So I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided it might be a good idea to document my thoughts/this journey whilst it happens, if I can keep it up.
Lets back up a second. What journey? Well, for starters, I got married last year. And sometime in July this year, my husband (lets call him H shall we?) and I found out that we were expected. Que slight freak out.
Why? because i guess you could say that I’ve always been active. I used to run about 4k a day during lunch (because really its the only way to keep the work weight off) on top of regularly playing fairly competitive netball. But its the lifestyle I’ve kept for a long time now, and honestly till I stopped it all it never occurred to me how time consuming (and frankly sometimes tiring) and important to my sense of self all this exercise was.
So back to finding out. We found out I was expecting kinda towards the end of a long-ish netball season. We (namely I because really I don’t think the husband was as inclined) decided that it would be fine to just play on, but more gently (which is difficult, for me anyways). Fingers crossed, nothing happened. We made it through the season and all that.
Then came the hard part. Exercising in your first trimester. Everyone you read online has something different to say about it. Well, regardless, I wasn’t personally able to. Frankly, I as tired all the time (I’d fall asleep at 8 at night on a fairly regular basis), I wasn’t eating well (while there was no real throwing up, my stomach would churn at just about every smell imaginable) and really I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the house sometimes.
It’s been better since. I’m coming to the end of my second trimester and honestly, everything has been better. The baby has been doing alright based on tests and ultrasounds.
The lack of exercise has been frankly quite uncomfortable though. So the moment I could, I signed up for pilates class and have been trying to go once a week. I go to the gym to work on the eliptical once or twice a week. It hasn’t been the same.
So, in summary. I just want to be able to pen down some thoughts i have now and I’m sure in the future about: 1. having a kid. 2. exercising while having a kid. 3. potentially getting back into competitive sport. We shall see how it all goes. This is it for now.