It’s Getting Hot in Here

Although babies are still quite a ways off for our family, I’ve been focusing lately on preparing my body to eventually (hopefully) be pregnancy ready. I don’t think that it’s a good idea to get knocked up and then decide that I need to get into shape, eat healthy, and generally just be healthy. I do think that it’s a good idea to focus on bigger things when I get knocked up – like figuring out what I’ll drink every night when wine isn’t an option. So, with that in mind, I’ve made the following changes in my life over the past few months:

  • In October 2011, I started working out at least five days/week. Since then, I’ve lost 10 pounds and gotten into pretty good shape. Don’t challenge me to a push up contest, because I’ll definitely loose that. However, I can at least be active and not get winded. I wasn’t trying to lose weight, but it does feel good to more comfortably fit into my clothes. I admit that I am totally vain and am a little bummed that I’m loosing weight just to eventually gain it, plus a ton more, back. But I’m also hoping that my faithful gym routine now will eventually help my body bounce back after popping out a kid.
  • I started taking vitamins – DHA, calcium, iron, and a daily vitamin. According to the Internet, which pretty much guides my entire life, I need to start taking vitamins 6 months prior to getting knocked up. If I have a vitamin deficiency, that will give my body enough time to resolve that. Also, to guard against spina bifida, I really gotta get that folic acid in my system before I pregnant, not after.
  • About 1 1/2 years ago, my dental hygienist finally shamed me into flossing my teeth on a daily basis. Shame is a powerful motivator. Now my gums are strong and healthy, which will be super important when I’m preggers.
  • I’ve gotten all of my adult vaccinations – flu (yearly, of course), DTP (every ten years), Hep A series (every ten years), Hep B series, and even typhoid fever (every five years).  My husband is also up-to-date on his flu and DTP shots. We don’t want to give our kid whopping cough or the flu!
  • I started drinking 8 glasses of water/day. Eventually, when/if I’m pregnant, I’ll need to drink even more than that, so I gotta at least get used to drinking what I’m supposed to now. This is easy for me to do during the week when I’m sitting at my desk all day, but it’s harder on the weekends to remember to stay hydrated. Drinking all this water, although easy to do at work, is super annoying because I’m generally a very lazy person at work and when I get in and sit down in my chair, I prefer to stay there for 9 hours. Drinking all this water, though, means that I actually have to get up and walk to the bathroom to pee.
  • I started switching out my personal care products for natural/fragrance-free products. I still use perfume and I’m pretty sure I’ll still use nail polish when/if I get pregnant (I don’t even remember the last time – 10+ years? – that my toes were not painted), but my shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and dryer sheets are all now natural and fragrance free. I use very little makeup, so I’m not worried about that. As for cleaning products – well, I just steer clear of those all together, thanks to our maid.
  • I started a serious (well, more serious than doing it a few times a year) yoga routine. This one is new. My gym offers yoga classes, but the times aren’t very convenient (unless, of course, you are a SAHM and have the flexibility to do yoga at 10am on a Tuesday). I went to a yoga class at the gym last Saturday morning and felt it in my abs and arms for two days. Today, though, I went to my first hot yoga class at a real yoga studio. I found an awesome deal on Groupon for 20 classes at Beyond Hot Yoga and so I purchased it. My plan is to do cardio on M, W, and F and yoga on T and Th and maybe Saturday (at my regular gym). So back to today – like I said, it was my first time ever doing hot yoga. I didn’t sleep well because I was so nervous about it. In fact, I had a dream that I was having trouble getting to class on time because I was living in the Midwest and it was January and I had to get to the studio by scooching on my butt the entire way (the studio is probably about ten miles away from my house). Luckily, in reality, I was able to get up and get to the studio before the 6am class. So far, so good. When I walked into the yoga room, though, I felt like I had descended into hell. It was HOT. Oh my gosh. I was seriously worried that I might faint during the class. I got used to it, though, and after an hour, can say that it was a great class and I got a great workout. I’m excited that I’m adding it to my workout routine – it will definitely help with strength and flexibility. I’m also hoping that getting into a good yoga routine now will mean that I can stick to it (without the heat, though, of course) when/if I get pregnant because I don’t want to be relegated to doing pregnancy yoga DVDs, which, in my opinion (oh yes, I’ve done many of them with pregnant friends before!) give you about as good of a workout as tying your shoes (which, though, now that I think about it, might be a pretty good workout when you’re pregnant).

