Pregnant Ladies – Read Warning Labels on All Prescriptions!

This evening, I had to pick up a prescription for a UTI.  Since these infections are very common during pregnancy, I wanted to share my cautionary tale with you.

I read the warning label when I got home and noticed that this particular drug is not recommended for use in pregnant women who are at term (38-42 weeks).  While my OBGYN obviously knows that I’m at term, I called the pharmacist because the warning made me uncomfortable.  He looked it up to double check and told me not to take it.  He said he’s never seen it prescribed in women after 36 weeks, even though it is a common drug for use in early pregnancy.  He told me to call my doctor in the morning and see if there’s a specific reason she prescribed this drug and if there is something else she could have me take.

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Pregnancy Does WHAT?! No Way!

When we announced we were expecting, there were some things that people described to me that I simply didn’t believe would happen…until I went through them.  Here’s my list of things that sound too weird to be true.  Feel free to add additional ones by commenting on this post!

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Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs an Exercise Ball

Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs an Exercise Ball

About a year ago when Hubster wanted to get an exercise ball, I was against it.  I pictured this big ol’ ball taking up what precious little floor space we had.  I pictured it sitting there collecting dust because neither of us would ever use it.

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Bra Shopping, the sequel

Back in November, I had a mortifying experience purchasing bras.  Little did I know that there would only be more shock and embarrassment to come.

Why did no one ever warn me that in the second and third trimesters, your rib cage expands to accommodate your increased lung capacity?  So now, not only has your cup size changed, but you may also need a larger band size?!  The horror.  Oh yeah, and none of the books that I read warned me that your boobs may start to leak in the third trimester.  The horror.

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A Bladder Betrayal

The scene: a cold, Midwestern evening.  Sitting in my apartment, cruising the web and absent-mindedly watching Netflix.

Suddenly, I sneezed.  My eyes widen in horror, then well up with tears as I realize that my bladder has completely betrayed me – more than usual, that is.  Instead of a tiny leak, it’s time to go change my pants.  Dear Bladder, Why have you forsaken me?!?!?!

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Vindicated

So I guess I’m not the only one who doesn’t enjoy being pregnant…  The Bump published an article that was included in their latest email, entitled, “Pregnant and Miserable.”  If you agreed with me and are, well…Pregnant and Miserable…there are some tips to get you through.  :)

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Weekly Update

27 weeks, 0 days

Size of baby: Cucumber (15 in., 2.2 lbs)

Newly craved food: Grapefruit, alfredo sauce

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss: Not necessarily what I miss, but I really, really would love to go on a vacation!

What are you looking forward to: Trying my other pregnancy workouts – tried prenatal pilates thus far and it was great.

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Weekly Update

26 weeks

Size of baby: Cucumber (approx. 15 in., 2.2 lbs)

Newly craved food: I indulged in some Cold Stone this week and it was fantastic!

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss: This week I started to miss working in a full-time job, mostly because of the constant social interactions that come along with it.  It’s weird being home all of the time, and I’m looking forward to having our baby to keep me busy!

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Weekly Update

25 weeks, 2 days

Size of baby: Eggplant (approx. 9.2 in., 2 lbs)

Newly craved food: Chocolate, Cold Stone Creamery ice cream

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss: Nothing new :)

What are you looking forward to: I ordered three pregnancy workout DVDs today and am excited for them to get here.  I so badly want to work out, but my usual workouts were too high intensity for me to do now.

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Taboo

There are some things that are just not politically correct.  I’m usually someone who tries to be PC, but there are times when it just gets in the way.  I think the biggest non-PC thing that you can say about pregnancy is that you don’t enjoy being pregnant.

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Bladder Kicks

My life is going to get quite interesting as this baby gets bigger.  At 25 weeks, he just kicked my bladder and I peed myself a little.  Awesome.

Here’s to bladder control (raises empty glass filled with pretend wine)!

Weekly Update

24 weeks, 2 days

Size of baby: Eggplant (approx. 9 in., 1.7 lbs)

Newly craved food: Oranges

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss: Working out at the gym!  I think this is the one thing that I miss most about not being pregnant.  I loved being able to go to the gym, put in my headphones and tune the world out for an hour while I sweated off all stress.

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Spontaneous Crying

Have any of you pregnant ladies burst out in tears without warning?

The other day, we came back from our three-week trip visiting family out of state.  While we were there, our families threw us baby showers, which was awesome!  There were still some big things we needed, including our high chair that happened to match the pack ‘n’ play that we received.  We had seen it on display at the Babies R Us location there, but I decided not to purchase it there because it was still available online.  Well…once we got home, it was no longer available online.  We drove 1.5 hours to the nearest Babies R Us/Toys R Us combined store only to discover that the combined stores have a terribly limited selection.  When the hubster and I got to the high chair/stroller aisle and saw that there were only 3 high chairs and about 6 strollers to choose from, I burst into tears.

