It has been awhile! Life is crazy. Things happen and the next thing you know, you look up, and months have passed. But I am going to do better! Small things have even taken a back seat. I JUST painted my nails last night, at like 2 am. I haven’t had a chance to in months. Sheesh. The craziness! But anyway, I am here to update you guys on my pregnancy! I don’t even think I have posted here about it! I totally meant to. But, again, life!
I am 26 weeks pregnant with an actively kicking little prince! I am due August 3rd (no matter if I LOOK like I am due any day now!).
From 20 to 25 weeks, it seemed as if I wasn’t having any major symptoms. But this week: whew! It is as if everything hit me at once! I tried thinking back to my two previous pregnancies wondering if I had experienced any of these symptoms to this magnitude; but it’s been so long…my baby is going to be six next month! So my memory is a bit faded.
Although I am enjoying the journey, here is what I have been experiencing:
26 Week Update
Lack of energy- I have been extremely tired; like literally exhausted. By 1pm, I need a nap. I am no more good to anyone. I have been drinking my Herbalife NRG tea to help keep my energy up when doing work or other important activities. But if I have nothing going on, to bed I go! After getting the kids from school in the evenings, dinner, homework, baths, and them to bed; it’s definitely all she wrote for me.
Heartburn- Yikes! I can’t stand it. Some nights, I am propped up on tons of pillows, sitting straight as a board, barely able to sleep. I sometimes just want to burst open my chest! It’s bad…I do remember having heartburn before, but I didn’t think it was to this level. Let’s hope he has a head full of hair so I won’t feel as though all of this is not in vain! I will share what helps best in my favs list below.
Swelling of feet and hands- Yes! It has started. I am can be cleaning the kitchen or doing laundry and the next thing I know, I have puffy fat hands and feet. I admit, I don’t always elevate my feet as told, but I do when I have the time to actually sit down with nothing to do. I’m sure that’s not enough. I will definitely be working on that.
Constipation- Oh my goodness! I haven’t had this issue since the very beginning of my pregnancy and it has returned with a vengeance. I have been eating more fiber, as well as taking my Herbalife fiber supplement and aloe to help with constipation. These have really helped greatly to keep things moving as they should be!
Lastly, I have just had an overall feeling of heaviness, which I am sure will only get worse from here on out! But I am looking forward to the gift that will be given at the end of it all!
Now, my favs!!
My favorite thing to use for heartburn is the Bragg’s brand of organic raw apple cider vinegar. I will add in about 1 tablespoon into my water about 4 hours before bed and that will help subside it best. I started out with Tums for instant relief but I have read that too many can cause issues so I decided to lay off those! I feel better using something organic. You can find this at your local grocery store.
Comfort is key; especially at night! I am a belly sleeper, so having to sleep on my side has been a struggle. I have been using a body pillow I purchased from Wal-Mart that has come in handy perfectly! It helps me to stay on my side and also is more comfortable for a restful sleep. There are all kinds available in stores as well as online, even pillows that contour to your body. I just have a simple one and it works fine for me.
My skin has been going through it from the beginning until now. I have had the worst breakouts, almost makes me believe I am really having a girl (hmmm). I have been trying to stay moisturized and my favorite lotion is my Herbalife Hand and Body Cream. It has also helped reduce my breakouts. I use it daily and it keeps my skin feeling soft and smelling fresh!
My favorite app is The Bump! I check it each week to see what is going on in my bump. They have cute videos each week that provide insight, suggestions for any symptoms you may be experiencing, and weekly conversation boards with other moms to be in the same week. You can also post photos of your bump and keep up with doctor visits and updates. They also provide a weekly checklist of things to do, such as when to choose a pediatrician.
There are other things I like that I use daily, but these are definitely my favorites and help me the most!
My other favorites right now are popsicles and my favorite thing to watch right now is Everybody Loves Raymond, which I am watching on Netflix. So random, I know!
Looking forward to sharing my favorites with my next update! What were some of your pregnancy favorites mamas? Share in the comments!