Today marks 10 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy and my belly has pooched out a little. All my clothes, especially sports bras, are feeling tighter. My workouts are frustrating because 10 weeks ago I was feeling great, my maxes were increasing, and I was excited to come to the gym daily. At about the 5-week mark, my training partners started noticing my breathing was really heavy and I needed to sit down to catch my breath. I didn’t think it was going to be this hard. Once I hit the 6-week mark the all-day vomiting began and I did not want to train at all. I came to the gym anyways just to move and maybe feel better. The one positive that has come out is I came to the gym being nauseous and fatigued. If you have been pregnant or going through pregnancy you know what “Fatigued” means. After warming up and throwing up a few times before I started the workout. Once I began the workout the nausea and vomiting subsided for a couple of hours. I call it a win not throwing up for 3-4 hours early in my pregnancy.
The idea behind my blog is give women a real perspective of what it’s like to transition from being an athlete, pregnant, to mom and hopefully back to athlete. I want to be as real and honest as possible. Jason from Driven and I had a light bulb moment when we were chatting about the lack of research on CrossFit Athletes and pregnancy. My journals will provide insight to others through my experiences in this journey.
So to catch you all up on what has occurred in my body in the first 10 weeks and 6 days is as follows: I went from a 34B cup to a 34D, but was still wearing my 34B Sports bras and all my training partners kept commenting on my boobs looking large. The females in the gym kept asking me how I had boobs and abs and I mentioned I started taking Pre-natal vitamins. The next day 3 ladies came up to me and showed me their pre-natal vitamins because they wanted to grow boobs. I laughed and laughed because no one knew that I was pregnant at this point. I was enjoying this new growth, but it was a painful (and itchy) process and still is.
From a nutrition standpoint I craved SPICY foods and carbs. When I mean spicy I’m talking adding jalapenos, siracha, and ghost pepper salsa to almost all my food items to calm my belly. It worked for a couple hours, but then I would start throwing up again. I decided to try eating a lot more leafy green salads, broccoli, and green beans, and my nausea went away. I still crave carbs, but I know how I will feel after I eat them. I don’t know if this happens for all women, but for me I guess it’s a positive that I feel better when I eat healthier.
I am getting ready to compete at Wodapalooza in Miami, FL this weekend and I am exciting to be in the warm weather, but a little nervous to compete because of peanut M&M in my belly. That’s what my mother-in-law calls my baby at this stage. My doctor told me I would be fine since I had been training and exercising before I was pregnant. She also recommended that I keep my heart rate under 160 and refrain from using supplements except for a pre-natal and protein. I still am unsure because I am a competitive person. Will I be able to keep my heart rate down and recover without the extra supplements? I hate not being able to take a pre-workout. I love pre-workout! Not the kind that makes your heart rate explode out of your chest, but the ones that give you just enough to pump you up before you walk out on the competition floor.
I will continue to journal at least once a day and am especially excited to write about my upcoming competition. Hopefully this journal will be helpful to women as well as being a record for this amazing time in my life.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.