I am now 12 weeks almost 13 weeks pregnant. I don’t mean to scare you with anything I am about to say. However, I wasn’t prepared AT ALL for what the first trimester has held for me. I will say (and admit I hate this saying) “Every pregnancy is different” that means for the woman and during each pregnancy she has.
From what I understand the first trimester is the worst traditionally. For me, I’ve been nauseas every single waking moment since I was 5 weeks pregnant. I’m on Zofran (prescription drug) for the nausea. I’m STILL nauseous. I can smell things from ridiculous distances. That has rendered me unable to go in my own kitchen without wrapping a scarf around my head/nose. My husband is doing all the cooking. What I can and can’t eat changes on the hour. I used to drink milk every day, now I am lucky if I can down one cup a week. Foods I used to love and crave I can’t even look at now. I can barely eat, but if I don’t eat I get more sick.
You may find out you have no control over what you can / can’t eat. The rule I’ve been told is take your prenatal vitamins and eat what you can. As long as you are gaining some weight that’s good. If you lose weight, that’s bad. Some women do because they can’t keep food down.
I wasn’t probably as fit as you sound like you are. But I did dance, run and practice yoga. I planned on continuing yoga, cutting back on dancing, and walking more instead of running. Reality: I’m in a little ball on my couch most of the time, being sad and sick and feeling like I have the never ending flu. It is healthy to exercise, I just plain can’t, I feel horrid.
On the plus side- I’m gaining the amount of weight I should be gaining, I’m not eating much (can’t) which is in a way compensating for my lack of exercise.
All these responses were so positive. I just wanted to tell you that you don’t know what you can expect until you are actually pregnant. Truth is you might not be able to exercise or eat the way you want. If that happens hopefully it will only be for one trimester but “Every pregnancy is different”. And creating life is truly a sacrifice.
I will add that I think you will get your body back fairly quickly if you breast feed. Babys suck everything right out of you. I foster for rescue groups and I can’t tell you how many skin and bone mamma dogs I’ve seen- they are being fed great, but while you are nursing you give all you got to your babes.
And I was nervous about giving birth too. You might want to check out Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. That book has a lot of good positive birth stories, which really helps put you in the right mindset to do it. I will also say that being pregnant causes you to lose your fear of the birth because its the cure for pregnancy 🙂
Again, this is just to give you an honest perspective on what may happen. Don’t mean it to be scary or negative.