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Pregnancy Pillow Review

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. An Amazon affiliate link is included below.

Preggle

It’s been over a week since I received my Leachco Preggle Comfort Air-Flow Body Pillow.  I absolutely LOVE it.  While it has a rather awkward shape that the hubster and I get a laugh out of, it does a fantastic job keeping my hips aligned at night and relieving hip and lower back pain.  My old body pillow just wasn’t cutting it anymore and I was in desperate need of a thicker pillow to place between my knees to support my hip alignment.  I was in pain morning and night.

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Leg Cramps

When I read about leg cramps in my pregnancy books, I was already several weeks past the point when it said they might begin.  I thought I was in the clear.  I was painfully mistaken.

The other night, I shot up in bed, screaming in pain as I was woken from a deep sleep with an excruciating cramp in my calf muscle.  My poor hubster had no idea what was going on.  All I could do was yell out in pain and grab at my muscle – which was hardened like a rock in the spot of the cramp.  In those moments, I thought I would not be able to straighten out my leg ever again.  Then it passed…but I was afraid to go to sleep again for fear of waking up in the same agony.

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Pregnancy Pillows

In the past month or so, insomnia has been getting the best of me.  Lying in bed for up to four hours before finally drifting off is just torture.  Now I’m also starting to get aches and pains in my hips and back, which certainly don’t help the sleeping situation.  Ever since twelve weeks or so, I’ve slept with a body pillow…but that’s not even helping anymore!

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The Sleep Whisperer

This insomniac is very lucky to have discovered that she is married to The Sleep Whisperer.  All the hubster has to do is rub my back and I get relaxed enough to actually fall asleep!  Fantastic news for me, as the previous few nights were quite miserable. :)

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Weekly Update

20 weeks, 2 days

Size of baby: Banana (7 inches, 11 ounces)…although via the ultrasound we know that he was 13 ounces last Friday!

Newly craved food: Assorted Creams – Chocolates by Russell Stover

Food aversions: Fried foods

What do you miss: Running

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Daycare Costs

Yesterday I did some research that many moms-to-be likely do: how much will daycare cost if I go back to work once the baby is born?

Unlike some moms-to-be, I don’t currently have a job that I can go back to after maternity leave.  I lost my job as a by-product of my miserable morning sickness for the first 14 weeks of my pregnancy.  As a graduate assistant, I had to keep six credits of classes in order to keep my job.  Too sick with the dry heaves and intense nausea to sit through class, I had to drop two of my three classes due to attendance policies.  I couldn’t keep my job.  It was a very tough thing to have to withdraw from school and lose my job, but I’m so relieved now in retrospect.  There was no way I could have kept up with it all.  Trying to stay healthy during that period of time was a job in itself.  Looking forward to my third trimester, I can’t imagine having to waddle across campus to my old office.  It was really far away.

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Badonkadonks Anonymous

The other day, I pulled on a pair of maternity jeans that I hadn’t worn in a week or two only to discover that they were a bit tight in the behind.  There hasn’t been any other change in the way my other pants fit, so I don’t know if my butt is expanding or if the jeans were in the drier too long. :’(  Needless to say, my body image took a bit of a hit at that moment.

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It’s a Boy!

After waiting 12 weeks to see pictures of our little blessing, it was super fun to see that our bean has transformed into a healthy baby boy!  Seeing his little movements was so fun.  We came home with nine  ultrasound pictures of him, including his face, profile, hands and feet.  He’s also measuring a week ahead, although my doctor is not changing my due date.  We’re excited to meet our little boy in April!

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Hungry Hungry Hippo

I am so ravenously hungry today!  I’ve never felt so hungry in my life.  It’s insane.

You Know You’re Pregnant When…

…you start crying over a Kay commercial just because the woman is rocking a baby.

Sheesh!

Hunnie, We're In For a Handful

This week, for the first time, I was able to feel our baby move!  It was a very strange but exciting experience.  Exciting, because now I know that he or she is happily and healthily moving about in there.  Strange because, well, it feels like a small alien is doing flips inside you.  Sometimes it feels cool and sometimes it just kind of hurts.

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2×4

The larger the baby, and therefore I, get, the more I feel like there is a 2×4 stuck in my core that is impossible to bend over or around.  It makes me feel a little hapless sometimes, because I’d really like to be able to lean and bend over to reach or clean things.  I can only imagine how I’ll feel as I get closer to full-term!

