I have some advice for pregnant women everywhere.
After you’ve been on vacation (and therefore eaten more delicious/unhealthy food than usual), and especially if you’ve eaten whatever you want for your entire pregnancy, weigh yourself at 9 pm. It’ll be fun and you’ll be so happy you did.
Nope. You won’t! Learn from my mistake…and my husband’s (he suffers from foot in mouth syndrome on the daily, poor guy, and most of the time it’s not really his fault.)
Last night, as I filled up our large (awesome!) bath tub with warm water and a relaxing lavender-scented bubble bath, so I could relax after a long day of work, I decided that it would be a good time to weigh myself. So I jumped on the old (nope, it’s not old, it’s new and super accurate) scale and WOWSA! I was surprised. I’ve gained 20 lbs.! In 20 weeks of pregnancy! For all you unreasonable (overly healthy/diet conscious) people out there…yes, I realize that if I wanted to gain 25-35 lbs. total during this pregnancy, as recommended…it ain’t lookin’ good. Ooops. For all you reasonable (food loving, intelligent, charitable) people out there…I know, I know, I’m growing a baby here! With my own body! And until 3 weeks ago I felt like vomiting 24/7 and the only thing that helped was snacking on delicious things all day long. I don’t blame myself either.
Anyway, back to my husband’s foot in mouth syndrome...
Me: Johnny! I’ve gained 20 lbs.! In 20 weeks! I’M FAT!
Husband: Oh honey. Maybe you should try to eat a little bit more healthy. Like you could try to stop eating seconds at dinner. Because when you do, you complain afterwards that you are so full that you feel sick. So maybe you could not do that.
Me: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY OUT LOUD TO YOUR PREGNANT WIFE?!
Husband: Oh no babe, I didn’t mean it like that. I just mean if you want to not gain so much weight you could try to eat a little bit more healthy.
Me: TRY ONE MORE TIME.
Husband: ……. You look great. Really, so beautiful.
Me: Yeahhh. I mean really, I think it’s actually fine. I weighed 15 lbs. less when I got pregnant with this baby than I did when I got pregnant with Jack. So, you know, 20 lbs. gained, minus the 15 lbs. I was under…5 lbs. 5 lbs. No big deal!
Husband: Yup. Definitely.
So today at work, in honor of the weight gain, I switched my morning snack to something a bit more healthy (i.e. I had John pack me only half of the delicious sour cream & onion crackers that I love to dip in hummus, and instead I ate some crackers + 6 baby carrots.) Go me. I was really proud of myself.
Then after lunch, I ate a churro and a piece of homemade nectarine pie (my coworker’s creation with this delicious buttery French crumble topping.) YUM! I mean what is a pregnant mama to do?! Sometimes you just need “lunch dessert.” And sometimes, you just need two lunch desserts.
|I love this part of pregnancy...the ol' "No, I'm not pregnant! Just a regular sized lady!" |
....and then BAM! There's that baby bump!