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How am I going to get through this - no yummy pregnant mummies allowed!!

(11 Posts)
Amnewtoallthis Mon 01-Oct-12 15:48:05

After a week of lying on the sofa (with occasional feeling better moments) I've managed to spend a day working, and almost feeling like normal. I read a thread here the other day which depressed the hell out of me,women in their 3 trimester who were launching websites and generally ruling the world! I did manage a run yesterday morning (was more a jog) and some stretches. I was the original fitness queen - at 42 I've been working out five days a week for nearly 15 years now. So I'm feeling bad about taking things easy. I want to hear from dynamic women (like me) who are struggling to get through the first trimester. Or dynamic women who struggled and got through. How did you do it? And will I ever rule the world again?!!!

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Mon 01-Oct-12 16:42:27

I was on that thread grin First trimester with DC1 was completely different though - I basically slept through it, waking up to go to work, sleeping at my desk for most of the afternoon, heading home for more sleep, coming round briefly to eat whatever DH had cooked, throw up, and then back to sleep again! I felt like a sloth... or a newborn.

37 weeks with DC2 and it's a completely different story. You still have time to get to be the super-pg lady smile

OneOfMyTurnsComingOn Mon 01-Oct-12 16:44:57

Blimey! You found great to me!

I've got 10 days up go with DC3, and I'm 40. From about half way through I've had to rest every day. In a lot of pain with SPD and awful heartburn. Can't wait to get baby out now!

Dahlen Mon 01-Oct-12 16:48:30

I really suffered during my first trimester and felt like I wanted to die. I took four sick days off work, which was more than I'd taken in the previous ten years put together, and wondered if I'd made the biggest mistake of my life. The fatigue and nausea were just awful.

After about 13 weeks though, I came out of it and sailed through the rest of my pregnancy being as active (if not more so) than before, right up until the day before giving birth.

It will pass. Congratulations. smile

Orenishii Mon 01-Oct-12 16:49:31

Hahaha yes me too, I was on that thread. I literally have no ability to just stop, my first trimester I think I cried nearly every single day, and I have no choice about having launched the websites.

I couldn't afford to leave work any sooner and the projects happened to be happening. I've worked from home since the Olympics and believe me, although my work might think I'm amazing - I've had a tantrum pretty much every single day, shocked and outraged that people are actually asking me to do stuff! Don't they know I am ready to drop?! How dare they email me, even though you know..it was actually me that arranged to work up to 38+5 blush

cupcake78 Mon 01-Oct-12 16:54:58

With my ds I was sick hourly, went (crawled) to bed at 6pm. Woke up, was sick, got dressed, was sick generally felt like I had flu for a good 4mthssad.

I was rubbish at being pregnant and yet here I am trying for dc2grin

cupcake78 Mon 01-Oct-12 16:56:14

Oh and I had many a moment crying down the loo wishing I would feel better. You are it alone

MsElisaDay Mon 01-Oct-12 16:59:47

Before getting pregnant I was in training for a marathon and would typically run four times a week, as well as doing other gym sessions and fitness classes.
I also have a full-time stressful job, and would frequently be out drinking and socialising after work - before getting up at 6am to run 10k before going into work.

However, the first trimester hit me like a truck. The tiredness was like nothing I'd experienced before. Naively, I thought I'd be able to carry on running until I was too big to run. Hah.
Previously, five or six miles was nothing, and I'd have to go about 15 miles before feeling tired. But one of the first signs of being pregnant, for me, was struggling on a flattish three-mile run and feeling out of breath.
I was utterly, totally shattered and felt like a zombie. After work it was all I could do to drive home, before falling asleep on the sofa.

It does get better, though! I never got back into the running, but in the second trimester I felt much, much better. I started doing other forms of more gentle exercise, and socialising again.
Now, at 36 weeks, I'm shattered once again, but the second trimester was blissful compared to the first. I'm eagerly looking forward to resuming marathon training once the baby is born, as well.. though it will be interesting to see just how much my fitness has regressed since March.

Amnewtoallthis Mon 01-Oct-12 17:39:21

I am feeling better today but I really don't remember feeling like this with DD - mind you that was five years ago nearly and I was 37! MsElisaDay with DD I really enjoyed going back to training and see my fitness increase again - had a difficult birth with her so I couldn't exercise for 12 weeks. That first run even though I was exhausted, felt amazing. Which is why I miss it so, running when feeling yukky is not the same (fresh air did help though)
Orenishii i'm self employed and was trying to break into field, away from my main specialism, when I got pregnant. Got my first load of work last week, which is a big break (sort of) but means I have to up my game at a time when I feel dreadful; but if it works out means I can work from home with (God willing) both children: DD starts school next September anyway.
Dahlen - hoping I'm like you and in four weeks I'll be back to eating what I like again.It feels like I'm on an enforced detox!
Cupcake78 have to remember when I feel like rubbish that we are sort of - all in this together!

philbee Mon 01-Oct-12 20:35:44

I really wanted to be super preggo mum too. When I got pg this time I was running three times a week, building up the mileage, doing yoga, swimming, just started kung fu, which I loved.

When I was pg with DD five years ago, and again last year (ended in a mc) I tried to keep running and it was just hellish, too hot, too breathless, a real slog. Before DD I'd been doing full on astanga yoga for 90 mins a time, 4 days a week. I just couldn't manage any of that at all once I got pg. I got SPD and had a stupid support belt and so couldn't even do normal pregnancy exercise things like DVDs. I was going to pregnancy yoga classes and just spending the whole time on all fours moving my back around while all the other women did the legs all over the place stuff. Frustrating.

Last year I found it really really galling, and really resented all the restrictions. This time, after the mc last time, I have just decided that this is how I am, and it can wait. I can't run, I have to do gentle yoga, and I probably won't go to classes. I walk, I swim (but no damn breaststroke), I stretch, I walk, I walk. That's it, and I just have to accept it. I know lots of women manage to carry on exercising at a level way beyond my normal level, but that ain't me.

Now I'm off to bed. Cheers.

Sparklyboots Mon 01-Oct-12 22:12:42

Oh, I was on that thread, but it didn't mention first trimester (currently in my first trimester with DC2). In first trimester of the very same pregnancy in which I turned into a productive maniac, I didn't run (I used to run everyday) put on a pile of not-baby weight and felt sea sick and very, very grumpy the whole time. I was able to return to running in the second trimester, albeit more jogging than running, and only stopped eventually because some icy weather made it way too treacherous for pregnant waddling... I cheered up (somewhat) and was super brilliant at work because I wanted to return to my job and wanted my boss to begging me to come back and wondering how they'd ever manage without me. But the first trimester was a total flop work and fitness wise, pretty much like this one is now, but this time I am not worried because I know it passes and other trimesters, while they do have their particular challenges, won't floor me like the first. Good luck.

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