Before I start going into more depth with my blog posts about this pregancy, I thought I would mention below what I am thinking of discussing and then receive some feedback and proceed from there. Every pregnancy is different and every woman is different but I am looking forward to sharing my personal experience/perspective. I will add a little backstory before I discuss my topics because I think it will help.
To start with, there are a couple of factors that went into my first trimester of this pregnancy that dramatically made things very different from my pregnancy with Lucas. The first obvious factor: being pregnant while taking care of a toddler adds a new level of exhaustion. I had intense morning sickness with Lucas but I also had the luxury of being able to nap and go to bed as early as I wanted to. With this one, I tried hard to nap, but Lucas is terrible at napping except when he is in the stroller and I went to bed as soon as I put Lucas down but still it was not as easy to get in 10 hours of sleep a night (what I personally need during my first trimester). I had morning sickness from 5.5 weeks to 13.5 weeks. It was 24 hours a day and I lost my meals more often this time around. My food aversions included ALL FOODS. I kept telling Eric this time around I was more sick but he thinks I just forgot about what it was like with Lucas. There is a very real possibility that is true…because when you look at your baby for the first time, the challenging times become irrelevant:)
Another factor was that my father became very ill and passed away during my first trimester and my emotions and stress were high. I was so sad and there was nothing that was going to change it. It was very important for me to feel the grief and be present with my family and while I made sure I was resting, I gave myself full right to cry and feel sad. I have studied yoga and holistic health for so long now and the value one gains from experiencing emotions in the moment is healthy for the body and mind and necessary. The last thing I told my father while he was conscious and awake to understand was that he was going to be a grandfather again. I made sure I told stories and talked with my family a ton about my Dad and still constantly do because I want Lucas to hear and the new baby. Healthy emotions are wonderful and important and something I feel strongly about in my passion to raise strong, confident, and emotionally intelligent children.
My activity level and energy changed over night when I reached my 14th week. The same exact thing happened with Lucas. The first trimester I lost a little weight because I could not eat very much and/or was throwing up and therefore my activity level was not as high as normal. Running made it worse so I did my best to swim and do yoga. Both were the only physical activities that alleviated my nausea.