Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pregnancy is Weird

I've been assured by medical professionals, experienced moms, and my husband (who isn't nearly as qualified to give pregnancy advice- but he's very reassuring) that what I'm going through is totally normal and nothing to worry about.  But, every day, I find a new thing that doesn't seem to fit in with what I expected pregnancy would be like.

  • I haven't gained a pound since getting pregnant.  In fact, I actually lost weight during my first trimester.  Over the last month, I've come back up to my pre-preggers weight, and I've been holding steady.  This is especially confusing considering the many changes to my (typically uber-healthy) eating habits, including but not limited to:
    • Switching from skim to full-fat milk
    • Switching to full-fat cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, etc.
    • Eating a LOT more dairy... like, a LOT
    • Consuming eggs like they're going out of style
    • Choosing red meat over chicken or fish whenever I have the chance
    • Eating like a hobbit; you will find me in the kitchen rummaging through the cupboards or refrigerator at least once an hour, stuffing food into my mouth.
    • The feeling that I am justified in eating an ice cream sunday every time I drive by Sonic.
    • The fact that I act on that feeling at least 50% of the time.
  • I've lost two inches around my waist.  I'm confounded by this.  Lately, when I look in the mirror, I have a hard time finding my waist.  But the numbers don't lie.  2 inches.  Gone.  What the what?
  • I've also lost two inches around my hips.  But I know for a fact that my pants are tighter around my hips than they were three months ago.  I'm mystified.
  • I've gained two inches around my tummy.  Yes, the baby bump is clearly visible and getting more obvious day by day.  Yet, I haven't gained weight.  Not. A. Single. Pound.
I've always thought of pregnancy as a time when you gain weight.  So far, most of my pregnancy has been different than what I expected- in the best ways- but I'm just befuddled by this.  I can't remember a time in my adult life when I felt better or healthier than I do now.  Is that normal?

Whatever it is, I like it.  But I'm still confused.


Melissa said...

That is really interesting. I, myself, did not have the weight loss problem. LOL! I did have a friend that had morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy and gained like 11 lbs. total. It was all from the baby! I think she actually lost weight from her pregnancy. So, I guess it can happen. :)

I wish I could say you get less hungry. I actually got more hungry once I had Gregory and started nursing. Oh my... I would nurse and then head for the frige. Grab a stick of string cheese and literally eat it in bed. So sleepy and yet so hungry in the middle of the night! LOL!

Erin Plauman said...

I bet you are having a BOY! :)

Jessica wray said...

Boy. My prediction as well. Based only by my pregnancy with Sean. I was similiar to what's going on with you. Sounds healthy to me!

Janella said...

I was always hungry while pregnant with you, but didn't lose weight. I think I gained about 25 pounds (I should look and see if I wrote it down in your baby book). As I told you, I absolutely craved beef while pregnant.

Every pregnancy is so different! You look great, you feel great, you are doing great! :D

TK said...

Hmm, also I've been reading about the food system and how we've 'scientifically' made foods 'healthier' for us by removing their natural fats and stuff and how this is actually much worse off for use, and that those fats actually help us digest and process other fats better or something. So maybe switching to full fat products plays a factor? ....annnndddd... it is a miracle after all.