s fine, but I wouldn’t say I enjoy it. Most days I forget I’m pregnant (until I bend down) and rubbing, or talking to my bump is just not me at all. Is that awful? I also really hate the thought of people treating me differently – just because I’m pregnant. I do however think it is utterly magnificent that my body is growing something cell by cell, without me being fully aware of it. I sometimes say to Jared when we’re both sat down: “You’re just sat there, but me…I’m sat here and growing a baby!” – it’s miraculous and totally blows my mind.

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Pregnancy puts a lot of additional strain on the body – parts swell, bones soften, skin changes, veins grow, breath is shorter (and so much more), without even considering the additional weight of a baby and all the fluid that goes with one. Before each pregnancy I try very hard to get really fit and strong. I truly believe it has helped me cope with labour far better both times, and to cope with day to day life once they are here.

Before getting pregnant with Ru I booked myself in for a marathon (although I didn’t realise I was actually pregnant when I ran it), and before getting pregnant this time around I booked myself in for a half marathon to push me to get fit and healthy. I also made sure I made time to go to the gym when I could which provided me with head space – so healing after a difficult day.

This pregnancy I was completely wiped by 7pm every day for the first three months (actually 4pm is probably more accurate) – so any chances of exercising were gone. I decided to cancel my gym membership last month (I cried) because I knew I wouldn’t get my money’s worth during the remainder of my pregnancy.

To be honest I have been a bit of a slob this pregnancy, which is why I am extra thankful to have Win and Ru to keep me busy. I can’t really get motivated to exercise regularly and I’ve started to enjoy my ‘downtime’ far too much (!) I try to walk with them whenever possible and on the days that Win is at nursery I always go on a little bike ride with Ru…but I have been known to have a sly nap too.

I’m telling myself – it’s all about balance!

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8 Comments

  1. 12th November 2015 / 8:09 am

    I really love being pregnant with Cherry as it was such a novelty but second time round I really struggled as all it did was make me life with a toddler so much harder! I was so uncomfortable by the end, of course I’ve forgotten that now and would do it all again though! xx

    • Esther
      17th November 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Definitely much harder with toddlers! Too much bending over xx

  2. 12th November 2015 / 9:16 am

    Yeah I dont really enjoy pregnancy either, when I rub my bumps, its because of the straining muscles and achey feelings hahahahaha

    • Esther
      17th November 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Agreed! x

  3. Natalie - Little Jam Pot Life
    13th November 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I have really bad diastasis recti from having my babies close and fast labours with additional factors… So before finding out with this baby I was trying to rebuild that for weeks and it all just went to pot for the first 14 weeks as I had been so un well with breathlessness, fatigue and just needing my bed when the kids had gone to sleep. So motivation is hard… I know what you mean though. I love pregnancy in the second trimester, and the miracle that surrounds it, I’m amazed I’m doing it for a fourth time. With my first, I loved the relaxing time. But it’s not possible with a toddler in tow, or then X2 and x3 lol

    Xxx

    • Esther
      17th November 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Toddler x 3! Oh my! It must be crazy. I think that’s why making an effort before getting pregnant is really important. I’m sure you’ve made a difference with the work you did before. Second trimester is definitely the best xx

  4. 15th November 2015 / 8:36 pm

    It is all about balance! I have found both my pregnancies completely different – I ran a half marathon during my first but went to bed nearly 9pm every night with my second haha (having toddlers to run after whilst pregnant is so much more exhausting too I think) x

    • Esther
      17th November 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Definitely way more tiring! x

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