Saturday, May 21, 2011

34 Weeks (and counting...)

Well, even though this picture is already weeks old (I'm at 37 weeks now), here's the Bump.

And just for funsies, here's me at this point with Kendra:

The biggest development in pregnancy lately has been managing water retention.  Things got pretty intense the first time, but I didn't really try to do anything about it and just accepted it as part of the end of pregnancy.  Well, since then I've been married to the Farns for two more years and have adapted his mentality.  Meaning, if there is a problem, there's a solution!  And so I started experimenting...drinking even more water helps.  Good hard workouts make a difference, too.  But the thing that really keeps it in check?  Low sodium diet.

And you know what's got plenty of sodium in it?  EVERYTHING.  I had no idea until I started looking at labels and cutting things out.  I'm pretty much living on green salad and cold cereal.  It's so depressing.

But it's worth it.  It's TOTALLY worth it to bypass the discomfort of water retention.  Ugh.  For those of you who haven't been pregnant or haven't had this problem in pregnancy it just feels like suddenly your skin isn't big or stretchy enough for your body and you can feel yourself swell up, it's so awful.  But it does make for a lot of bland eating...I pretty much make dinner for Grant and Kendra and them enjoy it while I have my salad.  There are some dressings that are even too much.

It's only for a few more weeks, and it's just to keep me more comfortable.  Some people have to do it as a permanent lifestyle, to keep them alive.  It's not that bad when you look at it like that.

But you know what consistently has very little sodium?  Chocolate.  Chocolate and ice cream.

You might call it something else, but I take that as proof that there is a God.


Jacqueline said...

What a cute bump!!! Glad the sodium thing is working out for you. Hang tough, it does have an end.

Nicole said...

You really look so great! You just have a little basketball in front. I have just starting looking at labels too, but for sugar instead of sodium, that IS depressing and unfortunately there is plenty of it in chocolate and ice cream but you know some things are just SOOOOO worth it!!!

Belkycita said...

You look terrific girl! it literally looks like you have a ball stuck to your belly :-)

Danielle said...

And when you move to Arizona and are pregnant in the summer, you can swim! It totally helps with the swelling!

Kristina said...

"Sorry I can only eat chocolate and ice cream." I'll take a diet like that. Just kidding. Chocolate and ice cream have their own side effects (sigh). But wow! You look amazing in my opinion.