As many people know there is a glucose test during pregnancy to test the blood sugar levels/gestational diabetes. I didn’t think twice about the test and was pretty excited that my doctor’s office gives you the drink to drink at home and then come in. Really saves time! I followed all the instructions and really didn’t think the drink was that bad, I had heard horror stories, yes it’s sweet but not undrinkable. After the test again I didn’t think much about it.
I got a call the next day that I failed. WHAT? I was shocked and confused. What does this mean? How badly did I fail? I don’t eat much sugar at all how could this be. Oh and I was also told I was now anemic. Overall just a shocking phone call to me and I was totally at a loss.
I immediately started googling and reading how many women actually fail the 1 hour test but pass the three hour. This made me feel a little better but still wondering. I didn’t fail by much so I went in hopeful to pass the 3 hour test. I kept telling my husband I can’t do more needles, I can’t do more shots. That’s all I kept thinking about. After all the IVF injections and shots I just wanted a break and to not think about that kind of stuff. It was really heart breaking to me.
I went in for the 3 hour test with a total of 4 blood draws and fasting. Not a fun combination for anyone but especially a pregnant person. Luckily I have great veins and they were able to get all 4 draws, some people can’t which I am not even sure what would happen then. Also if you throw up you have to start over. I did get nauseous but I was determined to make it through, I wasn’t starting over!
I took my lap top with me and worked in the small waiting area while I went into the lab every hour for the draw.
I PASSED! I was so excited that I passed. The levels for the 3 hour test are much different windows than the one hour and honestly easier to pass.
What I learned from this is that so many people fail the 1 hour test, it is more common than you think so don’t get discouraged. Even though it is really hard not to and I did. The three hour test is much more realistic. Even with eating healthy and trying to stay focused on my health for pregnancy the baby really changes you and everything about you! (I do take iron now daily for the anemia)
As you know I love to go on a walk or hike and I have shared the benefits of walking on a regular basis before. I have continued walking though my pregnancy as well and the benefits are great for this time as well.
A lot of people can fall into laying on the couch or eliminating activity during pregnancy because, lets face it, it can be really hard. The growing belly, back pain, swelling, balance changing, exhaustion and I could go on forever but I won’t. Some days after a full day of working the last thing I want to do is walk or work out BUT pushing through will benefit me more than sitting on the couch.
Benefits of Walking During Pregnancy
- Keeps your heart strong and your muscle’s tones
- May assist in a shorter easier labor
- Helps to burn calories to assist with too much weight gain
- Helps to protect against developing gestational diabetes & preeclampisia
- Eases constipation
- A great way to have Me Time
- Helps to reduce bloating and swelling
- Improves energy, mood & posture
- Helps you to sleep better
- Assists in getting back in shape after giving birth
These benefits are enough reasons for me to keep moving. I try to walk at least 5 days a week and also incorporate other workouts and activity into my week. This past week I did 6 days in a row of walking at almost 10 miles.
Listen to your body and make sure you have water and a phone with you just in case you need help.
What I am about to share may not be popular or what I “should” say or feel but I don’t care. I can’t be the only one who has had these feelings. Through years of struggling to get pregnant, countless surgeries, and more mental pain then I can begin to explain this is one of the most amazing times in my life. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t come with it’s own set of struggles.
I have felt like due to this I wasn’t allowed to complain or have negative thoughts, my husband told me that wasn’t true, that after all of it I could complain all I wanted. I appreciate that since he gets the brunt of it. However I am still very self conscious.
The weight gain has been something very difficult for me to handle. I absolutely love my belly and the way it is growing and changing. However it isn’t the only thing getting bigger! My legs have really grown and it’s just been hard for me to deal with. The number on the scale at each appointment gives me more anxiety and stress. The doctors say the number is just fine and I look great. That isn’t what this is about, I don’t need other people to tell me I look great. It’s about me and how I feel and unfortunately it’s been so hard for me and something I wasn’t ready for.
