Fresh or Frozen?
I've got four vases of daffodils in my house as reminders of the 70 degree weather we had last weekend. It got below freezing two nights ago so I bundled Sebastian and together we trekked through our frozen backyard and cut the daffodils that had drooped or were just about to bloom. Two vases are meant for our neighbors and the other two are for us to enjoy. The crocus and magnolia blooms are going to have to fend for themselves.
I've been enjoying my daily doses of first trimester nausea this last week and a half. I didn't have this kind with Sebastian that I can remember so there are a number of things I'm learning about my body and the best way to make it through the day.
#1 - Don't let the tank reach empty. I've started keeping saltines and water by my bed like all the books say, only I have to make sure I've got plenty for Sebastian. I woke up the other day to the sound of crunching at my night stand and there he was, enjoying his morning snack.
#2 - Do what you can when you can. Since my cold is gone, I've got about an hours worth of energy back in my afternoons. Instead of spending it online while Sebastian slept today, I tackled the laundry, dirty bathroom, and kitchen counter. And then I had to sit down for an hour.
#3 - Pay attention to the cravings. They say you crave things because your body needs something and I've found this especially to be true during pregnancy. I couldn't get enough citrus or avacados during my last few months with Sebastian and I can't get enough chicken or swiss cheese now. My doula in Seattle made sure I was getting more protein than I was used to with Sebastian and had me keeping all kinds of charts. So now when I want a high protein snack, I make sure it's a healthy one.
#4 - They say walking helps nausea. Who does that work for!
#5 - Get plenty of sleep. Yes, I do need to be told. I've started caving in around 11:00 p.m. instead of the usual 12:00 a.m. and can tell it's helped me feel better in the mornings. I fell asleep on the couch yesterday without meaning to. I'm sure it's the first of many times.
#6 - Avoid the 'eating for two' mentality. I subscribed to this method with Sebastian just because I didn't have any fear of the consequences. Having to deal with those last ten lbs. for the last two and a half years has been a great motivator this time around. I've been quite successful with this thanks to the constant nausea. It makes it hard for much to sound good.
So far this has included apples, pears, bananas, whole grain cereal, cheese, natural yogurt, peanuts, chicken, rice, ginger tea, sliced bell peppers, salads, and the daily slice of sourdough bread for good measure. I'm sure I'll have to work harder on this as the months go by and I'm really thankful that Taco Bell no longer carries those Chili Cheese burritos that got me through my first trimester last time.
I've been taking the Mama's Bliss nausea tablets and drinking ginger tea to see if that helps but so far I haven't noticed much improvement. If anyone has any magic tricks that worked for them, please pass them on. One can only plant herself on the couch for so many hours a day.
I hope your Spring weather has arrived or at least showing signs that it's near. I'll be back later this week with some non-pregnancy related hapennings.