Pregnant Again

Almost 23 weeks, past halfway mark, second trimester!

By Kasandra “La China”
December 28, 2009

Everybody’s sleeping except me.  Again.  I’m always waking up around 3 or 4am these dayz.

Kasandra La China, 20.5 weeks pregnant and dancing with Cyrena at Norman Rothstein Theatre. Pics by Yvonne Chew, Dec 13/09.

Kasandra La China, 20.5 weeks pregnant and dancing with Cyrena at Norman Rothstein Theatre. Pics by Yvonne Chew, Dec 13/09.

I am already more than halfway through my second pregnancy and the second time around is different than the first.  The first time, I remember dancing shows all throughout my first trimester, worrying about my weight and getting into costumes and having people know in general.  Last time, I didn’t dance in public after the first trimester at all. 
This time, I’m not worried about any of that crap…hence, me dancing below at 4 months pregnant on the big stage.  Thank God for stretchy spandex fabric.  I can say I’m still a size Small.  Ah hahahaaa!

Honestly, from the moment I conceived, I lost my waistline so anybody who has known me a long time and watched my butt teaching at the front of class knew something was up from the moment I started classes in September.  Sad but true.  I guess your body just goes back to marshmallow mode quickly since it has known marshmallow before… 
Ah yes, there was no hiding it this time.

Just for fun, I didn’t tell my students right away.  I just wanted to see how polite people would be before calling me on baby #2.  Some students were very astute and noticed in the second month.  By the third month, everybody either thought I was fat or pregnant.  So I’d say, THIS TIME, people were not so polite because LAST TIME nobody noticed for about 4.5 months.  This time I’d say everybody noticed within 2 or 3.

Kasandra La China, 20.5 weeks pregnant, practising Big Mama flamenco moves...channeling Matilde & Milagro. Pic by Yvonne Chew, Dec 13/09.

Kasandra La China, 20.5 weeks pregnant, practising Big Mama flamenco moves, channeling Matilde & Milagro. Pic by Yvonne Chew, Dec 13/09.

Ahaha!  All in good fun.  It’s all ok.  I know that I’m going to dance as long as possible, I know I’m going to gain about 50 lbs and I know I’m going to be able to get back to it in about 2 months.  So I guess just “knowing” approximately the chain of events has helped out tremendously.

I continue to dance with reckless abandon, as I performed at 20.5 weeks with my dance company in a Verdiales by Guadiana.  It was great fun to perform with my best of friends and we had a good time putting it together.

I continue to teach without any problem.  I don’t expect I will have any problems until the final month.

I know I can work very hard and push my body for approximately 2 months or so.  I’m putting a formidable last ditch sprint effort into my Cafe de Chinitas Vignette Collection over the next 6 weeks, remounting my 2007 choreography called “Vete y No Vuelvas” by Pedro Ricardo Mino and attempting to put together a second line, brand new dance company for a Dorantes number by mid-February. Ambitious?  Yes.  Necessary?  Yes.  I know I have to get the hard work done by end Feb because I don’t think I can have successful late night rehearsals later on.

Here is La Chinita raiding Mommy's flamenco closet and trying on flowers. She is my life now and Flamenco is the balance.

Here is La Chinita raiding Mommy’s flamenco closet and trying on flowers. She is my life now and Flamenco is the balance.

How do I feel?
I have to say the first trimester was generally punishing on the back.  I am not sure why because I have never had back problems.  But this time, I guess because lifting Baby #1 all the time and being pregnant was not a good combination.  Often I would wake up with terrible lower back pain.  Jassmone was 25 lbs by August/September and I am quite sure I was lifting her about 100 times a day.  This is NOT good.  I had to learn to let her walk around by herself and let other people pick her up instead.  This was difficult, but now, I enjoy a really speedy and active toddler.  We have entered a new phase…I have to bribe/intice her to do what I really want.  Either that or negotiate with toys or stickers.

The second trimester is much much better.  I feel good, the back feels fine.  I guess what is bothering me is round ligament pain at the end of a busy day.  Since I’m on vacation, I’m trying to go to sleep around 9pm.  Once I’m back to work, I probably won’t be going to bed until 11pm.  It will be interesting to see what the body says about that.

Eating?
I am neither eating tremendously nor being cautious.  I don’t have any major cravings this time.  Last time, I ate a lot of beef and bacon…probably because my body was iron starved since I barely ate any meat for years.  I have been eating plenty of protein for about 2 years now, so there has been no meat cravings.  If anything, I am mostly craving tasty foods with a lot of zing….like pickles, curry and vinagrette.  Everything kind of tastes bland to me.  The salt shaker is my friend. 
The first trimester, I could not stand the smell of coffee.  The second trimester, I’m back to mocha in the morning. 
I suppose I can be more careful about what I am eating and really watch the calories.

Exercise?

Honestly, aside from flamenco, exercise hasn’t been the greatest.  I walk the dog and stroller for about an hour every morning but I don’t have a disciplined workout regime.   I go for the odd swim or to the gym to do some cardio but I could be a lot more disciplined in this area.  I’ve had a cold over the holidays so it’s been a good excuse not to work out, but I’m finally getting back to normal, so I have no excuse. I really need to get to this.
 
For now I’m happy.  Flamenco is on track, ticketyboo.  I am feeling energetic, energized and ambitious about it! 

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