My pregnancy journey
Cheers to the second trimester!!! As I write this, I am 18 weeks pregnant. Lot’s of ya’ll have been asking how my first trimester has gone so far, so I am going to be sharing about my pregnancy journey here for the next 5 months!
First of all, pleaseeeeee hear me out… I DO NOT claim to be an expert or know what I am doing BY ANY MEANS! This is my first pregnancy and I am learning SOOO much every day! Instead of spewing off advice about what you should and shouldn’t do during pregnancy, I am just simply sharing my journey and testimony on here, in the hopes that some of you pregnant mamas could find encouragement, inspiration, or just have someone to relate with!
When we announced we were pregnant, tons of people began informing me about all their pregnancy horror stories. And not even necessarily their own, but they felt compelled to tell me stories about crazy/scary things that happened to their friend’s of friend, or what they read on the internet. It’s baffling to me how people are so quick to warn you of everything that could possibly go wrong, but not so quick to rave about all the indescribable joys that pregnancy brings.
When Jeremy and I got engaged, people were the exact same way! They were so quick to warn us of all the horrors and hardships of marriage, and only a few people shared with us about how marriage is one of life’s greatest blessings! What the heck is wrong with us humans? Why must we focus so relentlessly on the negative or potential negatives… Marriage and babies are some of life’s greatest gifts! I decided to tune out the naysayers and fear-promoters. I don’t want to be crippled by worry. I don’t want to be constantly thinking about everything that could go wrong. And I don’t want to be the mom that warns the future generations about how hard and scary pregnancy and delivery can be. I want to be the mom that gives testimony to the miraculous process of growing a human and the joyous experience of bringing your child into the world! I want to be a mom that gives hope to future moms about the joy that far surpasses morning sickness and labor pains. This is my heart. That being said, I will not shy away from honestly sharing about my own struggles and all the crazy, weird, and laughable symptoms that pregnancy brings;) But these things will always be just “light and momentary troubles” (2 Corinthians 4:17) in comparison to the glorious gift of bearing a child. But here they are accompanied by what I have found to help me through them!
Symptoms & Solutions
Extreme fatigue – I was SOOOO tired you guys… Like more tired than after running a half marathon or 6 x 1 mile repeats on the track in college! the good news is, most of this extreme fatiuge hit me during week 6 (I didn’t even know I was pregnant until almost 7 weeks!). At around week 8 I started to feel more energized and less like a zombie. Things that have helped: SLEEP, going to bed early, listening to my body and knowing when to stop and rest, and Ningxia Red (this stuff has helped with other symptoms too – more on it later).
Insomnia – Weeks 10-14 I slept horribly… I felt like I had gulped down a 16 oz americano right before laying down – and I haven’t drank coffee my entire pregnancy! (mostly because I all of the sudden didn’t want it anymore… it was weird. I didn’t think it was possible). Anyways, I blame the insomnia on the hormones raging through my body because it was pretty ridiculous how wide awake a felt every night! I also was NOT comfortable starting around week 12 laying on my belly or back. I am normally a belly sleeper, but I felt like I couldn’t breath when I laid on my stomach or back. So I “slept” upright with a bunch of pillows propped under my back and head. It was a rough first month. Things that have helped: Week 10 was also around the time I really started to invest in essential oils, or what Jeremy refers to as “the potions” ha! I had used them on and off for running, sore muscles, and immune support for the past couples years, but didn’t really dive into them until I got pregnant. I began diffusing a combination of lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, and peppermint in our room at night and it helped with sleep soooo much. Even Jeremy slept better! I also rubbed “breath again” on my neck and chest at night, which helped me feel like I could breathe better. I also discovered THE. BEST. PILLOW. EVER! Total game changer. With this pillow and my oils, I have slept like a dream since week 14!!! I did lots of research on pillows before I got one and I HIGHLY recommend this “U” shaped one. It makes it easy to switch which side you’re sleeping on during the night. It’s super soft, all one pillow so there are no weird gaps, and when you’re cuddled up in it does not seem as big as it looks! Jer likes it cause he puts one of his legs over it at night too;) Here’s a link to the pillow >> Pregnancy/nursing pillow<<
Breaking out – By the grace of God I haven’t had too many skin problems over the course of my 25 years (other than sunburns), but pregnancy has brought a lot more color to my face, and not the good kind… I had really blotchy red spots all over my face starting around week 12. It was way worse at night than in the morning. I also broke out all over my forehead and my skin is not it’s normal clear self. I was bummed about this, as most people I know actually had better skin with pregnancy. Things that have helped: Ditching all my crappy makeup and skin care products. I got the “Think Dirty” app and started scanning the products I was using on my face and skin and realized how horrible some of them were. I invested some new skincare and makeup products that are organic, free of toxins, parabens, and all that other junk! I plan on doing a post about them sometime next month. I have also been using an oil roller to put Frankincense all over my face at night! The Yong Living skincare line is incredible, free of all the crap cosmetic companies put in their products, and smells SOOOO good! It’s called NEW ART Skin Care System. If you are interested in getting this skin care (or any of the essential oils) for 25% off, send me an e-mail at email@example.com! Gentle baby is another great essential oil that I roll onto my chest, belly, and feet for emotional support, to prevent against stretch marks, and help with blotchiness/dry skin!
