Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10 things to do PREPREGNANCY

Here's a list of things I recommend that you do BEFORE you get pregnant.
  1. Enjoy piping hot baths and hot tubs- extremely hot temperatures can cause birth defects. 
  2. Skating- ice skating, roller blading, anything sport you could potentially fall doing
  3. Roller coasters and theme parks. Wanted to plan a trip to Harry Potter Wizard World in Orlando... but decided not to after we realized I couldn't ride any rides.
  4. Adventurous endeavours- duh. But still: white water rafting, zip lining, and the like. 
  5. Sleep on your back...or anything on your back. Cuts off blood and nutrition to the baby. WHO KNEW. 
  6. TRAVEL. Yes, you can travel during pregnancy, but it's not half as pleasant if you are waddling everywhere or  have nausea or don't have enough energy to go enjoy the beautiful hikes of Colorado. Plus, having a little one inside you keeps you from going to adventurous places or potential diarrhea-causing places let's say...a nice resort in Mexico. 
  7. Go-karts, trampoline parks, etc. 
  8. Stay up late & socialize alot alot alot. Pregnancy fatigue is a real thing. It's thrown my whole social life off because of the times I sleep & times I eat. Since I sleep at 8:30pm and have really bad gastric reflux if I eat too close to bedtime, I eat dinner early too (like 5:30 or 6pm)... making it really hard to have a social life when most of my friends get off work at 6pm. 
  9. Get your hair done. Want to perm or dye your hair? Do it BEFORE you get pregnant :) 
  10. Save up--- did you know infant daycare can cost more than someone's monthly rent? Also... you CAN save during pregnancy, but it's honestly been really difficult for me. I hate cooking now (due to the nausea, low energy, and the smells that linger the next day) and hate leftovers and I'm really picky about food... aka although we'd like to save, we're eating out ALL THE TIME. AND not to mention maternity clothing. $$$ adds up. 
Hope this helps some of you really make the most of your time now!!! :D 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pregnancy NOMS.

One of the biggest things I always told myself I would look forward to in pregnancy is how I can indulge in my eating habits a little! Eating for 2 right?

Unfortunately, I never thought about how nausea would get in the way. And food aversions. And that whole long list of things you SHOULDN'T EAT. My pregger twinsie is also feeling the same way. She can't gain enough weight for her baby. She just doesn't have an appetite. And we used to love good food... Funny huh?

FYI for future moms... ENJOY THESE ITEMS NOW... because you "can't" eat them once you're pregnant:

  • Sushi 
  • Medium rare steak 
  • Raw oysters
  • Runny eggs 
  • Pate and other liver items
  • Smoked salmon
  • Prosciutto, salami, parma ham unless cooked 
  • Fancy unpasteurized cheeses (Brie, etc)
  • Tuna steaks
  • Hot dogs & some sausages other meats with nitrates 
  • Raw sprouts
  • Lunch/Deli meats

Best pregnant craving story I've heard so far from one of my friends at church:

"I've never had a McRib in my life... and I was craving a McRib at 9pm at night. Hubby went to McDonald's to go get it for me. Of course, it wasn't McRib season, so he came back empty-handed. I cried when I found out. I've never wanted a McRib since."

LOL... and that's REALLY what it's like. One moment you crave something. The next moment you hate it or don't care for it anymore.

Cravings I've had so far:
  • Chicken supreme taco from Taco bell. It'd been at least a decade since the last time I had Taco Bell. But I had to have it. Taco Cabana wouldn't cut it. Ordered my taco & they got my order wrong & made a chicken taco, not a chicken supreme taco. I took it back & said "I ordered a supreme taco. This is not supreme." They had to make me a new one. HAH. What a diva, I know. 
  • Arby's roast beef sandwich & curly fries- thought grossing me out now
  • Potatoes- I used to not really love potatoes b/c it was high in calorie & lower in nutrition than other things. And I love pasta more so I'd prefer to get calories from pasta. NOW I LOVE POTATOES! FRIES CHIPS HASH BROWNS anything!!! 
  • Salads- Caesar salad especially
  • Beans- never loved them until now.
  • McDonald's chocolate ice cream sundae with peanuts
  • La Madeline's tomato basil soup
  • Tomato sauce
  • Wings & Chik-Fil-A- one of the few meat items I can eat without cringing
  • Shrimp!!!! Love shrimp. 
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches

  • WATER. For the longest time, I couldn't drink water. Even if it was ice cold, I didn't like it. I still prefer vitamin water and juices over water right now but I can tolerate it when it's ice cold. 
  • Meat- gross. I avoid all meat sections at the grocery store. Chicken breast especially grosses me out. Especially hamburgers. I haven't had one in 3 months. (but I can eat meatballs. WEIRD RIGHT?)
  • Eggs- also gross. Recently has become less gross-- especially if scrambled or in a breakfast taco. 
  • Yogurt grossed me out the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I can eat it & I like it now. But I usually like Greek yogurt & now I like normal yogurt more than Greek.
  • Leftovers. I used to love leftovers. BUT NOW... they are foul. And I think I figured out why. Every meal I eat... if I feel nauseous afterwards at any point in time, my body associates that meal with my nausea or vomiting. SO it hates it. Since I was nauseous all the time. My body hated almost all leftovers. 

Can't explain it..dunno why I crave certain things & not others. Don't know why I hate hamburgers but I can eat meatballs just fine. Nothing makes sense. Just happens!