It’s so easy to tell yourself that you are going to be one of those superfit, toned pregnant women you envy when they powerwalk past you on the track. When I confirmed my pregnancy, I was so excited to start a fitness routine and stick to it. I bought books, fitness DVDs, and added prenatal yoga to my Netflix list… but no one tells you that you will be so exhausted all the time that it becomes a workout just to get up and pop a DVD into the player!
My friend (and mother of the cutest 1-yr old) highly recommended Super Fit Mama by Tracey Mallett. It starts off with a very refreshing and modern take on fitness during pregnancy. I felt so motivated as I was reading through the first chapter, already planning out my 3x weekly exercise hours, convinced this was the “me time” that I needed. Then I got into Chapter 2, First Trimester Fitness. Reading the descriptions and looking at the diagrams itself was a workout. By the time I finished the reading chapter, I was exhausted and put the book down. And never picked it up again. Maybe I’ll have better luck in the second trimester.
In addition to prenatal fitness, the book goes into eating for two and the second half of the book is focused on post-birth fitness. There’s a chapter of workouts you can do with your baby (as if carrying a 15 pound baby constantly isn’t enough), fitness for getting your body back after baby, and a chapter on eating for one again.
A few days later, after about a week of being down on myself, I decided to give Metamorphosis by Tracy a try. I’d been so excited to try this — even before my pregnancy I wanted to start this program. I started with the cardio dance DVD which was fun and upbeat. I loved that it wasn’t like any other cardio DVDs I’ve tried. This one was fun and whimsical… and kicked my ass in 10 minutes. I decided all of that jumping up and down probably wasn’t good for the baby and skipped to the first training workout. It was easy to follow and more effective at achieving an immediate burn than Bar Method. I lasted about halfway before I stopped for a drink of water. And never started again. Being pregnant I get dehydrated and lightheaded so quickly, I’ve decided to stop all workouts until I’m done with the first trimester. Instead I take short walks around my neighborhood, and even then I have to stop once or twice at the park to catch my breath!
I had so many grand plans… prenatal pilates, prenatal yoga! Hikes at Runyon Canyon! Start a gym membership and get back to toning my arms & legs! They’ll all have to wait until the second trimester I guess.
Today was my first ob-gyn appointment. It’s been a long two weeks of waiting; somehow time goes so much more slowly when you’re pregnant! I can’t even begin to describe how anxious I was — somehow it didn’t seem right to act pregnant, read pregnancy books or even THINK about a baby until I’ve had some sort of medical confirmation. And finally after weeks of stressing over choosing the “right” ob-gyn (considering location, distance to home, distance to work, birthing philosophy, patient reviews and hospital permissions) we ended up going with the first and only doctor we met and loved her.
After answering a bunch of questions about our medical history and a routine exam, she prepped me for an ultrasound. It all happened so fast. When the ultrasound came up on the screen, I didn’t cry; instead I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. There’s the little guy (or gal) that’s been giving me all of this trouble! I felt a sense of wonderment, just amazed at the swirls on the screen that resembled a heartbeat. Everything happened super fast after that moment. I forgot to ask my list of questions (Can I still take probiotics? How do I sleep better? Can I still take bubble baths?) and couldn’t stop staring at the ultrasound printout on my way out.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little because I’ve only really vomited one morning after taking my prenatal, but that doesn’t mean I’m not queasy all day and thinking about throwing up. I was still skeptical after peeing on 3 sticks, but now that I’ve experienced the joys of morning sickness and constant nausea I’m pretty sure there’s something cooking in my belly.
The nausea started around last week (week 6). It’s such a cruel and twisted cycle — it’s worst when your stomach is empty, but also lingers when your stomach is full. I’ve lost my appetite for most foods because nothing tastes quite the same. My co-worker, who is 18 weeks along, gave me some Preggie Drops which surprisingly helped a little. Last weekend, I went out searching for other tummy-soothing treats.
Preggie Pop Drops are fruit candies that come in an assortment of sour fruit flavors. It seems to be just a regular candy but somehow the sour flavors cut through the nausea and help a lot when I’m running from meeting to meeting on an empty stomach. It’s about $5 for a pack of 21 individually-wrapped candies and can be found at Babies R Us and other maternity stores. The hard candies are pretty big so they last a good 15 minutes but they’re the “dry” type of candies that tend to cut up your tongue or the roof of your mouth so you have to be a little careful sucking on them. The anti-nausea effect only lasts as long as you’re sucking on the candy so you can go through these quite fast. Also, seeing as these are just sour candies, I wonder if Sour Patch Kids could do the trick just as well?
I found B-Natal Green Apple Lozenges at Babies R Us when I came in to replenish my supply of Preggie Drops. As usual, I’m a sucker for packaging and this one looked so promising. It was green apple and had Vitamin B6 to help relieve morning sickness. But it was $15.99, nearly 3 times the price. I sucked it up and bought it, all in the name of product testing. These were individually packed as well, in better packaging so I had no qualms about throwing some in my purse, my car, etc. The texture of this lozenge is much more smooth than the Preggie Drops so they were easier to suck on, but they didn’t taste as sour (or tasty) as the others. It was a little less sweet and a lot less sour. But they did do the trick and the effects lasted a little longer.
I’m a big tea drinker so I was stoked to find this Organic Morning Wellness Tea at Whole Foods. It’s about $6 for 16 tea bags and is a blend of ginger root, chamomile, spearmint, peppermint and citrus flavors. It sounded promising and the smell alone made me feel better in the mornings. However I’m going to be honest and say it kinda tasted like @$$ (not that I know what ass tastes like…). So, I take it slow and smell the tea in between sips and usually by the time I’m done with a cup all queasiness in my tummy is gone. It reminds me a little of a hot Chinese ginger drink I’m going to have to track down — it has a much higher ginger content so I wonder if it will work even faster.