Tonight Jimmy and I went to a Tex-Mex chain restaurant (which I would not recommend) because they had a deal on queso. That is so “basic white girl is pregnant” status. I don’t normally eat queso because I don’t believe in putting that substance in my body. But now, it is one of the only things I’ve been able to eat this week without feeling sick. It was AMAZING! Yep, I’m definitely pregnant.
I’m in my 16th week. You might remember in my 10th-11th week I wrote a post announcing my pregnancy and honestly shared with you how I had been dealing with my first trimester. Now that I am a few weeks into my second trimester, I am honestly still having a hard time. I’ve always heard that you either like being pregnant or you don’t. I daydream all the time about baby Creagh being out of the womb and in our lives, but carrying this little one in the womb isn’t enjoyable, fun or easy whatsoever. I’m still nauseous and tired all the time. I do have more of my energy and happiness than I did first trimester, but I don’t feel well physically.
So, today I wanted to share with you, either if you’re pregnant or one day hope to be pregnant, things that I do to help pregnancy woes be a little more manageable:
1. Buy peppermint oil
I am not on the essential oils train totally, but I do strongly believe in peppermint oil. I use it multiple times a day. I put some under my nose, on my temples, on my belly and on the bottom of my feet. It helps reduce and manage nausea so much! Jimmy also loves it too when he has headaches or feels sick. I always carry my little oil around with me!
2. Spend time with friends
Even when I don’t feel like it at times, I’ve asked a friend or two to come over either while I make dinner or to sit and talk in my living room to help take my mind off my sickness. Most times I feel like laying around and doing nothing but that’s when my mind continues to replay how sick I feel.
3. Take breaks when you need to
If I have a busy day, then the next day or two I have to take it easy because the busier I am, the sicker I will feel. I know that’s my body telling me to slow down because it’s working too hard. It’s so important to listen to your body and not try to power through if you don’t have to. The days you need to be alone and do nothing is not a waste, you’re taking care of your body and your baby.
4. Be prepared with food options
I work during the day about 30 minutes from my house, so I pack my lunch. This has been a stressor since I’ve been pregnant because every day my taste buds and my stomach want something different and hate something new. I could love soup one day, but then the next day, I hate it. I learned that I need to pack about three different options for lunch since I won’t know till lunch time what I can eat.
5. Communicate often with your husband
Men have NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR BODY!!!! I barely know that’s going on, so I can’t get frustrated with Jim if I feel like he doesn’t understand what I’m going through! He has been better at taking care of me than I could imagine, but I think it’s helped to constantly be in communication with him about how I am feeling, what’s going on, and what I can and can’t do. I told him that a huge help would be him doing the dishes because the smell is difficult to handle. And since then, he always does the dishes for me and I don’t have to ask. But he would have no idea how hard it is for me if I didn’t tell him. And then once you communicate with them, encourage and praise them all. the. time. I know it’s hard on him as well to run a business, run errands, cook, clean, and encourage me every day. It’s not his duty. It’s an act of love. And I am so thankful for him!
6. Remember God is with you and He is for your good especially in the hard times
Some women have an easier time and some have a harder time during pregnancy. God gives you what you need and what you can handle. I know that this difficult pregnancy is for my good because I know that God is for my good and He is in control of every detail of my life. I have depended on God in a deeper way than I have before, He is speaking to me in ways I haven’t heard before, He is making me a stronger woman, and He’s bringing me through a difficult pregnancy so I can be an encouragement to others who will also go through a difficult pregnancy.He is growing my empathy. He is teaching me more about His love. And so much more… I have learned in past times that going through a hard time to learn more about God and grow closer to Him makes the hard time worth it.
AND I GET THE CUTEST BABY OUT OF THIS HARD TIME!!!!!!!!! In less than two weeks we find out the gender, and I can’t even tell you how excited I am about that :):):):). Thank you to all who have encouraged me SO much even through social media! Yours words mean so much to me. And I am excited to bring you on this journey with me!