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My Pregnancy Regimen
By Sherry Holmes
Mike’s Advice / Lifestyle
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 @ 11:14am
I always thought, should I ever decide to have children; that I would be the healthiest version of me I could possibly be. I would eat even better than I normally do, continue my workouts at least five times per week, and maintain my body while just growing a belly… Boy, was I mistaken.
Although all of those things are possible, it’s hard work! Because my pregnancy was a surprise, I really didn’t know what to expect, and how everything would effect my moods and body. I was SO tired… I could hardly drag myself out of bed to function in general, let alone make it to the gym as often as I wanted. Even on the days I would go, I found it so difficult to keep pushing through my sleepiness and accomplish a workout I’d be proud of.
I wasn’t hungry; but when I was, I would eat EVERYTHING. Things I would normally never consume. I started eating sugary cereals, pasta, soda, and all kinds of treats. I didn’t want to take the time to prepare dinners, or bother with a balanced diet.
My moods would fluctuate pretty drastically with the stress of work, planning a wedding, hiding a pregnancy, trying to work-out, not fitting in my wedding dress, and being terrified to come clean with everyone. I just wasn’t sure how to balance everything – and not sure if I cared enough to try.
I spent most of my adult life on a healthy eating/gym regime. All of the sudden, I didn’t have to. I have to admit, I took advantage of that.
I have always been fairly body-conscious, and couldn’t except that even through a pregnancy, I would change much, or gain a lot of weight. I started to become more negative towards my food choices, and productivity. This has honestly been the most difficult part of pregnancy for me. Some people may not agree; but I only speak for myself. I had to come to terms with seeing the changes in me.
I’m now well into my second trimester, and about 5 months along. I started educating myself more on the “do’s and don’ts” or guidelines of pregnancy. I want to make the right choices for myself, and for Baby.
I feel guilty about some of the choices I made. I love taking care of myself, and being healthy. How could I fall so far off the wagon, and more importantly; how do I get back on?
Habit and routine are my answer. Sure, it’s still tough. I don’t always want to workout, and sometimes I only get in half a session – but at least I went. I had to understand that things are a little different now, and I’m not perfect. I’m allowed to treat myself, as long as it’s in moderation. It’s great that I want to try to stay in shape, but I also have to accept that my body is changing, and not be too hard on myself.
Happiness is a choice, regardless of the situation. I am happy my life took this surprising turn. I’m excited to see how I can better myself, and raise a great human being. I’m happy I get the chance to continue to learn about myself, and how to navigate through this new chapter in life.