This was a good idea for a chat thread.
This baby is #3 and a huge surprise and this question has been first in my mind the last few days as I've been absorbing reality (I'm starting to get excited about being a mommy of three and I love that feeling!).
The other day I wrote out a bunch of goals for this pregnancy.
I want to:
- Do prenatal yoga 3x a week at least (I have a DVD that I used last time and loved)
- Be active outdoors every day for at least 30 minutes with the kiddos (when it's not raining with world-ending, apocolyptic rain storms...like it has been the last two weeks).
- Keep track of what I eat! I gained 40 lbs w/ DD1, lost it all plus 10lbs, then gained 50lbs w/ DD2 and have only lost 20 of that. So, at the starting gate, I am already 30lbs unhealthy for my own body. In all seriousness, I do not want to gain any weight this pregnancy. I won't be starving myself at all, but I will not be eating with the unwanton abandon that I did the last two pregnancies. I have enough "extra" on my body that I do *NOT* need any "maternal stores."
- In order to keep my body healthy this time around, I am really striving to make sure my 3 main meals include a good amount of protein, lots of live, raw food (fruits/veggies) and omega-3's. I am trying (going to try) to curb my obsession with white carbs (I love baking and have a relentless sweet tooth). Whatever I eat, I am focusing on making sure that I am getting enough protein, live food and omega-3's...I totally believe that is going to help my body stay more healthy this time. I'm currently taking WF prenatals (I've used them w/ my other two pgs as well), calcium magnesium, a probiotic supplement (CranLogic, because I always seem to get UTI's in early pregnancy), and nordic cod liver oil.
- I want to be more prepared for PPD...I seem to have had it with both girls, though in a more self-directed fashion (ie, I am thrilled about my children and have no feelings of detachment from them, but the rest of my outlook is dismal for several months). I'm not sure how I'm going to do that this time except to expect it and remind DH that it's coming up and not to hate me for how I might behave.
I am trying not to be fearful...The birth of my second daughter was an amazing, empowering experience (totally cliche, I know) and I learned a lot about what I want this time (more of the same, mostly). But I am struggling with being fearful of life after birth...how I'll handle 3, the PPD issue, the weight issue (my mom had a great figure, but after her 3rd child, she never regained it and that is a constant fear for me...you know, becoming my mom)...
It's going to be an interesting 9 months...I'm excited to see how it all turns out (and to see if we have a boy or a girl! I am kind of rooting for another girl right now).