Pregnancy at Week 4 and 5

Pregnancy at weeks 4 and 5 can be uneventful for some mothers.  In fact, they might not even know they are pregnant at that point.  But for some of the lucky, like me, you can experience anything from fatigue on top of your normal fatigue, sore breasts, sore lower back, constipation, diaherra, mood swings, nausea, dizziness, bloating, food cravings and aversions.  I've been lucky to experience all of the above at week 4 and 5 of my pregnancy.  Up top is a picture of week 4's bloating.  And below is a picture of week 5.

I'm having a hard time fitting into my normal pants at this point and will have to start shopping for maternity clothes this weekend.  OMG! As my 4 yr old would say.  My first two pregnancies were nothing like this one.  I didn't "show" until my third month and even at that point I could still manage to fit into some of my clothes.

Bloating can be from a number of things during pregnancy.  Tight clothing and what you eat play a major role in your bloat and I've been guilty of both.  I cheated this holiday season and had baked goods that contained wheat.  I couldn't help it.  They were calling my name and they looked SOOOO good.  I paid for it, of course, and wound up with some irritable bowel and bloat. 

There are ways to alleviate feeling like the Good Year Blimp, even in pregnancy. 
  1. Wearing loose clothing helps to relieve some pressure.
  2. Chewing your food slowly.
  3. Sticking to a healthy diet of 6 small meals a day rich in protein, fruits, and vegetables and staying away from fried foods, cabbage, beans, and onions that are gas culprits. 

For our own Christmas dinner I stuck to my pregnancy diet and ate foods rich in protein, dairy, fruits, and vegetables with roasted duck, ham, baked baccala with roma tomatoes, shiitake mushroom lasagna, and kale with quinoa.  I picked at these delicious dishes most of the day and made myself eat 3 small meals and 1 snack.  I haven't quite worked up to 6 meals a day at this point because I just can't stomach it yet (pardon the pun) but I am getting there! 

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

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