Pregnancy: Part 2

Last night we ordered a pizza, which really hit the spot. We also started watching a new TV series: Blue Bloods. I’m very picky when it comes to TV shows; I usually opt for watching re-runs of my favorite shows rather than trying a new show. I will say, though, that Blue Bloods was one I’d watch again.

I believe I left off part 1 at the end of my 1st trimester. I won’t lie; things got better once I got to the 2nd trimester. I was definitely hoping that once month 4 hit, I would be full of energy and ready to eat again. It wasn’t quite so magical. I remember getting to month 4 and thinking, isn’t it supposed to get better?! By the end of the 4th month/beginning of the 5th, I could definitely tell a difference in my energy level. It  wasn’t my normal energy, but it was improvement.

Backing up to the 1st trimester for pre-natal vitamins. I did a lot of reading and research and made a list of organic, vegan, vitamins that I wanted to take during my pregnancy. Everything went well until the vitamins arrived in the mail and I opened the bottle and tried to take one. Now I have a serious question. Why on earth would a pre-natal vitamin manufacturer make a pill that is seemingly as large as my thumb with such a terrible taste the moment it enters your mouth?! Oh and to top it off, taking just one of those monstrous pills won’t cut it; the directions say to take 4 per day. Yes, four. I really struggled with taking those pills. I had to mentally and physically prepare, but nothing seemed to make it any easier. It was very discouraging. I mentioned it to my doctor and he said just switch to a gummy. Go to target and grab any gummy vitamin. While the thought of a gummy sounded so much better, I was a bit frustrated because I had picked those horse pills because of the quality. I didn’t want just any vitamin. So, I began researching organic, vegan gummy prenatal vitamins. I landed on one and immediately went to the store to get it. What a world of a difference the gummy made. It wasn’t the most delicious thing, but it was worlds better than the horse pills. I took the gummy all throughout my 2nd trimester.

By the end of month 4, I noticed a huge shift in my appetite. The cravings started kicking in and my desire for food became a round the clock thing. I started by having 2 breakfasts, a snack, 2 lunches, and dinner. That was a huge improvement from the 1st trimester. One thing that really disappointed me was that despite my best efforts, I had a really hard time sticking to a vegan diet. With hunger striking at almost every hour, I had a hard time eating my regular diet. I’ve definitely incorporated as much of the foods I’m used to, and I have chosen vegan alternatives whenever possible. The thought of many of my regular vegan meals, just made me feel downright sick. And after my 1st trimester, I wanted to stay as far away from those feelings of nausea as I possibly could.

The surge of energy that I got during month 4, didn’t last very long. By the end of month 5/beginning of month 6, I was was losing steam quickly. The bright side was the movement I started to feel. I could really feel distinct kicks and flips by the beginning of month 6. Prior to that, I had felt a lot of  tiny butterfly like movements, but they were very faint and over very quickly. Once his movement moved past butterfly kicks and onto the real thing, I started to feel such a bond with him. It was like with every kick and flip he was talking to me. My favorite thing was when I could lie on my back and gently press on my stomach, and he’d press back. Man, I love that.

One last thing… pregnancy brain is most definitely real! It became most noticeable during my 2nd trimester. I first noticed it when I couldn’t remember if I had done something. I’d sit there and think how it possible that I don’t remember if I locked the door?! Believe me, it is possible. By the end of the 2nd trimester, my preggo brain was not only forgetting things very quickly, but also jumping around; not able to focus on anything.

Well that’s all for now. Next up: 3rd trimester, which I’d say by far has been the most fun!

-Catherine

 

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