Well, your baby may be the size of a small pizza but I’m feeling like maybe Baby Jax ordered a side of breadsticks and some wings. LOOK AT THIS BELLY! Half my maternity shirts don’t even fit anymore so if you see me around town sporting a Toga, you’ll know why. We had an ultrasound and our lil guy is in the 95th percentile for his weight. I’ve always had big kiddos (between 8.6-9.1 lbs) so I was happy to hear he’s right on track with the rest of his brothers and sister.
Now may be about the time when you’re ready to just throw caution to the wind and eat everything in site. I mean, you only get this one opportunity to have your cake and eat it too! I had given into this mindset for about a month, and then realized I’d gained more weight by my 24th week in this pregnancy than I had by the 38th in my others. When I was pregnant before, I didn’t have a chronic illness so I was totally that pregnant woman you’d see in the Zumba room, running around with kids, and exercising any chance I could get. This time around, my body just isn’t able to perform like it used to. I still get as much exercise as I can but it’s very modified. This means that I have to be WAY more careful about my diet! So, how am I learning to manage my cravings for cake and curb the sudden need to shovel donuts down my throat? It’s not always easy but here’s a few things that are helping:
- I carry healthy snacks with me everywhere I go. This way if I get hungry on the go, I can go to my apple instead of a drive-thru.
- I try to practice portion control. I get it, sometimes we’re just ravenous and need to just give in to it. Most of the time, I just try to remember to eat portions that are healthy. Do I want two burgers? Yes? Do I need two burgers? Definitely not.
- Sometimes I just NEEEED something sweet! I’ve ditched the ice cream and traded it for frozen yogurt or whole fruit popsicles. If mamma needs chocolate, I try to reach for the dark chocolate because it’s filled with antioxidants and it’s rich in magnesium!
- I always try to remember that everything I eat is what is fueling my baby’s growth and development. He doesn’t get a say in what nutrients I’m giving him so I have to advocate for giving him foods rich in protein, vitamins, and goodness so he can grow healthy and strong!
- It’s still ok to have a donut sometimes.