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Emotional Connection

Some mothers feel super emotionally connected to their babies right away.  Obviously, we’re physically connected to our babies.  Even though I would never want anything to happen to my child and sometimes worry that the anatomy scan will reveal only 4 fingers instead of 5, I still don’t find myself talking or singing to my baby like some women do.  I’ve recently come to learn that it takes some mothers longer for that connection to develop, and that’s okay.

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Weekly Update

18 weeks, 0 days

Size of baby: Sweet Potato (approx. 5.5 inches, 5 ounces)

Newly craved food: Peanut Butter M&Ms

Food aversions: Fried foods, and usually beef (although one time this week I really wanted a burger…and I ate it!)

What do you miss: Working out regularly.  Sometimes I’m just too tired to even do any Wii Fit!

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Maternity Coat

Why is it so difficult to find a warm, winter maternity coat?!  All of the ones I have seen are not warm enough to withstand a Minnesota winter.  My original plan was to keep wearing my normal winter coats with scarves, since I won’t be able to zip/button them.  That plan already isn’t working due to the bitter cold weather…and it’s only November!  I underestimated the wrath of a Minnesota winter.

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Wii Fit

I think that Wii Fit should have an “I’m pregnant” option in order to save the self esteem of pregnant women everywhere.  Tonight I started my body test and it first asked me if I’ve noticed my stomach getting firm!  Now that part was pretty hilarious, but the next part…not so much.  It proceeded to ask me why I’ve gained weight, even though I set my goal to gain weight.  Then it reminded me of my ideal weight, which is extremely unattainable at this point.  It broke my lil pregnant heart.

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Weekly Update

17 weeks, 0 days

Size of baby: Turnip (approx. 5 inches, 5 ounces)

Newly craved food: Kraft Spaghetti

Food aversions: Beef and fried foods

What do you miss: I really, really, really still miss running.

What are you looking forward to: Being able to fall asleep before 3am. This week has not been pleasant so far.

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Kraft Spaghetti

Have you ever tried Kraft’s Tangy Italian Spaghetti?  It comes in a box like Macaroni & Cheese.  You add the spices from the packet to a can of tomato sauce, boil the noodles and voila!  You have a fabulously delicious, spicy spaghetti.  It truly is fantastic.

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Dreams

I used to only have dreams that the baby was a girl.  It was weird, though.  The dreams were never about the birth or even having an infant…she was always a toddler or older.  Last night I had a dream that we had a baby boy.  I guess it’s anyone’s guess now!

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Free

The sometimes wonderful, sometimes shocking breast growth that occurs during pregnancy is surely an interesting symptom.  Maybe you’ve always dreamed of bigger cleavage, or perhaps you already felt that they were large enough.  It’s like nature’s boob job.

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16-Week Appointment

So luckily, my worst nightmare didn’t come true… I’ve only gained three pounds total since getting pregnant.  That technically means I’m still down two, because I lost weight during my first trimester from hell.  (Background: about 95% of the time, it was nearly impossible to eat or drink anything until my doctor finally prescribed Zofran in my 12th week.  I was too busy gagging and dry heaving to get any food or liquids into my system.)  That was a relief!

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Nightmares and OBs

Going back to body image, this is what I have nightmares about before my appointments with my OBGYN: “Little Mama Jama, you gained 10 pounds since your last appointment.  That was only four weeks ago.  You need to seriously slow it down before you blow up like a big fat balloon!”

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Weekly Update

16 weeks, 0 days

Size of baby: Avocado (approx. 4.5 inches, 3.5 ounces)

Newly craved food: Nothing new this week, although I am starting to enjoy a nightly cup of hot chocolate!

Food aversions: Beef and fried foods

What do you miss: (Background = we moved to a different state over the summer.) I miss being closer to family for quick trips to visit.

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Things I Vow to Do

Now that I’m jobless and going to be home every day, there are a few things that I want to vow to keep doing. I don’t want to be one of those people who lose their sense of purpose and stops taking care of simple hygiene. ;)

  • Shower after having my first meal (always have to eat as soon as I wake up to keep morning sickness at bay).
  • Wear regular clothes, not resort to lounge pants and hoodies on a daily basis.
  • Put my makeup on.
  • Make the bed. This is something that I didn’t do on a daily basis when I had to get to work, so I want to start!
  • Open the blinds to let natural light in.

Some things that I’m relieved to finally have some time to get done:

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Bra Shopping

I had no choice any longer. I was down to one bra that fit without hurting. I just can’t keep these suckers contained anymore! Off I went…to the lingerie department. Looking around to make sure no one I knew was in sight, I made my way over to the super ultra large cup section. The kind of bras you might remember hanging in your grandmother’s shower. I was horrified.

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