Tourettes and Pregnancy – Trimester I

I first want to apologize for my lack of posts, Facebook interaction, and tweets recently. I promise though, it was all for a good cause!

Baby Fichter Cake Baby Heart

2nd Picture done by my awesome friend at kpmphotography.

I’m super excited to announce that we’re having a baby! My recent lack of posting and such is due to nearly constant morning sickness, (Who decided to call it that anyway?) but I’m praying to be back to my normal schedule soon.

As Tourettes is a hard condition to find research on anyhow, I thought I’d do a blog on my first trimester, thus far, with Tourettes. My tics have changed a bit in nature, and I’m having to handle the effects of anxiety a bit differently than usual. I thought I’d outline my experience thus far.

Tics

As I’ve said before, my tics come and go as they please. My most constant tics, however, are usually muscle tensing, particularly in the stomach region, a tic where I bring my thumb to touch my mouth, and a vocal tic, which I can usually hold at bay by breathing a certain way. My more come-and-go tics are blinking, head shaking, another vocal tic, and every once-in-a-while, I’m highly tempted to begin neck jerking.

All that to say, the moment I found out I was pregnant, my stomach muscle tic nearly disappeared completely. I didn’t even have to think about it much, which is good, considering I had a slight complication earlier in the pregnancy.  Of course, where one tic leaves, another often decides it must compensate. My head shaking and blinking decided to pick up the slack.

Still, my tics come and go, and one of the upsides of being tired all the time is that when I’m tired, my tics usually aren’t quite as severe. Yay for naps!

Exercise Regiment

Usually, I go on and on about how awesome exercise is for lowering tics, keeping them at bay. All bets are off during the first trimester. Why? Because I can hardly stand up without wanting to toss my breakfast..or whatever I’ve been able to eat recently. So I turned to my ever faithful ladies on Facebook and asked them how they worked out, as working out is so important to keeping my tics under control.

They made me feel so much better about myself. Apparently, I’m not the only woman on the planet who’s horizontal nearly 85% of the day in her first trimester. So, in short, I have no answer for this one. I’ve purchased a maternity workout DVD from Target, so I’ll let you know when I’m able to start working on it. Until then, I hope you can take comfort if you’re in the same situation. Eventually, whether it’s in 1.5 weeks or in 6 more months, this sickness will come to an end, and exercise will eventually resume.

Diet

Along with regular exercise, I’m also a huge proponent of healthy eating. In general, I’m one of those people in the grocery store with my coupon binder and a very detailed list of the healthy meals I’ve planned for the week.

Again, not recently. After a month and a half of many, many food aversions and cravings that change every two days, I’ve had to really rethink what I’m eating. After losing weight for lack of appetite, I’m eating anything I can get down. Again, I think my lack of energy has helped offset this when it comes to tics. Because I’m not able to eat my usual healthy diet, my lessened energy has really helped ensure my tics stay down.

Overall

Overall, I find it somewhat humorous how little control I’ve had over my life in the last six weeks. My exercise and eating habits are completely at the mercy of this baby, and I’m having to admit that perhaps, I’m not in control (something hard to admit when you’re an anxious person like me).  I’m almost 11 weeks now, and I’m curious to see what happens with my tics as I transition into my second trimester. I’m praying the nausea dies down, but In the end, God’s in charge. Stephen and I are beyond excited to be parents, and pretty soon we’ll see what new adventures lie in store.

How did you handle your tics during pregnancy? What about your exercise and diet? I’d love to hear what you have to share. Just leave a comment in the Comment Box below. And don’t forget, you can sign up for my newsletter for extra resources on neurological disorders, education, and spiritual encouragement. As always, thanks for reading!

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5 comments

  • Charley Rider on August 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm said:

    Wow, Congrats! I’m long past that stage in my life, but it is all on my mind recently because one of my employees just had her 1st – and now I’m doing her job & mine:-(

    Obviously, I never had to worry about the exercise while pregnant part, but my wife did. She took up swimming and found it to be the perfect pregnancy exercise. She didn’t have to slow down when she was really big and almost due because the gravity issue was irrelevant.

    Hope you get over your sickness soon. Kids are the best part of life.

  • Charley Rider on August 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm said:

    Wow, Congrats! I’m long past that stage in my life, but it is all on my mind recently because one of my employees just had her 1st – and now I’m doing her job & mine:-(

    Obviously, I never had to worry about the exercise while pregnant part, but my wife did. She took up swimming and found it to be the perfect pregnancy exercise. She didn’t have to slow down when she was really big and almost due because the gravity issue was irrelevant.

    Hope you get over your sickness soon. Kids are the best part of life.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on August 29, 2014 at 3:51 am said:

      Thank you! How many children do you have, if you don’t mind me asking? I did my first workout in a week today, and it felt pretty good! Unfortunately, my tics try to have a field day whenever my energy is up, so I’m hoping I can get into a more normal exercise routine as the energy levels continue to return to their full and upright positions.

    • brittanyfichterwrites@gmail.com on August 29, 2014 at 3:52 am said:

      Thank you! Me, neither! Haha :-) We got Jelly Bean a Build-a-Bear last week while we were on vacation. Now I’m dying to get the nursery done, but I need to be vertical again before a whole lot of that happens. Although I am enjoying decluttering again!

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