Cravings! With Guest Blogger Jessica Green

 

So today I feel like we should talk about a very important pregnancy experience. Something every woman gets, and even some men get sympathetically. Although as a bigger girl, I feel like I get these all the time LOL.

Cravings.

jgblog

Now my I’ve had two full term pregnancies, and Im 9 weeks into my third, and cravings have come at all different times throughout my pregnancies.

But this pregnancy in specific, I have had a craving right from the moment of conception. Which I found to be super odd. And it’s just grape flavored ANYTHING. Water, candies, juice, but not the actual fruit. I crave that fake grape flavor, it’s the strangest thing. But I want it so bad all the time. I keep flavored water shots in my purse, my house, my car. I am a crazy person, and I can’t stay away. Give me all of it all the time.

A thing that normally happens is that I will start to chew ice at some point, so I will wait to see when that lovely phase of my pregnancy begins. Probably in the summer, I hope. It’ll be so nice and hot, and I will be sweating in a bathing suit that is probably two sizes too small. There’s an actual name for it, even though I can’t honestly remember it off the top of my head.

So again, I asked the women in my company if anyone had cravings right from the start, and what they were. To see if anyone had cravings right from the start.

B: “Mine was chocolate milk at 3dpt. I don’t drink milk normally so I knew that something was happening.”

H: “Raspberries from the first dose of estrace. Like within 2 hours I ate my first pack of raspberries and I haven’t been able to stop since.”

J: “Watermelon since 9dpt and have been eating a small whole watermelon almost everyday, its so good.”

So it was nice to feel like I wasn’t the only one. LOL. AND PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM TOAST. Oh, I’m drooling just at the thought. This has been just over the last few days, but I want peanut butter and jam everything. Strawberry of course. But all gooey and melted together. Oh my.

But I’m on this new way of eating, and it’s a low carb, high fat thing. Which is really good. And super easy to follow, without cravings. It’s a lot of meat and cheese and green vegetables, and allows you to eat chicken wings for breakfast and things of the like. I found a love for everything sauteed in butter and garlic, zucchini more than anything. And there’s a lot of low carb things you can make. I think we are actually trying sweet pepper pizzas tonight.

But I am a carbaHOLIC. I love pastas and breads, stuffed crust pizza and toast. Theres so much stuff in bananas and fruits and stuff, there are times where I just shed a tear when I look at the things I’m trying to stay away from.

Either way, when you stick to it, fat melts off you like crazy. You have a certain amount of carbs you can eat in a day, and then you have fat and protein goals to hit as well, while remaining under your daily calorie intake. It sounds a lot more confusing than it is, but I swear it’s not.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to follow, once you learn what’s allowed and not allowed. Plus for me, I use an app that helps me track how much I am eating and the nutrient breakdown of basically every kind of food. Nausea doesn’t help me at all, though.

So, I finally caved in and got a diclectin prescription, because when I feel sick, all I want to do is eat carbs, and it’s not doing me any favors. So hopefully in a week or so I will start feeling like a regular human again, because my gag reflex being at the tip of my tongue is getting old.

You always want to research the medications you are on, or medications they recommend you before you start/continue taking them. For me, I have an anxiety issue that needs some addressing sometimes, but most medications can cause heart defects within the first trimester. So that’s a no go. There is also a medication for nausea that gets prescribed that causes abnormalities and defects as well. So being informed about what you are putting into your body, and how it can affect the fetus is super important.

So other than all that, there is not a whole lot going on in my world.

I am 9 and a half weeks along, and my bleeding has gone away, which is a super nice bonus in life. But I also haven’t lifted anything or done a whole lot in the past few weeks. Pros and cons I guess.

Although! One of my intended dads will be here for my ultrasound in the middle of April! And then they get to tell their families, I’m not sure how they want to tell them, or if they will tell while he is here with me for our 12 week scan.

To think I’m two and a half weeks away from being done meds, and out of the first trimester already is baffling. It seems like only yesterday that I was in Toronto having this little bean placed inside me. It’s going so quickly, and I’ll probably start showing sooner vs later.

And I’m gearing up for a burlesque performance in a couple weeks, it’s all choreography coming up here, so super important days for me until our showcase on the 15th!

jgreenblog