Unexpected Benefits of a Healthy Pregnancy
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This post was written for inclusion in the I Love Me! Carnival hosted by Amy at Anktangle. This carnival is all about love of self, challenging you to lift yourself up, just for being you.
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My sister has always talked about pregnancy with glowing reviews. She loves the changes in her body, she loves seeing her stomach get big and round, she loves every single part of the new life growing inside her. When I was pregnant with Kieran, I could not relate to that at all. While I was ecstatic to be pregnant, I was in the middle of some life stress that negatively affected my health (a cross-country move, finding a new job, etc.). I was borderline GD and gained a lot of water weight, I wasn’t eating as well as I should have – it made for a very uncomfortable third trimester.
This time around my experience has been vastly different. I’m pleasantly surprised every single time we go to our midwife appointments. My midwife raves about how healthy I am – the only thing she’s ever mentioned is that I could drink more water – and that was only at a couple of appointments. And hey, it was the middle of a hot summer, who couldn’t stand to drink more water?!
My blood tests came back completely normal, my levels are great when I test my urine, my weight gain is within a healthy range, and my only real complaint is a sore tailbone, which I am getting help for from a wonderful chiropractor.1 And to completely (and unexpectedly) satisfy my vanity, my very healthy weight gain means that most of my pregnancy weight has gone to my stomach. The water weight that affected every part of my body with Kieran has not made an appearance. I’m not feeling constantly worn down and overtired – even though this time I’m doing more physical work with home improvements and chasing around a preschooler.
This whole pregnancy experience has made me feel . . . proud. I’m proud of myself. Because these positives? The healthy levels and great weight gain and the fact that I feel good? They are all positives because I’m taking care of me. I’m doing much more regular prenatal yoga. I’m eating healthier. I’m being proactive about taking care of physical complaints (by exercise and chiropractic care) and emotional stressors (by trying to get enough sleep, asking for help with Kieran, and reaching out to friends).
I want to stress that it’s not just the fact that I look better this pregnancy, although that is a great side effect. It’s more that I’m just so flippin’ pleased that I’m healthy. And it’s all me! It is such an empowering feeling.
Have you ever made positive changes in your life that have impacted your health and well-being? What did you do, and how did those changes affect you emotionally?
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