The Journey so far ....Hello to you all, I'm now 21 weeks pregnant and thought I'd post a little about my journey so far and how I've been trying to keep up with my regular yoga practice and keep healthy and fit over the past few months. It's been hard work trying to keep up my energy levels to run a business, hold down a three day a week employed job, run a yoga retreat, sell a house, buy a house and more ! So yes, it's been a busy busy few weeks with lots of work commitments as well as nurturing an ever growing little baby bump ! The first few weeks from about 6 weeks to 13 weeks I was really sick, with low energy, tired, lethargic and nauseous . I honestly wondered what we had done ! I was used to feeling well, fit and healthy and it came a bit shock to my system to be so drained. I turned to eating beige things, salty crackers, bread and anything that I basically didn't eat before. I found that travel sickness bands helped a little, and regular eating so as not to let blood sugar levels drop.
First Trimester YogaI was able to keep up a gentle yoga practice, with lots of restorative postures and breathing to calm the sickness. I also found that swimming really helped and was one of the only times i didn't feel sick, was when I was in the water. So I'd totally recommend trying to get not the pool if you are feeling the rath of morning sickness.
AcupunctureHowever, my biggest discovery was acupuncture with Rebecca Gantry @ Treat - Norwich http://www.norwichacupuncturerooms.co.uk, she treats ladies through all stages of pregnancy and it really worked wonders for me in the first trimester sickness stage. I had treatment once a week from about 9 weeks onwards, and after the acupuncture sessions i'd have a good 3-4 days where the nausea was a lot less. I've still had the odd nausea day later into my second trimester but if I have an acupuncture session it usually calms it down and I feel great for a couple more weeks. It's great for increasing energy levels also .
Into the second trimester .. feeling good !Since about 14 weeks I've felt so much better, and it's once the placenta is formed that the hormones stay in utero so don't affect you as much. I've re-found my energy levels, and actually feel really fit and healthy. I ran a yoga retreat in Italy last week and managed most of the yoga teaching other than modifying some of the prone positions. I loved hiking up and down the hills, and yes it was harder than normal and at times i more breathless and tired, but generally keeping up a good level of fitness has made me feel so much more vibrant. However, I definitely think the acupuncture treatments have helped me maintain these energy levels, maybe also coupled with some sunshine and incredible veggie food from Wild Tuscany. http://www.wildtuscany.org
I've now started to modify my yoga practice and practicing lots of meditations to help relax and bond with baby, which is so nice now I can feel the little wriggler moving around inside. I'm trying to swim 2-3 times a week, yoga a little everyday and take a long savasana (relaxation) every day. So at 21 weeks, I'm happy, feeling good and enjoying my pregnancy !