Removing Stress and Falling pregnant!
After a very crazy half a year of work I was exhausted so went to see my nutritionist Dr Wendy Denning who did test after test to work out what I was depleted in and what could be wrong. I was constantly bloated, tired and feeling low. We found out I had adrenal fatigue and was depleted in zinc. We were planning on starting a family at the end of the year so I knew I needed to get my health in order so I could reduce risks of finding it hard to get pregnant.
I have also been on natural hormone replacement as I don’t produce enough progesterone and knew I also had to come off this as that in itself was a scary thought (oh the irrational emotions that came hand in hand with that was not going to be fun!)
So with Wendy’s guidance, supplements and seeing an acupuncturist for my hormones and Chinese herbalist I was told if I didn’t make some life style changes I wouldn’t ever be at optimal health as I was so over worked and stressed.
So with some big changes over the summer I started to feel better and better. It took 2 months of saying no to things, sleeping, resting in the mornings, not setting an alarm clock, doing nothing on the weekend and taking my supplements religiously and Chinese herbs from an amazing man called Michael Macintyre (no not the comedian!)
I found out I was pregnant which was quite a shock! It really showed me that stress is a big cause of many peoples health problems.
First Trimester – the ups, downs, cravings and things I found out.
Finding out your pregnant is an emotional roller coaster, excited to freaking out! I knew 2 days after we conceived as weird things started happening to me that were not normal. Every time I got into the car I got sick, I got completely out of breath at the gym doing things that normally doesn’t raise my heart rate that much, my digestion was all over the place I couldn’t stop burping and my breasts were agony…. I was talking to one of my best friends who had 2 babies and she was the one that suggested I do an early test….. it was negative but I was sure I was pregnant so 2 days later I did another and it was negative again, but when my period was late I did another and it was pregnant!
Exhaustion and Sleepless nights
Well know one can warn you about the utter exhaustion that hits you with full force. 8pm I was snoring in bed and wasn’t’ up until 8am! This lasted about 4 weeks and then the sleepless nights started. Waking up through the night feeling sick which I was told was low blood sugar so Simon would wake in the night hearing me munching on rice cakes and bananas so I could get back to sleep.
Endless needing to go to the loo through the night was I thought natures way of getting me ready for sleepless nights but alas no just the hormones.
The witching hour
We started to call 6.30 the bitching hour as I suddenly turned nasty! Simons breathing even irritated me! So I took myself up to bed after eating and got ready for another early night. My brother in law told me that I needed to behave like a cow. Graze all day and sleep otherwise I would be a cow!
Carb overload & cravings
Feeling sick from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed and in between was hideous. The only thing I wanted to eat was bread, more bread and bread oh and copious amounts of citrus. I would eat a whole grapefruit or when I was really felling sick from traveling on the train home I would find sucking on a lime or lemon was the only relief.
Also eating too much make you feel sick. Now this was just a normal portion for me that made me feel over full and sick so learning to take smaller portions and eat more frequently was a challenge.
Oh and wearing tight trousers doesn’t help…
What can’t you eat?
Well on the forums and NHS the list is long! Nothing raw or undercooked meaning poached eggs, no goats or sheeps cheese, no smoked salmon or sushi, no tuna because of the mercury, raw meat, no alcohol…. However when I went to see my doctor for our first private scan (after this first early scan we went on the NHS) I asked him what I could have and he told me that I was absolutely fine to have goats and sheeps cheese, poached eggs and sushi if I really wanted it. This was also verified by the Bump class doctor as my friend did their classes. So I suppose it is up to the individual but eating the cheese, poached eggs I have felt fine. I also started to eat a big of fish about once a week as my body was craving it.
Being preggers over the Christmas period was more than dull – its not the no drinking its being around plastered people and having nothing to sip on apart from water but I found Seedlp have it with tonic and tastes like a gin and tonic so I didn’t go anywhere without a bottle…. Feeling very righteous in the morning was fun!
You need to start taking folic acid straight away to reduce the risk of spinal bifida so I found that Zita Wests supplements were great as had everything I was taking previously and more and I just added extra B12 as I didn’t eat meat and Vitamin D.
I was worried about my iron levels because of not eating meat and every time I passed a burger restaurant I started to drool I was craving red meat. So I started taking Spartone twice a day the cravings went after I entered the second trimester.
Suddenly I wanted to drink liters of water, during the day and through the night. It is because your body is producing twice the amount of blood so needs extra water…. Not that fun considering all you wan to do is pee half the time anyway so your life becomes looking for a public loo!
Being so into fitness I got worried what I could and couldn’t do. I was told ‘don’t do anything you didn’t do before’ however I found that quite vague and because I was so tired I did very little exercise which I really regret. I couldn’t find any good workouts online that would support pregnancy. Because of this I have teamed up with Bumps and Burpees to create a series of workouts for pregnancy through the trimesters!
Growing boobs and shooting nipple pains
If like me you have had tiny breasts your entire life the excitement of your bust spilling over is joyous……. Except the pain! Oh my goodness not only are they agony the shooting pains you get in your nipples is like someone flicking an elastic band on a cold day at you. Cold compresses are the only thing that helps and it does subside after a few days it is just the hormones. (you will hear this phrase a million times!)
Not wearing underwired is important and getting ones that fit also helps. I went to M&S and was shocked at how disgusting their maternity bras were but I would be damned if I was gong to spend hundreds of pounds on fancy bras that I was only going to grow out of. I remember saying to the lady in the shop “I might be pregnant but my sex life isn’t over you know” she laughed!
I have recently found Uniqlo have a great range of soft bras that are plain and much more attractive than the others and really cheap! I feel sexy again!
It feels like a period pain…. But rest assured (I asked several people, my midwife and googled on about 5 forums) it is normal. It is your uterus stretching and growing… fun and games there is more to come. But putting your legs up against a wall to help the flow of blood really helps oh and drink water lots of it!
I wanted to make sure with all carb loading I was doing I was still getting enough greens so made sure I had a green smoothie each morning with my porridge or cereal was a good way of getting extra fiber in. I kept it simple and quite fruity to give me that sweet kick I needed!
Don’t go anywhere without some kind of snack in your bag incase you are caught short feeling sick or hungry. Nothing worse than your blood sugar levels dropping.