Sugar + sour cravings! – To be completely transparent… I ate an entire bag of sour patch kids during week 12… and I’m not talking about the small packets. I didn’t even know that was possible and I don’t even like sour patch kids that much!! Sour candy has definitely been at the top of the list with “bad cravings.” On a good note, the rest of my cravings are mostly healthy. I love putting lemon and lime in and on anything (because the sourness), and I have become obsessed with carbonated water/drinks. LaCroix and Pellegrino have become my best friends! Things that have helped: To curb the sugar cravings I take Ningxia Red every day! Ok here’s more deets on that, since I already discussed it up above! Also, mixing a packet of Ningxia Red with LaCroix is bomb!
I am thankful
On the whole, I am very thankful that this pregnancy has pretty smooth overall! Life has been C-R-A-Z-Y for Jeremy and I ever since we found out we were going to be parents, and it only seems to be getting crazier… moving, potentially buying a house, writing a book, Beating50Percent, my shop, filming for LPWB (travel back and forth between Bend and Portland every weekend), teaching barre3… my goodness – insert sweaty tense brow emoji. In light of everything going on in addition to baby Roloff on the way, it’s been a blessing that this pregnancy hasn’t confined me to the toilet. I never really had any of the infamous “morning sickness.” There were a few days where I felt nauseous, but I SWEAR I would just smell my peppermint oil and it would go away! Peppermint helped me so much in the mornings with my light headedness too!!!
We’ve been praying every night for baby Roloff to be healthy and growing just as he or she should! Sometimes we catch ourselves praying, “Lord give him….” or “We ask that you would protect him…” From the beginning, Jer and I have always had a hunch that we would have a boy, but as of the past month or so, we are ironically both hunching girl!
We JUST had our anatomy ultrasound and baby Roloff would not stop moving. The ultrasound tech was laughing cause baby was just kicking and punching and somersaulting nonstop. She gave us a sealed envelope with photos that indicate the gender and it is taking everything in me to keep it sealed until after the gender reveal. This weekend we are planning on finding out the gender with all our friends and family and doing a big pink or blue explosion;) WHOOO-HOINGGG!!!
My pregnancy musts so far
In this post, I talked a lot about how much Young Living essential oils have helped me in a variety of ways throughout my pregnancy! But I have seen success using the oils as support for sleep, stress, headaches, sore muscles, sunburns, supporting healthy immune systems, hormones, travel protection, and household cleaning/cooking! I love knowing that there is nothing more natural, and that they don’t come with horrible side effects and long term dangers like many other toxic options that are sold in stores! Jeremy and I haven’t gone cold turkey on all conventional OTC medicines and household products yet, but we are gradually making the transition to chemical free products through Young Living like; detergent, dish soaps, hand soaps, cleaning products, shampoos, deodorant, shave creams and toothpaste! They smell good, work good, and you can trust they are safe!
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