February 19th, 2014 · Print
Pregnancy in the third trimester is kind of like symptom whack-a-mole.
When I eat, I get heartburn. When I don’t eat, I worry the baby isn’t getting enough nutrients. I’m anemic, so I need iron supplements, except those exacerbate a zillion things that are already very uncomfortable in my body, so I wind up just being uncomfortable all the time. Basically, that’s my next ten weeks in a nutshell: uncomfortable all the time.
At the end of the day, I get back pain from carrying around this little bowling ball that’s sitting in my belly, and don’t even get me started on the possibility of bending over, because that will never happen again, ever.
Seriously, if it were not for our three dogs, our floor would be covered in little snacks and crumbs that I’ve dropped and decided it wasn’t worth bending over to pick them up. Thank you, dogs, for picking up the slack on that one!
On the other hand, I’m starting to wonder if I might be classified as one of those women who love being pregnant. I know, it’s totally weird. I don’t consider myself particularly maternal, and I always figured that I was way to selfish and vain to actually enjoy a process that basically wreaks havoc on your body for the better part of a year.
But, still, I’m starting to wonder. Because his little kicks (and rolls and flips and lung-jabs) are pretty amazing. And because it’s so crazy to think that I grew another human being out of thin air, and all it really cost me was some heartburn and back pain. It’s really a pretty awe-inspiring process, and I know I’m a broken record on this, but I’m so grateful to have experienced it.
On the other hand, will you find me by the pool with a glass of wine and a plate of unpasteurized cheese the day I’m released from the hospital?
Unquestionably. And that’s going to be the Best. Afternoon. Ever.
How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 19 pounds. I haven’t gained much this month, and I’m planning to ask my doctor about it at the next visit. My belly has definitely gotten bigger, but the numbers on the scale seem to have stalled lately.
Maternity clothes? Maternity pants and a few tops, although most of my regular tops still fit fine.
Stretch marks? Still no!
Symptoms: Heartburn, nightmares, back pain.
Sleep: See above. Boooo sleep.
Best moment this week: Realizing that in just a few short weeks, I’ll be out of maternity clothes and back into normal clothes! I can’t wait!
Worst moment of the week: So much physical discomfort lately. Sigh!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Control over my body.
Food cravings: Twizzlers continued to be a big craving for me this week, only I was too lazy to actually go out and buy them. When I finally went out to buy Valentine’s Day supplies, CVS didn’t have them! I finally bought a one-pound bag at the grocery store and have slowly been working my way through it. (Yum!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Have you started to show yet: YES!
Labor Signs: Nope, but still having some Braxton Hicks contractions.
Belly Button in or out? In, but any day now, that could change.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Finalizing the nursery (I have an awesome DIY tutorial coming up!) and my baby shower!
February 18th, 2014 · Print
Every season, I go to Fashion Week and come home with a thousand photos of the clothes I saw on the runways, and then I spend hours painstakingly editing and posting them…
Except, often I get the feeling that those posts kind of miss the point.
Because, sure, the runways are part of Fashion Week, but they’re just one part. There’s so much more to the experience that I’ve had trouble sharing in the past.
So this season, I did something a little different. I took my iPhone, and instead of taking photos… I took video.
I did this partly for Sugarlaws, but also partly for me — it’s an incredible memento of what this amazing experience was like, and every time I watch it, I can’t help but smile. I’ve been to a lot of seasons of New York Fashion Week, and in many ways, this one was my absolute favorite. And now that it’s over, I’m so grateful to have captured all these little moments along the way.
So hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I do. Till September, everyone!
Tags: new york fashion week · style
February 16th, 2014 · Print
So, remember when I said that being pregnant isn’t so bad?
That’s my perspective now, midway through the third trimester.
At Week Six?
Very different story.
Something you might not already know: the worst part of pregnancy happens before you can tell people you’re pregnant. By the time I hit 12 weeks and shared the news, the worst was over. But before then? Very different story.
