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Sparking for Two

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Ok, so I fell off the wagon. Well, actually, I got distracted. Summer is our super hectic time at work. I work at a fast-growing community college. In addition to advising all prospective students, carrying fairly heavy advising caseloads of continuing students, and working all registrations, our office is in charge of organizing all of the orientations for new students--needless to say, it gets pretty wild. Not too long into the summer crazy fest, I started to feel funky. My immune system was operating at an all-time low and my energy levels plummeted. I would come home at the end of the night and crash.

Yep, you guessed it--PREGNANT!

So, I have grazed my way through my entire first trimester. I wallowed in greasy fried foods, swam through fatty melty pints of Haagen Dazs ice cream, and buried my crunching munching face in countless bags of chips of all varieties. Unlike some women whose bodies react to hormonal changes by tossing up everything that they try to eat, my body is uncannily adept at clinging to every calorie I consume. Don't get me wrong, I had brief periods of nausea, but I staunched those unpleasant twinges by shoveling more food down my eager gaping throat. Not only were my eating habits despicable, but my EXTREME exhaustion and the 90 to 100 degree weather meant that I didn't do any exercising either. Yup, I've packed on some pounds. Since baby is only weighing in at 1.5 ounces right now, I'm pretty sure that most of it isn't him/her.

So, I'm sparking for two. I owe some of my newly discovered motivation to my husband who has rediscovered Spark People and is tracking his own calories in earnest. But also, I'm haunted by a number of thoughts. One is that the larger an expectant mother is, the larger she can anticipate her baby to be upon arrival. Since I'm already cringing at the prospect of making it through my impending D-day (that's DELIVERY day in frightened mamma talk), I'm naturally interested in keeping little Baby Booty reasonably baby-sized. I'm also concerned about the quality of our lives when my little peanut makes his or her way into the world--I want to bounce back from my pregnancy with a graceful leap and a flourish, and I want to be an active mom who can inspire and raise an active healthy kid. I don't want my child to struggle with the weight problems that I've had throughout my life.

I'm in luck. Now that I've skidded into my second trimester, the energy is slowly coming back and the wild uncontrollable cravings are starting to subside. I've been out walking again (though not as quickly or frequently as before), and I'm doing a better job at tracking my calorie intake. I am disappointed that Spark People doesn't have a pregnancy option in their nutrition tracker calculations, but in consulting with my doctor, I think that I'm adding a reasonable number of calories to my daily totals to sustain baby while at the same time keeping the spread in check.

Parenthood... I know this is one wild roller-coaster of a ride, but I'm strapped in and there's no looking back!
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    3029 days ago
    Babyfit?--I think that's what it's called--is Sparkpeople's sister site for pregnant women or breastfeeding moms. :-)

    Congratulations, friend! This is happy news.

    I understand your feelings, the ups and the downs of it. I understand it can be tricky to work out dieting or being mindful of calories while pregnant. But I think you're wise to attempt to head into your delivery with as few extra pounds as possible. I think above this though, focusing on staying active and on your fitness will yield huge payoffs in terms of recovery post-delivery. At least, this is what I've heard from close friends who've "been there."

    Best wishes and do keep us updated!
    3030 days ago

    There it is. : )
    3030 days ago
    Congratulations!!! I don't think they have pregnancy features on this side of Spark but there is a whole pregnancy Spark out there somewhere. Look around, it's out there somewhere.

    Oh, and I was heavier than I am now while pregnant and had gestational diabetes. It actually helped me a lot, weirdly. Testing my blood sugar before and after meals really showed me the good and bad aspects of some foods. Despite all that my kidlet was 5 lbs 10 oz. at birth. One think I do recommend is trying to nurse as long as you possibly can. Research indicates that breastfed babies are leaner and more likely to not get diabetes, blah blah blah. Well worth doing. I'll try to repost if I find the baby side of Spark.
    3030 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
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    This is wonderful news! You have so much ahead of you that is joy, joy, joy and more joy. I wish you every happiness. Hey, the baby will be whatever size he or she wants to be. Don't get too heavy but don't go hungry -- middle ground is best.

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    3030 days ago
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