By Kate Horney
How far along? 22 Weeks, 3 Days
Maternity clothes? I’ve said this before, but if you’re pregnant, I highly recommend investing in a couple of bella bands! They’re so great at allowing you to wear all of your “pre-pregnancy” pants/ & shorts. Between than and comfy workout clothes, I’ve been all set up to this point!
Best moment this week: We spent Saturday clearing out the current office in preparation for a super fun nursery makeover! It’s crazy to think that in just a few months we’ll have another little boy in the house.
Miss Anything? Besides sleeping on my tummy, I really can’t think of much. I guess I’m in the 2nd trimester bliss period. 1st trimester is rough with morning sickness, and the 3rd trimester is tough as you waddle around feeling like a beached whale, but the 2nd trimester…. Thankfully, it’s been smooth sailing!
Movement: Feeling our boy moving all around is so much fun. I can’t wait until Jackson and Patrick can feel him from the outside.
Food cravings: Lots & lots of protein pancakes this week. I’ve also had some giant taco salads recently, and have been loving some good burgers as well (great source of iron, btw! Don’t fear the red meat).
Looking forward to: I got teary at a baby commercial the other day. I can’t wait to hold our little man in my arms. Patrick is best dad and I know I’m biased as the mom, but Jackson is truly just the sweetest. I can’t wait to see my boys together. I am truly grateful for them!
Biggest Struggle this Week: Getting my water in and staying hydrated!
I know how important it is to stay hydrated- not just for me, but also for our baby-to-be… But I’ve noticed this week that reaching my goal (minimum of ½ my body weight in ounces) has become harder…
Solution: First, make it fun! Water’s the best drink, by far, but if you’re struggling to stay hydrated, consider making water fun finding sparkling or flavored waters, decaffeinated teas, or even clear soups. Limit your intake of soda (sugar-full or sugar-free), as well as of beverages containing caffeine, since they have a diuretic effect.
Secondly, make sure to space out your sips. Ideally, you want to keep the fluids coming steadily throughout the day rather than gulping a bunch all at once. Not only does can too many fluids taken at once literally flood your system, but it also causes extra bloating (and let’s face it, we’re bloated enough as is, right mamas?) so I like to space my water throughout the day. (Tapering off at night before bed to avoid extra potty trips).
4 Reasons to You Need Water During Pregnancy:
- Water transports nutrients to you & your baby. Water facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients into the cells and transports vitamins, trace elements, minerals, and hormones to the blood cells, and it’s those nutrient-rich blood cells that reach the placenta and ultimately your baby… all thanks to WATER! (Collective cheer).
- Water aids in waste removal. As gross as it sounds, when we’re pregnant, we’re excreting for two…. Water dissolves the waste products and helps flush them from the kidneys. Adequate water intake also helps to move solid wastes more speedily down the digestive path, which is great to help with that usual pregnancy constipation.
- Water keeps UTIs away. We’ve already talked about poop, so hey- why not through in some urine talk as well. 😉 Drinking enough water also keeps your urine nice and diluted, which not only keeps things flowing, but keeps UTI’s at bay (urine that hangs out too long in your bladder can become a breeding ground for infection-triggering bacteria).
- Water prevents bloating. All pregnant mamas will experience bloating in some form or another due to a normal and necessary increase in body fluids… but the more water you drink the better if you want to ward off that puffy look. Lots of women thinking drinking lots of water = lots of water with water weight, when in fact the opposite is actually true. Drinking plenty of liquids can keep excessive water retention under control! (Another collective pregnant mom cheer).
P.S. Are you a fellow pregnant mama?
Healthy babies come from healthy moms!
Your baby is a REASON to make a healthy choices priority… not an excuse for why you can’t!
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