Archive for November, 2013

Ok, so I have been lucky enough not to suffer from morning sickness through the first trimester, unlike 70% of the pregnant population, but I have to tell you – THERE ARE THINGS WORSE THAN MORNING SICKNESS.

I’m sure my previously pregnant friends (and actually I don’t have a lot of those – most people I know are still childless and loving it) didn’t have the same feelings, thoughts and symptoms throughout their pregnancies, but I honestly had no idea these things could happen. Read on and find out what SUPER FUN THINGS might be in store for you (if you’re female and plan on having kids)…

pregnancy meme

1) You will be very very very very angry. And sad. Sometimes both at once.

2) You will be very very very very resentful of ‘ordinary’ people – those that can drink wine, eat feta until it’s coming out their ears, and eat poached eggs for breakfast EVERY GODDAMN DAY.

3) Your skin will change. Like, massively. Freckles are appearing where my skin has never even seen the sun, and don’t get me started with the dry, itchy skin.

4) If you’ve never been overweight or put on much weight, the fact that you now have a belly is going to be hard to come to terms with.

5) Although most doctors say you can have the occasional glass of wine, if you attempt to have even one tiny glass every sip will feel like you are killing your baby. The guilt – it starts early.

6) They say you’ll be tired. You think yeah, sure, I’ll just eat super healthy and exercise. And then you get Nutella cravings and eat a whole tub in 2 nights, and sprain your ankle and are unable to exercise. And you go to sleep at 8.30pm like you’re 10 years old or something.

7) You can’t get your heart rate above 150 bpm. NO ONE TOLD ME THAT. I saw pregnant women exercising, but now I look back on it they were never sweating. That’s because you can’t get overheated or the baby gets overheated and distressed. So consequently, you’re basically stuck doing nothing that will burn fat or give you nice endorphin rushes for 9 months.

8) You will feel actual pain in your stomach muscles. Like muscle cramps. Every day. I guess it’s the muscles and skin stretching but it’s uncomfortable and sore.

9) You will feel an incurable urge to watch One Born Every Minute. Even though it scares you and it’s gross and you know you shouldn’t. You just keep on going back.

10) At the end of the day, people can give you advice and be there to talk, but you are going to have to physically build, house and give birth to this baby on your own. And that’s a pretty massive thing to have to deal with. Especially for someone who has only ever had to look after themselves (and often done even that quite badly!) for 32 years.

Of course it’s not all resentment and sore boobs. But mostly it is.

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Anyone have any nice pregnancy side effects they’ve encountered?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x


You may have noticed I haven’t posted for a hell of a long time. Almost 2 months to be exact. Well, there’s been a good reason for that and here it is…

Our baby at 12 weeks old

Our baby at 12 weeks old

Yep, you read right – I’m up the duff. Bun in the oven. Knocked up. All that. And here he/she is, just chilling, laying around and having a nice old holiday in my belly. It still feels weird to think that it’s growing inside me. Weird, but cool.

And while this pregnancy was planned, let’s just say neither of us thought it would happen quite so quickly! The first time in fact (cue jokes about good swimmers). We’ll be having a 5 month old join us on the walk down the aisle next year, and a whole load of babysitters at the wedding! Lucky we’re getting married in a winery – we may need all the booze we can get 🙂

It was that easy...

It was that easy…

Now, down to the exercise part of this post. Basically, I have had to drastically alter what I’ve been doing. Like, DRASTICALLY. Not only does no one tell you that you shouldn’t elevate your heart rate about 150 bpm (which basically means you can’t do anything more strenuous than walking!), they also don’t tell you that if you try to do exercise you’ll either feel dizzy, or get super tired. Well, no one told me anyway.

Luckily I haven’t had any morning sickness, but I have been super moody and up and down emotionally, as well as hungry ALL THE TIME, so exercise has not been my priority, especially when I can’t even work up a sweat.

As a result, I am still going to the gym twice a week, but just walking on the treadmill or using the bike and doing light weights. No high impact cardio, no interval training, nothing that actually burns fat. I can’t pretend it hasn’t been getting me down – after being so fit for so long, I hate to see it going to waste. But I am have embraced swimming in the local pool, and signed up for pre-natal pilates so that’s something.

But do you want to know the worst thing by far? Not being able to tell anyone! Your risk of miscarriage is 25% until week 12, and now it’s week 13 and it’s gone down to 2% which makes me feel slightly better. But still there’s always that risk.

This baby has gone through a lot – I got made redundant, had the worst bout of gastro I’ve ever had in my life, started a new (highly stressful) job AND drank heavily several times before I realised I was pregnant, so he/she is certainly a fighter. Personally I think it’s a boy, but we find out for sure on 3rd January.

Exciting times…

I can't promise there won't be several preggers-related posts...but you'll still love me, right?

I can’t promise there won’t be several preggers-related posts…but you’ll still love me, right?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x