During my pregnancy I have tried to be extra conscience of my food intake by eating plenty of fruits and veggies, proteins, whole wheat breads and pasta and limiting my sugary cravings and fattening meals. I would love to report that I have been doing an excellent job at this but every day I seem to fall short. I have a confession to make: I have a serious addiction to chocolate. I try to combine my chocolate obsession with a healthy choice such as a nutrition bar that also has chocolate, but all too often I just can’t resist the urge to pick up some peanut M&M’s or have a slice of chocolate cake. So, what can I do to curve this chocolate addiction?
The pressure to eat right and exercise is much more intense when you’re pregnant. Prior to my pregnancy I was so focused on getting to my goal weight and eating right came much easier to me. Now I seem to be a magnet for all food that is unhealthy. It’s a shame that I have to use food as a coping mechanism to my bad week or stressful day. Hopefully I will learn to cope in a healthier way.
The only thing that I’ve been really good at is exercising. Almost every night, Dan and I wait until about 7:30 when it’s cooler out and we walk the two mile loop around our neighborhood with our dog. I’ve also been going to Aqua Fit during the week where I engage in different cardio activities in the water. The water feels SO good when you’re pregnant. It took me a while to get use to the bouncing around in the water. At first it really gave me pain in my lower abdomen, but now it feels wonderful. This has helped me feel like I’ve gotten my heart rate up and helps me sleep better at night.
I was recently tested for gestational diabeties and found out that everything tested normal. That was really comforting because I thought FOR SURE that I was going to have it. Thank God I somehow avoided that one.
I continue to pray and leave my health in God’s hands. It’s crazy how much weight I keep gaining every week, but I know it’ll be so worth it all in the end. The extra weight along with pregnancy hormones has caused a lot of pain in my hips too. I’m going to keep plugging through until the end and hopefully I’ll stay healthy in the process.