The time is winding down & there are some major changes happening to my body…
It’s becoming more & more difficult to move these days & my energy levels are limited. It’s been brutally cold this winter for Atlanta & it makes things a bit challenging to do. Thats when I turn to cozy time with the wonder-pup.
I’ve been doing my very best to be constantly moving, between working, cooking, cleaning & taking care of my family, I’m feeling pretty great.
The only side affects from pregnancy this trimester are lower back pain & a constant stuffy nose. What I’ve done to try to alleviate those two things are:
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Prenatal yoga
- Nasal strips
I can really start to feel my bones & joints beginning to flex as I grow. I’m planning to start swimming next trimester. The best thing I can continue to do is to get outside & go walking as much as possible. Feeling the sun on my face & getting my blood flow does wonders for me, (& my family).
Theres that flowing feeling of this happening so fast & yet not soon enough. There are so many things to do in order to prepare. We’ve settled into our new home along with a head start on the Nursery. We’ve go a “turtle” theme going on.
We have a little more to go, but it’s coming along nicely.
A book I’ve been reading has shed a remarkably new perspective on this entire experience. Things I’d never once think about during the pregnancy process which I’m happy to say has been wonderful for me to be aware of. Everything that we do for our bodies while we carry our babies for their first nine months of life has so much effect on the rest of their lives. Everything I eat & feel emotionally gets passed onto this life growing inside of me as if I’m sending tiny postcards to him in order for him to be aware of whats to come. It’s quite amazing really, this book has a much more in depth explanation that I guarantee will change the way we perceive of being pregnant.
The reason why this resonates with me so much is that I feel as if I’ve been going through not only a physical transformation, yet a powerfully emotional one as well. The strong desire to get things dealt with from my past, going way back into childhood has been a sheer eye opening experience. Memories have come flooding back that I’ve buried deep into my core, never to be thought of again, which I’m extremely happy they have so that I can learn exactly what not to do with the upbringing of this new life. I’m happy to say that it’s not been easy, yet this huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. *sigh*
We all come from somewhere, & have dealt with uneasy experiences growing up. One thing I’ve come to learn most about myself is that I’ve had to “let go” of the little girl inside. One paragraph from this book that helped realize this:
During these fraught nine months, old conflicts emerge, old solutions break down, and new roles— indeed, a new self— must be constructed. Pregnancy is not a passive period of waiting, nor a pathological state of raging hormones. It’s a phase unto itself, vital, dynamic, and creative, though at times uncomfortably unruly. And its outcome helps determine how well we handle the next phase: just as the course of adolescence can influence young adulthood, pregnancy sets the tone for motherhood. “There is no turning back” from this developmental challenge, Bibring concludes; pregnancy is a “testing ground of psychological health.”
This experience so far has been groundbreaking for me. I’ve never felt more alive & aware of everything in my life. For the first time, I don’t ponder on decisions anymore. I feel confident within myself to make the right choices & support them fully. I feel this love growing inside & out that surrounds me everyday & reminds me why I’m alive. I’m so grateful every night my head hits my pillow, I never forget to thank God for this incredible life I lead. Content, found & loved so much by my husband that I truly feel like this is one big gift, I very much deserve.