So far, pretty much nothing. I haven’t experienced any real “symptoms” yet. I read that it’s common to feel lethargic and like you have no energy, but so far I feel great! Kind of the opposite, really, I feel like I have a ton of energy!
My boobs are becoming increasingly tender. And my husband and I feel like we can notice a slight difference in volume. So I've bought a few more supportive bras and that's helped with the soreness.
The only other difference I have experienced thus far is how often I am hungry! It’s like how I feel just before I get my period,but times that by ten! I don't have any cravings for specific things so far. It's just how often I need to eat. I can eat a meal and be hungry again in an hour. So I have been eating every couple of hours instead of having only 3 meals a day.
I have read that you actually aren’t meant to increase your calorie-intake by all that much. So instead of “eating for two” what I am attempting to do is eat smaller meals, but more frequently. I've adopted the grazing mentality. And I track my food intake on a calorie-counting app to make sure that I am getting enough nutrients.
As I mentioned before, I am a relatively active person. I exercise daily. So, while I have the flexibility and energy that I do now, I am kicking that into overdrive. Nothing too extreme, don’t worry all you who might message me with warnings. I’m not out there doing cross-fit. But I am increasing the amount of time on my exercise bike. Increasing the number of reps for pushups and sit-ups and other arm exercises. As well as the amount of time I spend stretching so that I can maintain my flexibility for as along as possible. I am a big fan of these low-impact, no-jumping HIIT workout tutorials on YouTube. So I do several of those a day, each one targeting different muscle groups, in addition to my exercise bike. They are amazing because the moves themselves are easy to do, but boy do you feel the results!
I know that there are a lot of people online who seem to be of the opinion that you shouldn't exercise while pregnant as it might be harmful for the baby. But, honestly, I don't buy into any of that. On the contrary, I think that staying active is vital. And I contribute it, in large part, to my increased energy levels.
I am fully prepared for the fact that my ability to do these exercises will change. The types of exercise I do will surely have to be adjusted. But I will continue to stay active and keep my body strong because that is what is going to help me through labor and also after.
And, of course, Kegel exercises, ladies ;)
That’s all for now folks. Stay tuned for further updates. And, as usual, I promise to keep it all positive!
I'm Kelsey! Proud Iowan native, world traveler, writer, wife to the most incredible husband, and now soon to be mother