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It IS Possible to Stay Healthy While Pregnant!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Life...is just crazy right now. I mean REALLY crazy. Besides my steadily growing body getting in my way emoticon 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. emoticon

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! emoticon 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! emoticon 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! emoticon emoticon

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! emoticon

So, here's to great health, no matter what the circumstances!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Caiti, you're doing AWESOME!!! I'm so glad you're enjoying your pregnancy!!! I remember all those little flutters and kicks and yes, even hic-ups and I knew when the baby stretched too!

    Have a great day tomorrow and get a good night's rest tonight!!!

    m branching out and giving my real name, not my kitty, Candy's name!)
    1492 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/24/2013 10:06:49 PM
    Aw, this post is awesome! I'm so so happy you've been having a healthy pregnancy! Hopefully, if I ever have kids, mine will be much like yours! You are an inspiration!

    1493 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    You go girl!! Thats looking after you & baby! Great work Caiti!
    Its a shame really all this remodel had to happen during your pregnancy, just really bad timing when you could use peace and quiet the most!
    Keep up the fabulous work!!!
    1493 days ago
    You are doing so well, and I have to laugh because those sound like the kind of cravings I had when I was pregnant. I didn't even like fruit, and I ate strawberries and plums constantly, and couldn't stand meat even though I ate tons of it normally. Crazy how that affects you! :D
    1494 days ago
    Sounds great...I agree I had to eat crazy for a week with little veggies and fruits and Boy did I feel bad...You sound like you are doing wonderful. Keep a watch on the blood pressure and the swelling.
    1494 days ago
  • SAASHA17
    Awesome!! Thats really good..

    I was checking "losing weight while pregnant" and my doc said its possible too if u are healthy and the baby is healthy..

    craving fruits is awesome..go Caiti:)

    1494 days ago
    Congrats on your pregnancy and your commitment to your health!
    1494 days ago
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