She Looks The Same But She’s Not: Part Three

images-1Today, let’s talk about the two most potentially nasty words in the first trimester: morning sickness.  Research suggests that morning sickness, which could strike at any time of day, is actually hypoglycemia.  Hormonal changes in a pregnant body include an increase in insulin production, which in turn can drastically shorten the amount of time glucose stays in the body.  So why does it typically happen in the am?  Well, if Susan eats dinner at 7pm and goes to bed at 11pm, and she normally wakes up at 6am and eats breakfast at 7am, at what time will her body’s metabolic function peak?  That’s about a 12 hour spread from meal to meal, so let’s say the peak occurs at 4am.  But now Susan is feeding two people, and the second person doesn’t rest during sleep but continues to grow every minute.  So Susan’s metabolic function is going to peak a couple hours earlier, let’s say at 2am.images

However, it’s so early in the pregnancy that Susan’s sleep habits haven’t altered yet. By the time she wakes up in the am she is suffering from severely low blood sugar.  Which for anyone, man or woman, that’s ever worked out hard enough to feel clammy and nauseous, it’s not a feeling you want to repeat.

Wondering, how to help your love avoid the dread am Technicolor yawn?  Encourage her to avoid skipping meals and to eat small, well-balanced meals every 4-6 hours instead.  And if she does feel sick the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends this magical cure: potato chips and lemonade – keep them right in the nightstand.  This brilliant combo of sugar, salt and electrolytes usually sounds good to the girl and is quickly digested.  That being said, sometimes the hormone situation is just the way it is and it can’t be avoided.  In that case everyone just has to wait it out.  Most of the morning sickness will pass with the first trimester.Unknown

I hope I’ve given you DTB’s and MTB’s a better picture of the inner workings of pregnancy, but it’s never a bad idea to consult a personal trainer for exercise questions when it comes to pre and post-natal training.  We’ve covered a lot but there are probably still quite a few unanswered questions like, “To cardio or not to cardio?”; “How many extra calories/day does a woman need during pregnancy and while nursing?“; “What are the best foods for the baby’s development during each trimester?”; “What exercises go with each trimester?” and “Are there exercises that can help the delivery?”  Having a trainer that is certified in Pre/Post natal care, as well as one that can interface smoothly with your OBGYN, midwife, doula and massage therapist is crucial.  If your MTB has never used a trainer, the next nine months are the perfect time to begin the process!

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