I have always been a bit afraid of pregnancy. My siblings and I were close in age and I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with it. It was always this kind of scary black cloud looming in the future. Everything I thought about it was from movies and TV.
My husband and I have known each other for a long time and we always talked about wanting a big family! I am a big researcher, so before my husband and I started trying I started doing research, reading books and blogs, watching vlogs and tracking my cycle. I learned so much in that time about what to expect from so many wonderful women who have shared their experience with us!
I want to preface this with a few thoughts.
I am so blessed and have had such an easy and wonderful pregnancy, some women have a much harder time with sickness and aches and everything. That being said - pregnancy is not ever “easy.” Your body is working extremely hard creating a human and everyone has their own struggles.
I have also been blessed this time with a healthy pregnancy and no complications conceiving. I want to say that my heart truly goes out to those who have had a difficult time. Just because it was a shorter process for us this time doesn't mean it always will be in the future.
I am not complaining in any way about being pregnant. I am so happy and excited, I just want to share the few things that have been difficult for me personally.
The hardest thing about pregnancy for me was watching my body change.
I have spent what feels like my entire life working hard at being fit and healthy. Sometimes the focus has been less on health and more on being thin. In recent years I have begun studying nutrition and incorporating crossfire workouts, yoga, hiking, and more movement into my life. I spend a lot of time working out, shopping for and cooking healthy food and studying nutrition. The first trimester was tougher, I was exhausted and feeling a lot of nausea. Workouts became more and more difficult and food aversions were strong. Watching my body adjust, start storing fat and growing in places I had recently worked on was really tough mentally. I had a hard time adjusting to these changes especially before seeing the bump! Everyone said to me “you look great” but I am very in tune with my body and notice small changes. It took me some time to really come to peace with this and actually begin to celebrate it!
I am in the third trimester now and I love my bump and my body. No- I don’t always feel sexy, I have moments of feeling like a large blob, but I also have these moments of joy and celebration! I love this body, I love that I have been healthy the entire time and baby boy is measuring perfectly. I love that I provide him with nutrients that have helped him grow, develop, and now he's putting on that adorable little layer of fat!
For those of you like me, who work so hard at being fit and healthy I want to encourage you. It gets better! It is all worth it!
I have had some of the less glamours symptoms of pregnancy along the way.
sore back and hips
shortness of breath
pregnancy brain (forgetfulness and haziness)
But honestly y’all, pregnancy is not scary, these are all things that we can deal with and can be treated if they become out of control. I have had such a great pregnancy journey so far, I will not be scared to do it again!