I've earned the right to write this post. This is my third pregnancy, and I feel like I've finally learned how to be pregnant and not hate it the ENTIRE time.
Here's a run down of what I've learned:
1. Eating for TWO is a LIE...
It is an evil lie that will cause you to gain twice the recommended weight you should.
My first pregnancy I ate whatever the crap I wanted, whenever I wanted (or pretty much all day long). I gained sooooo much weight. It sucked. I got a ton of stretch marks... not all of which were on my stomach. I had horrible swelling. I couldn't get around very well at all.... People would ask me when I was due and be like, "OH, HONEY, YOU'RE NOT GONNA MAKE IT." It was like a slap in the face every time. Not fun. It took my about a year to get back into my body afterward.
2nd time around, I was smarter with my food choices and didn't go hog wild. And it worked. I stayed in the recommended weight limit... and I lost the weight much quicker, I didn't have as much swelling, but I still felt REALLY crappy for a lot of my pregnancy.
Which brings to the third time around... and no. 2
I kind of walked around some with my other pregnancies... but I never really maintained the habit. 3rd time pregnant, exercising and eating more healthy definitely helped me feel a ton better. Who knew? All the articles about eating right and exercising during pregnancy were right! My second trimester energy lasted well into my third trimester... really about 34 weeks was when things started to decline, not too bad.
Here's the difference, I had a great exercise routine before I was pregnant with the 3rd... so it wasn't like I was starting from scratch when I became pregnant... or going from a lame regimen to nothing.
I have had to modify my exercise every couple of months... I started out running, that ended after my first trimester, then I went onto exercise dvd's, then prenatal yoga and walking, right now I'm down to the bare minimum... I'm only doing prenatal yoga and only every other day... but I'm still exercising! VICTORY!
3. Water. LOTS and LOTS of it.
Drink water. A ton of it! Way more than you think you need. You will feel better and you will look better and you won't have so many freaking braxton hicks contractions. I wish I would have done this with no. 1 and no. 2... I had so many BH contractions, and it drove me nuts.
Make it your no. 1 priority. Don't stay up late, and any day you can take a nap... DO IT! Especially in your first and third trimesters. Even just laying on the couch for 15 mins can really help.
Plus if you follow advice no. 1 and no. 2... you will sleep better. I promise. A little walk around the block and I sleep way more soundly.
5. Crazy = normal.
Nesting, crying, impatience, irritability it's normal... and someday you won't be such a raving lunatic. So even after 2 other pregnancies I haven't learned to master the hormones, but I will say... at least I know I can be normal again... it might take about 6 months after the babies born, but someday I will be normal (kind of).
Harness your craziness... and it can work in your benefit. All those crazy nesting ideas can really distract you from the "WHEN'S THIS BABY GOING TO GET THE H OUTTA ME?" feelings you may be having.
And somedays... you will HATE being pregnant. You will HATE everything about it. And that's okay. Because tomorrow you probably will swing the other way and be like, this is pretty cool... I'm growing a baby. And that's awesome.
So don't beat yourself up for being a little NUTSO.
Well, here's to 9 more days! We're almost there.