3 Things I Will Do Differently This Pregnancy
So finding out that I am pregnant again is a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement about the new bundle of joy, but definite out-right Midnight on Elm Street fear about the process. It’s not a secret that I don’t do well with fat. Having issues all my life, that part of pregnancy is 9 months of torture. Some people embrace it as the beautiful process of life. I didn’t. So after working my butt off these last six months…or maybe more appropriately, my gut off, I am not looking forward to going through that again.
The memory of pregnancy is only distant and so I am setting the stage to do it again. Here is what I plan to do differently to make it easier on myself when it’s all over.
- Keep working out. Last time I found out I was pregnant I quickly went from, “I will still workout because it’s healthy” to “I’ve never realized how comfy the couch is.” This didn’t work in my favor. When I was in trimester two and my doctor warned me about how quickly I was gaining weight, it was impossible to backpedal. My plan for this time: keep my workout routine as long as I can. Keep walking the entire pregnancy. I picked walking up last time and was still walking 5 miles a day at 38 weeks. I think it helped me bounce back. I will also keep doing weights as long as I can so that I can handle carrying two babies. There will come a point, probably this summer, where I’m bloated and my feet look like sausages. Until then, I’m going to keep bouncing around.
- Don’t start binge eating day one. Again, I told myself in the last pregnancy I would never be one to stuff my face in a carton of ice cream. And I didn’t. It was loaves of bread and cakes instead. And when Tyler arrived and the weight didn’t go, it was those breads and cakes I had to work two hours in the gym to get rid of. This time I will still allow myself small treats, but I’m not going to start those until I start to see natural weight gain. I don’t need to aid my body in the process. On the same note, this may the last time I allow myself such pleasures…so I’m not going to be a Nazi in my dieting. I’ve heard all you really need is a yogurt extra a day. I will keep that at the forefront of my mind this pregnancy.
- Embrace it. I say that but I know a month or two from now I will be whining in front of the mirror. But then I’m going to look at my beautiful baby boy instead of the size 6 jeans I can’t fit in. I know this will be the last time I am going to be pregnant, so I’m going to do my best to enjoy it and embrace it one last time!