Inspiration – Kim Kardashian
Little bit wordy to catch you guys up to speed…
Recap of weeks 1-15:
Symptoms – My major pregnancy symptom from the very beginning was fatigue. I got home from my back-to-back trips to Thailand and Philadelphia at the end of May and felt incredibly jet lagged. I rested, slept and took it easy but no matter what I did I woke up every morning feeling like I just got off an international red-eye. Or hit by a truck. I slept a ton and did the best I could to muddle through long busy work days without screwing too many things up.
I’m thankful that I didn’t have any other symptoms on top of the tiredness – I can’t imagine dealing with nausea too. Around week 14 the eternal exhaustion finally let up. Looking back, while I consider myself to be relatively mentally tough at pushing through life challenges and achieving whatever I set out to do even if I’m uncomfortable, it was a pretty difficult few months. That whole ‘creating another human being’ thing – it’s no joke. 🙂
Food – I tend to both overeat and eat junk when I’m stressed or tired. So being super tired for ten weeks I ended up eating a ton. Unfortunately most of it was junk food takeout. And I also started craving sweets which is unusual for me. My one specific craving was actually somewhat healthy – greek yogurt with banana, peanut butter and honey. (Which now I’m totally over.)
Exercise – I tried to complete a few normal workouts because I read exercise could help the fatigue. But I was so so tired and felt lightheaded if I pushed too hard that I pretty quickly abandoned my normal routine. I have instead tried to be pretty consistent on taking the dog on a really long walk everyday.
Clothes – Because of all the eating I basically immediately gained almost ten pounds. Most of what I read suggested you’ll gain at most 1-4 lbs in the first trimester if not possibly lose weight with nausea. Um, whoops. I initially thought that I would be able to still wear my normal clothes with maybe a belly band until around weeks 14/16. But by week 10 I was uncomfortable in all my pants (including my fat pants) and my chest has gone up two sizes basically eliminating the majority of my tops.
Weeks 8-15 were pretty weird dressing myself. I just looked like I put on weight and not that I was pregnant at all. And as I started purchasing maternity clothes the sizing recommendations on the websites said to buy your normal size but just in maternity. But because I initially got bigger in general – I have had to size up by two sizes for the clothes to feel comfortable.
Week 16 (current):
Symptoms – Feeling basically normal again. Yay!
Food – Eating has returned to normal – healthy with occasional splurges.
Exercise – Sticking with really long daily walks. Want to add in some light weight and cardio soon.
Clothes – Finally have a little pregnant belly instead of just a weirdly distributed larger body. And I have only gained 3 more pounds after the initial 10 so my careening towards turning into a giant marshmallow puff has slowed. I’m slowing acquiring a small collection of maternity clothes. Searching for & buying them without spending a fortune has given me new appreciation for those who are building a work wardrobe from scratch. Planning to do a maternity work capsule wardrobe around 20 weeks once the belly has popped a bit more.
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