This week my middle seems to be thickening!
I’ve always had a small stomach pooch, but it’s sticking out more than normal, but it’s also firmer than normal. Surely I am not showing yet, but maybe this is the beginning!? I do have a small frame and small torso, so it’s possible. I wouldn’t say my pants are tight, but my tight ones are probably too tight by now : ) My doctor said my ab muscles are relaxing and making it harder to keep good torso posture. I definitely believe him!
Because this is how I stand all day long!! How’s that for pushing out the bloat! I’ve always had the ability to make myself look second-tri pregnant, but it seems I have even more to push out than ever!
I definitely think I’ve gained a few pounds since Jamaica and my starting point, but nothing to be concerned about. It could also be mostly bloating too. But I think my diet has been wonked up enough that I’m sure to be gaining some. See any real rounding? I do! [Ha, publishing this at 14 weeks and I thought I was round then!? But there was definitely a little]
I felt pretty cruddy for a few days. At the end of week 7 I could barely keep my eyes open and was in bed by 8:30 two nights in a row. Ironically, the fatigue set in the day I decided I felt energized enough to go for a 4 mile run! WOW – that run was hard!!! Probably a combination of the fact that I haven’t been running that much and my increased physical demands. Could it have been responsible for wiping me out of energy for two days? Dehydration? I’m definitely starting to feel fatigued and have taken several baby naps (ha!) on the couch. I’ve set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and fell asleep in minutes! They definitely have helped get me through the rest of the day though. I’m really not much of a napper, but these little naps feel good.
I’ve also found that I wake up parched every morning. I’m trying to drink more water. I’ve found a few swigs of OJ taste like gold when I wake up. I’ve sort of lost my taste for hot tea. In fact, I’ve lost my taste for many things I used to love: tea, salads, veggies of all kinds – and now ground beef is edging off my craving list. The only salad I can think about is a Caesar, which is normally not a salad I would put at the top of my vegetable pyramid! I don’t want to think about vinegar, and all I want are creamy dressings. A blog commenter even noticed this because I never have bottled dressings in my house but bought some Caesar. I think my secret is starting to become obvious…
More melted cheese was consumed this week!!
I also ate an entire bag of salt & vinegar potato kettle chips! No idea where that craving came from, but my gosh they tasted good. I’ve had a few diet ginger ales as well:
Ice cream still tastes amazing, as does cereal and ice cold milk. I’ve been getting some veggies down from sautéed greens and a mix-ins but I really don’t know how much longer I can fool the entire blog world! Blame it on winter palate? And the visit to Bodo’s Bagels this week was a total pregnancy craving for a bagel and cream cheese. I would eat one at every meal if I didn’t think it would be too obvious! Like my lunch of smoothie, popcorn and gelato wasn’t…
Foods in my grocery cart
- A JUG of orange juice – with the pulp! I am so not a regular OJ drinker.
- Blueberries – can’t get enough berries
- Oranges, bananas, apples – <3 fruit
- A head of romaine – trying to force some veggies
- Potatoes – mashed potatoes on the menu!
- A pint of cherry tomatoes and a pint of kumquats – for the BERF header photoshoot!
- A carrot – also for the photoshoot but threw it away. Carrots are gross!!
- Chicken sausages – I want a hot dog
- Ketchup + mustard – for the hot dog!
- Honest Tea – which I drank IN the store because I was so thirsty!
I had a sip of red wine on Saturday night. IT TASTED SO GOOD!!!
I always thought alcohol would seem unappealing to a pregnant woman – not true at all. I want it more than I did before! Even though recent research suggests there may be no risk with moderate drinking during pregnancy and the collective research of many of the OB institutions says a little is fine, and even though many women across the globe drink lightly during pregnancy, I’m not willing to take gulps or glasses. It’s not worth the risk now when the baby is still in full system development mode. In the second trimester, I might upgrade to a tiny glass every now and then, but I’ll see how I feel when I get there.
*** Edited to add: I want to be clear that I’m not recommending or advocating drinking during pregnancy. I haven’t had more than a sip in months. However, the research studies mentioned above were eye-opening and new information to me, so I wanted to share. There is no proven amount of alcohol to be deemed safe. But as Dr. Broder says in Panic-Free Pregnancy, there isn’t a recommended safe amount of sun exposure either. This is a personal decision each women has to make. ***
First Doctor’s Appointment
The highlight of week 8 was our first doctor’s visit at 8 weeks, 5 days. I knew there wouldn’t be an ultrasound, but I’m still excited any time I get to find out more information about what’s going on inside of me. Matt came with me to the appointment, which made it extra exciting. It’s funny how we go through our whole adult lives going to appointments solo and then suddenly two people are involved. It was funny having him there as I got weighed and measured – and of course the exam!
My blood work came back great (I’m not anemic – yay!) and my blood pressure was still low, which they said was great. The doctor answered several questions I had:
· Can I eat peanut butter (yes)
· Can I do yoga (yes, but maybe try pre-natal research poses first)
· Can I do all exercise right now? (yes, but listen to your body closely, and nothing too risky like skiing)
· Should I wean myself off of these nausea meds in case they are cumulatively harmful (you can try, but it’s not necessary because they are super safe. They were tested on 1.7M women/babies with no signs of any adverse effects)
The appointment ended with a pelvic exam (with Matt in the room!) I was a bit embarrassed of this, but the doctor is professional and the sheet covered me up. My doctor said everything felt fine. I asked him to show me where my uterus was and he said it was just barely cresting the pubic bone. Bummer – I thought I could feel it already, but it’s still so low! Grapefruit size, apparently, but I find that hard to believe.
I also told the doctor about KERF + BERF and when he told me my next ultrasound wouldn’t be for another month (I had thought originally 3 weeks) I asked him what he thought I should do. He put my miscarriage risk at about 5% at that time and said I could come back in 2 weeks and he would listen for a heartbeat with the doppler. If he could find one, the rate would drop down to 2% or so. I decided that if we hear a heartbeat, I will tell KERF when I’m almost 11 weeks.
SUCH A LONG, NERVOUS WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!