I am very thankful to work from home during this because when I do leave the house, even if it’s just for a walk, I get very nervous and anxious about finding something to wear. I need something that is comfortable, fits, doesn’t make me look wide, keeps my bell covered, breathes and so much more. Looking in my closet is such a difficult experience. I normally just wear the same couple pairs of shorts and few tank tops or t shirts. When I do go out there are normally tears and about 100 outfit changes but I do still go out so that is a positive.
This pregnancy is truly a miracle and feeling her move and grow is amazing. I am very thankful she is healthy and will be here so soon but until then I am having a hard time. I am dealing with it each day and trying my best to stay healthy and be confident in who I am. This is the journey I am on and it’s ok that I have hard days and that I feel this way. It’s also ok if you have been there too.
I love reading magazines and sharing the fun facts I find inside so here are some recent ones I found interesting.
Probiotics are just so great and for everyone with anxiety (like me) here is another wonderful benefit of them!
As if there wasn’t already enough reason to eat whole foods the increased calorie burn for people on the weight loss journey will get double the benefits!
I have been using vitamin C for a while now and I can really see a difference, knowing that it is best to put on during the day and your retinal cream at night is a great tip.
I know there is so much judgement in pregnancy, motherhood and just being a women in general. BUT guess what I don’t care. I am sharing my journey and part of that is staying active and working out while pregnant. I want to share what I have been doing to stay active.
**Everything I do is approved by my doctor, every pregnancy and person is different so always speak directly to your doctor**
I do a lot of walks, I try to do at least 4 a week about 1.5 miles each. It has been very hot in Texas lately so the walks can be a little more difficult to complete outside. The heat has really effected me, it slows me down and causes me to need to stop faster than normal. That is totally ok. I listen to my body and always have water with me.
I have done 28 days of Barre3. Barre is a combination of dance, pilates, yoga and muscle isolation that is a great low impact workout that everyone should try. It offers a lot of modifications for every level including pregnancy.
I am currently doing a 30 day push up challenge and focusing on weight training. Mixing it up and keeping it challenging on my body is helping me to stay active and motivated through this journey.
My focus is keeping my breathing strong and my body in the best shape I can so my delivery and postpartum go smoothly.
July 1 I started a 28 day #barre3anywhere challenge put on by Barre3. This is a nation wide Barre studio that offers online classes as well so you can do them anywhere even if a location isn’t convenient for you. This 28 day challenge involved 6 videos a week and one rest day. The videos ranged in length from 10 minutes to 30 minutes but don’t let that 10 minute number fool you, some of those were the hardest and left me really feeling the shake.
You can really do them anywhere. I did most of the videos on my lunch break in our living room. It was a great break from the computer and re-energized me for the rest of the day.
There are so many variations that no matter what your level or injury status is so you can do these workouts. I did have to do variations since I am pregnant and as the bump grew through the month some of the positions did get a little tricky. It was great to really work on my lower back and leg strength. You can add weights for added strength training for your arms as well.
Check out their website to see if there is a location near you and if not you can sign up for a free online trial and you can do these workouts anywhere. There is no excuse to not give it a try and see the transformation you can make in a short period of time.
I am on day 6 of the Push Up Challenge with Shape! I am loving the exercises and it is so easy to do them on their own or add them into any workout routine you already have. I can already feel soreness in my arms which means my strength is increasing. It’s not too late for you to join in on day 6 or start your own calendar with day 1!
If you have any questions about the exercises let me know!
I have always heard about women talking about morning sickness and one day I dreamed it would happen to me. Well it did, and boy was/is it not at all what I expected. It happens so suddenly, anytime and for me was really intense and almost violent.
I was so happy about my morning sickness! After wanting this for so long I would lay on the bathroom floor just smiling and laughing. I know that seems odd but it made me feel like it was real, like this baby was really going to happen.
I tried several different things to help me through upon the advise of other mommy’s I know. These are what worked for me. Everyone is different and different things help. For me personally I was told so many times to eat saltine’s or something similar I wanted to scream, that just didn’t help me. I know it really helps a lot of women though!
