Ice cream and pickles. Pizza at midnight. Nachos with EXTRA cheese. A slurpee at 8:30 am. Sound like a child’s dream menu? Nope. These are actual cravings I had during pregnancy- especially during the first part of my pregnancy prior to morning sickness hitting.
So, are pregnancy cravings a real thing? And why do pregnant women get them?
According to WebMD.com, no one really knows why pregnancy cravings happen. But, those cravings could be a sign that your body is in need of some nutrient that it is currently lacking. Craving pickles? Sodium. Craving ice cream? Calcium. Big Mac? Potassium. “It’s not that the body actually needs the specific food you are craving, but it may need something in that food. And your taste buds just interpret it as a craving for something specific,” says Rebarber (from WebMD.com)
Are you currently expecting? Chances are you’ll need to add some pieces to your wardrobe to make room for that cute baby bump! And, lucky for you, there are many retailers who offer maternity lines that are cute AND affordable! Here are some of our favorite places to purchase maternity clothes and some pieces we’d love to wear too:
If you’re not careful, you’ll be bombarded with a TON of baby info. From apps, books, other moms, online communities, you have a lot of access to information. Here are some of the resources that helped us most while we were pregnant:
We loved this book as a reference to keep on our bedside table. Not only does it give a great summary of what you and your baby are going through each week of your pregnancy, but it also has great images and a helpful index guide. I referred to it a lot, especially with my first pregnancy, each night and would always jump ahead to see what my baby and body would be doing in the weeks’ ahead. It is a great resource for any questions or concerns you may have at any week during pregnancy. See this book here.
The author of this book is a doctor who believes newborns are in their fourth trimester and gives you tools on how to help a newborn be more comfortable. He introduces the 5 ‘S’s that trigger a calming reflex in newborns. From swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking, this book gives you a comprehensive guide on how to comfort baby. We loved the insight this book offers because it has helped calm a crying newborn many, many times. It also offers a lot of insight into what colic is and why some babies have it. See this book here.
You see it all the time in movies: pregnant female, water breaks, look of shock on her face, and a mad dash from her partner to find her bag, then proceeding to run to the door, usually forgetting the keys, and then once at the hospital, hysteric, sweaty screams from the pregnant lady as she’s giving birth. All the while, the partner’s hand is being squeezed far too hard, and then… ta-da! A newborn (who looks strangely bigger than an actual newborn baby AND much cleaner) has arrived! But wait… What if I told you this isn’t exactly the scenario that happens when it comes to childbirth? Guess what: YOU have options on what YOU want when it comes to your labor and delivery.
Do you prefer a natural labor? (Meaning: no unnecessary medications with as close to a natural experience for you and baby as possible?)
Are you nervous about the pain factor associated with labor and delivery and not afraid of drugs to help ease the pain?
Have you heard stories of women who had to get a C-section even though they were determined not to?
We’ll shed light on each of these methods, so you have a better understanding of each to find what birth plan best fits your needs. Personally, I have gone through 2 of the 3 options and will share with you what, by far, was my best labor at the end of the article.