You know, I never thought there was anything I’d be reluctant to share, but it turns out, having a baby is a hard thing to really open up about, for me at least. Thanks to blogging there are countless catalogs of everyone’s experience, and I realized I was having trouble thinking of each individual experience as anything but “the right” experience. But I think the best thing about having a baby is this: there are totally as many ways to do it as there are women in the world.
Did I get morning sickness?
Nope, not once. I think I maybe just over ate a few times, but I never threw up from morning sickness.
Are there any weird cravings I have?
I can eat my weight in hot sauce and ketchup these days, but I never DIDN’T like these things, I just didn’t do things like dip bread in them. They’ve moved from “take it or leave it” to entre.
Do I drink coffee?
I do–yes, one cup a day, because I’ve had two doctors and they both said it was okay and while I haven’t had morning sickness I have had horrible, horrible headaches and coffee, as my midwife suggested, has helped A TON.
Is it a boy or a girl?
A GIRL! I was shocked, because you’ll hear a lot of “sayings,” when you’re pregnant. One I heard a lot was “if you get sicker it’s a girl.” Well, I didn’t, so I was pretty sure this was a dude, but turns out it’s a girl! Totally pumped either way, but I am excited about a girl. I love dresses and tom boys, I grew up toeing a fine line, usually wearing princess dresses covered in mud with no shoes, so I feel like no matter what type of gal this is, I’ve got it covered.
Do I work out?
Work out? No. But I never “work out.” I run, but not with the urgency or frequency I might usually run (once or twice a week). I run slowly and, once I hit around week 15 it made me really have to pee, so it’s not as much fun as usual, but still gets the blood flowing. I also walk to and from work every day (about a mile an half each way) and was doing prenatal yoga, which I will start again soon.
Am I still a vegetarian?
I am! Actually, my doctor indicated MOST of her patients move in that direction during pregnancy even if they usually ate meat. I was astounded. I was ready to be like, craving and clawing for meat, but nah. Totally fine with my normal diet, though I have added cheese, eggs and yogurt in–which is another totally personal choice. I fully believe you can have a healthy baby without doing so, but my family has lots of bone issues and the baby takes calcium whether you’re getting it or not, so I made the decision to eat it. It’s also something I’ve always liked the taste of and, unlike meat, have to purposely avoid eating when I do. So there you have it.