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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Big Announcement!

I know, I know; I haven't blogged in forever, but I have many reasons for my absence:

  • Ive been at a loss for words. 
  • My brain was temporarily highjacked
  • I've been sick for about five weeks straight.  

Have you guessed my big announcement?  Here's a hint: it's not mono.

As it turns out, Dylan and I loved Paris so much, we brought home a souvenir to keep forever!

That's right; I'm pregnant!, and we are over the moon about our precious Parisian surprise!  I had a thought when we were in our little flat in Montmartre:  Dylan and I could have another little person here with us, and life would be just as wonderful...probably even more so.  I guess it's true what they say: Ask and you shall receive!

When I had a hankering that there might be a pea in my pod, I called up my mom and asked her how she first knew she was pregnant.  She said that she was on a hike with my dad, bumped her head on a rock, sat down on the ground, and cried like a baby.  I asked a coworker the same question, and she told me that she forgot to pay the cable bill on time and dissolved into a puddle of tears.  My first signs were less emotional and more anatomical: swollen, tender breasts and shortness of breath, I mean taking a deep breath every four words out of breath.  This, I know now, is due to the body requiring more oxygen than ever to support the growing baby.

My first trimester has been really tough; yoga and most foods made me even sicker, so as you can imagine, this hungry yogi has not been feeling so inspired.  Having a job that required me to stand in front of people and use my body was definitely a challenge.  For the first time in my life, yoga didn't feel good; you'd sooner find me eating a corn dog than practicing my down dog.  But now that I'm reaching the end of the first trimester, my morning sickness is gone and I can forward fold without getting vertigo! Hooray!!

If you have it bad like me, here are my first trimester survival tips:
  • Saltine crackers, ginger ale, bread, and pasta are your main stays.  Carbs will quell the queasiness.  
  • Eat every couple of hours. throw out the three square meal thing and just graze throughout the day.  An empty belly is the nemesis to morning sickness
  • Loose fitting clothing.  I actually found that tight waist bands made me more nauseous.  I bought maternity leggings at 10 weeks, and they make all the difference in the world!      
  • Seasick bracelets.  You can buy them at most pharmacies;  I'm not sure if it was placebo or not, but these actually made me feel better when I was in the thick of it. 
  • Stay hydrated!
  • Take naps.  I've never been able to sleep in the afternoon, but nowadays, I don't even need a sofa or a bed.  Just give me a cool floor, and I'm set.
  • Yoga teachers: save a bunch of class plans.  I plan sequences through my home practice, and not feeling well enough to practice left me feeling a little stumped.  I wish I had saved legible class plans from years passed to float me through my first trimester.
  • Swim! Join a pool and move a little.  Whether you just want to float around or swim laps, the cool water is super healing to morning sickness, and you will feel good that you got a little exercise.
  • Rub your belly.  I don't know it's self soothing or just a reminder that the sickness is all a part of this miracle, but a tactile reminder of your baby's presence, was the most effective cure I found. 
Speaking of bellies, here is mine :)

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