It occurs to me that I haven't provided many pregnancy details. While I don't really believe in due dates, I'm more than twenty weeks along now, meaning that this babe should arrive in February, perhaps closer to the beginning than the end. We don't know baby's gender, although we're debating whether or not to find out at our next ultrasound.
While I'm feeling great now, the first trimester was definitely tougher than any of my previous pregnancies--much tougher. While I know it's normal to feel gross, the constant nausea was new territory for me. I'm a terrible wimp, but after a while I lightened up on the complaining because even I was sick of listening to me whine. And so, to all of you women for whom this is the norm, may I offer my sincerest condolences and deepest admiration for your endurance. Had my first pregnancy started off as such, Brooklyn might have ended up an only child.
During the first trimester, a great number of things ceased to happen as I moped on the couch: housework, meal preparation, grocery shopping, you get the idea. However, I found surprising relief from an unlikely source: running. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't run far and I never ran fast. Getting off the couch and out the door required every ounce of willpower. Yet once I was going, I felt...like me again. I'm not sure if I felt normal because running always makes me slightly queasy, making the nausea was less noticeable, or if the endorphins masked the symptoms for a while. Either way, the time I spent chugging along the pavement was welcome relief for both body and soul.
Now that the morning sickness has passed, I'm still trying my best to stay active. I confess: at the beginning of my pregnancy, I hoped that moving more would magically transform me into one of those women at the gym who gain minimal weight and magically conceal their pregnancies until their final month. You know, the ones who squeeze back into their skinny jeans after only a week and look like they never had a baby. The ones we all love to hate--you know the type.
Well, now that the babe is half-baked, I've come to accept the fact that running isn't likely to transform my pregnant body shape. With little space for baby to hide in my torso, I'm big already and will certainly be huge by the end. Taking off the baby weight afterward will still require plenty of effort and patience. But that's okay. When I move, I'm stronger, healthier, and above all, happier. So never mind the strange glances, I plan to run/jog/waddle for just as long as I'm able. Trust me, when you factor in maternal sanity, it's certainly better for the baby.
And just to prove that pregnancy doesn't mean you have to set aside an active lifestyle, here are some pictures from a canyoneering expedition two weekends ago. Jason and I found teamed up with another couple and two experienced canyoneers who led us through Yankee Doodle Canyon, quite close to St. George. We had so much fun!
Here's Jason at the top of the first rappel.
But am I glad I went? Absolutely. The canyon was delightful and in my opinion, quite safe when approached knowledgeably, respectfully, and responsibly. In fact, I can't wait to canyoneer again--the sooner the better, since I'll soon be latched to a nursing baby.