As you all know, I found out I was pregnant in mid-August. Because of the way that doctors “date” your pregnancy, it turns out that by the time you know you’re pregnant, you’re almost four weeks pregnant (because pregnancy technically “starts” on day one of your period, weeks before the baby is even conceived — I know, very weird). Morning sickness kicks in a few weeks later, around six weeks.
So for me, it kicked in right around the end of August/beginning of September.
Want to know what’s also the beginning of September?
Fall Fashion Week.
I know, I know: Great timing. Just the point when you want to be puking your guts out. That week when you’re trying to look your best and also be extremely covert about being pregnant.
So, the whole puking five times a day thing? Not going to fly.
Overall, I got hardly any morning sickness, but in those first few weeks, I was terribly sick. I was vomiting multiple times a day, to the point where my doctor gave me a prescription for Zofran to try to keep anything down. And while it worked and helped a lot, I wasn’t super excited about having to take any medication every day, even a pregnancy-safe one.
So I tried my own remedies.
And you know what?
I am not kidding. I went from vomiting multiple times per day to being hardly sick at all, within days. Thankfully, I switched up my routine about five days before I was scheduled to leave for NYFW, and do you know how many times I got sick during that crazy week? Zero.
These tricks worked so well that by the end of the week, I was actually concerned that something had gone wrong with the baby. (Thankfully, he was fine.) So I figured I had to share them with you guys!
So, here’s what I did:
So, the moment I got pregnant, I was told by the nurse at my doctor’s office that store-bought prenatal vitamins were better than nothing, but that I should really take prescription prenatals, which have higher doses of folic acid. So I went out and spent $98 on a bottle of 30 vitamins (ugh).
But sadly, those high-quality, extremely expensive vitamins made me insanely sick. And I will say: I’m very sensitive to vitamins. I tried store-bought prenatals when we lived in New York, long before I was pregnant, and the first morning I took one, I threw up into a trash can in a subway station during our morning commute. (Lovely, I know.)
I wanted to do the best thing for the baby, but you know what? One fully digested non-prenantal vitamin seems like a better choice than a super expensive prescription one that gets thrown up half an hour later. So I looked at the ingredients, and I realized that I could get basically everything I needed from my regular old Flinstones vitamins with a special Folic Acid supplement. (I eventually added, on my doctor’s recommendation, a DHA supplement as well).
Sure, I have to have three bottles of vitamins. But it seems like a small price to pay!
Added a B6 Supplement
There aren’t many things that have been proven to ease morning sickness, but B6 is one of the few things that is! (In fact, higher doses are added to many prenatal vitamins for that reason). I wanted a 50 mg dose, but couldn’t find one in any drugstores or on Amazon, so I settled for 100 mg pills that I cut in half.
I took half of one of these pills every morning until I hit 12 weeks, and occasionally afterwards if I was feeling queasy. And I have to say: miracle.
Candy, Candy and More Candy
No one is quite sure what causes morning sickness, but many doctors suspect that stomach acid and blood sugar may play a part. (That’s why it’s worse in the morning, when your stomach is empty.)
Lots of women swear by eating crackers before they get out of bed, to put something in their stomach. I tried it, with so-so results.
But you know what worked for me?
Eating candy before I got out of bed.
I know, I know: gross. The idea of eating Airheads or Laffy Taffy before brushing your teeth is, admittedly, kind of disgusting. But candy raised my blood sugar enough that I could get through washing my face, brushing my teeth, and make it downstairs for some toast and eggs as a normal breakfast.
Seriously, I slept with a bag of Jolly Ranchers next to our bed for the entire first trimester. And you know what? It worked.
So those are the secrets! Every woman is different, but if you’re extremely sick and don’t know what to do, you might want to ask your doctor about giving these a try! They made a world of difference for me.
I’m not a doctor and don’t know anything about your pregnancy, so please consult with a medical professional before trying any of these tips! Good luck!