Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What I'm Doing Differently This Pregnancy...

Now that you all know I'm pregnant, I thought I'd share with you what I'm doing differently this time around, which to be honest, is a lot. I learned a lot of things the hard way in my first pregnancy & even though it all turned out fine in the end, I'd rather not head down that scary road again. (I had pre-eclampsia with Ella, which wasn't specifically linked to my weight gain, but it certainly didn't help.) 

Not 36 weeks... only 27 in this pic

Let's start with the weight gain & just get it out of the way. I gained 65 pounds with Ella. Was some of that water weight? Yes. I was totally swollen by the time I was induced. However, a lot of that was my own doing too. I was one of those people who took pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. McDonald's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich chased down by a Cinni-Mini? Heck yes. A dozen chicken wings with a side of fries? Of course. Pint of Ben & Jerry's? No questions asked. I ate it all. 

at Serendipity in Vegas at 10 weeks with Ella - I ate the whole thing by myself

This time around. I'm exercising a little self control. I've had exactly two bagel sandwiches since I found out eight weeks ago. I've had zero cinni-minis & no more ice cream than I would normally eat. I'm tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal, which is set to gain a healthy 1/2 pound per week right now. Some days I stay within those calories, others I don't. What matters is that I'm aware of what I'm putting into my body every day - which is resulting in far more healthy choices than splurges. So far, I've gained about 5 pounds - which actually puts me right at my starting weight from when I got pregnant with Ella.   

The number on the scale really isn't that big of a deal to me, but the way that I feel is. I was MISERABLE for my entire first trimester with Ella. Looking back, that was probably because I was eating foods that make me feel like crap when I'm not pregnant. (I mean, I love McDonald's every once in a while, but I never feel good after eating it.) This time, I've felt good 90% of the time. Less nausea, less fatigue - just overall more normal. 

My Fitness Pal is also tracking my sodium intake. Pre-eclampsia is linked to high blood pressure, and while limiting my salt intake can't necessarily prevent it from happening again, my doctor agreed that it wouldn't hurt to be conscious of it. Again, I don't freak out when I go over my daily allotted sodium, but I'm more aware of what I'm putting into my body. 

And then there's exercise. I would love to tell you that I'm running every day, but I'm not. There simply isn't time in my schedule & there won't be until February 1st. So, I'm wearing my FitBit every day & tracking my daily steps. Without an extra workout, I rarely hit 10,000. Most days I fall somewhere between 5,000 and 7,500. As the weather warms up, I plan to increase this target, but again, at least I'm aware of how active (or inactive) I am every day. 

So I guess if I had to sum up this pregnancy in one work - it'd be awareness. Last time around, I threw caution to the wind, causing myself a lot of extra work once Ella arrived. Hopefully this time around I'll be ahead of the game & back in my skinny jeans in no time! 

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