1st Trimester update

I can’t believe it’s already been 14 weeks. WOW. I did a little q&a on snapchat (I am simplysadiejane over there) all about my 1st trimester, but I wanted to document it on the blog. I get a lot of questions from you guys, but also, this little blog is still a journal for me that I love to write and remember. That being said, this post might seem a bit negative. If you’ve ever dealt with 24/7 nausea during the 1st tri, you will understand. Rest assure, this pregnancy is such a blessing and we are so thrilled to bring another child into the world. Also, I want to say THANK YOU for all the love and support from our announcement video! That video was something I wanted to do for so long and I loved that I was able to share a bit of my fitness journey AND announce that I am pregnant!


Before we jump into the Q&A, I wanted to talk about the pictures in this post (not the collage above). These pics were from a photoshoot for ALALA (where the leggings are from) I did when I was 8 weeks pregnant. I was so sick, bloated, and my body was already transforming itself and making changes for the little human inside of it. I was hesitant to share at first but now I am so glad I have the images to always look back on! Our bodies are so incredibly beautiful. They adapt and transform and literally grow while growing a beautiful soul inside of it. Thanks @jadeemmyloewphoto for captioning my body during such a delicate stage.


Let’s jump straight into the questions:

How have you been feeling?

HMMM… Is there a good way to describe the 1st trimester?  Probably not. I could describe it with a bunch of swear words. #butiwillresist

I will be honest. The 1st trimester is hard for me. I go into a bit of a dark place. I found out when I was 3 1/2 weeks pregnant because I was feeling nauseated and tired at the gym! The nauseated feeling comes and completely debilitates me. It’s usually a bit better in the morning but by night it’s full on miserable. If I keep my blood sugar up and eat regularly, it helps to keep it under control. Honestly, I was less sick with this pregnancy than the other two. I was working night shifts with them so it made my nausea so much worse. Summer time has made it a bit more difficult with the 100 plus degree weather, but I am happy to report that it has gotten better! Some nights I am still sick, but I am not nauseated all day which is really a blessing because I was sick on and off with the other two, pretty much the entire pregnancy.


Are you more moody now?

I literally laughed out loud when I read this question. Oh my gosh, YES! SO many things change when I am pregnant. Like, not just change but literally I become a different human. Just towards the beginning…at least I think it goes away. #weshallsee

For example, my pregnancy acne is flying high and proud and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Umm let’s see what else. Oh, my skin is a lot more dry as well. I think that about covers my skin issues, let’s go back to my emotions…

One night I was watching Friends, on Netflix (literally this show saved my life my 1st trimester) I love you, Friends. I. LOVE. YOU.

Anyway, I was watching at like 11 pmish…I think I napped that day or something, SOO the episode came on when Joey brought home the Duck and I was literally laughing so hard I was crying, and then I just broke down and started sad crying…like what?

I literally cried for maybe 20 minutes about nothing…really though.

God bless it.

I think that explains my emotions in this pregnancy so far.

EmmyLowePhotoSadieJane-6 (Emily Lowe's conflicted copy 2016-07-12)

How has your diet been?

Before I found out I was pregnant, I had been doing strict Marcos for 2 weeks and I loved it. As you can imagine, the nausea made it difficult to eat like I had been before. I was not about to make myself stick to a strict diet when my body wanted and needed other things. So, simply put, I listened to what my body wanted, for the most part. I added more carbs into my diet (I think I lived off of toast for 3 straight weeks) and pretty much anything that I thought my body could possibly keep down. I’ve been craving a lot of mustard and fresh vegetables. Oh, and ChickFila. Ha. I am still conscious about my eating habits and I try to eat little meals every couple hours. The last couple weeks I have been craving soda pop, which is so weird to me. I don’t ever drink pop! Overall, I definitely eat different now than I did before I was pregnant. I am listening to my body, not giving in to all of my cravings, but also not being super strict at this point. I might pull the reins in a bit now that I am not so sick, but when you feel nauseated all day, the last thing you want to do is prepare grilled chicken with broccoli. AMIRIGHT?


