Pregnancy Update Week 12: Loving the Bump 

So, some of you have probably read my first pregnancy post telling you all how I wasn’t so happy about being pregnant or having a baby. Weeks 7 to 11 of my pregnancy were tough for me. It was more tough emotionally than physically – though I did feel ill pretty much all of the time, and I’m sure that did not help my mood!

So how am I doing at Week 12?

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Body

Wellness

Thankfully, week 12 brought with it almost instant relief from my morning sickness, allowing my enthusiasm for the pregnancy thing to step up quite a few notches.

Who was the person who called it morning sickness anyway?! It’s more like all day sickness – a constant nausea and sensitivity to everything and anything that can have you running to the bathroom to dry heave at any moment, flustering your poor husband who has no idea what is going on. Sorry baby, no. I can’t just calm down and have the heaves go away.

Yup, first pregnancies are trying times. Bear with us, we’re new to this. I’m learning patience, and so is my husband.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3, 4).

Exercise 

With the terrible, awful, no good, very bad “morning” sickness out of the way, I felt my energy return for certain parts of the day and was able to get in 4 strength training sessions this week. Woo hoo! Two of my workouts I felt great and did 45 minutes work, while the other two I did about 30. I’m really listening to my body, doing lighter weights and taking longer rests than usual. If I feel dizzy, or tired, I just stop or take a really long rest. The way you can tell if you are working too hard is it you can’t speak in sentences. I also have to drink lots of water and be careful not to overheat. I’m trying not to sweat my drop in energy and strength, and trying to remember what is important.

“Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8).

As for the exercises, I’m avoiding pull ups (because of the stretch in the abdominals – I do not want diastasis recti!), heavy lunges or one-legged work (because of the pelvis being less stable), and explosive movements (such as running and box jumping). I’m working on my whole body, but doing a lot of squatting, swinging, bridging, and deadlifting. I’m gonna need those glutes to keep myself steady when that big belly comes in! I’d also really love to give birth squatting, but we’ll see about that.

 

Growth 

I also started looking quite pregnant this week. Quite pregnant. It’s like my tummy popped out over night. It feels like I ate a whole pizza on Tuesday night and produced a food baby that never went away. Not that I ate a whole pizza, mind you. I’ve actually never eaten a whole pizza, but I can imagine this is exactly what it feels like! I’m learning to love it though, and took some pretty pictures of myself to make myself feel good about it. Sometimes some good selfies are all you need.

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Food

I wish I could say I have been clean eating for the past 5 weeks since I found out about the pregnancy, but the truth is I have not. My nausea made it really difficult! All I felt like was plain carbohydrates – certainly not my usual fare. Now I’m feeling less nauseous, I find I am able to stomach a greater variety of foods. I’m hoping to cut down on the carbs and eat more protein and veggies in the coming weeks. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Mind and Soul

With my negative feelings pushed aside, I feel a greater closeness to my baby and my Lord. When I decided to love what I had been given, rather than wishing for something else, I became content. In turning to God in my negativity, it increased my positivity, and I feel much more ready than before. My fears are being overcome by  love.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18).

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).

I wish I could say that I’ve been strong and steadfast throughout, but I really let myself fall down into a slump for a few weeks. To get myself back on track, I am studying and consequently really enjoying the book, “Women of the Word,” by Jen Wilkin. My husband bought it for me for Christmas. When I’ve finished I’ll write a review. It’s excellent. So many thought provoking points about the way we study and apply Scripture. Rich stuff.

 

Teaching the teen girls is also keeping me on my toes, and I’ve started to get back into my blog again (which you may have noticed has been neglected for a while!), which makes me study God’s Word to know what to say!

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Questions: What is something you are really glad you did during your pregnancy? 

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