Great news…I feel like the chaos and crappy feelings are way more manageable. What made the big change? Mostly my attitude. I realized I’ve been doing a lot of complaining and I was hyper focused on how I was feeling. So, I decided that it’s time to accept that this is just my life now and that it’s okay.
That last part was also a big deal. Since I’ve never been pregnant and I have a long history of hormone problems and other PCOS issues, everything I felt I thought I needed to fix or figure out why from a point of fear. I realize now that what I’m feeling is incredibly normal and that it’s okay. My hormonal changes are normal and the repercussions of those changes are what I’ve been feeling…increased urination, waking during the night, deep sleeping, tender breasts, constipation, being a little extra sensitive, nausea, etc.
After my last ultrasound, which was also my first, it turns out that I’m earlier in this pregnancy than I thought. It’s like I found out about 2 minutes after conception! HAHAHA Seriously though, I’m 7 weeks right now and have a long road. Accepting that my body is performing normally was a huge help for me.
In addition to acceptance, spending time trying all these new things to deal with the uncomfy issues and learning about baby stuff is driving me crazy. This is what’s working for me now: zevia ginger ale, seabands, saltine crackers, rest, fleet enema suppositories, eating more frequently throughout the day.
Trying to follow Keto while pregnant has been difficult. I find that I’m following a more lazy, dirty keto these days. Most days I don’t consume grains, but when the nausea is too bad I have a few saltines to soak up the stomach acid and calm things down. I also am not consuming much coffee anymore as I found it started to make me feel sick. I do try to stick to 50-100 carbs daily, which was the limit I put on myself now that I’m pregnant and the days I don’t eat the saltine crackers I am still actually closer to the 20-30 like I was pre-pregnancy. I also find that I’m not having much energy for complicated meals or dishes, so we’ve been eating quite simply with mostly meat and veggies, something I can make in the Instant Pot, etc.
My only two concerns these days are the following: hair and baby stuff. I don’t think it’s my imagination that my hair is all growing so quickly compared to before. I’m talking all of my hair, facial and body hair alike. If you don’t know me that well, you don’t know that I only trim hair and don’t shave (I hate shaving). It’s growing so fast I have to trim way more often. Bleg. As for the baby stuff, this is crazy! There’s so much to learn. I learned this week that you don’t have to get the same brand stroller as car seat but that you need an adapter making it possible for the car seat to snap into the stroller. I also learned the hard way that the Baby Jogger brand stroller is also a baby jogger…I accidentally bought the wrong used stroller that is a baby jogger type but not brand. My best friend loaned me her car seat which does not have an option for getting an adapter for the accidental stroller I bought. Dang it! Now I have to deal with rehoming the “new” stroller which didn’t end up saving me money since I can’t use it. These aren’t real problems. Thankfully!
As an update, I’m very happy and content. I’m still amazed that my body is making a baby and behaving as it should after 20+ years of being a chaotic mess. I may have finally found some magic.
When was the moment you started enjoying your pregnancy? I don’t know why I thought it would be total bliss, but it definitely helps to accept what’s happening and know that it’s fine.
What were some remedies that you have used or are using that are working? What did you try that didn’t work?
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The changes in my ability and interest in cooking (not eating, I still want to eat, especially at night), impacts the meal planning menu. I was thinking that I will try to make a menu weekly and share it with everyone. You’re welcome to use my ideas for yourself and your family. If you want the blank weekly menu template, check out this post, and download the document for your use. It’s easy and is the template I made and use for myself. If you’re interested in eating what I eat (or plan to eat), stay tuned for the weekly postings and click on the Follow button so you’ll be notified.