For those of you who don’t know, I am currently 11 weeks pregnant. Rob and I decided to announce my pregnancy earlier than is usual (around 8 weeks to be exact) for a number of reasons, one of them is explained pretty well in this article. Even though I was expecting people to “share their opinions” and advice as soon as they found out I was preggers, I was still amazed at how many people felt the the need to tell me I was doing something wrong or that I should tread lightly because of sharing my news early.
Over the past few weeks, I have also shared some of the struggles I’ve been going through. One of them was that my body was changing every day. Over the last year and a half I have worked hard to feel comfortable in my own skin, learn to truly love my body, and yet also be proud of the hard work I put into my workouts to feel strong and capable. My first trimester has completely kicked my butt!
I want to nap ALL. THE. TIME! I struggle to get more than 1 or 2 workouts done a week. I am not eating well and am struggling with almost all foods, except fresh fruit and peanut butter toast. And did I mention I want to nap all. the. time!
Rob and I have ALWAYS wanted children. And the fact of the matter is, the only reason we waited this long was because of finances – it’s tough being two musicians with crazy schedules, a lot of debt, and no savings. Since becoming a Beachbody coach, that has allowed us the financial freedom to actual plan and live our lives, instead of feeling trapped and stuck and unable to do the things we so desperately wanted to do.
Having struggled with body image my whole life, seeing my body change and transform has been quite hard to adjust to. People’s well-meaning comments were also not helping the transition for me… “Your body will never be the same after this, you better get used to it.”
After some thought and chats with some amazing preggo friends I came to this eye-opening conclusion, “Who would want to go back to “being the same” after having kids anyway?”
Having children changes you, on every level. I am only 11 weeks into this process and I can tell there is no way one can stay the same after having children. Sure, I know I will want to feel strong and healthy again, but after the amazing work that my body is doing, growing this tiny human, why would I want to go back to being the same person I was before?
Soon I am going to be a mom to a sweet baby boy or girl (we will find out in a few weeks), and that will be the most important role I ever play in this life. All I want to focus on now is making sure I am the best person I can be, that I am kind to myself, and that I am ready for this next incredible chapter.
If you want to follow me on this crazy journey into motherhood, come find me on Instagram (@kathrous) or on my Facebook Page where I try to keep it as real as possible and I’ll be posting more regular updates, recipes, workouts, and things that I have found that have helped me through the different stages of pregnancy.