Well the answer to that question is easy, ME!!
It is truly amazing how quickly you go from zero to pregnant. It seems to happen overnight! One day you have that little thought crossing your mind that you might be pregnant, and the next, (BAM!!) you’re pigging out on pasta shells and ice cream bars.
I feel like I’d always told myself that I wanted to be that cute pregnant lady, the one that ate healthy and exercised throughout her pregnancy. I’m sure that EVERYONE has that notion before they start this journey, I mean who wants to be the fat, sloppy, pregnant lady pigging out all by herself? Well let me tell you, this little bundle of joy gives you no choice but to play by its rules. And lord knows if you don’t, you’ll pay the price. If you are one of the lucky preggos that can maintain your willpower and not give into that nagging, gnawing rock that seems to settle right into your gut, then congrats, but I hate you!
So there I was checking out at the grocery store, wondering who in the world picked out all this food and wondering why I was wasting money on things I would (normally) NEVER eat. But the truth was that I would go through that food the following week, loving every bite of it. My cravings (I can’t really even call them cravings), the ONLY things I can eat are “mushy” foods, and I have to eat them often. I walked out of the grocery store that day with a loaf of bread, english muffins, peanut butter, Saltines, Nilla Wafers, eggs, tortillas, pasta (tons of pasta) and spaghetti sauce, Ramen Noodles, cans of chicken noodle soup, Jello pudding, brownie mix, potatoes and fruit, TONS OF FRUIT (thank God I can eat fruit), etc. Large hunks of protein are out of the question! I tried it once and nearly lost my stomach contents. Even the thought of protein turns my stomach. I have, however, figured out ways around that, but it wasn’t easy.
Every book you’ll read about gaining weight during your pregnancy will say that no additional weight is expected in your first trimester. I say, bullshit! I am finding myself in the “lucky” group of preggos who don’t experience the kind of morning/afternoon/all-day sickness that includes vomiting. However, where I sit, I have found that if I don’t feed that weird, persistent weight sitting on my guts I will begin to feel nauseous and will start dry-heaving and gaging over what I can only explain is hunger (even though I just ate 2 hours earlier). It is a strange feeling not being in control of how you feel from day-to-day. And surely, while living on PB&J sandwiches and pasta of all assortments, there is no possible way I will not be gaining at least a few pounds in this glorious first trimester! I know this will all come to pass, but when you’re experiencing it for the very first time, it’s hard to imagine that it will.
Breakfast: 2 egg breakfast burrito, honeydew mellon
Lunch: PB&J Sandwich, hummus and chips
Dinner: Burger Lounge Veggie Salad
Queasiness Level: Zero, even got in a good workout today!