My husband and many others tell me I should be eating for two. This isn’t true though. Recent studies show you should just consume 10-20% more calories a day then you did pre-pregnancy. My husband doesn’t buy it though. People just want to see pregnant women eating all the time. Because of this, for awhile, my husband didn’t think I was putting on enough weight. From my first to second doctor’s appointments (7 weeks to 11 weeks) it’s true I didn’t gain anything. Then my next visit, at 4 months, the Doctor said I was right on gaining a pound a week. Everyone said it didn’t look like I was putting on much weight though so after that I didn’t think much of it. That made me think I was indeed on track. I didn’t have a good appetite during my first trimester and then for the first month or so of my second trimester that feeling continued. I just got full quickly and didn’t have the urge to eat a lot. Now at 21 weeks my appetite is back and it showed on the scale. I gained 7 pounds in 4 & 1/2 weeks so my Doctor said I need to start exercising. I’m trying, but it’s hard when you are so tired. I have been very exhausted and since I’ve been busy with work that isn’t helping. Plus on a couple occasions I’ve had these awful cramps in my legs. I literally wake up in the middle of the night and can’t move my calf. First it happened in my left leg, then a couple weeks later in my right leg. My Doctor says it’s normal, but that doesn’t make it much easier. In the days after the cramps that leg is sore. It feels like you worked out forever on that calf. Now the latest woe thanks to my pregnancy is sore feet. My feet don’t look puffy, but my husband thinks that may be swelling and that’s why they are sore. Ugh it’s one thing after another, BUT I will try to start working out I promise. Meanwhile here’s a picture of me this week at 21 weeks, alongside my friend Julie who is at the very end of her pregnancy…giving birth this week. I can’t believe the will be me in four short months. Seems like she just found out she was pregnant and now boom the baby is coming. This pregnancy stuff is crazy. I know millions of women forever have been doing it, but it still takes some getting used to.
Now I want to leave you with a smile. So here are some of the funnier things that have happened recently:
Last week we went in to find out the sex of the baby and the sonogram nurse said “are you ready to find out” and as we were saying yes, both my husband and I thought we saw two testicles so we said “it’s a boy” and she looked at us like we were crazy and said “NO it’s a girl”. I was sooooo happy because that’s what I wanted.
Later that day I called my friend Hazel to tell her the news and I said “guess what we are having”. She responded “a Smores shake”. I am still laughing after that one. She was talking about my favorite shake from “5 Napkin Burger”. She thought I was that excited to tell her I was having the shake. Ha ha ha. This is the shake she was talking about, but of course I was calling to tell her we were having a girl.
Meanwhile a couple weeks back someone asked my husband what his routine would be in the morning after the baby was born to which he replied “I’ll feed the dogs, then walk the dogs and the baby together”. They then said “will you feed the baby in the morning or will Cindi?” He said “babies eat in the morning???” I said when do you think babies eat? He said he didn’t know. I said every two to three hours and his jaw dropped. Wow we both have a lot to learn!