26 weeks, 26 pounds, and over 8 hours of sleep per night are just a few of the things that separate me from my pre-pregnancy self. Unless I’ve gone hours and hours without food, I’ve never been one of those people who can down a huge meal in one sitting; in fact, I’ve always preferred smaller meals with intermittent snacks. My normal routine involves a hearty breakfast, a smaller lunch, and a light dinner with a glass of wine. Despite my focus on healthful choices and clean eating, I have always had a sweet tooth I’m not afraid to satiate. The weekend Patrick and I found out we are expecting, I remember being unusually hungry. We had been out on the boat with my parents and our pups all afternoon, we had dinner reservations planned at Breakwater at 8 pm, and I was unusually hungry. I needed a snack. Little did I know, my growling stomach was a precursor of the demanding hunger pains I’d grow accustomed to during my pregnancy.
Like many other mindful mamas-to-be, the day after discovering I was pregnant I purchased prenatal vitamins, a DHA supplement, and a prenatal probiotic. I discontinued the use of all prescribed medications and phoned my psychiatrist to make sure I was following proper protocol. In the first few days, I relied heavily on online resources for answers regarding what I could eat. I was so relieved for our first visit to Roswell OBGYN near Northside Hospital around 8 weeks. Not only did Dr. Zane provide us with an open forum to ask all the questions we had dreamt up over the past month, but he also provided with us information on Northside’s Maternity Services, Northside’s Nutrition Services, and Oh Baby! Fitness Classes, all created specifically for expectant #NorthsideBaby mothers.
1It has been a challenge for me to maintain a clean diet while pregnant, especially with the cheese craving I’ve been experiencing since week 10. In the past, dairy products - especially cheese- gave me stomach aches and I typically avoided dairy; however, the stomach discomfort has disappeared and our baby is thoroughly enjoying my cravings for grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken and cheese quesadillas. Despite, my newfound cheese enthusiasm, I have been mindful to add fresh fruits and vegetables to all meals. Over the weekend my husband brought home a box of Marietta Donuts that I wanted to devour; instead, I had a donut and a half and served myself a big bowl of fresh fruit with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Perhaps the most interesting diet change is my rebuff of almost all seafood and my newfound respect for both chicken and grass-fed beef. Pre-pregnancy, I was almost exclusively a pescatarian and I definitely did not eat red meat. Now the smell of seafood is so foul, I find it inedible. As my body has craved additional fat and protein, I have learned how to buy and prepare beef. I hope my love of seafood returns with the arrival of Baby Milyo.
For those of you who don’t already know, I am an avid yoga instructor and the Founder & Director of Thunderbolt Power Yoga in Atlanta, Georgia. Pre-pregnancy I taught four yoga classes per week and took five. While I have maintained my practice throughout my pregnancy, it definitely does not look the same. I used to have days I’d want to go hard, break a big sweat, and complete class with that exhausted but satisfied feeling. Now, I enjoy a self-love approach to practice. I move with purpose and appreciation of my body and I am mindful of the shapes and transitions I take. Thunderbolt is a heated studio; however, we use only radiant heat and keep the room temperature hovering around 85 degrees. Despite these adjustments, I have scaled my practice days to 2-3 per week. While I miss the practice I once knew, I appreciate this special time and the irreplaceable joy as Baby Milyo kicks around as class approaches savasana at the end. I recently recorded a prenatal yoga class suitable for expecting mothers available on Thunderbolt TV. Whether you are expecting or just looking for a gentle yoga experience, this class is suitable for you.
As I approach my third trimester, I reflect upon the last 6 months with an appreciation for the female body, my supportive husband and family, and the comforting team at Northside Hospital who have all eased my delivery anxieties. I’m excited to continue my partnership with Northside Hospital throughout my pregnancy journey and invite you to follow along as I post about my experiences over the next few months.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post and I was compensated by Northside Hospital.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.