How has your workout routine been?

So, I have been sick, BUT, I haven’t been too sick to continue to push through and workout. There was a chunk of time there (about 3 weeks) (the same 3 weeks that I ate only toast) where I didn’t workout at all. I could barely make my kids food. For reals. Other than that, I have been able to convince myself to go to the gym. And really, I had to convince myself. Although I wasn’t throwing up as much, the nausea made me want to stay at home and do absolutely nothing! BUT, every time I pushed myself to do some kind of exercise, whether that was the gym, or a walk, or a playground workout, it ALWAYS made me feel better. Usually by the end of the day, I would feel sick again but I could tell it was helping me and the babe. Getting your body moving, your deep breathing activated, and your blood flowing, is SO good to help cure some of those 1st trimester blues. For about 2 weeks now, I have felt stronger than ever. I am back to pushing myself at the gym. I make sure I take a lot of time to stretch before and after workouts (because of my relaxed ligaments in pregnancy). Also, I have taken almost all ab workouts out of my routine. Anything that is weighed (even with body weight) can have a bad effect on your body while pregnant and can result in Diastasis Recti. I do continue to do kipping pull-ups and planks, along with a couple exercises that work my stomach but only secondarily while I am working my arms and legs. If you are seeing your abs peak while doing workouts, chances are you might be utilizing your abs too much. Just be aware of that going into your 2nd tri when you feel like pushing yourself more at the gym. Also, my doctor initially told me I could only workout to the point that my heart rate reached a certain number, so I told him what I normally do for workouts and what I have been doing leading up to this pregnancy. His exact words were, “Listen to your body and continue to do what you’ve been doing!” It’s really that simple. Our bodies are strong and those babies are safe. Listen to your body, don’t make yourself so tired that you get light-headed, and you can continue to rock it out at the gym. (I will be sharing more safe ab workouts soon)


Will you find out the sex of the baby?

I don’t know yet if I will have a gender reveal BUT I am sure we will find out. Living in a small rental home, we need to prepare and organize as much as we can, and I am too controlling to wait to find out! HA! But, I swear on my life this little fetus is a boy. I have had so many feelings and dreams and impressions, even before I was pregnant. I always kinda “knew” that my third babe would be a boy. Watch, it’s going to be a girl! #ofcourse


Have you gained a lot of weight already?

He is the crazy part about this question… I haven’t owned a scale for almost 2 years, but when I got weighed from my nutritionist I “technically” weighed the same amount that I did before I was pregnant with Baylor, but I wasn’t nearly as fit. So, I am starting out this pregnancy the same way I started my others… based on the scale. I’ve already gained about 15 pounds in my first pregnancy but now more than ever, I am not looking at the scale. I am making sure I do what I can to have healthy weight gain but I gained over 55 pounds with my other two babes. Am I healthier now? FOR SURE. Will my body do that same this time? WHO KNOWS! My hips are already wider, my boobs are huge, my belly is perfect, and I am completely and totally embracing this pregnancy for what it is and will be. I learned long ago that I am not one of those women who simply carries in her belly. BUT, I am healthy and have a strong able body to carry little humans. Honestly, that is all I care about right now.


I am thrilled to be 14 weeks and just moving right along! My theme for this pregnancy is “EMBRACE THE JOURNEY!”

Honestly, I don’t know if I will be pregnant again. This is only 9 months out of my life and then another year, maybe, to lose the baby weight. I don’t rush it. I don’t fret over it. EMBRACE THE JOURNEY. Appreciate the journey. AND enjoy some ChickFila every once in a while!


Thanks for following along! Below is a video of when I told Jeff and the kids that I was pregnant.

Also, those personalized leggings (aka, I picked the colors out! Even the mesh color) and the personalized initial, fun huh?


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