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Speedy Gonzales Takes a Nap


A few blog posts ago I wrote about the golden age of the 2nd trimester, and while it definitely is a golden age – especially by comparison to the 1st trimester – it doesn’t mean you’re back to your pre-pregnancy normal.

I come from a long line of “do-ers”: my father has a pretty severe case of undiagnosed ADD and I don’t recall my stay-at-home mother sitting down between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm my entire life. As a result, I have a non-caffeinated energy level that most people find more than a little annoying before 9 am (yes, this includes my husband who receives a stay of execution from my “yapping” every weekend until he’s had his first cup of coffee).

Speedy Gonzales

"¡Andale! ¡Andale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! ¡Yii-hah!" Zzzzzzzzz....

So it follows that once I got my energy back in the 2nd trimester, I’d take off like my normal Speedy Gonzales self and hit the ground running! And I did, and this worked for about 3 weeks, until I hit a wall around Week 16 of my pregnancy where my body reminded me that I was, well, pregnant. About 3 pm daily, I suddenly lost all my steam and if I happened to be in a place that it was socially acceptable (i.e., my couch), I’d drift off to sleep. This last fact was particularly shocking given that I haven’t taken a nap in my life that wasn’t the result of some extreme illness.

Coping with this new-found energy pattern basically meant setting the alarm a little earlier to get into work earlier, power working through my early work day then allowing myself to be less productive in the late afternoon and leaving relatively early to go home and rest or grab an early dinner with friends.

I’m guessing this will not be the last of the lifestyle changes coming…

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