Pregnancy and Your Favorite Foods

Pregnancy and Your favorite foods

Pregnancy! I have to say, I’m one of the women who loved it. Of course, I was pretty sick, especially with the twins, but loved the process nonetheless. 

Pregnancy can take a toll on your body. I’m sure we can all agree that the stress is worth it when you see that beautiful little faces for the first time. But the struggle can definitely be real. 

As if the physical struggle weren’t enough, pregnancy hormones often impact everything from mental state to taste buds. Your favorite food may come under fire during those nine months, too. Of course, as with anything, the best way to prepare is to know what to expect. So, we’re going to look at what pregnancy could do to your favorite foods.

New Favorite Foods

We all have favorite foods. Perhaps you love chocolate. Or, maybe you have a soft spot for pasta. Whatever your favorites are before pregnancy, you better prepare for a change in menu. Cravings are about to create new favorites you would never have dreamed of. We’re talking cucumbers dipped in chocolate and endless supplies of pickles.

Cravings often seem to have no rhyme or reason, but your body needs what it needs. What’s more, these cravings can make themselves known as early as your first trimester. Now, there are some women that don’t get the crazy cravings, so only time will tell.

Food Allergies

Many of us consider food allergies as one of those things we either have or don’t. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Often, such allergies come about as a result of hormonal fluctuations. So, while it isn’t a set part of pregnancy, many women do develop allergies to certain foods. Sorry to say, chocolate seems to be on the list of frequent offenders here, as do many dairy products.

If your favorites start giving you rashes, it might be worth heading to sites like https://www.allergysiouxfalls.com and booking yourself an allergy test. If you receive a positive result, your favorites will have to take a back seat. The good news is, many such allergies do clear up. But, it’s certainly worth changing the menu for the time being.

Morning Sickness

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that pregnancy can leave you feeling pretty nauseous. Horror stories of morning sickness (or all day sickness) are enough to frighten us all. But, what you might not realize is that the food you love could soon start to turn your stomach. Certain things seem to trigger that sick feeling, and the food is a frequent offender, especially the stinky stuff. So, your love of cheese might suffer for the duration of your pregnancy. For me, it was kale. You can attempt tips like those on https://www.medicalnewstoday.com to try and see you through. But, if things get bad, it might be best to avoid those food choices altogether for a while.  

Pregnancy and Your favorite foods

The Joys of Pregnancy

Regardless of your changing palate, pregnancy is a crazy and wonderful experience. Whether you love it or loathe it, the end result is the same. A beautiful baby.

What were your favorite foods during pregnancy?

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Best Products For New Moms

Since I’m a “veteran” mom now (I guess lol), I have the experience of knowing what products I actually needed. With my first pregnancy, I wanted everything which lead to having tons of stuff that I actually did NOT need.

Review: Bellefit Postpartum Corset

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Pregnancy! What a crazy adventure it is! I’m one of those women who love being pregnant. It’s such a miracle to see how our bodies transform to accommodate these little growing lives: however, I’m not a fan of how I feel in those first few weeks postpartum so if I can find some relief from the discomfort, count me in!

On September 5, I had a repeat C-section (the first was 3 years ago to deliver twins). Having been through the process once before, I had an idea of what to expect postpartum. I couldn’t wait to get my belly into my Bellefit Corset.

Ideally, you should begin wearing it 3-5 days post delivery. In my case, I developed ileus after surgery so I had to postpone until I was healed. First chance I got to slip that corset on (at 12 days postpartum) I jumped at the chance and have barely taken it off since!

12 days postpartum

Once I began wearing my Bellefit Corset, I felt instant relief. My core felt supported. My incision and back both hurt less thanks to the compression. Nursing and bending over to change diapers became easier as well.

12 days PP vs 18 days PP

According to the Bellefit website: “Bellefit compression girdles and corsets work by drawing in stretched abdominal muscles providing a 360° support structure around the torso, thus, reducing strain on ligaments and joints in the lower back, pelvis, and buttocks.” I can attest to this from my experience. The support I feel from my corset is fantastic.

You are advised to wear your girdle or corset 12-24 hours a day. They also recommend waiting until you are 36 weeks pregnant to order to insure you get the correct size. Customer service is wonderful so if you ever have any questions regarding what size or which style to get, they will help you! You can wear one after vaginal delivery or C-section too.

I would recommend a Bellefit corset or girdle to every mama. We spend 9 months supporting and growing these precious lives. It’s so nice to find something that will support us after we deliver.

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37 Week Bumpdate

Hello 37 weeks!

