So I’ve been Keeping a little secret from you guys……I’m Pregnant!!!

Yes you heard me correctly, I’m pregnant!!! And let me tell you, it has been such a hard secret to keep. I’m 16 weeks along now and if all goes to plan, this little cutie will be coming into the world on January 11th. Which seems very close if you ask me.

These past few months have been full of excitement, joy, happiness, and of course those expected feelings of being slightly terrified and anxious as well. I mean, in less than 6 months Matt and I are going to become parents and have a little baby to look after, which seems like such a crazy thought!! We’re super excited though and are definitely looking forward to this whole new stage in our lives.

Before I share a little of how my first trimester went, I want to share something else that I’ve been dealing with for the last year, and that’s that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).  This reared its ugly head last year after I came off the pill and I found that my periods were irregular (sometimes non existent) and my skin was freaking out.

This was all a bit of a shock to me, since I’m otherwise super healthy and had never had any issues with my periods or my skin. That is, I guess, the slightly scary thing about being on the pill…. it can mask a lot of things that are going on in your body.

I didn’t share this previously as I was hoping that I could cure my PCOS with special attention to my diet, acupuncture and some careful naturophy. I gave this a good shot but soon realised that PCOS is irreversible. I mean, yes, you can get rid of a lot of the symptoms, which was what I was slowly doing, but it will always be in the background ready to pop back up if you fall out of sync.  Also Matt and I were planning to start a family pretty soon and I didn’t want the pressure of others knowing I had PCOS and asking about how that would affect my chances of conceiving, when I had really no clue how it was going to go myself. Luckily it wasn’t an issue.

Later on I will share some of my experience with PCOS and all the different natural remedies that I tried, as well as the diet that I found the most effective in getting my body back in sync. I’m also going to develop a workshop specially focused on PCOS and all the different things you can do to reduce as many symptoms as possible to help your body. If you’re interested in this workshop please email me at hi@reneebrown.co.nz and I will let you know when I have more info.

For now though, let’s get back to the cute baby that I’m currently growing and more specifically how I found the first trimester.

How I found the First Trimester

Truth be told; I’ve had it pretty easy. I haven’t had a lot of morning sickness other than the odd occasion where I’ve felt slightly nauseous (which thankfully never lasted long). I did however find the first week back from our trip the hardest as the exhaustion of travelling really brought all my symptons to the surface. Suffice to say there was a lot of deep breathing and taking extended rests while cooking dinner, so I could finish without wanting to thrown up (haha). I also found that eating every 2-3 hours helped hugely in letting me feel my best. So now I’m always carrying around a bunch of healthy snacks, just in case I can’t find anything nutritious (not like this was really anything new though).

The other major symptom that I noticed was the constant exhaustion, which had me wanting to climb back into bed after breakfast for a few more hours of sleep. Funnily enough though, I found that being overseas and on holiday helped with this, as I really had no choice but to carry on and get up each day and see new places. I did however nap a lot in the afternoon, which was amazing!

Now travelling when pregnant definitely has its pro’s and con’s. I found it hard seeing everyone else around me able to drink multiple cups of coffee, have glasses of red wine with each meal and have all this extra energy that I was lacking. But then on the other hand it was nice to get away and have a last (big) holiday before our little one arrives. I also loved being indulged with all the delicious bowls of carb heavy pasta, fresh slices of bread and warm pastries.

All I would say if your thinking about travelling while pregnant is to drink a truck load of water, get lots of rest and always (ALWAYS) have snacks on hand.

I have also experienced a little light headedness (more so in this second trimester), needing to pee all the time (It’s seriously ridiculous), ravenous hunger such that if I don’t eat regularly my tummy will rumble and I’ll start to feel sick. You should have seen the impressive bag of plane snacks that I packed for our ridiculous 17-hour Dubai to Auckland flight. On a more positive note my nails are stronger, my hair is slighter thicker and I’m feeling pretty special to be able to be growing our precious little baby right now.

So I guess all in all, I’ve had a pretty easy start to my pregnancy journey, but we’ll see if my luck continues over the next 6 months….fingers crossed.

I’m going to be sharing this whole journey on my blog as I get bigger and bigger and hopefully help other “mumma’s to be” to stay as healthy as possible through their pregnancies.

You can also head over to my social media accounts if you want more info on my pregnancy journey and the foods that I’m eating each day to nourish myself and my baby.

Have a beautiful day,

R x

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