    That’s me – on the left – doing beach yoga.

The things that I am NOT doing include giving up wine, beer, liquor, certain fish, and soft cheeses. In fact, I’m drinking and eating all of these in large quantities, as I feel that I need to “stock up” on these wonderful things since I’ll eventually have to give them up for a long time.

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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2 Responses to It’s Getting Hot in Here

  1. Robin says:

    I love Yoga! I couldn’t really do hot Yoga, though – even at my peak I always overheated and had to take 5 outside, no matter how slowly I went in class. But I found a prenatal yoga video on Netflix that I am enjoying (Yoga Moma by Crunch, it’s pretty tame but I’m also pretty low energy) so it will be good to get into that stuff ahead of time so 1) when you’re staring ant the ground in downward dog and she says “and now, to Chatarunga” you don’t fall over trying to look at the TV screen and 2) you know how to make the small corrections that turn ” I am leaning to the left, yawn” into “ahh corrected hip alignment burn!”

    I do recommend that you consider all those trips to the bathroom to pee as part of your training as well. I’ve always been a religious water drinker, but especially my first trimester I *seriously* had to pee like, constantly. Only small amounts at a time – which wreaked havoc on my engineering love of efficiency – but it made sense when you consider there was a human being sitting on my bladder. The way I see it, this might be nature’s defense for the fact that sitting in one position too long seems especially likely to cause limbs to fall asleep during pregnancy (although maybe not for you with your newfound cardio fitness), but it sure is inconvenient.

    Congrats on the 10 lbs! That is very impressive! they do say exercise is one of the best ways to avoid pregnancy tiredness, so I am all for that. Not to mention more fit women on average have shorter labors, so that is nice too. Plus it’s a perk you can enjoy now 🙂

    Finally, on the scent thing, I have had a very different experience than what they advertise; very few negative associations with scent in my pregnancy. In fact, the only scent that really got my hackles up was the meat counter at the supermarket, which kept me out of the grocery store entirely for a good 2.5 months. I could stomach one raw thing at a time to cook on occasion, but smelling all that meat together was… not good. I hate to sell Dan out on this one, but if I were doing it again I’d recommend training him to shop the meat counter for you, so when that day comes if you DO want to cook but don’t want to go near the dead fish scent, he can pick up some thing other than chicken breasts and ground beef. Also, not that you can anticipate which scents your hormones will completely reinterpret come baby-time, but having some I liked on tap has been a godsend for me; My moonflower and bergamot bath salts (which I always liked) are like 25 times more relaxing to me now, and accidentally re-discovering the smell of Irish cream on a nauseous day (not something that really tickled my radar pre-pregnancy) produced a pleasure/ nausea relief so startling and intense, I almost cried. So there’s that to think about.

    Anyways, good luck with all the changes! It sounds like you’re doing some effective and practical planning. And definitely do enjoy that wine and sushi – I miss them a lot right now. And I am excited for the potential nieces/nephews that may eventually come of this!

    • Carrie says:

      Ug…being pregnant sounds terrible. Eek! I’m already worried about how much my life will change when I have kids. I don’t want to accept the fact that it will change for nine months prior to that!

      I’m not worried [yet] about frangrances that will bother me while pregnant. I’m switching out my frangrant home and personal products because frangrances have a bunch of bad chemicals in that you’re not supposed to be around when you’re pregnant.

      Thanks for all the other pregnancy “heads ups.” If nothing else, they are confirming that I am not ready for that life change yet!

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