Weight can be a touchy subject for just about anyone these days. Weight gain in particular can be even worse. When you’re someone who’s dealt with food and weight related issues in the past, how are you supposed to deal with the mixed emotions that come with pregnancy weight gain? As a logical human being you know you’re supposed to gain weight during pregnancy. It’s a necessary evil (for most) to make sure that little creature you’re growing comes out as healthy as possible. However, there are a lot of people, like myself, who have difficulty coming to terms with the fact that the number on the scale keeps going up and, no matter how many times you tell yourself it’s necessary and for the good of your baby, there’s still that nagging voice in the back of your mind telling you that you’re ruining everything. It’s a strange emotion to try and process that’s for damn sure. I’m in this constant state of trying to do what’s right for my baby but also trying to appease the inner demons that constantly berate me and tell me my self worth is determined by that number on the scale. It’s insanity and I’m aware of it. I’m 31 weeks today and I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with gaining weight. Maybe I never will during this pregnancy but at least I can confidently say I’m “staying afloat.” I haven’t let myself succumb to the voices in my head that are trying to derail me. I think doing what’s right for this little guy inside of me will triumph no matter what but damn if it’s not a close battle. I have days where I get on the scale and the number has dropped. For a fleeting moment I’m happy but then the guilt and shame set in and I have to remind myself that that’s not good. Like I said, it’s an odd mix of emotions to try and process but I’m working on it. I’m just taking it day by day for now and that’s all I can ask of myself. I try my best to do what I’m supposed to and I leave the rest to nature.
How Far Along
30 weeks 3 days
Size of Babe
2.89 lbs. Baby is the size of a zucchini.
Heartburn is still going strong, dry sinuses, shortness of breath (baby has wedged himself up into my rib cage and my lungs don’t think it’s very cute), extremely mild cramping.
Watching pregnancy/baby updates on YouTube, english muffins with peanut butter, Mexican food (pretty normal for me), doing absolutely nothing.
Repositioning myself in the middle of the night, baby kicks to my rib cage, cleaning (still prepping for that move!).
Same as last week. I have no clue if/when that’s gonna change.
Well as you’ve probably already caught on, baby boy is kicking the shit out of my rib cage. It seems like everyday he gets a little more rambunctious and I can feel him rolling around in there at all hours. I’m convinced this kid just doesn’t sleep.
No change here really aside from maybe my regular t-shirts are getting a little too tight. I may be getting awfully clothes to exclusively wearing maternity shirts, although, my stubbornness would probably argue otherwise!
Best Part of the Week
We finally had our 4D ultrasound and we got to see baby boys cute little face!
Worst Part of the Week
Dealing with this damn move! I’ll be thrilled when it’s over.
Wearing regular clothes. My wardrobe is quite limited right now and I miss the days when putting together an outfit wasn’t a challenge!
Can’t Wait For
Finally purchasing all our baby necessities. I’m currently on a spending hold right now because of the move. Doesn’t make a ton of sense to buy a bunch of stuff just to have to move it so I’m just over here patiently waiting.
How Far Along
29 weeks 2 days
Size of Babe
2.54 lbs. Baby is the size of an acorn squash.
Persistent heartburn, leaky boobs, constant burping (still!).
The shape my belly is taking on, kickboxing workouts, stretchy yoga pants (yep, still rocking them!).
Packing for our move, heartburn, my awesome cold sore (gift from Satan).
Still just a stretched out innie.
Baby boy is still preparing for his professional soccer career and is kicking around at all hours of the day. I started doing kick counts for the lolz and he busted out his 10 in about 30 seconds. This morning he was kind enough to wake me up by jamming his head into my cervix. Lord help me if this is a sign of things to come…
No changes here. I’m still wearing my usual mix of maternity and regular-sized clothing and plan to do so until it becomes physically impossible to squeeze my fat ass into them.
Best Part of the Week
I was able to schedule with my first choice of doctor in our new city without any issues. I also passed my glucose test!
