At 14 weeks, I am officially in the second trimester no matter who you ask!*
*Some say first tri is until week 12, that’s when the first developmental period moves on to the next. Others divide the 40 weeks into thirds, considering 13 1/3 weeks the first tri.
Here is my recap: what/how I felt (including the symptoms before seeing that second pink line (twice at home, once at the doc!), cravings and aversions, and other miraculous feats of growing my mini human!
Let’s start at the very beginning. (A very good place to start? 😉 ) I know precisely when baby was made (and that is a personal story between two people!), a week before my first bikini bodybuilding competition. The day before the NPC Colorado Northern, I woke up with a bloated belly and sluggish digestion. My diet had been on point, as had my peak week prep, so I had no idea what was going on, so I got some magnesium to help “move things along”. Didn’t quite help for show day!
Two other things that I noticed immediately that were out of the norm were my extreme thirst (I drank my entire Nalgene at night and still felt parched) and my suddenly racing heart rate.
My birthday was the week after the comp, and I have a tradition of running my age in miles to celebrate. I woke up to 37 degrees and sleet. Too warm to be snow, but cold enough to be miserable. I figured as long as I dressed appropriately I’d be fine. I set out, but as I ran the roads around the Boulder Reservoir, cars and trucks would drive by, pelting me with icy cold water, and I began sobbing as I ran (highlight: screaming, not shouting, but screaming “F*CK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” to the worst offender). In my head, I knew my emotional reaction was extreme, but I could not control it!
The following week, I received confirmation via pee stick (the glories of pregnancy start early!)
The first trimester is notorious not so much for cravings (though there are some of those, one of which will be featured on a Knocked Up Fit Chick video soon!) but for aversions. Initially, all I wanted to eat was all protein all the time: buffalo, turkey, and milk. Before this pregnancy, I cannot remember the last time I drank straight up milk, much less have to have it.
Then came the aversions. My aversions weren’t so much being grossed out by particular things (it was more of a generalized “food ughhhhhhh” kind of feeling), but this particular manifestation was more that I would not know what I wanted to eat until an hour beforehand. And then I had to have it. The old wives tales say that taste for food depends on baby’s gender, girls make mommy crave sweets, boys make mommy want salt. If that were the case, that would mean I’m having one of each! (There is just one in there!) Sometimes I wanted gluten free baked treats and froyo, other times I wanted potato chips. It depends on the hour.
The other major factor in my first trimester diet was that I was coming out of a competition, meaning I was still reverse dieting (calories are cut intelligently in the month or two leading up to a show; the best way to get back to normal and keep metabolism humming along happily is increasing calories to appropriate training levels at a similar rate). I had to increase my calories not just to pre-prep levels, but add about 100 calories for baby (pregnancy really only requires about 300 extra calories per day, and baby is so tiny during the first trimester that 100 calories will suffice, but even a deficit is fine because morning sickness happens. More on that in a moment!) With the aversions and the grand entrance of morning (aka all day and all night) sickness at about 6 weeks, that was (and still is!) difficult some days! As someone who follows a macro-based healthful diet (idea for an upcoming non-pregnancy post!), it felt strange to sometimes add additional carbs because they were the only calories I could eat.
The delight of (inaccurately named) morning sickness. I woke up one day with the queasies, and they continued to escalate all day, leading to me squirming miserably in bed at night until I got some Sea-Bands (HALLELUJAH!) They did not vanquish the nausea, but it was significantly reduced to the point at which I could function (which is key when you work and have not told anyone there about the architecture project going on inside you). For those of you unfamiliar with Sea Bands, they are stretchy bands (like thin 1980’s style wrist sweatbands) that have a plastic piece that presses on an acupressure point on the underside of the wrist. I wore them around the clock for an entire month!
Now let’s explore the body changes (that is, the changes appropriate for public discussion!) Boobs: yup, increased about a cup overnight at 10 weeks. I have this vision of them requiring their own room once my milk comes in after little one is born. Makes housing in Boulder even more expensive! Belly: I’m at the very end of the “Food baby or human baby?” stage. I wore baggy shirts to the gym not just because I was self conscious, but I didn’t want people to think I did the typical post show “I’ma eat ALL THE THINGS!” because I did not! My skin reacts to hormones, so I feel like a teenager again with the breakouts.
And now, a word on LIGHTNING CROTCH. It is a thing. It is a thing I would not wish on my worst enemy. I felt this at 10 weeks, and I would describe it as the feeling of little tiny needles trying to fight there way out near the base of the *ahem* lady opening. The equivalent for men would be those needles trying to force their way out of their sperm holsters. NO FUN FOR ANYONE. I think it happens as the pelvis stretches to prepare for birth. Relaxin, you are a blessing and a curse. I get what you need to do, but I’m already feeling you in my hips as I run and work/play at the squat rack!
Yes, my running and lifting has definitely been affected by growing a human! I am still running (and am very very very grateful and glad for that), it’s simply 1- Slower 2-Shorter and 3-Requires walk breaks sometimes. Which is fine because: Priorities. As for lifting, it reflects something that I realize is a theme for pregnancy: One Day at a Time. There was a week or two that I could not do bent leg deadlifts at all. Then there were days that I set new bent leg deadlift PRs. Same with squats. And with all of my exercises, I take much longer rest breaks between sets so I can catch my breath because baby needs oxygen! Would it be awesome to make some human growth hormone induced muscle gains during this pregnancy (aka legal doping)? Uhhhhhh yes! But even if I don’t, I just want to maintain physical condition as well as reap the emotional and mental benefits. There will be continue to be adjustments to my exercises, I will be sure to include them (with special guests!) on Knocked Up Fit Chick.
I’m still waiting for my hair to get gloriously thick and luscious!
Memorable Preggo Moments:
When the water went from cold to lukewarm at the water fountain in the weight room. Almost cried.
When the Table Mesa King Soopers didn’t have the Minute Maid frozen lemonades that the 30th street location did. Almost cried.
I’m not even going to start on my internal monologue. I’ll just say: Pregnancy and sass levels have a direct correlation. And it is DELIGHTFUL!
Preggo Foods (the unique, and what I could manage):
Multiseed Crackers with ground turkey/onion and peach pepper jelly. I don’t like cream cheese or goat cheese so I did turkey instead. ALL THE PROTEIN!
New Beat Food crackers. I wanted salt, but not the oil and salt overkill of chips. Enter: Boulder-made gluten free crackers. Favorites!
Barefoot Baker ANYTHING, but especially ginger scones and sweet potato muffins. Gluten free baked DELICIOUSNESS, and Natasha is a wonderful, joyful, and hilarious human being! Also a Boulder local.
Many of my cravings have been for things I ate as a kid: Spaghettios (Why can’t they make gluten free ones? #firstworldproblems), Cheerios/cereal in general, crackers with ketchup, orange sherbet (hard to find any without corn syrup/dyes/other unfavorite ingredients, IMPOSSIBLE to find with chocolate chips in it!), and avocado toast. I want avocado toast right now…………
The two things I miss the most:
Track workouts and sushi. I won’t be racing quite as much, so I will take this opportunity to focus more on volunteering at races so I can still have fun in the running community here!
Stay tuned! There will be more blogging AND videos: workouts, ACTIVITIES (who doesn’t love activities?), kundalini yoga, nutrition and science, and silliness.
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