What didn’t you expect about pregnancy?
I knew your breasts grew during pregnancy, but I didn’t expect them to grow this much! Seriously, three cup sizes bigger and I don’t even have milk yet? Sigh.
Is there anything you dreaded about pregnancy?
I dreaded the glucose tolerance test because I know how bad I am with drinks. After completing the glucose test, I now realize that it wasn’t as bad as what people make it out to be. Yes, it’s sugary, but it’s not nearly as thick as I thought it would be. I used a straw and that really helped me drink it within the required 5 minutes. Also, had the orange flavor not been an option, this would have been a completely different scenario.
What changes have you made to your diet?
Honestly? Nothing really. I haven’t had true cravings and I only had a meat aversion for a little while in the first trimester. Eating raw vegetables hasn’t been a problem like it is for some women, and I still enjoy my desserts from time to time. I feel I had a good diet prior to getting pregnant, so I didn’t really have anything to clean up upon getting pregnant.
Are you planning to breast feed?
YES!! I know breast milk is the best food for my baby and I will do everything I can to breast feed for as long as possible. My mom was always very successful with all four of us, so hopefully that means I’ll be a pro at it too. I know breast-feeding is a personal choice, but the percentage of women who medically can’t breast feed is very low. I often think women give up to soon, so I’m going to give breast-feeding my all!
How did you feel about moving to Maryland while pregnant?
Moving to Maryland while pregnant brought on many emotions. Initially I was just excited for John and excited for the next step in our lives. While that excitement remained true throughout the moving process, other emotions popped up that I wasn’t expecting. John and I were both really sad the evening of John’s last day of work in Cleveland and I know I cried. We also had our second to last OB appointment that day and I started to worry about the entire process of finding a new doctor or midwife.
Then, once we were moved and semi-settled, I started to realize that, well, my friends didn’t more to Maryland with me! Obviously I know finding friends is going to take time, but the pregnancy hormones don’t make it easy when I get sad about not having anyone to hang out with.
I feel like some of our family and some of my Cleveland friends just thought our only emotion was pure excitement, but it really has had its tough moments.
What are your plans in terms of work after baby H. arrives?
Since the move, I’ve basically been doing what I will be doing after baby H. arrives. I’ll be a stay and work from home mom. I’m lucky enough to have a few social media gigs that just require me to have access to a computer. Plus, I have this blog and some clients for dietetic consulting.
It makes me happy to be able to contribute a bit monetarily to our family, but John and I are both in agreement that raising a healthy and happy baby is most important. We both grew up with moms who stayed home and are happy that we are able to have me stay home as well. I’m extremely excited and feel so fortunate that I’ll be able to witness all of our baby’s firsts and guide him throughout his life!
Have a question? Part two of pregnancy-related “you asked, I answered” is in the words, so just put your question in the comment section and I’ll add it to the list!