It’s been confirmed that I’m 7 weeks pregnant as of today. I think that means I figured out I was pregnant about the moment I conceived. Okay, really I think I was about 3 weeks. I was expecting to feel magical and euphoric. I really wanted my body to be able to be normal and create a baby. Somehow I thought that if my body functioned normally it would be amazing. I WAS WRONG!
It’s getting worse every day…the nausea, the cramping, the exhaustion, the breast tenderness, the lack of focus, the headaches. I feel like crap. And I want to cry all the time. And now I’m having food aversions and issues with smells changing for the worse. I also have a serious issue with constipation. Apparently this is the reality of being pregnant and super normal. How could I have been so far off?
Following Keto has been terribly difficult. I wanted to stay on Keto as that’s how I got healthy enough to conceive. But it’s seriously almost impossible now that it’s here. I’ve actually been allowing myself a few non-keto items to help me feel better. I’m not proud, but I think I’m still relatively low carb, which isn’t so bad. I have managed to lose a little weight still, too.
The hormones are all over the place and apparently this is normal. I feel so sick and it’s totally not fun. It’s causing me to eat less because I feel sick and when I do feel good and eat, I tend to feel nauseous again. It doesn’t matter the time of day or night, if I’ve eaten or not, etc. I’m praying this doesn’t last long.
To cope, I have tried quite a few things. I made homemade ginger tea with fresh ginger…it was okay. I drank chamomile and lemon tea…I like it a lot and calms it down, but apparently it can be unsafe to have herbal tea while pregnant. I just ate a ginger protein cookie and that just made it worse. Saltine crackers…it helped but I felt guilty. Costco Chicken Noodle Soup…it really helped even when I tried to avoid the noodles.
I’ve also tried Zevia Ginger Ale…I really like it but it doesn’t help with the nausea at all. My mom was worried about me and brought me an herb blend from our local health food store called Nausea Ease. It works the absolute best of all the things I have tried. I can take up to 2 daily and have done so both days in a row.
I’ll keep taking the Nausea Ease, but I think I will also keep the saltine crackers and chicken noodle soup. This is the best combination I can think of. In fact, today I have managed to keep Keto without any carbs by simply using the Nausea Ease. Unfortunately, it’s already wearing off and I’ve had the maximum dose for the day. I’ll probably end up having some crackers later today if the nausea gets worse than it is now.
I hear this will only last a few more weeks. So I’m praying it doesn’t get worse. I seem to have trouble brushing my teeth, particularly my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Sadly, I’m avoiding brushing those areas and certainly not brushing in my bathroom anymore…it suddenly smells very off putting in there and made me vomit. Bleh!
A uterus expands. I guess I didn’t realize this happens so early in the process. According to one app I have downloaded, my uterus has literally doubled in size for my raspberry sized baby. This stretching causes cramping and mostly a dull, long lasting pain that goes on for quite a while.
Don’t worry. This passes. At this point, the cramping has stopped and I rarely have much pain at all. The worst part was when I was so constipated and had the cramps…I was in a terrible mood that day until after I pooped.
Just a heads up, my OBGYN said not to take pain medications or use a heated pad to calm the pain. These are not regular period cramps. Don’t use a heated pad no matter how much you want to. I was told I can take Tylenol. That’s it.
I’m so tired all of the time. It’s no joke. I’m sleeping really great at night and getting a full 8 hours. In fact, my snoring has improved greatly per my husband. Sometimes I take a nap in the middle of the day and they’re short but so amazing.
So far I have found no help for this. It’s a new fact of life and I’m grateful that I have the ability to take it easy whenever I need to. I don’t know how long this will last. I hope not long because I have a list a mile long of To-Dos.
The OBGYN approved of my morning coffee up to 8 ounces daily. I was really enjoying this though it didn’t seem to actually provide a boost in energy. I’ve been off coffee completely for 4 days now and I’ve seen no change.
It wasn’t until the last week or so that my breast became more tender. Naturally, I bump into everything and the dogs keep jumping on my boobs. And, of course, I have a Keto rash on my nipples and every time I scratch it hurts. They shrank from loosing weight on Keto and should be growing soon. I can’t tell yet, but my husband has noticed. So at least it’s a good sign for pregnancy for breast milk creation. That’s the upside. This too is a new fact of life. I have no idea how long this will last.
Lack of Focus
What was I saying? Just kidding. I feel like my brain is going at about half power. Things are processing slower. I really don’t know if this will get better. I’m fighting a sinus infection, so it’s possible that this isn’t a pregnancy symptom….though most of my friends have spoken about how their babies “suck” their brains and don’t give it back.
I don’t know why I’ve had so many headaches. They aren’t terrible. I could take a Tylenol but I’d like to use it sparingly. This too could be caused by my sinus infection. But, it also could be from being tired, feeling nauseous or any number of issues from the massive raging and changing hormones currently happening. I did notice that I was having an issue consuming enough water with the nausea, but I have since corrected this and still have headaches.
This was my very first symptom of pregnancy. I cry and feel emotionally sensitive at just about everything. I watch movies and television shows and am crying. I think about family that I miss and lost and cry some more. The hormones are totally making me more sensitive. I don’t know how long this will last, but it isn’t so bad. It’s kind of like when you get sensitive just before your cycle….except it just keeps going.
After 13 months on Keto being fairly strict, I am struggling staying with the Keto life. I still have a lot of weight to lose. I’m not hung up on losing weight. I want to be healthy, that is all. The OBGYN said I can gain 10-15 pounds from my starting point of 265 lbs.
At this point I am up and down depending upon my constipation. But overall, I’ve actually lost weight. I’m clearly not exercising much as I’m tired and nauseous all the time. I am 261.4 lbs as of yesterday morning. I don’t know what to think about the weight loss for now. I hear it’s common for women who are overweight and with PCOS to lose weight but I don’t know how my OBGYN feels about this. I will ask her when I see her next.
Smells & Aversions
I’ve never been very picky…until this week. Ham smells disgusting, the garbage is so gross I’ve kept it outside of the front door and away from me, some peach ginger tea smelled so terrible I had to throw it all in the trash.
I’m still able to eat meat, but I am having some issues with salads. Well, I had an issue with a spinach salad but was able to enjoy a salad made with iceberg today. I’m pretty sure there will be more to come, but so far my list is pretty short.
Thank you hormones, once again, you have changed my life. My digestive tract is moving so slowly now! I’m not as gassy as I was a couple of weeks ago, but instead of having bowel movements every day (or sometimes twice daily) with ease, I am now only able to go about every other day or two.
I don’t like that waste is sitting in my body but it just won’t budge. I’ve tried my best to consume a more fiber, but since I’m so sick I haven’t really been eating much in general. I may try to add psyllium husk to help. Mostly I’ve been trying to stay relaxed about it and it’s helping me from stressing, but it really hasn’t helped with the movements. My mom gave me some suppositories to try….whoa. Game changer. I don’t like that things are moving so slowly, but now I can use the suppositories and go more often.
Even with this long list of issues that really sound quite terrible, I think it’s all going well. While I don’t have any magical feelings and actually feel pretty bad most of the time, I feel good knowing this is all very normal. It makes me feel very good knowing that my body is doing something normal. Me, a 38 year old woman with 20+ years of PCOS , has a body that is finally doing what it is supposed to. I’m normal and that feels good. That’s a win to me. WAHOO!!
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Stay tuned….I plan to update with my progress. I got my first ultrasound!