Whoa, I’m Pregnant!
April Douglas, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS
I treat pregnant women on a daily basis, teach a course with a pregnancy section and go to continuing education courses on pregnancy, so when I got pregnant, I thought I would be overly prepared (yes, my ego, I know). Here’s what I didn’t realize:
1. In your first trimester, everything’s a secret. You cannot tell anyone anything.
2. My first trimester was my personal hell. Throwing up every day just isn’t my idea of fun. Don’t forget that smiley face, so no one knows anything.
3. If you do decide to announce early, be prepared for those that are worried about jinxing a healthy pregnancy. (FYI miscarriages are common. I was willing to discuss the news if it came.)
4. Because pregnancy symptoms are so variable, there really is not an explanation for most of them except, “well, you’re pregnant”.
5. If you want to be fit and throw up every day, good luck. Working out became a fond, distant memory. Don’t worry, working out returned, but just not at the same level.
6. Your breasts are no longer breasts. They’re jugs now and may be featured on a National Geographic.
7. Your body is working overtime, meaning more heat production. Sweating profusely while indoors is awesome!
With that being said, pregnancy opened my eyes to a whole new world, good and bad. Now that I’m beyond the first trimester, I get to feel a kicks and bumps of new life. It’s a constant reminder of the future. Some people say that being pregnant is the best thing in the world and could not have felt better.
The perk is I get to work with experts in pelvic floor and pregnancy. I get to walk in to work, ask bizarre questions, and advocate with my physician to get Physical Therapy when I have the first symptom. For all of you struggling pregnant ladies, having someone to help me along in the process has been a huge asset.
For all the pregnant women in general, kudos to you. Your body is doing an amazing thing that not everyone gets to experience. Remember that on your bad days.