Worst Part of the Week
Packing for our move.
I really miss not having dry nasal passages. If you read my “Unpleasant Pregnancy Symptoms I Wasn’t Expecting” post you’ll know I’ve been dealing with this unholy symptom since day one!
Can’t Wait For
In coordination with a previous post I made about unexpected, positive pregnancy symptoms, I wanted to make a dedicated post about some of the symptoms I’ve experienced that are unexpected but also unpleasant.
1. Dry nasal passages
Seriously, this can fuck right off. I’ve been dealing with this since day one and it’s probably one of the most frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms I’ve had this whole pregnancy. I also already live in an extremely dry area so I feel like I’m really doubling down on my poor sinuses. I have a humidifier that I’m heavily dependent on at night and I occasionally resort to shoving globs of Vaseline up my nose or sticking my head under the sheets to create a mini sauna with my breath to help moisten things up. I’ll admit, it has forced me to get creative with problem solving.
2. Leg cramps
These bastards are the product of Satan. Being woken up at the crack of dawn to your calf muscle trying to obliterate itself is something I can honestly say I did not expect to experience this pregnancy but, none-the-less, here we are.
3. Relentless and uncontrollable burping
Don’t get me wrong, I burped quite a lot before I was pregnant (my husband can attest to that), but we’re on a whole other level now. Sure it was kind of humorous at first but now it’s just ridiculous.
4. Throat tickles
I honestly have no idea if this is pregnancy related but it sure as hell has been a much bigger issue since I found out I was pregnant. Every few days I get random throat tickles that send me into coughing fits or, at the very least, cause me a lot of discomfort. In fact, I’m hacking my way through one as I write this.
5. Blotchy patches of skin
I mentioned in my “When Pregnancy Decides To Throw You A Bone” post that my acne has cleared up and my skin is fantastic. This is still true and I’m stoked about it, however, I have developed some really awesome, blotchy, skin patches underneath both armpits. Fortunately they’re not painful or uncomfortable but they are unsightly and I wouldn’t mind if they just went away.
How Far Along
28 weeks 3 days
Size of Babe
2.20 lbs. Baby is the size of an eggplant.
Mild heartburn, occasional achy hip (my legs are slightly disproportioned and gave me grief pre-pregnancy so this was pretty unavoidable), a lot of burping!
Comfy, stretchy clothes (“athleisure” if you will), watching baby boy break it down in my womb, baby gear shopping, junk food (although that’s pretty par for the course for me).
Wearing actual clothes, getting out of bed (damn hip!), relentless heartburn, preparing to move out of state and finding a new doctor.
Large and stretched but still very much an innie.
Baby boy loves breaking it down all day, every day. His movements are much more varied now and range from kicking and punching to rolling and “vibrating.” I love all of his little (and huge!) movements except when he decides to jam his foot up into my rib cage. I could do without that.
I’m currently wearing a mixture of maternity and non-maternity clothes. My shorts are all maternity now, however, I’ve been living in yoga capris and sweatpants that are normal size. I seem to be rotating pretty evenly between my maternity and non-maternity tops however.
Best Part of the Week
My husband was offered a really great job!
Worst Part of the Week
I had my glucose test on Wednesday and I’ve been waiting anxiously for the results. They’re really taking their time getting back to me! I also now have the added stress of finding a new doctor late in the game because we’re moving due to husband’s new, awesome job. We’ll make it work though!
Not having heartburn. Seriously, it’s getting old.
Can’t Wait For
Our 4D ultrasound and getting my glucose test results.
Credit for this update layout goes to oliveandtate.com. I may have stolen it from her and modified it ever so slightly.
Pregnancy isn’t all bad! I’ve learned during my pregnancy that mother nature isn’t a total bitch and, every now and then, she’ll do ya a solid. Of course most of these things are specific to myself but here are a few things that I would consider pregnancy perks.
