photo: 6 weeks to 28weeks
online diary of my pregnancy originally written from the end of september to november
Things are starting to get real as the baby makes it way from the size of a carrot to the size of a coconut!
Throughout these 9 weeks, I flew to chicago for a chiropractic seminar, had my (surprise!) 30th birthday party, celebrated my husband's 28th birthday.
I feel a certain "settling in" to being pregnant. One of the neatest things, were the first feelings of movement from the baby! I don't think any words can explain what these sensations feel like the first few times you feel them.
At this point, I have monthly midwife appointments. These appointments are 30 minutes in length, and we discuss common questions and concerns, things to expect, next steps and they check the fetal heartbeat.
At the beginning of this period of my pregnancy, I had gained just 8lbs, but throughout these months I put on another 10lbs - actually the 10lbs came on in just under 2 weeks!
While daily movement and sound nutrition is key - I believe that the pregnany body is going to do whatever it wants to do in terms of weight.
How I'm feeling //
I've gotten that second trimester boost of energy I looked so forward too. No longer do I feel the need to sleep in, or take multiple naps a day. I am feeling the effects of a growing body in my clinical practise, and certain techniques I utilized for patient treatments are beginning to be modified so I can be most effective.
Advice I've received//
I reached out to Dr. Crossley, colleague of mine at Align Health Centre who has 3 children and treated all the way through about how I could be most effective with my changing proportions. She offered sound guidance in how I should be moving my own body to be most effective in my treatments, while still keeping baby and my body safe.
Changes I've made//
I've reduced my workouts to 2-3x/week and only upping the intensity intermittently. Chiropractic is physically demanding, and I am finding that I have a limited supply of energy.
In a few instances, I felt I worked out too hard, and towards the end of my day of seeing patients I was really fading. I shifted my more demanding workouts to non-chiro days, and keeping the chiro-day workouts light and it's made a huge impact on my energy levels throughout the day.
How I'm eating//
Finally! I'm able to consume a vegetable! While my dietary preferences are definitely skewed towards carbs, my diet has mostly returned to my pre-pregnancy normal which consists of eggs + egg whites, protein shakes, salads and vegetable stirfy.
- Dr. Cain