15/16 Weeks – Pregnancy and Food

I missed week 15… obviously. I am finally getting a bump! For real, other people notice it. It’s not big enough to get special treatment from strangers, but its a start.  And by special treatment, I mean the cashier at macs letting me use the washroom! She said they didn’t have one, but there must have been one in the building… I bet if she knew I was pregnant, she would have made an exception. 😉

16 weeks

Weight Gained: Anywhere from 2-5 pounds depending on the scale I’m standing on.  

Symptoms: None really, still a little tired.

Movement: I read somewhere that you can expect to feel the first flutters between 15 and 20 weeks. I haven’t felt anything yet…

Food Cravings: I think I’m over my sweet and baked good phase. Halloween probably helped to push me over the edge. I can’t get enough Root-beer and slurpees sound amazing… but that may not be a pregnancy thing.

Food Aversions: Avocados and salmon are back in my life. The avocado has to be mashed in the form of guacamole and the salmon has to be REALLY cooked. It may have been a texture thing all along.

Sleep: I always wake up to pee around 6 am which is super annoying because my alarm goes of ay 6:30…

Stretch Marks? Nope.

Miss Anything? Ahi Tuna and Oysters.

Looking forward to: Feeling the flutters.

Belly Button in or out? In.

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy.

New Baby Items: Our first baby gift from the Hockey Hall of Fame! Thanks Jill!cfsExercise:

Monday – 30 min Cardio/Elliptical – 10 min Arms – 30 min walk with Rosie
Tuesday – BodyFlow
Wednesday – Sport Circuit
Thursday – 30 min Elliptical
Friday – BodyStep
Saturday/Sunday – Rest

Monday – BodyStep
Tuesday – Rest (Jeff’s Birthday)
Wednesday – Sport Circuit
Thursday – 10 min Run*/25 min Elliptical
Friday – Body Step
Saturday/Sunday – Rest & Cottage Walks

*Running on the treadmill was AMAZING! (I never thought I would say that). It just felt so good to run. Unfortunately, 3 minutes in, I felt this overwhelming sense of, “I’m going to pee my pants.” What the heck! I JUST went before leaving the locker room. Pause workout… pee… restart. 4 minutes later, same thing. Grrr.. I held out as long as I could but didn’t last more than 10 minutes total.  Has this happened to anyone else?

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The hardest thing I have experienced during this pregnancy has been around what I can and can’t eat. I have found that everyone has an opinion on this. The worst is when I decline to eat something because I have read or heard to stay away during pregnancy, and I get the response, “Oh that’s silly, you can have that”. It’s so confusing! After a week of feeling really guilty about eating a hot dog I decided to change my approach. I only eat what I am comfortable eating. That one hotdog (it was all natural) probably wasn’t a big deal, but it wasn’t worth the worry it caused afterwords. I’ve replaced, “I can’t eat that” with “I’m not comfortable eating that”. It seems to be working.

There is a long list of foods to avoid and for the most part I have been pretty good. Some exceptions I have made…

Slurpees and FroYo – I have only actually had 1 slurpee and 2 frozen yogurts.

Soft Cheeses – Blue and Brie – Occasionally I have indulged in delicious soft cheeses. I made sure they were pasteurized.

– Hot Dogs – This literally happened once and I didn’t feel good about it.

– Raw Fish – I cheated once and had a few bites of Ahi tuna. I did manage to resist the Oysters. I am more concerned about the mercury content than the risk of bacteria after reading this.

– Caffeine – They say  200 mg a day is safe. I allow myself one caffeinated beverage a day (usually coffee, I rarely drink pop)… and some chocolate.

– Alcohol – I haven’t had a drink since seeing a positive pregnancy test. I have had a few sips of wine and beer. I also enjoy a non-alcohol beer once in a while.

– Cold Medication – I took 1 or 2 Tylenol Cold pills. I held out as long as I could, but I hit a point where I felt like it was more important for me to get healthy. My midwife also gave me the go ahead.

Overall I eat a healthy balanced diet and do my best to avoid foods that may harm the baby. My diet has definitely changed since becoming pregnant. I know there will be people out there with judgements and opinions on the choices I make. Some that think I am being too restrictive and some that think I am endangering my baby. I have done my research and discussed my choices with my husband. Most importantly I’ve stopped stressing out about it.

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