Life...is just crazy right now. I mean REALLY crazy. Besides my steadily growing body getting in my way
there just aren't enough hours in the day. My house is a chaotic mess with the remodel! My bedroom is my tropical oasis. It is pristine and comfortable. I am loving being back in there after 8 months in a rock hard guest bed across the hall! Just wish I had more time and energy to get things done.
Luckily, I have really only gained about 10 pounds so far in this pregnancy, which from what I read is right on schedule for where I'm at now (almost halfway there). Not too depressed about it at all. I think it's been easier not to gain because of the level of health I started out at when I became pregnant. I was eating healthy and working out and I have continued to do so.
Luckily, my cravings have been very reasonable, and I can usually indulge in them. I have not been able to get enough cantaloupe for some reason! (Odd since I only ate it about once or twice a year at a summer picnic before) I have also been indulging in many tangelos. Most of my cravings are for fruit and veggies, which is just wonderful! Never expected that of myself! I have not, however, been too excited about meat...at all. I cannot stand to even look at chicken. Pork is out of the question (although I can stand a little bacon from time to time). Not too keen on fish either. Beef is about the only meat I can stand to eat in moderation. I have been getting my protein from things like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, and protein bars/shakes. I have still had an insatiable thirst for water, which is great too!
I have had the worst swelling in my feet and ankles already. Apparently, this is common in the third trimester, but not so much at my stage. Although I cannot say I'm shocked either with the previous-to-pregnancy foot issues I dealt with over the years. I continue to monitor my blood pressure and I'm happy to report that it has been at a healthy range this entire pregnancy!
I only saw it elevate slightly when I was still going to the OB; when my midwife took it manually last time, it was a perfect 116/68!
One miracle cure I have found for swelling, or at least something that helps it stay away for 2-3 days, is walking. I am still remarkably able to walk briskly for 1-3 miles in around the same amount of time it took me before I became pregnant. I actually crave walking and the great benefits it gives me. I believe my baby likes it too, as I have been feeling more little kicks!
I posted this in writing mainly for myself to see that I'm really treating myself right in this pregnancy. Yes, I have the occasional slip-ups, no different than before. Yes, I still do have an occasional craving that doesn't exactly meet the healthiest standards. But I feel SO good! Being healthy became such a part of my life before, it just seems natural now. A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of total chaos at my house of having two rooms in a bind, such as moving back to my bedroom, going to look at/buy new furniture, starting the nursery remodel, we were eating out quite a lot just to save time. As a convert to healthy eating from eating out 3 times a day 7 days a week in my past, I found myself feeling physically ill from the junk food outings. I had no energy, my stomach was torn up, and I just got plain disgusted with it. Fast food, my friends, is not for the weak at heart or stomach. Eating that stuff every day, all day takes guts! I now know and understand that I am not that brave anymore!
So, here's to great health, no matter what the circumstances!!