I’m 18 weeks pregnant this week! I feel like my belly is getting bigger by the minute. 😂 I’ve put on 10lbs so far. My doctor tells me that’s the perfect amount for someone my size and age. 💪🏻
I’ve been careful about my weight gain. You don’t want to gain too much, but you also don’t want to not gain enough. While I do monitor how much I’m gaining, I have been enjoying myself. I keep up with my workouts but I don’t deprive myself of any food I may be craving at the moment.🍔
I’m not one who gets a consistent craving. I sort of wish I was. I always wanted to get one of those weird cravings some women get. A friend of mine craved cucumbers her whole pregnancy. She would literally eat a cucumber like a corn on the cob. Another craved pickles and peanut butter. I have a new craving every day. It’s never anything crazy. It’s things like an apple with peanut butter, popcorn, ice cream, avocado toast, eggs, sandwich, etc.🍦
I still have 22 weeks left, so there’s still hope for a crazy craving! 🍩
Before I was a mom I was rarely ever sick. Id occasionally get a stuffy nose here and there. But when I told people I was sick, it was usually to get out of going somewhere or doing something.
Now that I’m a mom I’m sick more often than expected. Why? Because I now have a tiny human who sneezes and coughs ON my face. Before I could just avoid anyone sick by not getting too close or literally staying away from them. No chance of that anymore. My tiny human brings every sick bug to me in the form of snot or spit.
All I can hope is that with all the snot and spit being flung my way, comes a stronger immune system. Oh the joys of motherhood!
Pregnancy dreams…..are the absolute worst! At least for me. Mine aren’t exactly dreams, they’re nightmares. With Ryder I had dreams that someone was out to kill me. With this new baby I haven’t been able to remember the dream when I woke up but once I have woken up, I feel uncomfortable and nervous. NOT a good feeling to wake up to. I know it’s just the hormones and it’ll pass but for the time being I don’t look forward to sleep. I actually get a little anxiety before bed. Weird I know. But the dreams literally feel that real, I’m nervous to go to bed.
This is one of those downsides of pregnancy. By no means am I ungrateful. It’s just one of those things that I absolutely dread about being pregnant. I wish I was one of those women who slept peacefully and woke up refreshed. Instead I go to bed nervous what dream I’ll have and I wake up nervous and scared. This is the part of pregnancy I’m ready to be over with!
I’m one of those crazy moms who is really cautious about what they eat/drink while pregnant. My child can’t make healthy decisions yet so I make the healthiest choices I can for them. Below is a list of things I personally choose to avoid while pregnant:
🔹Fermented drinks/juices like kombucha
🔹Caffeine (Coffee & Tea)
🔹Raw or undercooked meat/seafood
🔹Non organic fruit and veggies
🔹Meats that aren’t hormone free
🔹High mercury fish
I like making sure everything I eat is mostly organic and completely hormone free. I want my child growing in the healthiest way they can and that begins with the food I eat! I can’t expect a healthy child if I’m not healthy myself. I love many of the items on this list but it’s worth sacrificing not having them for the health of my child.
Pharmacists…..these people can be your best friend when it comes to information. I’m lucky because my best friend actually IS a pharmacist. 😂 But really, it’s shocking how many people don’t realize they should be asking their pharmacist the questions they are asking their doctors.
Here’s the thing, doctors are trained in diagnostics with a understanding of most (not all) medications. Pharmacists are trained in everything medications. They can tell you what medications cause certain reactions or counteract with others. They can tell you medications you should take in place of others or recommend ones that might fit your needs better. They can also give you information on OTC (over the counter) meds you should or shouldn’t be using based off your symptoms and medical history.
It kills me when I hear a friend say something like, their medication is making them nauseous so they are going to call their doctor to make an appointment to see what they should do. 🤦🏼♀️Call your pharmacist!! They are way easier to get a hold of, they are trained specifically for this, and you’ll get the answer you need plus additional information to help.
Now remember, the pharmacist can’t fill a new prescription without a doctor. But if the pharmacist recommends you switch to a new med, all you have to do is contact your doctors office, tell them of your conversation with the pharmacist and their recommendation and give the pharmacy number. Done! You’ll get a new prescription that may work better for you and you didn’t have to go in to the doctor.
Use your pharmacist people! If you have a medication question, ask your pharmacy! They are there to fill your medications and answer your questions. 💊
Do you ever notice you miss things the most when you can’t have them?
Being pregnant I have been seriously missing sushi and deli sandwiches. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had sushi (when not pregnant). But now that I can’t have it, I want it. Any time I see a sushi restaurant I swear my mouth starts watering. But all the days before I got pregnant, sushi wasn’t even on my radar. 😂
I’m not a huge sandwich person but I want one now that I’m told I can’t have them! My doctor doesn’t want me eating any form of deli meat or processed meats. That’s due to the risk of listeria and other bacteria. Yes they say some deli meats are ok to eat because they are sprayed with a preventative before packaged to prevent listeria. But the fact that it has to be sprayed with a chemical makes it a no go on my list. I’d like to avoid any over processing and chemicals if at all possible!
So for now I’ll just dream about those foods I can have and countdown till the day I can have them again. Although when that day comes I probably won’t even want them. 😂
Have you ever dreaded going to workout…..got yourself there…..and come out thinking, yeah that still sucked? 😂 That’s not what you thought I was going to say was it 🤪 But seriously. Some days when I am not feeling the gym, I drag myself there and afterward I’m like oh yeah that was great I’m glad I went. Other days I think to myself, that was horrible and I’m still annoyed I’m not just sitting on my sofa.
We all have our days! Today was one of mine. I just had zero motivation. I finished my workout and still felt no motivation. I would much rather have been in sweatpants sitting on my sofa with a hot bowl of pho.
I’m sure my body is grateful I went to the gym, it’s just not letting me know it yet. The movement helps increase blood flow which reduces my risk of blood clot during pregnancy. It also reduces my leg and foot swelling so I have less aching during the day. There’s so many amazing benefits of workout during pregnancy. So for now I’ll just be grateful I made it through the workout despite my lack of motivation. I know there will come a day, last time it was right at 9 months, when I almost physically can’t workout due to size even though I’ll be dying to.