1. No periods!
Let’s be real, periods are a giant pain in the ass. I’ll admit, mine was probably more on the mild side, but I’m still very grateful that I don’t have to see it or deal with it for 9+ months.
2. Unusual hair growth (or lack there of)
Since becoming pregnant I’ve noticed a dramatic decline in hair growth, to the point where my leg hair is almost non-existent. I can easily go weeks without shaving and that, my friends, is a glorious thing. To top it off, the hair on my head is healthier than ever. Pre-pregnancy, I would have handfuls of loose hair after showering but not anymore! I’m soaking it all up while I can because I’ve heard that postpartum hair can be a real bitch.
3. Perfect skin!
Ok so maybe it’s not perfect but it’s pretty damn good as far as I’m concerned. I’ve struggled with acne since puberty and I can’t even begin to describe how elated I am that I can wake up and not have a fresh, new pimple on my face. It’s the little things in life!
4. Stabilized moods
Not gonna lie, this one took me by surprise. I still have the occasional mood swing (although surprisingly not often) that one would equate with pregnancy, but I’ve definitely noticed a big change in my temper and ability to remain level-headed. Pre-pregnancy I had quite the temper and when my husband pissed me off, I was quick to get angry and slow to bring myself back down. I don’t get bothered as much anymore and I can let things go much more easily. This one’s a win-win for everyone!
5. My marriage is flourishing
Ok, this one is a little strange but just go with it. By no means was my marriage struggling before (a baby definitely wouldn’t have been on the table if that were the case) but it’s undeniable that my husband and I’s relationship is better than ever. Maybe I shouldn’t give all the credit to pregnancy but I definitely think it’s made an honorable contribution.
Hello all who have decided to take time out of their day to sit down and read this. Let me introduce myself quickly to provide a little context before we get into the nitty gritty of this post. My name is Lacy and I am currently 27 weeks pregnant with my first baby; a baby boy! I’m 25 years old and live in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband and two super cute kitties.
As you’ve probably read from the title of this post, I am fortunate to be experiencing what many would refer to as a “unicorn” pregnancy. A pregnancy that has provided very little in terms of complications or discomforts. I have yet to experience constipation, morning sickness/nausea, fatigue, or really any of the negativities that typically come with pregnancy. Because so many experience quite the opposite during their pregnancies I wanted to take the opportunity to share what I did and what I’ve been doing in hopes that maybe it can help someone else find a little comfort or relief. Before I start, I would like to preface this by saying I am in no way, shape, or form a doctor and I am certainly not saying that I have found the magic cure to pregnancy ailments. I would simply like to share what my day to day routine looks like with the idea that maybe there’s something I’m doing that you may not be doing. Perhaps a combination of sorts that may be the perfect cocktail to provide relief or to make things a little easier. I would also like to say that most of these things are representative of my lifestyle. I did not start doing these things in the hopes that they would make for an easier pregnancy. These are things I did prior to pregnancy and things that I will continue to do long after my pregnancy has ended. Finally, I would also like to say that it is entirely possible that none of these things have contributed to my unicorn pregnancy. It’s absolutely possible that I just won the pregnancy lotto and my pregnancy would’ve been easy regardless of what I did or didn’t do. Now with all that said, let’s get started.
First and foremost I would like to talk about prenatal vitamins. I’ve heard many women say that their prenatal vitamin was the culprit behind their morning sickness, constipation, and other discomforts. When choosing my prenatal vitamin I wanted to make sure I wasn’t shorting myself. In my mind that meant spending a little more for what I thought was a better vitamin. After some research and a little due diligence I purchased the Rainbow Light Prenatal One vitamin. It was highly rated on Amazon and was in the top 10 on Labdoor.com. $40.00 per bottle was a difficult pill for me to swallow (ha!) but hey, this was my first baby and I wanted to do my absolute best to ensure he came out as healthy as possible. Now what I didn’t notice about these vitamins when I purchased them was their claim to be “non-constipating.” I had already been taking them for a few months before I even noticed this claim plastered across the front of the bottle and to be honest, I scoffed when I read it. After all, I tend to lean on the side of skepticism when it comes to these types of claims. However, after thinking back on my first few months of pregnancy, I realized that I never actually had an issue with constipation. Maybe there was something to these vitamins. Again, I’m not saying these vitamins are the holy grail, but maybe their claim isn’t too farfetched after all. I also take my prenatal vitamin at night. I do this purely because it works better with my daily routine but I like to think taking it at night versus the morning possibly contributed to my lack of morning sickness and nausea in the first trimester.
