My body was telling me I was pregnant moments after conception–well, maybe not moments but within days I was feeling a little morning nausea on my runs. That I might be pregnant crossed my mind but I tried to not obsess over it and dismiss the nausea as a little bug…
When my menstruation date came and went I took a pregnancy test that read negative. I waited a few more days and Auntie Flow still had no arrived so I took another test. It was positive–as were the next 3. Over the next few weeks I felt my body changing from the inside out. Of course there was the nausea and the extreme exhaustion…and then my bra started to feel a little snug, the thought of eating spinach salad (a staple in our house) made me gag, then my pants started feeling uncomfortable, and I was craving childhood foods like my mom’s Mexican Pie and Nachos (neither or which are vegan).
People have asked me what I will do if I crave meat or other animal products during my pregnancy. The truth is, I haven’t specifically craved them, but I have craved dishes that contain them. So, I’ve tapped into my creative genius and remade them as vegan–I’m not claiming they’ve been super healthy but they were animal product free!
I’ve had to cut myself some slack. Sure, I’m not eating as many greens and raw veggies as I typically do, but I’m eating more than the USDA says I need (that’s not saying much though, eh? 5 a day? I can do 5 for breakfast!) Of course I’m going to have to put my normal skinny jeans away–I’m growing a baby! I was a little distraught over how much I weighed and how fast I felt like I had gained it. The midwife reassured me that every woman and every pregnancy is different and that smaller frames and flat tummies usually show earlier–there’s no where to hide my growing uterus. I’ve had to be okay with putting on a little extra fat around my middle–my body will need some fat stores for breast feeding.
As for running, I’m still doing it and that is a success! My mileage is not what it was but it doesn’t need to be–I’m not training for an ultra, I’m training to labor a baby (which I’m afraid is going to be way more painful). I run slower and feel heavier but as I proved to myself at the Wild Woman Marathon–I can turn it on when I’m feeling good and energized by others. And besides, I can get into ridiculous shape after the baby is born! Just think of all the extra fat I’ll be burning breast feeding! It will be like running an extra 3 miles a day! This is what I’m telling myself, anyway.
So, ladies, what did you crave during your pregnancies? How did it alter your running/exercise routine? Any advice for these next 6 months? Anyone want to cook me some vegan freezer food (thought I’d slip that one in)?