6 Weeks, 2 Days…give or take
I don’t think it ever feels real until you start growing enough to look pregnant. I know I’m pregnant, but sometimes, apart from being ill, I don’t feel any different.
The past few days I’ve been keeping track of everything I eat. I’m afraid that when I see my doctor, I’m going to feel the vegan backlash, but I know I’m doing well. It’s wonderful! I was feeling nauseous for a couple weeks before I found out I was pregnant, but it was so bad that eating was the last thing on my mind, so I did very little of it. When I found out WHY I was feeling so sick, I made a point to eat, regardless of whether or not I felt like it. Now that I’m eating regular meals and snacks (my meals are so low calorie that sometimes, even with 3-4 meals and snacks in between it’s hard to even meet 2000 calories), I feel better. I still get nauseous every now and then, but as long as I have a cracker and peanut butter or something of the sort, I feel fine until my next meal. My routine is fairly consistent now: Wake up, have a big mug of peppermint tea (caffeine free), once I finish my tea I make breakfast. Depending on how I’m feeling breakfast can either be a bowl of corn flakes with some berries and cinnamon on top or tofu scrambles, toast and a side of strawberries. Regardless of what I have for breakfast, I always make sure I have orange juice. It helps get my blood sugar up (I feel super dizzy in the mornings) and it has lots of vitamin c and folic acid. After I eat half my breakfast, I take my prenatal vitamins and then go ahead and finish the rest.
Say I eat at 9am. By 11, I’m starting to get a little nauseous, so I’ll have myself a handful of berries, a graham cracker, or an apple. By 1 or 2, it’s time for lunch, typically soup and crackers, but sometimes pasta or whatever sounds yummy and healthy. Around 3 or 4 it’s time for a snack again. This is when I pull out my personal blender. Blend some berries, soymilk, banana, cinnamon, and sometimes a handful of spinach or kale and drink up for a super vitamin packed and filling snack. At this rate, I’m ready for dinner around 7 or so. Usually it’s rice, sometimes it’s a sandwich, sometimes I falter with my healthy eating and have a bowl of ramen (hey, no one’s ever died from a little ramen). Unfortunately, my boyfriend is at work from about 3-11 most days, which means that, despite being exhausted, I have to go out and get him at night because we only have my car (it’s only a 10 minute drive). By the time we get home, I’m disappointed because I still didn’t meet my calorie goals and I’m a little hungry and REALLY tired. So he’ll come home, make something to eat, throw in a little extra for me (usually not very healthy things, like french fries, but damn, sometimes that’s what you need!) and then it’s off to bed.
Being pregnant and being home all day aren’t exactly exciting. But I’m learning new things and I have lots of time to do research. Although I wish I were still working sometimes, it’s nice to not have to worry about accidentally hurting myself or, eventually, the baby while at work (more on that later) or about not feeling well enough to do the things I need to (at home I have all day to get dishes done and vacuum. If I feel dizzy, grab some juice and sit down. No rush!)
Anyway, I’ll be back with more insightful posts later on.
Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey.
As things progress, if you have any questions, go ahead and ask, I’ll try to address them as best I can 🙂