How Pregnancy Affected My Body
First Trimester (Weeks 1-12)
It was maybe on the sixth week I started to get morning sickness and nausea. It was honestly the worst! I’d begin every morning feeling like awful and struggling until about 1pm everyday. I had to stop my workouts and for once in my life I was taking afternoon naps. These changes to my normal routine were very strange for me, as I’m usually always on the go and rarely chill during the day.
At nine weeks we did a blood test to reveal the sex of the baby and we found out we were expecting a baby boy! Up until that moment, we had both guessed that we were having a baby girl. At this point, I was still a vegan but my body began to crave meat and dairy so I slowly reintroduced them into my diet. I thought that “if it’s something my body is needing, I must be lacking in something that I need to grow a healthy baby”. So as you can imagine, the first trimester wasn’t exactly my favorite (lol).
Second Trimester (Weeks 13-28)
This trimester was a game-changer for me! I felt somewhat normal again and I signed back up with my trainer because I felt sluggish after going so long with little activity. I began going out again and attending functions.
We went back home to Toronto for our baby shower with all our family and close friends. Of course, I did a sloth themed baby shower. We even adventured over to London, Paris, Venice and Monaco for our “baby moon” and did a small maternity shoot together in the streets of Venice.
At this time I really started feeling the baby’ kicks and jabs in my ribs and he always had hiccups. it would even wake me up from a deep sleep!
Third Trimester (Weeks 28-40)
At this post I was approaching 160 lbs when I normally sit at around 130 lbs. I started to slow down with working out because just walking up a flight of stairs made me feel short of breath. I normally I would be able to fly up and down stairs. I started getting frustrated in what I was limited in doing in terms of activity and really did start slowing down. I had to constantly remind myself that all of the things I was experiencing were perfectly normal and to listen to my body’s cues.
I started experiencing sciatic pains and found a great chiropractor, Dr. Tanya at I Love Chiropractor that treated me two to three times a week, and I really felt that it helped me! Towards the last weeks of my pregnancy, I couldn’t even sleep because I was so uncomfortable.
My belly was massive! Some people even thought I was having twins. I was always knocking into things and don’t even get me STARTED on how I got in and out of my shower! At this stage of the game, pregnant life never seemed like it would come to an end and I felt as though I’d be pregnant forever!
While being pregnant had its challenges, the bond that I developed with my son Chase was indescribable. Growing new life is an amazing thing, and getting to feel his movements as he grew was an experience I’ll always treasure.