Here is what I liked!
Preggie Pop Drops. These I got at Target and loved that they were drug free and natural. So easy, just like a cough drop or hard candy. I would keep a handful on my night stand and pop them in throughout the night too.
Sparkling Mama Fizzelixir. This was a yummy drink that allowed me to have the carbonation but without all the sugar. The ginger and citrus combo calmed my stomach and allowed me to get a little relief through the work day.
Morning Ease Lemon Ginger. These are very similar to the Preggie Pop Drops but available at several retailers. Another lemon ginger combo that worked out great for me. Kept these in my purse and could just grab one anytime I was out and about and I just didn’t feel right.
Sea Bands. I was most skeptical about trying these. I wore them for a while and didn’t really know if they were helping so I took them off and suddenly got a rush of morning sickness. I was like omg they work and put them back on as fast as I could. These are easy to use and a great suggestion if you don’t want to drink or eat something.
These are the 4 products that I really liked and that worked for me. Again everyone is different but I recommend giving these a try. I am still using them all throughout my pregnancy on rough days.
I don’t know why it took us so long to go check out Town Lake Recreation Area, it’s just down the road and we have driven by so many times saying we need to check it out. So finally, we made it. It is just across from the high school and easily accessible off of 75.
The lake is large with fountains, fishing pier, countless ducks, pavilions, restrooms, water fountains, grills, lighted trails, 18 hole frisbee golf course, volley ball courts, horse shoe pitching courts and playgrounds. I mean what more could you want! Its a great family park with something to do for everyone.
We walked over 3 miles enjoying all of the scenery and wildlife. I definitely recommend planning a trip to check it out. The pavilions can be reserved ahead of time for parties.
I will absolutely be adding this to my list of places to walk and recommend to others! Check it out.
So during my years of fertility and trying to get pregnant I did a ton of research on how to get pregnant and things a long those lines. I never actually read about being pregnant because it was such a far off dream and so unobtainable for so long. Well now that I am pregnant I am surprised by many things. I think even if you read about it you are still surprised but every pregnancy and person are different so what I am experiencing may not be what you or anyone you know did. I am sometimes embarrassed to talk about what I am going through. Then I think to myself why? I am so open about fertility why not this so here I am back to share with you what I am going through.
Since my pregnancy is through IVF for the first 10 weeks (and weeks prior to) I had to give myself a shot every night along with taking a medication 3 times a day. These were both to ensure and help keep my baby attached to my uterus. I had bruising, lumps, bleeding and pain from the injections. I also have a terrible fear of needles so this really was a difficult thing for me. (Just as it was when I did the injections for the egg retrieval)
The next thing that surprised me was the bleeding gums. I had a regular dental cleaning scheduled early on in my pregnancy and prior to me telling the hygienist she said oh you must be pregnant. I was shocked, what? She said your gums, you have pregnancy gingivitis. Until this moment I didn’t know that was a thing. I asked what I could do and she said just keep flossing and brushing your teeth after your pregnancy the hormones will reduce and the bleeding will end. So yes I do still have the bleeding and it isn’t fun. It flares up on and off.
The exhaustion in the first trimester was very surprising. I am a very scheduled person and about 2pm everyday I really thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion in the middle of my work day. I couldn’t just have a burst of caffeine so I would just push through. So most days after my work was over I would just lay on the couch unable to do much more. This was really hard for me because I like to be on the move.
My morning sickness was not in the morning, typical for many women, so randomly I would just have to run away from what I was doing. This was hard during work and if we wanted to go out and do something. I am happy to say that in the second trimester it has subsided but still occasionally happens!
I also have sharp pains in my back in the ribs. I spoke with my doctor about it and she said I am popping out my ribs. It doesn’t happen to everyone but guess what yep me. So that is really painful but she said once they are done it will go away. Here’s to hoping that is soon!
I could go on but this is what I will share for now! I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE 100% of everyone of these. I smiled every time I threw up and I get so excited by each new symptom because after all this time it makes it real.