Believe me when I say I was never a die hard fan of anything sweet. I always liked fruits but able to spend days without it. Well things have changed let me tell you. This child has me running around town for fruit vendors , smoothies , açaí bowls and sweets at anytime of the day! who can relate??
From fresh watermelon to mangos on a daily!
What I’m craving the most:
Smoothies! mostly fruity ones with bananas and strawberries ! Watermelon especially if I can get my hands on the yellow ones! Any kind of berries. Im also craving a lot of frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream.
Theres also some weird cravings Ive been having as well! Fries dipped in soft serve ice cream. Peanut butter on everything! literally even on fits and vegetables!?! yup!
Hot dogs or corn dogs and running around town for vegan ones is a job really! Another urge I’ve had is to eat meat! Yes, this baby girl had me cheat with an in-and-out burger! Also been craving my favorite ketchup chips which are only available in Canada!!!
Congrats! So You just found out your pregnant! I know , a million emotions and thoughts are swarming into your head at 1000 miles a second. What’s about to come in the next 9 months of your journey are beyond what first time “mama to be” can possibly comprehend . Overwhelming feelings as weeks go by and symptoms start to pop up! As I jump into my 3rd trimester, my journey hasn’t exactly been what I expected.
Lets talk about this horrific symptom that I gladly left in my second trimester. First off its not just “morning ” sickness its more like all damn day nausea. At least 7 in 10 women experience this during pregnancy. From the moment you wake up till about 7 or even 8 pm, I had to endure this discomfort. Certain foods contribute to the nausea, certain smells become deadly. Your stomach is hungry yet you can’t bare the smell or even the thought of food! Ugh ! Been there. Done that. And I was also one of the lucky moms to be to puke 3 to 4 times a week.
Things that helped me cope:
Popsicles!!! they where truly a life saver and had replaced many meals in my very first trimester.
Lemonade! Lemonsss . Eat them , sniff them , whatever works for you. Cold unsweetened lemonade was one of the only things I could drink, not even water compared.As well as ginger ale or ginger in ant form helps.
Salt Crackers! Buy whichever brand taste remotely good and have them by your bedside. The moment you wake up shove one in your mouth.
Switch to Gummy Prenatal vitamines. The pill form had me gagging the second I put them in my mouth. The dummies I switch to helped ease the nausea.
Lastly pretzels. these babies are a life saver. always had a bag in the house and snacked on them.
Literally no one told me , the cramps in my ovaries and muscles , breasts and ligaments being pulled apart are all a part of it!!! I felt every inch of my abdominal ache as if I had done a cross fit work out! Friends and people I described the pain to said I was a big complainer, but let me tell you the soreness was real.My breasts hurt so and I couldn’t wear a bra or move an inch too fast. I googled some helpful tips and found stretching to be the best type of “care” without taking any meds of course.
EXAUSTION AND HEADACHES
Literally no one and I mean not one person warned me about the intensity of this so called fatigue nor headaches the hormones cause. I couldn’t stay awake passed noon or 1pm even if my life depended on it. The pounding headache just wouldn’t leave and are just lingering on the daily. I felt like an 18 wheeler truck had ran over me 8 times no joke. BEST ADVICE NAP!!! Sleep makes the time go by.
Gross metallic or nasty taste dwells in your mouth, pretty much all damn day. No matter how much you brush your teeth its there. The only thing that work for was chewing peppermint gum.
Many other symptoms , like choppy sleep, frequent urination, leg cramps…which other women feel are also included. Of course every women differs but all in all these are the ones I experienced that left a real mark on me or should I say a bitter taste in my mouth. All I can say is hang in there week 18 or so things get better , symptoms slowly dissapear completely or become bare-able and go down to a low level.
Who doesn’t want to live the dream life. Am I right?! Whether its working from home or on your own terms. Easier said then done. Life is full of obstacles as we all figure out the right road to take on our journey. But what also matters is the life we are living; feeding us, bringing joy and happiness. Creating a life that permits you to be what you want is at times, hectic and scary.
Personally I have travelled down this road. When I left my high paying , beneficial, amazing bosses and work colleague environment job ; I literally took a leap of faith to follow my passion and create the life I thrived for. I quit my job , enrolled in beauty school and moved across the continent to Los Angeles. Consequently, I did have a few paths set up.
Here are a few tips & pointers to head in the right direction :
PURPOSE & PASSION
The number one aspect of creating the life you want is doing what you love, or why do what you love? Both ways you need to find the reason or purpose to be able to push ahead. Following your passion is way more important than simple reasons like, “I can make more money” or “it has benefits” . If those are some the reasons you are changing your path, they are not the right reasons. You need to focus more on purpose , passion and purity. Write them down if you have too, but figure out your true purpose to drive you, something that will make you happy on a daily basis.
2. SHORT TERM SACRIFICE FOR LONG TERM MINDSET ; NO FEAR ZONE.
There is no sugar coating it sacrifices will be made. And I quote “In order to achieve what you desire you must be willing to sacrifice what you have”. Whether its your expensive taste of clothing or you are foodie dining habits, some got to go. While you are attempting to reach your goals, down sizing or being far from loved ones which can be hard are necessary. Certain habits must be abandoned . You leaving your comfort zone is essential in order to achieve, swell as not to be scared by growing through your fears and sacrifices.
3. DREAM. PLAN .DO.
Sounds so simple …the key word here is PLAN. Start with a vision board. NOW. They are fun and actually help manifest. Another tip and one of the best guides has been for me; to do a 1 year 5 year and 10 year plan. Very simple to adapt write down where you see yourself and what are some actions you can make in those year spans to achieve your goals. Once you figure it out, make moves ; phone calls reach out to people, use social media (its free advertisement) do daily tasks and habits that will bring you closer to your long term goals. Even if you move an inch at a time, remember you are getting closer to your dream life.