Blessings from Hurricane Sandy: Baby News!
Sometimes out of the darkest days (and we really were in the dark for a week!), comes some of the brightest moments. A few weeks after the devastation of hurricane Sandy, Tim and I discovered some great news–we were pregnant! I couldn’t believe it, I was beyond thrilled and also very cautious to spread the word too quickly. I made it through a very nauseas first trimester, missing out on most of the delicious holiday fare. I really only had an appetite for toast, crackers, toasted english muffins with cream cheese and macaroni and cheese. I felt similarly to Princess Kate and even managed to throw up in an off-Broadway theater unfortunately. I even made it in to the NY POST (anonymously at least)!
Tim and I had been trying for a while. When I led my yoga retreat to Italy this past summer, one of my awesome students, Karyn, bought me a good luck fertility chicken in Matera. My sister-in-law’s sister, Amber, sent us her fertility statues as well. I started going to acupuncture regularly; and I had been mediating every morning. I made sure I was eating lots of fertility foods–eggs, olives, yams, lean proteins, etc. There were times when I just felt like, “Is this ever going to happen to me?”; yet I never gave up hope.
I thank my yoga and Pilates practice for keeping me grounded and positive throughout the entire process. During my first trimester, despite the illness, every time I did some yoga or Pilates, I felt 100% better afterwards. I’m in my second trimester now, my energy is back and I feel great every time I practice. I’m having fun discovering where I need to modify, and where I can still give it my all. I’m also incorporating strength training, lots of squats, lunges, back rows and pull ups to keep my body strong so I have the energy to give birth and to carry my baby afterwards. I’m planning on shooting a prenatal DVD and app, also if I can get it all organized in time. I’m just thrilled to share with you this news and to keep you posted of my journey along the way. Namaste Baby!!!
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!