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12 Weeks: My Changing Pregnant Body

Best birthday present a girl could get: at midnight I turned 39 and 10 hours later I got to see these two precious angels.


Looking in on their in utero world… I was blown away. Frankly I’m glad they have built-in dance partners in each other ’cause from the looks of it, they have got some hip-hop music going ON in there.

This being the first of my weekly journals through our pregnancy, I thought I might tell you a little bit about what’s been going on in MY world. If you too find yourself at the end of your first trimester, if you are further a long… or if you have EVER been pregnant, some of what I’m about to share might ring a bell.

New Real Estate

How do I say this… zen-ly? There really is no way. I am bodacious. My husband is pleased beyond belief, except for the small fact that this new real estate is, for all practical purposes, OFF LIMITS. You feel me here, ladies? Yeah. I am seriously considering ordering one of these tonight just to let the ‘ole girls know I’m thinking of them.

Just Like in the Movies

Dry heaving. Not an attractive word to type… and not an attractive thing to over hear, but day after day my 6 and 9 year old have been, followed quickly by a smiles and what I hope is reassurance from me, “Mommies OK. I’m not really sick or anything. Just means the babies are doing good in there.” It has gotten to the point now that when I do my thing, the girls just look up and smile at me. I don’t have to say a thing even though I look and sound like the girl in The Exorcist.

And now for a perk some may not find a perk. I have been emotional. I cry at all sorts of things, from hearing a (just about any) song on the radio to opening birthday cards from friends. I don’t mind my extra emotive behavior most of the time. All this high emotion; it’s cool in my book. I’m feeling things so deeply and that includes things like love and joy and gratitude. Although, you might ask my husband to interject a line or two here about the joys of living with an emotional pregnant woman. HA!

Major Plus

And the best thing about being 12 weeks into this pregnancy: I am offically through with the 1st trimenster!!! This means all sorts of good things for us statistically, and we are comforted by this. Another facet of being 12 weeks along is that as pregnancy hormones (the sort that make you sick at least… ) run “highest” week 10-12 (per my OB) I may start feeling better any second!!!… a MAJOR PLUS. Bye- bye Regan (Exorcist reference in case you missed it.)

I’d love to hear one of your pregnancy stories below, past or present. There’s one thing for sure, pregnancies are ripe with stories and memories for the picking. Share yours with me?

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How Spirit Moves

Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.