Pregnancy Hangover

A few times a month I wake up feeling EXTREMELY hungover. It literally feels like I drank 2 bottles of wine to myself. Yet I haven’t had a drop of alcohol and I drank plenty of water the day before. 🍷

Apparently it’s the pregnancy hormones. They can actually give you a feeling of being hungover! 🤢

It’s one thing to consciously make the decision to drink, and possibly drink too much therefore leading to a hangover. I however have zero control over this feeling. It’s like my body just says, hey you haven’t drank in a while, let’s have some fun and make you feel hungover without the actual alcohol involved! 🤦🏼‍♀️

Seriously, pregnancy and hormones are so weird. And so not fun at times. 🤔

Gender Guessing

They say you can tell a baby’s gender by things that happen to the mom. I don’t really believe these old wives tales to be completely true. However they are fun to help you try to guess before you find out the real answer.

They say women pregnant with girls have more breakouts because the baby girl is “stealing her mothers beauty.” Oooook. I have two boys and my face broke out horribly, like puberty style, the first three months with each. So that one wasn’t true for me.

They say if you’re pregnant with a boy you’ll get more hair on your head and body due to extra testosterone. Didn’t happen to me. My hair (everywhere) saw no change.

If you crave sweets you’re having a girl and salty a boy. I always crave sweet over salty. Even when not pregnant 😂

If your bull is high it’s a girl, low is a boy. My first baby I carried right smack in the middle. My second was high. Both are boys.

If you get morning sickness the first trimester and throughout your pregnancy, it’s a girl. No major morning sickness is a boy. I had bad morning sickness the first trimester with baby #2, and got it randomly in the second trimester. Baby was a boy not a girl.

They say if you get really bad heartburn, your baby will be born with lots of hair. This was actually true for me! I had BAD heartburn for like two months with Ryder and he was born with a full head of hair!

These old wives tales are fun to read and see if your symptoms fall within what they claim. But don’t take them to heart, because they aren’t 100% accurate. But like I said, they are fun to help you try to guess before you find out for fact if it’s a boy or girl!

Pregnancy Hair

Pregnancy hair…..people talk about how beautiful their hair looks while they’re pregnant. That it becomes more full and soft. However, there are a few people that don’t have this wonderful result. I’m one of those people this time around. My hair definitely got thicker, but it also became more dry and brittle. 👎🏻

With my first baby it was full and soft. It stayed that way after I had him. I got lucky and didn’t lose chunks of hair like some women. 👩🏼

With this second baby, my hair has gotten thicker but the softness left. My hair started to feel more dry, sort of straw like. It also became more brittle and would break and split at the ends. It confused me because I eat just as healthy with my second as I did my first baby. I’m also working out just as much and making sure I drink tons of water. My doctor says it’s just due to hormones that are completely out of my control. Luckily my hair stylist recommended a hair mask that has helped tremendously! It’s made my hair feel soft and healthy again. 💈

Nounou is the name of the hair mask I use. It’s by Davines. You can get it in salons or on Amazon for $38. I actually just found it online at Walmart for $17! 💰

If your hair is dry and brittle, I definitely recommend giving this mask a try! 💙

Maternity item not to skimp on….

When I was pregnant with ryder, around month 7 I started getting light headed a lot. I actually collapsed in the grocery store once. We went to the doctor and they put me in the hospital for a day to run tests on me. I came back perfectly fine. I was as healthy as can be. But the light headedness kept happening.

Then one day it hit me……It was my pants! I’m not even kidding when I say that. I was wearing my same leggings and workout pants that I wore before I got pregnant. Now that my belly was bigger they were getting tighter and starting to cut off circulation. So after a workout or just having worn them all day, the lack of circulation would get to me and make me light headed.

I know it’s so stupid. I’m sure you’re wondering why I didn’t buy maternity pants/leggings. In all honesty, I didn’t think I needed to! My leggings still fit so I figured why buy new ones!

I have learned my lesson! Just because they fit your legs doesn’t mean it’s fitting to your belly. Even light pressure around your waist can restrict blood flow. They make maternity pants for a reason!

Pregnancy and workouts

Recently I bumped into someone (not a close friend) who seemed shocked to find out I was still going to the gym while pregnant. They gave me this confused look then the awkward “good for you” comment. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I’m really confused. Do people just quit going to the gym when pregnant? Or is it just assumed that with pregnancy comes laziness? Because in all honesty none of my friends have quit working out when they got pregnant. Maybe I’m sheltered and live in a little fitness bubble or something. I have been an athlete my whole life and I do tend to associate with people who have similar healthy lifestyles. So perhaps the general population is different?

Doctors encourage workouts when pregnant, as long as there are no current or potential complications at hand. There have been studies done that prove exercise to have benefit for mom and baby while pregnant and after delivery. So do people just not listen to their doctors and decide to use pregnancy as an excuse to forget about health and be lazy? I don’t know.

Working out is the one thing that keeps me sane and helps me manage my pregnancy. It eases the aching muscles due to growth and stretching of the baby. It also gives me more energy so I can make it through the day and still be able to chase around my toddler. I tend to have an upset stomach often while pregnant and even a little light cardio seems to settle it. I’m not big on taking medications so I use workouts as my medication.

I guess I have to remind myself that everyone is different and not everyone chooses the same healthy paths. If I ever get that comment again I’ll just smile and nod and remind myself that I’m doing what’s best for me and my little one. 😊

Maternity clothes

This morning I was reminiscing back to our weekend in Vegas. It was a short trip but so much fun. Packing for the trip I was in serious panic as to what I was going to be able to wear out to a nice dinner. I hadn’t bought any nice maternity clothes. I had casual thingS like t-shirts and jeans. I literally went through my entire closet and I had only one dress that would stretch over my belly and not look like I was a piece of meat getting shoved through a tube! Not to mention my insecurities kicked in so I shot down a few dresses that were probably wearable but I just wasn’t comfortable in them.

I spent this week doing a little online maternity shopping. There are so many more amazing maternity options out there now than there were years ago. I’ve noticed more stores pop up in the last two years since I last bought maternity clothes!

I remember years ago seeing a few friends maternity outfits and thinking they just looked frumpy and boring. It’s as if someone made a last minute decision to make maternity clothes with little effort. I’m so glad someone realized there was a true market for it and that pregnant women care about style too. Just because you’re pregnant it doesn’t mean you just let everything go. Remember that saying…..“when you look good you feel good.” It’s so completely true. Especially when you have a body that’s changing pretty much daily!

If you’re struggling to fit into your clothes due to pregnancy and are on the hunt for some new things, you have options! My favorites are Pinkblush, Gap, Old Navy & H&M! Or of anything, you can always rely on Google search! 📱

Pregnancy and workout

Soon to be moms……did you know regular exercisers are 75% less likely to need a forceps delivery, 55% less likely to have an episiotomy, and up to 4x less likely to have a C-section! 💡

If that’s not reason enough to continue (or start) working out while pregnant, I don’t know what else is!

Working out doesn’t always mean lifting heavy weights or doing those intense workouts you see people doing on IG. A workout is what works for YOUR body. Everyone is different. Everyone has different obstacles. I currently lift light weights and do occasional cardio as my workout. When I hit about 8 months I know light cardio is about all I’ll be able to manage. When I was pregnant with Ryder at 8 months, my belly was too big for me to comfortably lift weights. But I could do the elliptical without issue. However when I hit 9 months I had too much pressure and aching that workout became something I had to just let go of for the time being.

If you’re someone who doesn’t workout at all, try starting with just walking. Going on a walk can be considered a workout! It gets your body moving and blood flowing! It’s better than doing nothing at all!🏃‍♀️