Written week of Dec 7, 2014.
Back to work! The week started out pretty rough since we returned from Hawaii on a red-eye flight. I only slept a few hours on the flight since there was a lot of turbulence and I was feeling very nauseous. Not normal for me, but maybe the pregnancy contributed. I ended up sleeping a LOT over the weekend once we returned. Then I had a 2-day trip to New Orleans for work the following week. I had to try to be inconspicuous at happy hour and dinner with coworkers not ordering drinks, etc. It felt so odd not to be able to tell anyone!
Symptoms: Mornings are usually my favorite time of day; I get right up and am super productive and usually get my workout in. But not now. I’m a bit jittery and weak when I wake up in the morning. I’m not nauseous and haven’t thrown up (my mom never did either), so it isn’t too bad, but I just get this slightly dizzy / faint feeling. I usually feel better once I get something in my stomach. I also had a lot of anxiety this week – what am I getting in to? Will I be able to handle this? Have I done everything right so far? I decided to quit reading the pregnancy books. They are freaking me out! I’m sure it will be fine, but I just don’t feel myself lately.
Workouts: Since mornings are out, I’ve been trying to get in lunch or evening workouts. The only problem with that is I find I am VERY tired mid-day and also in the evening. Work is a good distraction, because if I were at home I think the couch and I would become good friends. But as far as workouts go, my running is extremely SLOW (I just try not to look at the pace) as I find I get winded more easily. Swimming is still good, but with slower paces I’m getting too cold in our outdoor pool which is having heater problems, and I might have to move to an indoor pool during the winter. Weights seem to be a good option because I don’t get as exhausted. Most workouts are just 30-60 minutes because I get fatigued otherwise.
Food Cravings: At the start of the week I had my first experience of cravings and also some extreme hunger! Especially in the morning; I eat a lot in the morning. I was craving lots of carbs (bread/potatoes/cereal), butter, cheese and salty things. Then I realized I was turning into David: he loves mac and cheese, butter, and pickles. He was overjoyed that I asked for Annie’s mac and cheese one night. And then he was upset I ate the last two pickles in the pickle jar. I know pickles are cliché, but I was all about pickles and salt & vinegar pop chips.
Lots more white carbs & cheese than my normal diet! At least I snuck in a green smoothie here and there!
Food Aversions: There have been a number of times I’m hungry and food is just unappetizing. I NEVER loose my appetite, so this is very strange. This week I could really care less for desserts and sweets. I even hated grocery shopping – ugh food seemed gross. This is so not me. Fingers crossed it won’t last!