I can't believe it's been nearly eight months since my last post. Well, actually I can. It has been a long and trying last 10-12 months in our home. I found out I was pregnant with our second baby one year ago in March. The onset of severe morning sickness was immediate just as it had been with my first pregnancy.
If you follow me on Instagram (if you're not, follow me @beccipratherfitness!) or my Facebook page then you probably saw the bits and pieces I shared regarding my pregnancy. For those of you that are just joining me I'll quickly get you up to speed.
My extreme morning sickness started at 4-5 weeks. By extreme I mean 24/7 overwhelming nauseous, vomiting, sensitivity to tons of food scents, no appetite, unable to pinpoint any food "that sounded good", etc. This was nothing new to me. At 19/20 weeks we discovered that my cervix was already effaced and "funneling" (starting to dilate on the side nearest my uterus). Ultrasounds at this time also revealed I had a placenta previa. I was immediately placed on weekly hormone injections and bed rest (read: unable to exercise, to care for my toddler, walk the dog, clean the house, squat to put laundry in the dryer, lift anything over 10-15 lbs, or even stroll one block). I can't even articulate how hard this was for a highly active person like myself. Thankfully, our baby was growing and thriving so I tried to keep that at the forefront of my mind. However, each day was a roller coaster of emotions given the drastic change in lifestyle. I was so blessed to have an amazing doula by my side (LA peeps, check her out!) who referred me to an equally amazing chiropractor. Those two women were blessings to me and my pregnancy. Fast forward to 37 weeks when we found out my placenta had moved just enough for my OB to allow me to try for a baginal delivery. At 38 weeks I spontaneously went into labor and in just two hours we welcomed a perfectly healthy baby boy, Joah David. The injections and hormones worked and helped to keep our baby boy in the womb until God was ready to bring him into our lives. We are so fortunate.
This brings us to the current day. Our sweet boy is one week shy of turning three months! Time is passing so incredibly fast. I'm getting to know Joah more each day as he wakes up and interacts with us all. I'm still learning how to juggle a newborn and a two year old, but I get better at it each day. I will admit that it seems much easier the second time around. I don't have the same fears I had the first time. I am more confident in myself and my role as a mother. I am more relaxed with my parenting. Life is good!
Workouts, blogging, etc. have temporarily taken a backseat as I adjust to life with two and give my body the time it deserves to bond with baby. I am fortunate to have quick and smooth deliveries and to bounce back to prebaby weight within a week or so of giving birth so I'm not focused on losing weight. My main goals at this time are to regain my strength, muscle definition, and cardiovascular endurance. Things that were quickly lost once I went on bed rest. For me, health is not about being skinny, wearing a certain size or fitting back into pre pregnancy clothes by a certain timeline.. Health is about feeling physically fit in my daily life. Having the energy to chase after my two year old at the park and to power through the day with a newborn who is nursing through the night. Health is about having a muscular butt that fills out my jeans because I know that this gluteal complex is responsible for motoring me around all day, allowing me to get through runs, and because well.. It's my husband's favorite physical attribute. Health is about always working towards a better and stronger version of myself.
As I navigate this new journey I beg for your patience as I learn how to work blogging back into my life. I can't promise a post every day, but I do hope to post at least, once per week. Baby steps.
I would love to know what health looks like to you!