This week is week 37 of my pregnancy. Just like with the twins, this pregnancy is flying by. We are so excited to meet her soon. In less than 3 weeks, we will be bring home our newest addition!!

 

Here is my 37 week bumpdate:

Weight Gain: 27 lbs. (I’m getting close to what I gained with the girls)

Cravings: My cravings have pretty much subsided now. I guess since the baby is getting so big, I’m not as hungry as I was before. Plus, my acid reflux has kept me from wanting to eat too much.

Sleep: Still not getting any! Waking every hour on the hour is definitely for the birds.

Mood: Hello mood swings! If you read my Mommy Meltdown post then you know that I’ve been a bit on the moody side. I’ve also been super emotional. I had to fight back the tears at church this past Sunday because they put the decaf coffee away earlier than usual. Seriously?!

Movement: She is still a wild animal. She has also been having the hiccups every day which is such a crazy feeling.

Dilation: I went in today and I’m not even 1 cm dilated. I definitely haven’t progressed as much as we had hoped, so fingers crossed that next week, things start moving.

Birth plan: I am hoping for a VBAC this time. I received my VBAC consent form today. That just makes the entire process that much more real. If my body doesn’t cooperate then I am prepared for a Csection again. As long as our baby girl is brought into this world safe and healthy, the means of delivery aren’t that important to me anymore.

Any other preggo mamas out there? I’d love to hear how you are feeling! Comment or message me!

Going Out In Public With Toddlers

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I have twin daughters that will be 3 in August. I love being a twin mom. I really think that twins are the coolest. Of course, it has come with its share of challenges.

The main challenge that I have noticed is the sharing. They have shared with one another since they were womb mates. They’ve shared a womb, a bed, clothes, shoes, food, attention, etc. I even noticed them sharing the last sucker today. They are pros! However, I’ve always felt guilty that there hasn’t been enough of me to go around. Now, with a new baby sister on the way, I wonder and sometimes worry how they will adapt…

I have decided to spend as much time with just them as I can when the opportunity presents itself. I’m going to take them for treats or to the grocery (their favorite adventure) or to a restaurant for their favorite burger and fries.  Maybe I’ll be brave enough to take them to a park alone! And yes, I waited until they were almost 3 years old to take them to a restaurant by myself. Seriously? Why didn’t I do this before? Because I was totally terrified! What if they have a tantrum? What if they took off running in different directions? What if they escaped my grasp and ran off in a busy parking lot?  What if people judge me? What if I lose my temper and become “that mom”. What if someone makes the dreaded comment after looking at my 2 toddlers and pregnant belly: “Whoa, you have your hands full don’t ya?!” or “Better you than me!”  What if they whisper and stare like we are a circus act? I finally decided to stop worrying about what other people say or might say and just do it.  And you know what,  we are a freakin’ circus act (minus the creepy clowns of course). But it’s our freakin’ circus! And those are our monkeys.

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Why do we let the fear of what other’s (mainly strangers at that) think keep us from doing things?

Why am I letting those possible situations keep me from making memories with this sweet duo before their baby sister arrives?

What a waste of time! So, I have decided to stop worrying about that and take the girls out. Maybe it ends it total chaos. Who cares? We are making memories regardless, right? Do we get stared at? Yes. Do people make comments? Yes. Do people help and open doors? Yes!

Today, we went to Wendy’s for burgers and fries. They did amazing! Then we went to the grocery pharmacy, and since it was an in and out trip, I let them walk since the shopping carts aren’t equipped for more than one child. This one was tricky. I kid you not, there were obstacles EVERYWHERE! Minnie Mouse balloons, a huge cage full of assorted bouncy balls, stuffed animals, toy cars. I thought I walked into a toy store instead of the grocery. (Why do grocery stores have toys?) Each girl was going in a different direction and reaching for everything they could get their fingertips on. I could just see them grabbing one ball and all the others come tumbling out into the aisle! How would I deal with that?! I’m 28 weeks pregnant and knew it was impossible for me to run away with the girls over my shoulders if total chaos broke out. Enter a kind pharmacy tech and the magical dum dum suckers! LIFESAVER! We managed to pick up my prescription and exit the store completely unscathed.

The moral of this story is to just take the kiddos out. Enjoy this season of life. Will there be meltdowns? Of course. Toddlers are the most unpredictable creatures. But sometimes, just sometimes, you will find a kind employee with candy to distract your child just long enough to make it back to the car.

(Disclaimer: I do not encourage taking candy from strangers lol)