Terrakna’s Unsolicited Pregnancy Advice and Observations

Weight gain:

I’ve worked very hard throughout my lifetime to maintain a healthy weight.  To purposely try to GAIN weight is quite unsettling…especially since I still have my weight loss goals up on the white board in the kitchen.  So, I have chosen to blame the children.  “Man, you chub-os gained 2 pounds this week.  You guys have NO impulse-control.”  Alternately, I can just look in my WAY overstuffed bra and know, “Ah, THAT’S where all that poundage is going!”

Nausea:

No joke here.  Take vitamin B6 and ginger AROUND THE CLOCK, not just as needed.  I accidentally skipped a morning dose, probably because I had been feeling so well and wasn’t thinking about it, and felt like death warmed over for the entire day.

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By the way, my saving grace some days, Clementine Izze.  Check it out y’all.  It’s like crack to me on those really tough days.

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Eating:

You can read all the advice you want about eating high protein and nutrient packed foods.  The fact is, you get to a point where either you eat what calls to you, or you starve to death.  In a fit of self-righteousness, I bought a package of whole wheat bagels, only to have a horrible attack of nausea the morning I made one.  The taste of the whole wheat, which I’ve never enjoyed, made me wish I could curl up beside the toilet and never come out of the bathroom again.  Salads?  Yeah, right.  Some days I’m lucky I can get down whatever rare food is barely tolerable to me.  Last night it was tuna tetrazzini.  The night before that, spaghetti with meat sauce.  The night before that, mustard pretzels and mint Girl Scout cookies.  Sometimes, it’s just gummy bears and sandwiches (ice cream sandwiches).  DON’T JUDGE ME!

Rest:

“What did you do today?”  DH asks on my days off.  Generally, I sleep all day because the fatigue is nearly debilitating some days and I NEED to keep up my strength to get to work.  Can’t start calling in “tired”.  So, my answer to this question is, invariably, “I spent the day growing three humans FROM SCRATCH.  What did YOU do?!”

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Insomnia:

Yeah.  I’m exhausted all the time, but can’t sleep at night after about 2am. WTF?  My solution: Pinterest.  Lots of Pinterest.

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