Not what I expected, not at all!
Sure I have issues turning over in bed at night, being able to go 5 minutes without heading to the washroom, but I don’t feel how I imagined pregnancy to be. Actually I never really imagined it at all.
Don’t get me wrong my excitement for our mini-we is over the moon but I never pictured my body to look the way it does.
I appear heavier than I feel, I can still move gracefully if I focus on it and have been concentrating on walking down the halls not wobbling, which seems to be working.
Other pregnant friends have complained of being sick and feeling crummy through the whole experience, it certainly is taxing on the body but I feel I’ve had help!
I started chiropractic care at Georgian Family Chiropractic in Wasaga Beach months before finding out our family was expanding, I thought I might stop but every time I went I felt better and as my belly grew I was thankful for the lack of back pain. Anytime an ache showed up, I would go see Krista and magically the pain would disappear., well not magically, years of education and training went into her pain relieving techniques. Early on I developed pelvic pain, sometimes called pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction. Without chiro care I wouldn’t be able to walk. It was so painful to even shift sides in bed.It wasn’t just the removal of my aches, it was Krista’s knowledge of how the body changes and compensates for baby. I always left with a new tip or trick up my sleeve….and did I mention they have the best smelling office. (Sorry, side note)
Sweets have been on my mind like crazy, I normally have the occasional treat but I wanted not just one cookie but the whole bag! I’ve realize another saving grace, which it didn’t feel like at the time of discovery was when I found out I had gestational diabetes. This was kind of something I was anticipating as diabetes runs in my family but at the same time never thought it would happen to me. During my second trimester I was always so tired, I needed about 7 naps a day just to get through. What I didn’t realize is that by letting myself indulge in all the treats and goodies I could get my hands on, ‘What I’m pregnant I want to give into every craving, it’s my right isn’t it!!?!’ I kept having major sugar crashes, and I thought my iron was just low.
At 28 weeks I was diagnosed, so no more cookies. I now have to test my blood 4 times a day and get my butt off the couch and move. My eating which I thought was alright except for the occasional sour cream glazed donuts has completely changed, I have learned a lot about balance.
Twice I’ve been threatened to be put on insulin but Julie Harvey from The Georgian Bay Family Health Team has been so patient and went above and beyond answering all of my inquiries, With her help I’ve been able to control it for the most part with diet and exercise. Now when I feel sluggish, I put my sneakers on and go for a walk, almost 100% of the time I feel more energized from the movement than if I had a lay down on the couch. Now just as long as I don’t push out a 12 pound baby, we’ll be alright! (Big babies can be a side effect for women with GD, generally speaking when the blood sugar is not kept regulated)
Lastly is Renata at Tempo Photography. I wasn’t going to do photos, my sassy in front of the camera alter-ego was nowhere to be found. But so many books and friends kept reminding me that I would love the memory later in life.
When I showed up at the studio , which is amazing, this woman has props galore and backdrops to suit any theme, I was self conscious, I wasn’t feeling like myself. I had all these extra bits and this belly that I didn’t know how to pose or really showcase. I felt awkward and uncomfortable. Renata must have picked up on it because she was so calm and fun, she gave very specific, clear directions on where to put my hands and hold my head. She had various outfits for me to try on which made it more of a fashion show and by all the various photos splashed up on the walls you can tell she loves to capture life!
I’m so glad I did it, it’s an event that I may never get to experience again and after this mini-we is born I can look back at my resilient, amazing body and remember where it all got started.