Welcome back to the blog!
So this post, as you can tell by the title, will be a little different than what you may be used to seeing on my blog. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am about 28 weeks pregnant and oh my goodness, there are so many things that I wish I knew before going into this pregnancy! Of course, everyone goes through different things, but I was just “Ray Charles” and oblivious to everything. Here is a list of things that I wish I knew and how I’ve been handling (or not handling haha) them.
1. Itchy Skin
On my goodness, sometimes it seems unbearable, even when I have lotion and oil on. I’ve been using some items from the Palmers Stretch Mark line, but I don’t know that it’s really helping my skin out if I am scratching like I have the chicken pox. (I don’t scratch my stretch marks, I’ve heard that is a no-no). Oh and it’s so hard to scratch my back, especially with carpal tunnel. I’m considering trying a different line, maybe I need something thicker? Can you guess what my next topic will be?
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
You guys! I was so unaware of how much carpal tunnel hurts. My mom has it but I never paid that much attention to it (sorry Mommy!). I woke up in the middle of the night with my wrists thumping and pounding so hard that I could scream. It hurt so bad! So now I wear copper wrist sleeves, they seem to help when it does flare up. It hasn’t been as frequent as it used to be and I’m grateful!
All day, everyday! Even when I do not eat anything I still experience heartburn (lucky me). I promise, sometimes I’m just drinking water and then I’m like, “what the… seriously…right now?” I know there’s an old wives tale that says heartburn means your baby will have a lot of hair. Well I’m betting that my baby girl will have more hair than me with all this heartburn that I’m experiencing lol. It wakes me up in the middle of the night which is worse than using the bathroom every other hour at night.
4. Pimply skin (chest, shoulders, back, and face)!
So I kind of already knew acne could be an issue due to hormones plus people say little girls steal your beauty. What I didn’t expect was for my shoulders, back, and chest to be covered in little pimples which may be caused by heat (heat bumps?), I’m not sure. And I have sensitive skin so they are leaving marks and it just looks horrible on my opinion. But my boyfriend always tells me, ” you’re worrying about the wrong things.” Gotta love him because he’s 200% right, because our baby’s health is a trillion more times important than my skin. For this I may try witch hazel to tone my skin after my baby girl is born, and just leave it alone for now.
5. Dry Scalp/hair
I cannot totally blame my pregnancy on this. My hair has had a hard time retaining moisture and my scalp feels just as itchy as my skin though. I’m natural and I’ve been neglecting my hair a little throughout this pregnancy. I’ve been failing to keep up with my regimen. My best bet is to make sure that my hair is always moisturized and try to get back into my regimen. My hair and scalp condition could also be due to my water intake which leads me to number 5.
6. Agua (water)
I’m starting to believe that no matter how much water I drink, my body and my baby will never be as hydrated as I think. I started off doing so well with drinking about a gallon a day. Now that it’s gotten even hotter outside and I’m entering my third trimester, water has become a struggle for me. It’s like I don’t want it as much. But I know I have to make sure I get enough. I try to measure this by how my urine looks (sorry if this is too much information). These past couple of days, I’ve been needing to drink a lot more than what I am doing. I keep my Ozark cup with me, I just need to sip more.
7. Smelling like milk
I swear I’ve smelled milk via my body more than a few times. I used to think it was my imagination but now that it’s happened so frequently I know that it has to be true. I’ve even read a couple of forums and other ladies have said the same. One person even mentioned that her boyfriend said she smelled like Similac! I couldn’t hold in my laugh. It just blows my mind sometimes lol. I don’t think there’s anything I can do about this, I just find it hilarious!
8. Feeling comfortable while wiping!
You guys I apologize in advance if this is way too much information, but it’s true. My belly has gotten so big that I’m finding it rather hard and uncomfortable to wrap my hand around my body to get the job done. I don’t even know what’s making it so hard, it is a flexibility thing? I’m just being honest. This aslo means that peeing in the cup during my OB visits are fun! I can’t see the cup no matter the position I choose to hold the cup.
Have you been left in the dark about certain symptoms that you’ve experienced during your pregnancy? How did you handle them? I’m a first time mom so I would love to hear about them!
9. Paying off the medical deductible before delivering
I had no idea this was normal and necessary. All I knew was that I was update about paying every single time I went to the doctor even though I knew I was covered. There were so much unknowns – and I sat down and talked to the doctors office billing department. I also got a second opinion from my boss who save me so much insight!
What are some things you learned once you were pregnant for the first time? I’m sure i’m forgetting so much lol. Let me know in the comments below!
– Queen Jazz