Monday, June 4, 2012

4 Weeks: Caffeine Withdrawal

I have known I am pregnant for a little over 24 hours and I already feel like I am holding in the world’s biggest secret.  I want to tell everyone I see my very exciting news – there is no way I am going to be able to hold out until 10 full weeks. 

At 4 weeks I am feeling:

  1. Tired.  I think this is more due to the lack of caffeine than the actual pregnancy. I had an 8 to 10 cups of coffee a day habit and yesterday I went down to zero.  Caffeine can increase the risk for miscarriage in the first trimester and cause lower birth weights if consumed in the second and third trimester and I am not having any of that.  But it is painful.  So painful.  Yesterday I sat at my desk like a blob, not really getting anything done.  Then I came home from work and sat on the couch like a blob.  I have got to figure out a way to gain more energy, or else this is going to be a long, very unproductive, 9 months. IMG_0512
  2. Crampy.  Not horrible cramps, but more like little pulls and tugs throughout the day.  I have read that this is a sign that my uterus is expanding, making room for the baby.
  3. Full of love.  Yesterday morning when Dan kissed me goodbye, he told me that he loved me, like always, and then poked my belly and said, “love you too.” 
  4. Like a liar.  In the past 24 hours I haven’t eaten well. At all. I didn’t lie about what I ate, but I fudged the quantity quite a  bit.  I am also not going to my Weight Watchers meeting because, well, I don’t plan on losing weight for the next 9 months.  However, I do plan on gaining a healthy amount of weight, and I plan on using the Weight Watchers plan to help me do that.  I need to figure out how many points I should add to my daily points right now.  I am also considering doing the Simply Filling Plan to help me be mindful of eating good, nutritious foods for the little one. 
  5. Not prepared.  I made a doctor’s appointment and downloaded the BabyCenter App on my phone, but there are so many things to do.  Nine months is a long time, but I have a feeling it is going to go by super fast.

1 comment:

  1. I used the MyFitnessPal app to lose weight and then maintain weight. So when I found out I was pregnant I kept it at the maintain mode and switched to "gain 1/2 pound per week" setting for 2nd trimester. It upped my calories about 250/day and upped my carb/pro/fat percentages as well. So far it has helped me keep right on track with a healthy weight gain.

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