Pregnancy Woes

Well, every since day one I have had horrible on and off morning sickness starting at 1 pm and going to 1 am and everywhere in between. 

It seems like I can go 2 weeks with no sickness at all and then 2 weeks and be sick as a dog everyday.

UGH!!! It's horrible. 

I think I'm just a wimp becasue I never had a single problem with either of my other pregnancies. I worked in the ICU in New York City where I had to walk 20 blocks in the snow and sleet and take 2 trains to get to work until I was 9 months pregnant and then worked a 13 or 14 hour shift on my feet and I managed fine. So naturally I figured this would be a breeze. 

My only concern is work. I haven't been to work all week!!!!
 As you all know I am the primary bread winner. Well, not only is it extreamly unprofessional to call in sick every week but I might loose my job and where is the money going to come from ? How am I going to feed my children and pay my mortgage? Let's not think about it now, shall we?

I also have another concern. 

I had a HUNCH this was going to be an issue. 
Yes I have managed to workout and run the entire first trimester but my body has a slow metabolism and I have hypothyroid which medication does nothing for. I have already gained 6 pounds and I'm only 10 weeks. That means it will probably be 8 pounds by week 12. The max your supposed to gain is 5 pounds the first trimester.


NOT GOOD PEOPLE!!!!!!! I still have more than 2 trimesters to go.

This week I 
Ran 5.38 miles on Sunday
Walked 2 Mile on Monday
Ran 3.41 miles on Tuesday 
Ran 6 miles on Wednesday and 
Ran 2 miles on Thursday

No strength training whatsoever! BOOO for me!

BUT...............I have not been motivated at all to lift weights, go to spinning, do push ups or squats.
However I have been stretching which is new for me. Usually it's like pulling teeth to get me to stretch.

Anyway, as soon as I start to eat bread or sugar or carbs I start gaining weight like crazy.

I REALLY don't want to go on a "diet" when I'm pregnant but I might have to. I am determined not to get HUGE like I was before. In fact, I am okay with 25-30 pounds but that's my limit. I refuse to have that baby come out and have me feeling like a beached whale.  I want to get back to running PRONTO and we all know I can;t do that 50 pounds overweight!!!!!

Trust me when you've weighed 245 pounds (YES 245 POUNDS) before and been a size 22 and then weighed 127 pounds and been a size 4,    You  KNOW THE DIFFERENCE and it's H*U*G*E!!!!!!

I simply won't do it!!!!!!!!!! 
That being said, it's HARD, really hard to be pregnant and have to be on a restricted diet. Your natural instinct is to eat everything under the sun. My sweet tooth is raging and it just doesn't feel natural to not be able to eat what I want. Yes, I've been sick as a dog but when I do eat it seems to just stick to my ribs like crazy!!!!

I have my work cut out for me. 

You better bet I went and bought a HUGE thing of Chia Seeds. I didn't know that much about them but check this out.

Chia seeds:
  • have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
  • are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
  • absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
  • are as high in protein as quinoa
  • are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants
  • help balance blood sugar via the gelling action of the seed and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber that slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars 
  • have a neutral taste so they will take on the other flavors in a recipe
  • can be eaten whole (unlike flax seed); they don't have to be ground before adding them to food in order to digest them and benefit from their nutrients
  • have a two year shelf life, stored at room temperature (flax seeds quickly become rancid and loose their nutritional value)
I am planning on making oatmeal, muffins, bread, smoothies and everything else I can dream up. Leave me a link if you have any good recipes for chia seeds!!!!!!

So for now I am on the hunt for satisfying snacks that are NOT high in carbs or sugar!!!! I'll keep you posted on what I find!!!!! 


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Ashley@The Vanilla Tulip said...

OH man... I gained 40 with baby #1, 45 with baby #2 and 50 with baby #3! :) So yep. I'm so there with you! And it's come off each time.... with hard work and eating right. It'll be the same way with you girl! Just enjoy this pregnancy... let your body do it's thing... and just remember you're doing your best and excercising and eating right! You've got this!!!! :) :)

Little Mommy Kim said...

I worked out like a maniac.. a maniac I tell you. Watched what I ate and STILL gained 50 pounds. Every time I went to the dr. they would scold me and act like I laid around all day eating ice cream. I finally asked them to stop telling me my weight because I was so frustrated. When I left the hospital they told me the weight at which I checked in at and I was shocked.. 50 pounds. I've always been fairly underweight, so I guess my body just needed the extra fluff for the baby.
No worries - you've totally done this before and will come out amazing in the end!!

Beth Ann said...
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Beth Ann said...

You love to run - it will melt off that baby weight. No worries. You are doing something FAR more important and miraculous than running any race or being skinny.... growing a precious life. You have been blessed with a wonderful gift... one that so many long for but can't have. There are so many women out there who would willingly gain 100 lbs. or more if it meant having a baby. I understand your concerns and you are entitled to them... just don't lose your perspective. I say that with love. Your determination and love of running will help you stay fit during pregnant and will get you back to your tiny self after. Focus on the positives and put your energy into love and excitement instead of worry. :)

*Sorry for the deleted post- had a typo!

Beka Fox said...

Do not worry. You will be GREAT! :) said...

Lots of fiber! And remember, post-baby weight loss will be a bit easier if you breastfeed! Other than that, I definitely suggest increasing your fiber intake and making desserts out of raw-food recipes. They'll help your sweet tooth, but in a healthier way!

Jack Cruz said...

I know you get conscious on that but don't worry time will come you will change.

gynecologist tucson az said...

Funny, I wrote a post about gaining weight yesterday but have yet to publish it - looks like I will now.
I gained 29 pounds with my first, born at 36 weeks. And I am 23 weeks along now and have gained 23 pounds! Yikes! I too am worried about the weight gain. I gained 11 pounds in one month - yes 11!!!!! But I did the same with our first.
It's a struggle.
I figure if you eat healthy, workout regularly (which most people don't during pregnancy), but don't deprive yourself of some treats because that's when trouble can hit.
And don't forget, that weight you've gained could be muscle not fat.

SuzyQpon said...

I take it it's not possible for your hubby to work right now??? It would be so nice for you to be able to take it slow while pregnant. Anyhow, you might have to break down and take some meds for the nausea in order to make it through. I didn't want to but after suffering for months, gave in and took it on the really bad days. When you have to work, you gotta do what you gotta do! Hang in there!

songbyrd on the mountain said...

Hanna, I think you have to remember, you are not the same person you were back then (in regards to weight gain/weight loss) you have changed so many things in your life; your eating habits, your activities. I think when we lose a ton of weight, its our mind that stays stuck in the 'fat zone' so you have to focus on where you are now! You are a winner! you have succeeded where so many others of us have failed. you reached -- and even surpassed-- your goals. Embracing change is the hardest part really of weight loss journeys. So stay focused, stay in the present. :) you can do this!!! (because you already have!)

Sheila Lynn said...

I am just discovering that you are pregnant!! Congratulations : ) Such exciting news!!

Party of Three Heads said...

I soooo feel you when you worry about gaining weight.. When I was pregnant with my son, I gained 94 pounds... I was huge, swolen, and so completely miserable... I lost all 94 pounds after about 8 months or so... I really have to watch what I eat, and make sure I exercise a good bit... but yeah... I too had gained a million pounds.. I'm terrified to see what I'll gain with my next one!! eeeek

Susan Liberatore said...

I gained (are you ready for this?) 70+ lbs with my first. Went from 107lbs to 176lbs at my last dr's visit and still had 2 weeks to go!
My second was better at "only" 50+. I know, I know...I never met a mcchicken I didn't like.


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