Hi! I hope you are having a good Valentine’s Day weekend! We are going out to one of our favorite restaurants, Empire State South, tonight to celebrate. We actually have a lot to celebrate besides how much we love each other. One year ago today, we closed on and moved into our house! We have been so happy with our decision. We will, of course, also be celebrating our little guy that is on his way. We feel very blessed and thankful this year.
Speaking of our little guy, I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to share a little bit about my pregnancy journey. I am not going to share everything, but there were two big things I had to change so that my body was ready to conceive. Because I am a big believer in changing one’s lifestyle before taking medication, I started to research nutrition and exercise. In all honesty, I was on the pill for a loooooong time and when I went off it it took me a while to get it again. I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that until I started talking to people. It is not okay for a woman my age not to get their period, and/or get it sporadically especially when trying to conceive. I knew I had to do something. Of course, I started to look at my diet. In the beginning all I could think was that my diet was pretty darn good, I was not sure what else I could cut out which was the problem. For 3 or so years, I had pretty much cut almost all animal protein out of my diet (because of things I had read) with the exception of a few eggs a week and salmon (I will never cut this out of my diet). I had also cut out all fat unless it was whole (avocados, nuts, and seeds) and salt. I thought I was doing all of the right things! All I want is to be the healthiest version of myself, so I decided to experiment with adding in more animal protein in the form of organic ground turkey, oil (coconut and olive oil), and Himalayan salt (this was huge). Low and behold, I got my period 3 months in a row. It didn’t take much. I knew I was on to something. These are the things that my body needed to start working on its own again.
The next thing I decided to do was to decrease the intensity of my workouts. My adrenals where likely shot and my cortisol levels were likely extremely high. My body was in fight or flight mode. I started to do more yoga, barre, and walk. As mentioned in a previous post, these are things that my body can handle and make me feel good. I will never be a body builder and that is okay.
By changing my diet and tweaking my workout regimen, my body was finally settled and ready to get pregnant. It took us a few months longer than we would have liked, but it worked. I am so grateful. Now we just want a healthy and happy baby. Every step of this pregnancy journey has been a little nerve wracking because there is only so much I can control. I have been able to continue to eat very healthy, but I am not denying myself (see photo :)). We actually went out for pancakes a few times which was super exciting for my husband. He had definitely never seen me eat buttermilk pancakes before.
No two people are alike. There are plenty of people who are vegan and run marathons every month who are able to get pregnant, but that would not have worked for me. My recommendation is to truly take some time to get to know yourself and your needs whether you are trying to get pregnant or not. For me, I had to put aside what I had been reading about regarding nutrition, and listen to my body. It is pretty smart.
I am off to barre3 now! Happy Valentine’s Day!