I don’t know if most of you readers follow me on our Facebook page, know me in person, or follow Instagram, but you may have noticed the past weekend, I didn’t get much done on here. I had a scheduled post that came out on Friday but from Thursday until Saturday, I may have half asleep or in the middle of the night, shared posts that had already come out.
In the spirit of authenticity, Thursday into Friday and some of Saturday were really sucktastic days.
I had the worst few days in the history of both my pregnancies. I was sick and miserable. And to make matters better, I ignored all the warning signs leading up to it and pushed myself to the brink.
Alas, pregnancy and sickness hit.
Now, three days later, I’m feeling better! Thank goodness. I figured I could share with other mamas to be out there some of my self care when ill ideas. Pregnancy always adds an extra layer to being sick, which usually includes not being able to take medications I would usually take. Being a mom adds another layer too, because we don’t have much us time for that self care. Some of my tried and true pregnancy remedies are:
- A nice warm soak in some wonderful bath mixture. I’m a big fan of Aura Cacia bath aroma therapy baths. If you’re like me, you are itchy at the end of pregnancy with the hormones and stretch marks. I love my stripes after the baby comes, but that last month pregnant with them? That is the absolute worse. I like to use their milk and oat mixture or the relaxing lavender one! They’re both really great and the milk and oats always helps calm my itchiness! A more natural and creative friend told me it also works to take old fashioned oats and powdered milk, put them in a food processor and use those! I have not tried that yet, but she told me it’s great and can be cheaper; something moms tend to be looking for!
- Drink lots of liquids-no matter how unappetizing they sound. I’m a girl who drinks a lot of water and homemade lemonade/teas. I have soda now and then(I actually crave it terribly while pregnant!) and I like a good hard drink(when not pregnant!). During this sick weekend, though, I knew I was getting dehydrated and water was not cutting it. I broke out the electrolyte sports drinks that I’m not the biggest fan of, and downed a few of those. Well, gently sipped. Gulps make me more sick, so nice slow sips help.
- Sleep. I know, trust me, that at 36 weeks pregnant, it’s hard to sleep. Your hips hurt, your ribs hurt, that babe is kicking away. But sleep is still so important and heals your body. I do recommend sleeping in a recliner if possible; that has always helped me! I also know it’s not always possible, since I had to nap with 4 other kids running around! But sleep is such an important part of your health! You are still growing an extra person as well.
- Ask for help. If you have other kids, don’t be afraid to ask someone to help you out. My husband was here this weekend, so I relied on him, but I’m sure if I had called up some of the moms from my church or our family, they would have stopped in to let me take a nap. Other moms know. They get how hard the last month can be. If they don’t, don’t call them, you don’t need one of those “pregnancy was the best time of my life” voices coming out when you’re throwing up the seventh time that day and can barely stand. (I’m kidding!…sort of.) Build your village as a new mom and then use it! And next time you’re the healthy one and they’re sick, you can help them too.
I know you’ll feel pretty terrible some times while pregnant and there’s an idea out there you shouldn’t complain because you’re blessed to be pregnant. The truth is, yeah, we are so lucky to have these babies on their way. But pregnancy also can be a hard, long process that hurts and is miserable. Let people know if you need help or a break! Your entire body has been taken over by an organ that has grown almost ten times it’s size. Your other organs are being squished. It’s okay to admit sometimes it is really horrible, terrible, no good and very bad. I support that. Most women who have been pregnant will support that.
As always though, if anything comes up and you are worried, please call your care provider. While I personally was not too freaked out by this sickness, vomiting and headaches can be a sign of pre-eclampsia; it is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry.