Pregnancy does not have to be torture. It should be a time that you enjoy and are excited about the blessing that is coming. We are now experiencing pregnancy first-hand and some of the tricks we have learned from some of our patients and colleagues are coming in real handy. Here it is straight from Andreas mouth, how she has made pregnancy something that has not killed her energy and health. She hopes that some of these little tidbits of info can help you or someone else you share this with. Enjoy!

Entering the “3rd period”

Being the big sports fans that we are, Brett and I like to put things in sports analogies; so to use this method, I am currently starting the 3rd period of this hockey game we call pregnancy!
I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone, it truly feels like only a few weeks ago I was waking Brett up to show him the positive pregnancy test. I feel so lucky God has allowed us to take on this next challenge as a couple, and as baby Mac’s arrival is quickly approaching (scoring that winning goal) I thought I’d share some of my journey so far.

Pre-season:
I love working out, it’s my me time! I love being challenged and pushed physically and learning new things. I was an athlete thru college and all those years taught me discipline that I’ve been able to apply to all areas of my life. Before we started trying to get pregnant I was already working out 5/6 days a week and eating a healthy diet (most days) to fuel my body. Also at the top of my list of important things I was doing to take care of myself was my weekly adjustments, I never missed a week. Brett and I have been involved with Advocare for a few years now as well so I was using their probiotics and fish oils along with taking a prenatal vitamin daily. I wanted my body to be as healthy as possible to prepare for pregnancy and grow a healthy baby.

1st period:
We had a pretty strong inkling I was finally pregnant, but seeing that positive test for the first time was surreal, it was really happening! I’ll admit I was pretty nervous for my first trimester of pregnancy because of all the “horror” stories I’ve heard of exhaustion, morning sickness and dehydration. I definitely had the exhaustion part but was very fortunate and never got sick. Don’t get me wrong, I had my days of not feeling great and no food sounded good but am so thankful for the ease of it for the most part. I was able to continue my normal workout routine, with the exception of being much more out of breath. I continued with my supplements and adjustments only increasing my adjustments to twice a week to insure my nervous system was functioning at the highest level possible. At 11 weeks I had my first appointment with our midwife group, words really can’t explain the feelings of hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time and knowing everything was going well! Before I knew it I was “skating” in to my second trimester.

2nd period:
People always say this is the best time of pregnancy, although I haven’t experienced more than a day of my 3rd trimester I would have to agree. There are so many exciting things that are experienced during the 2nd trimester thatmake it more real. One of these was a change in my body. This part wasn’t my favorite, honestly I had a real struggle when my clothes started to fit different and my weight went up. As a former athlete and especially a female I have worked hard my whole life to stay in shape and now it was all out of my control, I had to continually remind myself it was a good thing and all for a greater purpose.
Next came baby movement, this is still my favorite part and the best part of everyday when I get to relax and feel/see the baby move! At 20 weeks we had an ultrasound and got to see our baby for the first time, what a miracle. We choose not to find out the gender, originally I really wanted to find out and Brett didn’t but I was convinced by others to wait for the ultimate surprise and I am so glad I did. Although I am very curious to know if baby Mac will be a wrestler or a gymnast, I am even more excited to find that out the day he or she is born.
I continued my twice weekly adjustments and added in Advocare’s coreplex with extra iron to my supplement regimen and and am still working out 5/6 times a week. I did adjust some and added in swimming as one of those workouts for a lower impact option as I can feel my body start to change to prepare for the arrival of this little one, which at this point is getting closer and closer.
As of today (August 5th) I am in the 28th week and officially in the 3rd trimester…the home stretch!

As we near the arrival of baby Mac there are so many emotions I go through, some of them daily. Nervous, excited, scared, anxious, etc. but more than anything I feel so blessed and can’t wait for Brett and I to meet baby Mac and start this new journey as a family of 3 (or 5, our two crazy dogs are definitely family members).

Andrea McDonough