So far I have had the easiest pregnancy. Including the dreaded first trimester. I somehow missed the morning sickness and nausea. Other than being really tired, I had very little symptoms. As you know, we did IVF and if it weren’t for knowing that we could be pregnant (coupled with all the doctors appointments and blood work), I think I would of been one of those people who didn’t know they were pregnant until much further down the line. This second trimester has been equally easy for me. I recently started experiencing middle back pain and tension headaches which has given me the excuse of getting a massage more frequently. I normally don’t take any medication and even more so now so I have really been upping my “natural options” for dealing with pains and aches. The post recent thing I have experienced is mild cramping and feeling like my neck and spine are out of line. My OB okayed for me to see a chiropractor if I wanted, but I am really nervous about it. I’ve never been adjusted before and the idea of someone snapping my neck scares the crap out of me. As far as the cramping it’s not bad enough to do anything about, I chalk it up to what’s happening in there. Oh and heartburn has kicked in, but it is definitely self induced. I seems to be triggered by tomatoes & Mexican food because it only happens after I eat Mexican, salsa and pasta with spaghetti sauce. If it gets really bad to the point where I can’t handle it i’ll mix 1/3 of a teaspoon of baking soda with a large glass of water and it goes away immediately.
During the first trimester, Nothing sounded good, but nothing grossed me out either. I was able to grocery shop with the same habits prior to being pregnant, but I would end up having to throw it all out because nothing I bought sounded good when it was time to cook. I have always been a huge fruit person and no surprise I literally survived on fruit. However, I tried to eat rich fruits like, cantelope, watermelon, berries, and mangos. I could also eat my weight in chips and spicy salsa. Once I got over the lack of food desire, I made it a priority to eat at least three of the 10 pregnancy super foods daily. ( there’s a lot of info about it out there just google it, but it seams that these 10 are on every list). I always start my morning with greek yogurt and flaxseed oatmeal. Sometimes one or the other depending on time. For the rest of the items, I just eat them based on where my day takes me and what my favorite health kitchens offer that are on the list. I will admit I have yet to have salmon during the pregnancy because of the tape work outbreak that was happening, and I also haven’t had much red meat unless it’s in a burger. This second trimester has been more “cravings” driven. Lately I has been Captain crunch cereal and everything bagel with cream cheese. Both of which I haven’t had in years, in fact I am not a cereal person at all. If I do breakdown and have the captain crunch, I limit it to a 1/2 a cup and make sure that I follow it up with something nutritious. Overall, I don’t deprive my self, but I am really conscious of what I am eating, and make sure that if I have a bad day or bad snack that what ever follows is super nutritious. For example, if I snack on a donut, then my next snack is hummus with bell peppers. Balance right. LOL.
Obviously this has been the biggest change and biggest thing to come to terms with, but I’ve learned to embrace it. I talked a little bit about some of the changes under how I am feeling, but the biggest challenge has been how to deal with the sudden aches. So far I gained 10lbs and I am sure that is contributing to the aches. My bump popped out around 17 weeks, but these last two weeks have been drastic! I catch myself in the mirror sometimes and I don’t recognize my body. However, once I take a moment and admire whats happening and most importantly why, I absolutely love it and it’s all worth it. Unfortunately I just found out I do have Marginal Placenta Previa (read about it here) but my doctor hopes as the baby and uterus grows that it will correct its self.If it doesn’t or if it gets worse I could be put on limited bed rest and have to have a c-section. I am hoping it corrects itself!
Because of my age this little was at high risk of everything that could possibly go wrong and me being the crazy “have to know” type we did absolutely every single genetic test/screening my OB & High Risk Specialist recommend. So needless to say the beginning of my pregnancy was a little stressful waiting for test results to come back. But I don’t know if I could handle the “unknown” for 9 months. Luckily we never had to progress to the amino test because everything came back negative! Needless to say this little bebè is healthy and really active.
Mentally I feel normal, but I do have anxiety filled days. There are many changes happening now, and so many changes that are going to happen once the baby is here, it has to be normal to feel a little anxious, right? I had a friend tell me the other day that I may be experiencing reverse nesting or that I may be avoiding some things that have to be done. Is that a thing? I think the most over whelming thing for me has been figuring out what I need and what I don’t need. I am a real minimalist and the idea of buying a ton of crap has me avoiding any shopping whats so ever. The only thing I have been able to purchase is a crib, the car seat and two onesies. LOL. I also don’t think it’s necessary to purchase everything brand new. Especially things that will only be used for a few months, like a swing or sleeper. We have a trip planned to California next month and I plan on visiting a few high end baby resale boutiques while I am there to grab some of those items. Other than this I feel I am mentally prepared for this little to get here!
Overall I feel absolutely blessed to be having such an easy pregnancy. Later on I will be sharing my must have products so far including my updated beauty routine which saved my self esteem!
If you have any questions, please let me know!