Pregnancy: Weeks 13 & 14
Finally made it through 12 weeks and the 13th week is upon me!! Getting to 12 weeks has felt like such an important milestone for my miscarriage fears and feels like a call for celebration!!
We made the pregnancy public in the 13th week and had so much fun celebrating with everyone! Ironically, I have felt the least pregnant since week 4. Sure I now have the teeniest of a bump, but overall I have no more food aversions or nausea, and the energy is coming back!
I am back to my regular pre-pregnancy foods (see my instagram account for details). I have not yet added extra calories (not that I regularly count, but I am making my meals the same size as before), but I can tell my appetite is increasing so I will start adding more substantive snacks soon. I do not plan on making my current meals larger because I already feel uncomfortably full from them.
These 2 weeks, I decided to switch up the order of my meals. Pre-pregnancy I would wait to eat breakfast until after working out. Now, I need food before I workout, but my usual eggs + greens + avo is a bit too much. So I have been starting most mornings with a #FitFab4Smoothie by Be Well By Kelly (which is fat + protein + greens + fiber). A bonus of this is that I eat 2 tablespoons of chia seeds each morning which helps with the oh so fun pregnancy constipation. My go-to recipe is 2 handfuls spinach + 1/4 cup frozen blueberries + 1 cup steamed then frozen zucchini + 2 tablespoons chia seeds + 1 heaping tablespoon sunflower butter (no sugar, no salt) + 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen + water. I then eat my regular breakfast post-workout/mid-morning.
I have noticed my belly is feeling harder rather than the softness of bloating, so I am starting to use belly butter at night in addition to my coconut oil post-shower in the morning.
At 13 weeks + 6 days I also officially could not button up my jeans no matter how uncomfortable I was willing to be. I promptly ordered several maternity jeans and leggings and am looking forward to their delivery. I have a capsule wardrobe for my regular clothes and plan to build a pregnancy capsule wardrobe as well.
I started modifying my workouts to avoid exercises that put unhealthy strain on my abs (no more planks, pushups, crunches, etc.) I worked out about 6 days a week, either a strength-training workout (lifting small weights, squats, lunges, etc.), walking, or prenatal yoga. I am still figuring out what works best for me, but I have heard that walking 3-5 miles a day and doing lots of squats is really helpful for labor and recovery so I plan to include both!
I started working on the registry this week since I really feel like nesting. I try to practice minimalism as much as possible and want to take the same approach to baby items as much as I can. It is also important to me to have nontoxic, organic and sustainable products where possible so I know I need lots of research time. Please let me know if you know of any great sources for products, or any advice on what items are entirely unnecessary!