When I was pregnant with my son I experienced a surge of energy that I quite honestly had never experienced before in my adult life…and sadly have yet to experience again, even during my second pregnancy with my daughter.
While my pregnancy wasn’t considered “high risk”, I did have complications. Severe sciatica pain during the first trimester kept me up crying at night. After those first three months and throughout the rest of the pregnancy I was hit with toxemia. My swelling was so bad that I was given instructions not to drive, vacuum, chop veggies or do anything that required me to grip with my hands and risk the chance of cutting off circulation. It was interesting to say the least.
Because of the toxemia, I was also put under the care of a chiropractor to try and encourage my body to keep things moving along. I don’t know if it was the regular spinal adjustments or just my body hyped up from the whole new pregnancy experience, but I tell ya what…..I had more energy than the Energizer Bunny!
I was at a point where I could not sleep past 6:30 a.m. and I could not lounge around in bed after waking up for more than 30 minutes. Regardless to what time I went to bed on Friday and Saturday nights, I was up, dressed and raring to go by 7:30 a.m., sometimes earlier on Saturday and Sunday mornings. On weekends my husband got to a point where he had to ask me to not wake him before 8. Weekday mornings back then when I was still working were a lot easier too. I loved it!
Unfortunately, gone are the days of boundless energy. Even if I get eight or nine hours of sleep I don’t leap out of bed and I still feel tired. I find myself yawning constantly and just don’t feel that spring in my step like I did during that first pregnancy. Is it the early midlife age that’s got me dragging?? Better not be! If that’s the case can I only expect it to get worse and not better as the years march on? Hmmm, not feelin’ that one.
Quite honestly, I think if did a good detox, and I mean a really good detox – raw foods and/or juices, colonics, herbs, the whole shebang, that I would recapture that energy I’ve been dreaming about for the past nine years. In some ways I’m ready, but in other ways I’m not. I still have mental block issues over what I “might” be missing. So I’m still trying to mentally remind myself about all of the fabulous things I stand to gain, an increase in energy being just one of them.
I chronicled my last raw food detox, or at least a few days of it last year, but I think the next time I do a detox I will really put my best foot forward and go all or nuthin! I’ll keep you posted on when I decide to take that journey, but for now, I’m going to head to bed and get some much needed rest!
I remember my wife had a similar experience with our first son but the second was so bad that we will not be having another. The boost of energy could have been from the foods she craved. After the pregnancy she did not eat the same foods so no boost in energy.
I am probably wrong. One thing is for certain I will never forget our pregnancy and I was the dad, I know it was worse for my wife and I feel for her every time I think about it. Our boys are great though and way worth it, according to my wife, I have to agree. Thanks for the post.
Hi Rhett. My husband feels the same as you…I’ve hinted at having a third but he always says that I didn’t “see” me pregnant, he did. And based on what he saw because of what I was going through, he figures we’re good with two. But you and your wife are right: for all of the pain, discomfort and often icky feelings of pregnancy, the kids are worth every bit of it and more. On many a day it may not feel like it (you know, when they’re jumping off your furniture or putting happy face stickers all over the house), but they are truly the ultimate blessing. Thanks for sharing!