After my unexpected trip to labor & delivery two weeks ago my pregnancy has gone from ridiculously easy to 'how many weeks do I have left?' With two months until my due date everything is suddenly becoming magnified. Low back pain, heartburn, leg cramps, zero energy and shortness of breath are happening all day, every day.
Despite the discomforts I'm still trying my best to focus on enjoying what remains of this pregnancy. I'd love more children but nothing is ever guaranteed so this may be the only time I feel tiny little feet lovingly kick my ribs. I also know that so many other women have it much, much worse so I'm doing what I can to stay positive and take care of myself.
While wandering around Target last weekend I stumbled upon a prenatal/postpartum section in the feminine hygiene aisle. I was bummed I hadn't found this section earlier on in my pregnancy! They had so many great brands there and products I've been ordering online for months because I didn't think any local stores carried them.
I picked up a caffeine free energy drink and stomach calming tea from healthy mama®.
I had given up all caffeine a few months prior to conceiving so I typically have pretty steady energy throughout the day. Of course that all changed in the first, and now third, trimesters. Insomnia makes it impossible for me to go to bed before midnight, yet I will still wake up by 4-5 a.m., and am not able to go back to sleep again! This Boost it Up! drink gives you energy from B-vitamins and also packs in 7 grams of protein for only 80 calories. I drank one early in the afternoon and really did notice a nice, natural, boost in energy for a few hours.
I've been having a cup of healthy mama® Calm the Crazy after dinner to help combat the nightly heartburn and stomach upset that plagues me the moment I lay down. It's a nice peppermint and spearmint blend so it tastes delicious and helps sooth stomach irritability almost instantly.
Enjoying the last few weeks of my pregnancy really hinges upon keeping a positive attitude about everything. If I find myself in a particular funk I'll try to remember to be grateful for even being able to get pregnant, stay pregnant this long, and so far have no major complications. As tempting as it is to curl up in bed all day watching my favorite 90's TV shows nothing beats a nice walk outside. If even that feels like too much effort then I'll do a quick 5-10 minute meditation. Sitting there with your eyes closed? No excuses to skip on trying that if you need an attitude adjustment!
Mom's - did you love being pregnant? Or couldn't wait for it to be over?