When I first got pregnant I planned on posting regular updates….HAHA. These 7 months have flown by, I can’t believe we get to meet this little munchkin in 8 weeks. In some ways I’m ready and in other ways I am cherishing these last two months of just Dan and I.
Thus far I have had a very healthy pregnancy. I had a few weeks where I didn’t feel myself but that was cleared up once blood work showed my iron was low. I suffered from anemia for years and only in the past two years have I gotten my iron to a healthy place, I was not surprised to find that pregnancy had lowered my iron. I struggled to work out during these few weeks and that itself made it hard for me to get my energy up, but all is much better now and I honestly can say I feel great!
During my 5th and 6th months of pregnancy I put on the weight that I didn’t put on in the first 20 weeks. I jumped up to a total of 24lbs gained but have maintained that up until now and know there is more to come. This was about what I was hoping for but I knew it wasn’t all within my control. Choosing nutrient dense food and continuing to stay active is what is within my control and I try to do my best in this area. I also knew that if this was a Henson (my maiden name) baby it was likely I’d gain a little extra. Henson babies are often 9-10lbs with a big head….I should know, I was considered small at 8lbs. Looking at the ultrasound this baby does have appear to have a Henson head, so that’s something to look forward too…..HA!
Also, getting up off the couch is hard. I basically have to roll over like an upside down turtle.
LEMONS! I want lemon everything, iced tea lemonade was my favourite this summer. I’m definitely craving more carbs but try not to let this get in the way of my vegetable intake. I’ve had two big binge moments…..one was mini-eggs and another was chocolate cashew ice-cream. I regretted the mini-eggs…..but the cashew ice-cream was delicious.
I have been enjoying some extra treats. My overactive immune system has been less active during this pregnancy and that means I’ve been able to eat a little dairy. I LOVE cheese. I’m still only having it once a week, but I enjoy every bite! I also enjoy a little extra chocolate 😀
Since taking the Iron my energy is back up and I have returned to the gym, but it’s not the same. The rower has become near impossible due to my belly being in the way, and bending over to pick up dumbbells now takes some interesting maneuvering. I’m not complaining, just telling you how it is. I’m still able to run thanks to my core muscles. I’m not working out at near the intensity I used to but still enjoy getting my sweat on. Speaking of core muscles, My abs officially separated. This is known a diastasis recti and is very common especially in muscular women. I knew it was coming and am happy I was able to make it this far, now I just pray they don’t separate further…..but we still have 8 weeks to go.
Apparently my walk has changed, despite my best attempts to not let it. Sometimes baby likes to hang out low and that makes moving a bit more difficult, but baby doesn’t like to stay in one place very long so that usually passes quickly. Speaking of which, the little bugger flipped head down yesterday while I was on the treadmill, I guess it likes running about as much as I do.
This has been my greatest struggle. You don’t spend 10 years in the health and fitness world without the unrealistic body expectations making an impact on you. Watching my body change has been amazing and terrifying all at the same time. Its amazing to feel Baby Elliott moving around inside of me, but when I look in the mirror there are parts of me I don’t recognize. I realise this is shallow and irrelevant at this point, but I acknowledge it is there and that it is something I need to work on.
I have a feeling the moment they place that baby in my arms none of the above feelings will matter, its all going to be worth it!
I have had many people ask me about my birth plan. Can you really plan a birth? I willingly tell them what I hope for but have found people can be quite judgmental. If I could have it the exact way I want it, I would have an at home birth. I am aware that I don’t get to plan the perfect birth and that this baby might come a variety of ways so I am staying open to all possibilities and interventions. The plan for now is to stay at home as long as possible, if this means I have a home birth, great! If this means I reach a point where I want help with pain management, or we know ahead of time that there may be complications, I will not hesitate to go to the hospital. At the end of the day all that matters is that this baby is healthy! I love to learn, especially when it comes to health related knowledge, so I have enjoyed reading about pregnancy, labor and delivery and feel that I can make informed decisions when the time comes.
I want to encourage you today to uplift the young moms and moms to be in your life. Each woman’s pregnancy and delivery is so different from the next but I have found that people feel very set in their opinions and don’t like when you tell them you are doing something different than they are. It also isn’t helpful when you relay your traumatic birth stories to us. You don’t have to agree, but you can still support!