I have officially hit my second trimester of this pregnancy! That is truly something to celebrate, especially if you are like most women and first trimester pregnancy isn’t the most pleasant feeling on earth. I love the IDEA of being pregnant, I just don’t care for many of the symptoms. 🙂 Thanks a lot, Eve. Several weeks ago Mark had the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend that he had not seen in many years. Mark told him that we are expecting our 8th child and his friend said to him, “Wow, your wife must love being pregnant!” All I could do was stare at him in shock and think, “Seriously?! Obviously he’s never been pregnant!” LOL! I am thankful that I never actually get sick with morning sickness, I just feel sick at least half the day for most of my first trimester… usually until about 16 or 17 weeks. I am so thankful to say that this pregnancy has been very good so far. I found a couple of things to be so helpful that my sickly feeling was very minimal this time and my exhaustion manageable. That is an improvement to most pregnancies for me! They are nothing really amazing or creative, but they made a huge difference in the way I feel.
1. Diet – All I really wanted to eat for a while was those hard, dry store – bought gingersnap cookies. I loved the strong ginger flavor. Add a glass of ginger ale to that and it just seemed to be the thing to do when the thought or smell of most things turned my stomach. Afterwards, though, they made me feel exhausted and bloated. I didn’t have much energy for extensive cooking and I felt like I was in a rut I couldn’t get out of. Finally I knew I had to do something different. At the beginning of the year last year (I was 7 1/2 months pregnant for Essie), I started the Trim Healthy Mama eating style. It made a huge difference in the way I felt, as well as the rate at which I gained weight for the rest of the pregnancy. In fact, I had been eating that way ever since then until the pregnancy sick feeling started to feel overwhelming. I knew I needed to go back to that. Finally I decided just to give it a few days of eating ‘ on plan ‘ regardless as to whether or not the food sounded good to me or not. After only a day or two of cleaning up my eating, my feeling of sickness really started to diminish. I also had a bit more energy and didn’t just feel like sitting around any more. It was January 2nd that I started that and I have not really gone off at all since then.
When you first see the “Trim Healthy Mama” book it looks huge and overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. Basically what I do is to eliminate sugar, white and wheat flour (unless it is sprouted grain or 100% whole wheat that has been fermented),corn, rice and potatoes. So what DO I eat? A lot of eggs, dairy, fruits and veggies, beans, oats, nuts and meat. I use stevia and some xylitol for sweeteners, when necessary. And I drink lots of my favorite variety of Good Girl Moonshine. (Several tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with the mother, 3 pkts. Truvia, 3 frozen strawberries and the rest of the blender full of cold water. Makes 3 big glasses.) I also try to allow about 2 1/2 hours in between meals and snacks. Right now I don’t worry much about the food combining part of the plan since I am pregnant. Generally speaking, you aren’t suppose to mix foods high in fats with foods higher in carbs.
2. A Good Night’s Rest – Try to get to bed at a reasonable hour. I know that I spend enough time getting up to use the bathroom in the night or whatever else to make even an 8 hour rest exhausting. When I am pregnant, I throw the idea of a morning routine out the window and leave my alarm clock turned off in the mornings. It is more important for my day in general for me to get as much rest as I can. Otherwise I spend the rest of the day tired. Usually this means that I am in bed by around 10 PM and up around 7AM.
3. Practice Afternoon Quiet Time Daily – This is survival for me! I can handle the morning all right, but by lunch time I have pretty much had it. I still have one or two little ones who nap every day, so they do that right after lunch. Anyone who has not completed their school work for the day will continue with that quietly while I rest. The other children are required to sit quietly and spend an hour or so reading or doing a puzzle, with little or no talking. Sometimes the baby will get up before I have gotten a chance to rest much, so my oldest daughter knows she is in charge of getting her up and giving her a snack until I am done resting. After a nap I feel revived enough to start supper and get through the rest of the day.
I hope these ideas are slightly helpful to some of you. Of course, if you don’t adjust your expectations to fit your stage of life, you still won’t be happy (see the Works for Me Wednesday post about expectations here: ). I would love to hear some other ideas you may have concerning surviving pregnancy while caring for a family!