Onto diet and exercise. One thing I absolutely am consciously aware of and make sure I keep up on is my water intake. I drink a ton of water and typically did so even before becoming pregnant. On average I make sure to drink a minimum of 88 oz of water a day. I whole heartedly believe that keeping up your water intake, pregnant or not, does have a positive affect on your health. My diet is really nothing special. In fact, I like to equate my diet to that of a 5 year old child and by that I mean I typically like to stick to junk foods like pizza, chips, or anything of the like. That said, I don’t really have a high sugar diet and I tend to stay away from sweets like cake, ice cream, and cookies simply out of preference. Throughout my pregnancy I’ve stuck to my regular foods as I didn’t really experience any weird cravings. In addition, I was (and still am) very conscious of how much I’m eating. Prior to becoming pregnant I had been tracking my calories to lose weight using MyFitnessPal for the past 3 years. I decided to keep up with calorie counting during pregnancy because I didn’t want my eating to get out of control and I wanted to ensure I stayed within the healthy weight gain range set by my doctor. I made sure to keep my calories within the recommended 2,000-2,200 a day. I know a lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to over eat and, pregnant or not, overeating is almost never beneficial. In addition to diet, my exercise regime stayed relatively the same as well. Although I wouldn’t consider myself the patron saint of fitness prior to pregnancy, I was fairly active and an overall healthy individual. My pre-pregnancy workout consisted mostly of running, however, the discovery of a cyst on my left ovary left me with strict orders to pursue a lower-impact workout. During the first trimester I did the BodyFit by Amy prenatal cardio workout on YouTube to supplement until I got the all clear to start running again. I work out every other day, sometimes every third day, and I plan to keep that up until birth or until my body says no more. As of right now I’ve had no issues (knock on wood!).
Last but not least I want to touch on sleeping habits and minimizing stress. I also want to preface this by saying I am well aware that what I’m about to say is 100% unrealistic for some women during pregnancy but I figure it’s worth mentioning because I know there are other women in my position. I’ll start by saying my husband and I are extremely fortunate in that he has a well-paying job that allows me to not work. When I found out I was pregnant I decided to quit my job and focus all of my attention on this pregnancy and staying healthy. The job I had prior to pregnancy was extremely stressful and was already taking quite a toll on my mental health. I knew well in advance that I did not want to continue working there while pregnant and my husband was totally on board with that. I am fortunate and I know this. I firmly believe that had I stayed and worked this job throughout my pregnancy I may not have faired so well. I think the stress would’ve had a negative affect on me and my baby and I’m certain my pregnancy would’ve presented more issues. Because I don’t work, I’m also able to ensure I get an appropriate amount of sleep. It’s certainly possible to get a good nights sleep while working but I know for myself it was much more difficult having to discipline myself and force myself to go to sleep earlier in order to get my full eight hours and still wake up at my usual time. I truly believe that the amount of sleep you get has an impact on your physical well being, especially during pregnancy.
I’ll end this by reiterating that I am NOT a doctor. I have no proof that what I’m doing directly affects the state of my pregnancy and it’s entirely possible that I’m just one of the lucky ones. Having said that, there’s no harm in trying. I can’t recall who said it but I remember hearing once that if you want what someone else has, be that health, money, status, etc., do what they do. Perhaps a simple change in routine is all it would take to find a little bit of relief.