Today we are talking about all things pregnancy! With plenty of questions on the table, I thought I would give you the answers and advice that I have been following throughout my 8 months (almost 9) of growing a bean. I have put a list together of the top 10 pregnancy questions that I have been asked, and added in a few of my own. Be prepared for a few laughs and plenty of answers! Pregnant or not, I’m sure you’ll have a little giggle, and learn all about what you have to look forward to. My favourite question is first, and this is one asked by none other than my loving boyfriend, who is somewhat surprised at the current condition of my porky little feet.
Do all feet turn into hooves?
This question has to be my favourite because my boyfriend totally refers to my swollen little feet as hooves. They are no longer feet, apparently! Your once elegant trotters might be taking shape and transforming into a larger, and a possibly wider state of appearance. This is the TOTAL norm and is !50% expected. Make sure to sit with your legs propped up onto a cushion and RELAX. My feet started swelling from about 24 weeks onwards. The joys!
Can I dye my hair?
I must admit, I am convinced that I broke the internet at one stage with the amount of research I did regarding this question. In my opinion, your hair and eyebrows can make or break a girl’s confidence – well, it certainly does mine. Are you needing to have your hair recoloured? Or those highlights retouched? Oh, I’ve totally been there, and guess what, a head of fresh noggin strands does a girl wonders! I have checked with my current hairdresser and having your hair highlighted and dyed during pregnancy is basically dependant on your hairdresser, what they suggest, and the products used. The main thing to remember is that it is advised that dying/highlighting is to be avoided during the FIRST trimester. Your little bundle is still developing and fragile at this stage. I highlight my hair religiously and use toners too. My only warning (from experience during pregnancy) is that your hair might take a little differently to the hair dye. Yes, my hair went a little ginger during a highlighting session and I nearly died!
P.S If you think your hair needs a good trim, I would suggest doing it while you’re pregnant because your locks grow faster than Jacks beanstalk, thanks to all the vitamins and hormones passing through your body.
Does not drinking alcohol with your partner affect your relationship?
Sure, now that there’s a baby growing in your tummy, you shouldn’t be drinking alcohol. Should it affect your relationship? No! What if it does? Well then honey, Houston might have a problem! This should be a time of growing together (literally). Alcohol should not determine the happiness of your relationship.
Are there still night time cuddles with my growing belly?
If you’re happy to add your pregnancy pillow into the equation, then YES! Cuddles are life. My boyfriend has however stolen my pregnancy pillow from me and has nicknamed her “Bae”. The solution? We now each have our own pregnancy pillows – “Bae 1” and “Bae 2”.
Do I seriously have to give up sushi?
Yes, and no. Wondering how that’s even possible? Well Felicia, if you’re going to eat sushi, then vegetarian is best – no fishy business. Having a piece or two of sushi made with raw fish is entirely up to you, but it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are eating sushi from a clean and kosher restaurant. My advice from experience would be to stick to the vegetarian options, to avoid any risk and check with the restaurant before ordering. Eating ready-made packed sushi that you find at the store is also a complete no-no and deserves a “Naughty Mummy” award. The reason why it is generally advised to steer clear of raw sushi is because it can contain tape worms and other parasites which your body won’t be able to fight off while pregnant because your immune system is generally suppressed while growing a little bean – hence why you might find yourself getting sick really easily. Generally speaking, the raw fish in sushi should be frozen for about 4 days before you eat it to kill off bacteria and needs to be served FRESH.
On a side note, it MIGHT also be a tad difficult to run around Town and ask all the sushi restaurants if they freeze their fish before serving your favourite wasabi roll. I would play it safe and order both veggie, tempura or any prawn sushi (prawn is always cooked), and rather avoid the salmon and tuna until baby is born. Think of that sushi plater as your pushing present!
Can I really not have a glass of wine?
It is entirely YOUR choice. This is the most important time while your little one develops and grows, but once you reach halfway through your second trimester, ½ a glass of red wine every now and then is actually said to have many health benefits, but each woman can make their own choice. Have I tried this? No. Although it is said to be safe to have an odd ½ glass of red during pregnancy, I haven’t indulged in this at all. I have however, have had a few ½ glasses of sparkling wine at special occasions like a birthday or my baby shower, but then added ½ a glass of sparkling water to dilute the alcohol. I personally don’t feel comfortable to be drinking a full glass of wine/champagne while pregnant and I am looking forward to dabbling an entire bottle with my hubby after our bundle arrives.
Do I seriously have to eat for 2?
ABSOLUTELY N.O.T! While being pregnant I have had so many people say “But you’re pregnant and eating for two. You can TOTALLY eat that!”. My friends, this is not the case. Your food doesn’t go directly to your baby, only the nutrients from your food does. I must admit though, I have generally been relatively good at eating a balanced-ish diet with a bean in my tummy, but as of this 3rd trimester, I simply want to just eat everything in sight. Is that even normal? I have no idea! But I cannot express how excited I am to get back into my healthy eating like I used to before falling pregnant. Some days you do just want to devour everything you see, and that’s okay!
Do you REALLY get cravings?
I don’t know about cravings, but I just eat a whole lot more! Although, during the first 3 months, all I wanted to eat was tinned food. Tinned beans, tinned soup (especially Heinz soup), tinned chickpeas, tinned tomatoes, tinned everything! I don’t know if this falls under cravings, but I also felt so ill and nauseas at the sight and smell of anything remotely healthy. And dare you even put any form of cucumber under my snout. My usual salads, wraps and smoothies have become a thing of the past for now. With saying that though, I really cannot wait to start eating super healthily again!
Caffeine during pregnancy? How much is too much?
Oh deary me! The topic of utmost sadness. Unfortunately, caffeine needs to come to a slow down. You better start looking forward to trading your hourly cup of coffee for decaf (even though this too has many chemicals), your breakfast tea for Rooibos tea and appreciate the odd cup of PROPER brewed, caffeine-filled cup of java! The general daily intake amount of caffeine during pregnancy is 200mg. What on earth does that even mean? Well, to put it lightly, 1 cup of English tea has 75mg caffeine, 1 cup of instant coffee (1 tsp granulated coffee) has roughly 35mg, depending on the coffee used. 1 cup green tea has roughly 25mg, and a good old cup of proper brewed coffee (from a restaurant, which we slowly learn to appreciate during pregnancy) is roughly 150 – 240mg of caffeine, depending on the strength. All brands do differ, of course.
One of the main reasons why it is said for us blossoming pregnant fairies to limit our caffeine intake is because too much caffeine (especially in the first trimester) is considered to be a major cause of miscarriages, premature births and low birth weights.
Caffeine crosses the placenta, into the amniotic fluid and into your baby’s bloodstream. While your body works to get rid of the caffeine, your baby’s body is still tiny and developing and takes MUCH longer to process the caffeine and is pretty much exposed to the caffeine for a longer time than what you are. Small amounts equal less exposure – winning!
What is it like to ACTUALLY be pregnant?
Well, strangely enough, my pregnancy only started to feel real from about 6/7 months. By feeling real, I mean that I only felt pregnant once I started bumping my tummy into things, and once I felt myself waddle for the first time, and let’s not forget the feeling of your clothes no longer fitting you. The feeling of having a growing tummy is so rewarding, knowing that your body is nurturing a little being AND you no longer have to walk around sucking in your tummy – you can just LET IT HANG!
The above advice is from asking my midwife, doctor and gynea, because just like most mommies to be out there, we are all naturally a little paranoid about things.
Until the next Bumpdate,
Mycaila – Jade & baby