As many of you know, we are about 2 months away from welcoming a very big surprise to the Emerge family... baby girl Phillips! To say finding out we were pregnant was a shock is an understatement but we are so excited and feel so blessed to have this little person become part of our team With all that being said, the struggles of pregnancy have not come easily. My fitness journey did not come until after my 2nd baby, 8 years ago. I had always told myself "if I were to ever get pregnant again I would continue my fitness journey as I did when I was not pregnant, eat healthy and get to the gym every day." Ha! What a joke that was! What I failed to realize was that for the most part you lose a lot of control over what your body does while you are pregnant despite your best intentions. From finding out we were pregnant (around 5 weeks) up until week 13 I had never ending nausea. I actually lost 5lbs in the first trimester. Even walking on the treadmill made me feel the need to go racing for the restroom. My diet consisted of whole wheat toast, applesauce, apple slices and cheddar cheese. That was basically all I ate for 2 months straight. The sight of my normal foods (chicken, lean beef, rice, veggies ect) was enough to send me over the edge. I felt defeated and ashamed that what I had hoped to accomplish was hopeless.
Around week 14 my nausea subsided and for the most part, I felt great! I was able to workout 1-3 times per week depending on the week and how many hours I had been standing daily. I have had a history of pre-term labor and preclamsia so I do have to be mindful of my daily activity levels in order to try and prevent any re-occurrence of those two complications happening. My diet had expanded to some greens, chicken & turkey, whole grains and low sugar fruits.
As many of you Mama's out there know, with pregnancy you get used to one thing and bam! It all changes again! I hit 27 weeks and felt like I had hit a wall. My hips and back were aching, muscle cramps & fatigue set it. We are sitting currently at 30 weeks and I am lucky to make it through the day without an ice pack, heat pack or some Tylenol! My visits to the gym are much less frequent. My diet is still *okay* although it is not what I want it to be. I have gained a total of 11lbs since my pre pregnancy weight which I am very happy about but also could go hand in hand with some muscle loss.
As I near the end of this pregnancy I am so excited to be able to document my fitness journey with all of you and inspire other women to be able to do the same thing! I have accomplished a lot in my fitness career but growing a human (well 3!) has been the most rewarding. I will continue to blog about the remainder of my pregnancy, birth, immediate postpartum and my plan for getting back to pre-pregnancy shape and any plans for a return back to the stage.