Sharing Our Perspectives: Feedback from Wendy

We pose a two questions to first-time moms of age 35 or better to see the range of perspectives and ideas that women across the country have on the core topic of this website and upcoming book.

Sharon: How did you react to getting the Advanced Maternal Age stamp on your medical chart (or having that label applied to you) What did it mean to you–if anything?

Wendy:  I saw the stamp at the appointment after my first OB visit to my traditional doctor’s office. Each appointment she reminded me of my risk factors and chance for c-section. By the eighth month, I literally told her that I was confident that I would continue to be healthy and have a healthy child via natural childbirth. I proved her wrong!

Sharon: Do you identify yourself as an “Older Mom”? If yes, what does that mean to you?

Wendy: I do feel like an older mom. I sense that the women who have children the same ages as mine are more concerned (read frazzled) by minor things. I am wise enough when to call the pediatrician and take the small bumps in stride. The only significant difference for me is that as a 44-year-old working mom with young children, I am often tired on the weekends. My remedy  is the old adage, sleep when they sleep. Napping and going to sleep early seems to work.

Share your thoughts – we’d love to hear from you

7 Things to Do to Beat Fatigue During Pregnancy

By Tatum Rebelle, Fitness Expert and Owner of Total Mommy Fitness

pregnancyfatigue 7 Ways to Beat Fatigue During PregnancyPregnancy is an amazing time full of excitement and anticipation, and it is also a time for morning sickness, discomfort, stress, and extreme fatigue! Luckily, most of the moms you talk to will say that all of the unpleasant symptoms were well worth it when they got to hold their new baby for the first time.

The fatigue during pregnancy can be debilitating for many women. It is usually worst during the first trimester, but can sometimes stay into the second and third. Feeling tired may be inevitable for some, but there are several things that can be done to give you more energy and lessen the negative side effects of pregnancy.

1. Take a walk — sometimes just getting your blood flowing for a few minutes is all that you need to feel revitalized. If you can go outside in fresh air and sunshine that is even better!

2. Adjust your meals — eating a big meal makes people tired even when they are not pregnant! Stick to smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to keep your energy steady.

3. Eat breakfast — skipping breakfast is one of the quickest ways to mess with your energy and hunger. Setting a good tone with breakfast will carry over to the rest of the day.

4. Listen to Popeye — remember him? Eat your spinach! Pregnant women need to make sure they are getting plenty of nutrients, especially iron. Don’t forget your prenatal vitamin too!

5. Nap — if you need rest, sleep. Your body is doing a lot of hard work and would appreciate a break. Take advantage while you still have time to sleep before your baby arrives.

6. Hydrate –  sometimes we reach for the sugary snack, simple carbs, or caffeine to wake us up when we really just need is a tall glass of water.

7. Exercise — besides walking, try to get into a consistent routine that includes something like resistance training, yoga, swimming, etc. Keeping your endurance up and your muscles strong will help battle fatigue.

You may be one of the lucky ones who does not suffer from fatigue during pregnancy, but if you are like most women and find yourself fighting to stay awake, try these tips. Please let me know if you have any others that helped you while you were pregnant!

Tatum is the Founder of Total Mommy Fitness. Pre and postnatal fitness and nutrition expert. Training available in Austin, and online. http://www.totalmommyfitnessonline.com