When I found out I was pregnant November of 2017 shortly after I had a miscarriage, I was so excited, scared and ready for this new chapter of my life to begin…but let’s be honest I had no idea what the future had in store for me. Not knowing what to expect I first downloaded two different pregnancy apps on my phone. The first app was called “What to Expect” and the other app was called “BabyCenter.” With “What to Expect” I was included in a July 2018 blog which was nice as it grouped with other mothers going through similar things at the same point in our pregnancy. This covered literally every topic you can think of plus much much more…not sure if its necessarily a good thing but it let me know that I wasn’t alone during this period. Reaching out to a close family member of mine and good friends that were either pregnant or had been through it was also a huge ASSET for me during this period. I was also given a book from my OBGYN called, “Your Pregnancy & Childbirth, month to month”. All very insightful information on top of the occasional “google” search on my mobile phone. (sometimes a scary rabbit hole).
I remember at about 8 weeks along I was extremely tired, nauseas but the worst symptoms for me was the acid reflux. Yes in the past I had taken the occasional Tums but this acid reflux was on a completely different level. I resorted to all the resources I listed above, reaching out to other mothers and talking to friends, trying to find anyone who’s experienced the horror I was going through. I remember vegetables and the idea of eating any kind of meat just sounded disgusting, the thought made me nauseous. Normally I am a relatively healthy eater so this was a tough thing to come to terms with….I just couldn’t fathom eating either of those things. I definitely found it important to eat as healthy as I possibly could not just for my health but the health of my unborn child. My go to’s during this period consisted of DGL Ultra (extra strength Digestive Relief) German chocolate flavored tablets- in my opinion these work much better than TUMS (available on Amazon), eating smaller means throughout the day, boiling ginger with hot water-drinking as a tea and Banana Nut almond milk shakes with flaxseeds. Yes I ate other things but I feel when all else failed these things could get me through including drinking lots of water. Fast forward to the present I am having the SAME exact symptoms with baby #2 but I feel the acid reflux is worse this time around….but mentally I feel more prepared this go around with how to handle it day to day.
*Flaxseed BANANA Nut ALMOND Milk Shakes*
- 1 Banana Peeled
- Handful of Flaxseeds
- 1 Cup Ice Cubes
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- A spoonful of Almond Butter (peanut works as well)
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- Blend well & enjoy