I am 20 weeks pregnant as of today. I feel great! My eating habits have returned to normal. My energy levels throughout the day are almost back to normal. Although, I still sleep more than usual and typically ready for bed by 9 pm. It’s a miracle if I make it to 10 pm anymore, but I am okay with it. My body is doing a lot of hard work right now and so it deserves extra rest. Also, I am taking advantage now because I know in a few months there is a good chance I will become sleep deprived.
I am very thankful and fortunate to have had a pretty easy pregnancy thus far compared to others. I still contribute this to my good nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle. Since week 15, I have been able to return to my normal diet that consists of lower carbohydrates, higher fat, and lots of vegetables/whole foods. There are still some days I struggle with my nutrition, but not as much as during my first trimester. My energy levels are drastically higher when I eat my normal diet.
I have adjusted my exercise routine recently to focus more on activities that will help increase my energy instead of depleting it. I am really enjoying 30 minute Tabata workouts at home. I get in a full body workout and feel energized afterwards. I try to do this about two times a week. Also, I have been doing the prenatal yoga program from Yoga Download. It’s great because they have yoga classes ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. Also, there are a variety of yoga styles to choose from, which I love so I don’t get bored. I typically do two, 60 minute classes a week and more if I have the time. As a yoga teacher, I have to do continuing education. I chose to do the homestudy course from Yogafit on prenatal yoga. Somedays, I just put on music and do my own class with the information I have learned from it. The other days of the week I usually take long walks to the beach with my husband. We are very fortunate to live less than a half mile from the beach right now. We usually take walks every Saturday and Sunday morning. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and soak up some Vitamin D.
Overall, I am trying to be the healthiest I can be and do what I think is best for the baby, but I am not perfect. I am still working with my Naturopath, Dr. Noel, to ensure I am on the right plan. I had full blood work done to ensure my thyroid is working properly because pregnancy can make it go crazy. Also, I had a Spectracell test done to make sure my vitamin and mineral levels are all within normal ranges. I am anxious to get the results back on Friday. We altered my morning shake a bit to include things specific to my needs, like more collagen to help prevent stretch marks. My supplements also changed just a little. I am currently taking a probiotic, digestive enzymes, prenatal (with folate – not folic acid), b complex (sub-lingual for best absorption), vitamin D3/K2, and cod liver oil. I confirmed with Dr. Noel that I do not need to get a flu shot, even though my OB pushed it. I am a very healthy person who takes great care of my body. I eat on average 5 to 6 servings of vegetables a day, take my vitamins and supplements, exercise etc. I have not even had a cold in over three years. The flu vaccine only protects against a few strands of viruses, none of which are guaranteed to be the strand that is out today. Also, the vaccine contains toxins that I would not put into my body if I was without child so why would I expose my baby to them now? As you can tell, I am pretty passionate about not getting the flu vaccine while pregnant.
All of this leads me to today, which was our ultrasound. It was the most amazing thing ever to see our little Cheek make it’s debut on the screen. It brought tears to my eyes. He/she (we didn’t find out) was very active and photogenic. It looked like he/she was waving to us a few times. Everything looked perfect, except the baby’s right kidney might be slightly dilated. I have hydronephrosis in my left kidney, which causes it to be dilated. I was likely born with this condition even though I didn’t find out until I was in my twenties. A lot of people have it, but never know it because it isn’t severe or cause problems. So this is not a surprise to us that our baby might have this condition. I am okay the news because I know it is fixable if needed. There is nothing I could have done to prevent it, as it’s hereditary. We will have another ultrasound done and see a prenatal urologist soon to make sure everything is okay. I am confident everything will be okay though and will keep you posted. In the meantime, enjoy the picture of our little waving hello.