35 and Pregnant: 3 Tips For A Successful Start To A Geriatric Pregnancy
35 and pregnant, yes! 35 and geriatric, hell no! I remember walking into my doctors appointment to confirm my pregnancy. I left feeling like I’d been bumped to the next age box on the survey form.
Regardless, facing the reality that I am no longer a spring chicken got real. Pregnancy in my mid 30’s is different than my first, 11 years ago, at 24. According to Bloomlife, “Approximately 1 in 6 pregnant women in the U.S. are over 35. And for these “older moms”, the chances of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby are quite high.” A twenty-something body will react differently than a thirty-something body.
I’ve paid attention to the risks, differences, and changes my body is experiencing. Now, I share my 3 tips for a successful start into what the healthcare industry considers a geriatric pregnancy.
#1 Tune In and Listen To Your Body
I am way more in tune with my body with this second pregnancy than the first. I didn’t recognize any pregnancy symptoms until already three months along when I was 24. Forget the missed period, I am not one to track my cycle. This time around, I knew within 4 weeks.
Right away, I started experiencing extreme fatigue, tender breasts, and nausea. I thought, “If I’m not pregnant, then something is wrong with me”. Thank goodness intuition never fails.
I encourage you to tune into the way your body feels, what it is telling you, then listen to it! This is not always the easiest to do. As someone who is always on the go and a serious workaholic, this was challenging for me.
I developed narcolepsy. No joke, it's like I could sleep 15 hours. It sucks. I started to feel unproductive, lazy, and worthless. What I needed to recognize, though, is I am not in my early twenties anymore. It is important for me and anyone pregnant for that matter to pay attention and attend to your body's needs. If you’re tired, nap! If you’re hungry, eat! If you need to rest, plop it down and take a moment. It’s Okay!
The greatest part about staying in tune with your body during this time is what you experience. It’s almost like time slows down and you are experiencing every moment in slow motion. Recognizing every bodily function, change, reaction and action. You begin to enjoy the pregnancy. This is something I never took the time to do at the age of 24 with my first pregnancy.
#2 Stat Exercising Early
This can be a concern for many pregnant women.
Is it safe?
What exercises can or can’t I do?
How often should I be working out?
We all have the same questions...
Generally, if you were active before, maintaining the activity with modifications is Okay. I am not a licensed physical therapist, personal trainer, or medical advisor. I am basing my opinions on general knowledge and research.
ll most likely encourage you to maintain some form of activity during your pregnancy.
I worked out a good 4-5 days a week and wanted to continue doing so. I knew there had to be some modifications made, but what exactly?
The heavy deadlifting and CrossFit training were okay, but modifications are enforced. I modified these workouts to prevent over exhaustion and heating. Maintaining these workouts throughout the week are beneficial to health during pregnancy.
I knew if I continued my workouts, even walking for 30-min a day, I was reaping the benefits. It was helping day-to-day bodily functions. Preventing risks like gestational diabetes. Increasing my energy. Improving my mood (hormones can be a bitch) and the quality of sleep and overall endurance. So that is exactly what I have continued to do and maintain. I never stopped because I was pregnant. I kept on with my normal schedule, just modified the activity. I feel healthier, stronger, and less fatigued.
#3 Focus On Essential Nutrients
Maintaining workouts is one thing, ensuring I am taking in the proper nutrition is another.
Let’s start with the prenatal vitamins. You've been given a bag full of different options to try after your initial doctors visit.
None of these worked for me. It was most likely nausea. I was running to hug the toilet shortly after taking each one. I needed something I could stomach and didn’t taste like dead fish. Those fish oils are brutal!
I went straight for the gummies. You can find these at most local grocery stores. I order mine off Amazon. My favorite is the Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins. They tasted good and are the only ones I can stomach. My best advice here, get something that works for you!
Now, let’s address nutrition and food. If you are anything like me then morning sickness is actually all-day sickness. The thought of cooking meals causes your stomach to turn. Most of your go-to faves are no longer appetizing. So what do you do? SNACK!
Snacking throughout the day is what it’s all about. Not only do you reduce nausea, but you fulfill a variety of nutrition categories at the same time. My best-recommended snacks…
Apples and Cheese
Apples, Banana’s and Peanutbutter
Veggies and Ranch
Cheese and Crackers
Quinoa Granola Bars
These snacks have allowed me to take in the proper nutrition at the same time, keep things down.
One of the largest myths is, "you have to eat for two now that you are pregnant". Not the case! Many women can increase their calorie intake by 500, that’s it!
Make sure to reduce unhealthy cravings too. If you find yourself with a spoon and a gallon of ice cream on the regular, stop yourself! You can find healthier alternatives and save yourself the struggle in the long run.
All in all, pregnancy at 35 isn’t much different than pregnancy during your twenties. Yes, it is a geriatric pregnancy. Yes, the percentages of risks increase. Yes, you may be more tired and the symptoms may feel multiplied the second time around. But, if you continue to care for your body, health, and the baby as you would with any pregnancy, you will be fine.
So cheers to us! Old hags or not, we’re doing the damn thing.
I’M WHITNEY KAY
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MOM, WIFE, AND MULTIFACETED BUSINESS WOMAN. I AM A SERIOUS COFFEE ADDICT, FOODIE, DESIGNER AND DEEP DOWN A LITTLE BIT OF A TECH NERD. MY PASSION? TO INSPIRE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS TO PERUSE THEIR PURPOSE AND BUILD THE BUSINESS AND BRAND OF THEIR DREAMS.
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