Stepping It Up in the Second Trimester
Monday, July 16, 2012
Yesterday I officially entered the second trimester.
I'm already starting to feel better: my stomach is more stable and I'm a lot less tired. I think Tuesday was morning sickness's last great hurrah. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself, lol.
Tomorrow I have my 12 week sonogram (a week late) and DH and I have taken some baby belly pictures (I'm popping out to the point that I'm wearing almost exclusively maternity clothes). I'll try to get those posted sometime this week; some of you have been asking for them.
The second trimester is supposed to be pregnancy's sweet spot and I intend to take full advantage of it. I started this morning by modifying my SP nutrition goals to be in line with the guidelines for expectant mothers of multiples. The numbers are a little intimidating: from 1700-1900 calories to 2100-2400, 100-150% of RDA for calcium to 150-200%, plus more modest increases in iron, protein, and folate intake. Tracking is going to be key since the changes are pretty dramatic and the exact opposite of the direction I'm used to them moving. I'm not quite sure how to meet them, so tracking and adjusting as necessary is my tactic.
The next thing I need to step up is fitness. I did almost nothing in my first trimester; the combination of morning sickness, exhaustion, and foot surgery did me in. Last week one of my toes got infected so I still can't go all out, but I can at least pedal the stationary bike for half an hour. (Antibiotics have the situation under control.) My goal is to do that 3 times a week. That's not exactly where I was working at before pregnancy and surgery, but it's the best place from which to start building back without overdoing it, which I am famous for.
My other priority is physical preparations for the babies. I started working on baby registries and my mom has begun talking about shower planning. I've been knitting and sewing lackadaisically and it's time to turn up the focus and volume.
My hope is that this plan is as effective as it is simple.