Yes, it’s annoying. By mid-morning, I can’t eat or drink much of anything without feeling it. Even water gives me heartburn, which makes me not want to drink it, which makes me dehydrated and cruddy feeling. This week, however, I realized that there’s an upside.
A few times a day, when it gets uber-uncomfortable, I pop a couple Tums. (On a side note, my cousin kindly recommended the berry flavored, and I have to agree that they’re a little easier to choke down this way.) I was looking at the package the other day and saw 2 Tums offers 640 mg of calcium, which is 64% of the daily recommended amount. If I take 6 Tums a day, that’s 192%. Combined with my prenatal and the calcium that I get from actual foods, I’m probably getting at least 450% of my needed calcium in a day.
At first glance, this seems a little excessive, but I’d much rather get “too much” calcium in a day, since it’s hard for the body to absorb and increased amounts of calcium can help prevent leg and foot cramps at night. And according to my weekly update from BabyCenter – this week, BabyMort starts depositing lots of calcium into her little bones daily!!
On a completely unrelated note – the counter on this blog says there are 75 days until Little Miss Chloe Mae’s expected arrival. That’s not very many…
That’s what I learned at my doctor’s appointment. Good to know!! I was asking if he had any suggestions for my lower back pain. He gave me a piece of paper with some exercises and said heat in the form of a heating pad or hot bath would be okay. Then he went on to say that a lot of woman like pools, because it’s a temporary relief from the effects of gravity (but it sucks to get out) and that hot tubs are okay. The ‘no hot tub’ rule only applies to the first 6 weeks – as long as you follow the posted instructions and don’t stay in longer than 10 minutes. The only problem with hot tubs, according to my doc, is that “When you stand up, all the blood drains down to your feet, you pass out, hit your head and drown. Drowning is not good for the pregnancy.”
My doctor also likes my shirt, although since there’s green in it, he thinks I should have waited until next Tuesday to wear it. I’ll sleep better tonight knowing that man who wears scrubs and red Converse hi-tops every day likes my outfit 😀
Really, everything was fine. I’ve gained 25 pounds so far and should gain about a pound a week the rest of the pregnancy. Personally, I hope I won’t top the 35 pound mark, since 25-35 is my recommended weight gain, but they said I’m doing alright. I measured just fine and when he heard BabyMort’s hearbeat he said, “That’s what a healthy baby sounds like.”
I go back in just 2 weeks this time. I’ll have to start thinking about my outfit…
Well, not quite. I will admit that there seem to be a few perks to the second trimester, but it’s not symptom free as I’ve heard many people describe it. (I’m sure I’ve also read/heard from people who still had plenty to deal with, but that didn’t give me as much hope, so I probably blocked most of it out!!)
The nausea seems to have subsided some, and I think I’ve learned how to deal with it before I become absolutely miserable. I can keep my eyes open past 8pm, but I’ll still sleep for 12 hours given the chance. The taste or texture of some foods still disgusts me, but I’ve learned to suffer through it for some foods, such as apples, realizing that it won’t actually make me sick. I still wake up during the night to use the restroom and I don’t expect that to stop, even though I’ve heard it goes away for many women for a few months. And I still get sick every now and then, mainly from coughing or brushing my teeth, but, sadly, I think I’ve even gotten used to that a little and can pick myself up and move on rather quickly.
However, there is one symptom that I’m not happy to still be dealing with and haven’t adjusted to – constipation. I’ve had a belly-ache and felt fairly miserable since Saturday evening. I called my doctor’s office yesterday and spoke to a nurse, who’s suggestions were to use some sort of fiber supplement, Colace, increase my intake of fruits and veggies and drink lots and lots of fluids. (Apparently increasing fiber without increasing fluid intake has the opposite of the desired effect.)
Today I decided to keep track of my fluid intake to make sure I’m getting enough. I’ve been told that pregnant women should get about 80 oz. a day- water is best, but anythng other than soda and coffee counts – which seems almost impossible, especially given the number of trips to the bathroom that means 😀 So, I thought that keeping a record would be a good reminder for me, help me to see how much I’m actually drinking and hopefully be encouraging if I made it to 80+ oz.
- 12 oz. of 100% Apple Juice with Benefiber before work.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 9:15 am.
- 8 oz. hot tea finished at 11 am.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 1 pm.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 3:45 pm.
- Another 8 oz. of water before I left work.
- 12 oz. Crystal Light with Benefiber with dinner.
- 12 oz. water finished at 9pm.
Total fluid intake: 100 oz!!
Now I just need to figure out a way to reduce the number of trips to the bathroom…