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Early Pregnancy

Let's talk about pregnancy! I haven't talked about it too much yet, which is kind of surprising. It's interesting to see how this pregnancy is already different from my others. I hope it's because it's a boy, though I suppose it could be because I'm older and have changed quite a bit over the years.

I'd mentioned early on that I was meeting heartburn for the first time in my life. That seems to have mellowed out, thankfully, but it does hit me every now and then. It seemed bad in the first two or three weeks.

Heartburn and an intense craving for vegetables were what tipped me off that I might actually be pregnant, despite the false test I'd had first.

I've had a few bouts of nausea, but no puking. It hasn't been a whole lot, so I don't know if you could even really consider it morning sickness. Although the last two weeks, my stomach hurts when I first wake up. Not nauseous feeling, but pain. It feels almost like a stone dropped in my gut. It's weird. It usually goes away after I'm up and moving around.


This is mellowing out a bit too, but damn, I have been eating my veggies. I was craving my mommy's soup before I even got sick. Made soup one night, added meat and made it stew the next night. Then, about a week later, I got super-sick (lasted two weeks) and was practically living off soup.

I've been eating veggie plates a lot, too. I always take some veggies & ranch to work when I work long enough for a lunch break. Broccoli, carrots, various peppers. I don't even usually care for peppers with dip, but I'm loving them this time.

Then, on New Years Eve, it hit me - I needed a tomato like I needed oxygen. I could feel my very life force slipping away as the hours ran down, heartbreakingly tomato-less. I kept a smile on my face and managed weather small-talk as I checked people out for four more long hours, but the whole time, I was fetishizing dancing in a field of tomatoes and eating them like apples, their sunwarmed juices running down my chin and arms. It was a good thing we closed an hour early that night. I actually jogged my fat ass next door to the grocery store and spent far too much money on a pack of vine-ripened tomatoes. The good shit - you know what I'm talking about. I'm surprised I made it home before I ate one whole, then cut up another for tomato-laden tacos, then made a vat of salsa to top it all off with.

I suppose it's better than my cravings with Eden. I was young and carefree, happily "eating for two" and indulging in whatever my sick little body decided to beg for. It was mostly Popeye's french fries. Josh worked at Popeyes in those days. I'd take my work-in-progress (a King David novel) when I dropped him off in the mornings, and I'd enjoy breakfast and do research while the old guys jabbered on and I took notes on their Southernisms when no one was noticing. I'd hang out until french fry time, and Josh would send me home with a big chicken box full of them. I'd eat them with mayonnaise. I also craved little debbies a lot. I gained over fifty pounds. I quit pepsi, coffee, everything questionable for my baby...but those fried & processed snacks did me in.

Ivy wasn't quite so bad. I mostly craved water with lemon - ALL THE TIME - and strawberry slushes from Sonic. At least I went the fruit route. I'd still have my morning coffee, and occasionally a cold pepsi on hot summer days, but mostly, I was sucking down water and lemon. I'd enjoyed that quite a bit with Baby #3 as well, but it's more because I know I shouldn't be drinking so much soda and coffee, and not because I have this all-encompassing need for water & lemon.

Not like my need for veggies.

Oh my lord, describing and reliving that tomato was so wonderful. I think I have to go indulge. I knew I should have bought those mozzarella pearls last night, but I was trying to stick to my list. I've been trying to plan our menus and focus on budgeting.

That's about it so far for this one. A few bouts of heartburn and upset stomach. A need for healthy food. Sore breasts. A lot of productive urges. So far, so good. Still wish I'd lost more weight first. My face already looks fatter. At least it's veggies and not boxes of french fries two or three times a day. If I can just wean off all the ranch, I might just do all right.

* Edited. Forgot that I did have my tomato moments with Ivy. I used to crave grape tomatoes with basalmic vinaigrette & feta. Mmmm... A comment on one of my communities about prohibited foods reminded me. I think it's asking too much to make us go without sushi and feta. (I do go for smoked or cooked meats though.)


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Jan. 4th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
That's odd how you got totally different cravings with each baby!

As far as sushi goes, I understand the need to avoid raw fish, but there are quite a lot of sushi that used cooked fish - unagi (BBQ eel) is delicious, and shrimp is cooked, and there are plenty of rolls that are just veggies, too. :)
Jan. 4th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly! I really like salmon & philly rolls, so at least those use smoked salmon. There are plenty of sushis that are cooked. Seems a lot of people worry about mercury content, but honestly, I think a healthy diet with cooked or smoked fish is fine.
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Seriously. Sushi once or twice in your pregnancy (especially in the latter half, methinks) will probably not hurt your baby. Hell, if Eden made it through 9 months of fast food, Baby3 can make it through a dozen or two dozen hand rolls. :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
True words indeed!
Jan. 12th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
I've heard it say the cravings are driven by the baby and what the mama is lacking nutritionally, not the mama's wants. Interesting that you were nutritionally lacking french fries ;-) Of course it could have been a need for salt or fat or sugars and that translated nicely into french fries. Fascinating stuff! Glad to hear you're doing well though. I'm 5 weeks tomorrow and not a hint of sickness or cravings, just more sleepiness than usual. Praying that will hold.
Jan. 15th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it picked up a couple of my biases in the salty/sweet department. lol I'm having a lot more cravings with this one than I ever really did before. With Eden, I mostly just slept all the time.
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Strawberry Slushes from Sonic
Those four words still make my mouth water. That was my craving with my second child, Savannah. With my first child, I craved fish with half a bottle of Texas Pete.
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Strawberry Slushes from Sonic
They have a monopoly on second baby cravings! Those things are delicious though. They use real strawberries, so hopefully that's okay.
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I wanted Raisin Bran, nothing but Raisin Bran. I swear after I had her and could eat carbs again, I ate 3 big boxes in like a day and a half!

I'm wondering if the veggies aren't at least partially to blame for the heartburn. I know most vegetables are suppose to be non heartburn triggers, but things like cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages.... all give me TERRIBLE heartburn.
Jan. 5th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I'd never had heartburn before, so that was weird. It did seem like pepsi triggered it worse. I think I was just drinking too much soda. It was pretty much happening a lot during that first two or three weeks, but thank goodness it's not anymore!
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
heartburn in my family means a full head of hair at birth.
Jan. 6th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Eden had some pretty obvious hair when she was born. All bright orange and wispy. I was born with a very large headful myself. I think it's those hairy Mexican genes.
Jan. 6th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 17th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Congrats again! Oh man, I can hardly imagine what I'll crave one day..
Jan. 17th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! It seems to be changing a lot for me. This baby makes me want certain foods, that's for sure. I've been digging English muffins lately & yogurt for the first time in years, and now I've been craving rice for a few days. Rice in many incarnations. Who craves rice? lmao

Edited at 2011-01-17 02:33 am (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
If you do have a boy, will you treat him better than his elder sisters since you want one? (You know, spoil him, let him do what he wants, give him what he wants, basically give him special treatment0
Jan. 17th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Not at all! I don't believe in treating children, especially siblings, any differently based on something like gender. If I treat them differently at all, it would be because of ability or learning styles. I only want a son because I have two daughters. I'd be very happy with another daughter, but it would be wonderful to round out our family with a boy. I grew up with sisters, as my half-brother didn't live with me, so I'd love to have a little boy in the house.

I would definitely be equal about it. I don't want any spoiled children. My dad, being Mexican, had some very different views between sons and daughters, and that was always something that really bothered me.
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