27 July 2012

vegan pregnancy: 22 week update

the whole keeping track of "how" pregnant one is is a little confusing.  it all starts with being considered 2 weeks pregnant the moment you conceive - what?!  how is that even possible...  from there i guess it's not all that complicated -- just a matter of counting more weeks.  but whatever you do, don't ask me how many months along i am, because my brain cannot process that.  i am pregnant and can only discuss weeks.  {unless of course you take me out for vegan ice cream, and in that case we'll talk.}  and today i'm 22 weeks along!


when i told you all i was expecting i also mentioned that i had been feeling amazing - and i can say that this is still the case.  i feel so lucky to have had an easy go too because i have friends who were so ill for the first third of their pregnancies if not longer.  now that's not to say that i didn't notice any changes in how i felt, but for the most part what i experienced was really manageable.  the worst of it for me was the fatigue - from about week 7 to 11 i couldn't get enough sleep.  i was getting at least 8 or 9 hours every night and without fail, 3pm would hit me like i ton of bricks and no matter where i was or what i was doing i was unable to function & needed to nap!  i hated feeling like i was sleeping away a lovely part of the day so i was relieved when the fatigue eventually up and left me.  as far as morning sickness, i did have a 3 or 4 little random pangs of nausea where i thought, uh oh here we go, but those never lasted longer than a minute or two and thankfully never led to me loosing my cookies --- or rather i should say pineapple.  because one thing i certainly haven't been imune to are cravings....


for me it's been a fruity love affair.  first there was pineapple.  this is a fruit that i had always classified as a luxury -- one that i might splurge on twice a year.  by about 8 weeks into this pregnancy it became clear that this was no longer the case because i needed pineapple and i needed it yesterday!  although i'm no longer munching through 1 (sometimes 2!) a week, i still keep some on hand in the fridge in case of emergencies.  but now do you know what i've moved on to?  watermelon.  fresh, juicy watermelon dripping down my chin as i eat it over the sink, cubed and kept in the fridge for grazing every time i pass by or even tossed in a salad.


there's only problem about watermelon, is that it makes me bloated.  we're talkin' i look like i'm 7 months preggers bloated.  oh well, such is life and the sacrifices we make!!  

as for aversions, there really haven't been any to speak of, and from what i understand i think i'm in the clear {aside from the fact that i totally just jinxed myself}.  that said, until about week 15 sometimes m's smoothie concoctions were beyond my ability to stomach.  but i'm not sure if that was a factor of the pregnancy or a factor of his recipes.  hah.  {sorry love if you're reading this!}

and the little bump under my shirt, it's coming along just fine... although i've been pretty slow to pack on the pounds thus far {i'm hovering around 5-6 pounds gained}, the bump keeps growing bit by bit and i now look pregnant to the outside world instead of just looking like i've been scarfing a few too many veggie reubens!  i'm fairly certain that it's only a matter of time before the little vegan bun has a crazy growth spurt though.  oh dear.


oh yeah, and this: instead of going to the movies the other night, m & i scrubbed the oven.  let the nesting games begin!  and also... i swear i have to pee every 20 minutes.

next week we've got another appointment coming up with our midwives {whom i adore!} and i'll catch you up on how that goes too.

for now though, have yourselves a sweet weekend.

xo


15 comments:

  1. That is awesome that you are feeling good! Go easy on the pineapple...it is known to put you into labour.

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    1. haha, seems like a lot of foods are good for that! i did a little reading just now and it sounds as though you`d have to eat through about 5 whole pineapples for the bromelain to induce labour -- thankfully my cravings were never that intense ;)

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  2. Hey!
    You look lovely :) I clicked on your sweet link to find that yummy cake! Do you think you could sub the macadamia nuts with any other? any suggestions?
    Thank ya!
    Adri

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    1. definitely cashews, i`ve made it since with them - macadamias are a little out of my budget these days!

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  4. Yes I agree, three times the price of cashews (I just picked some up). I'm looking forward to making the cake tomorrow :)

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  5. so glad you're feeling good! yay! and love the pineapple! it's definitely a luxury fruit:)

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  6. i think it's illegal to be so cute ;)

    i'm so glad you are having such a happy pregnancy *knock on wood* and how great is it that you're craving fruit and not chocolate milkshakes? no wonder you've only gained 5lbs ;)

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    1. haha, oh there are other indulgences too - trust me on that one! just nothing as urgent as my appetite for pineapple ;)

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  7. You are the stinkin' cutest pregnant lady!!! <3

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    1. nawwwww... you can come around here any day to feed me such nice compliments. bring cookies too though ;)

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  8. Nesting! I'm so bleepin' excited for you and Mark.

    I remember madly scrubbing the walls at the end of month 8.

    congrats, Jess.
    xo

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  9. Wowzers! I don't know how I missed this news! Your blog updates didn't show up in my reader :(

    Congrats to you and hubby! I always love to read that another vegan will be entering the world. I'm glad to hear you're feeling well, too. xoxo

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    1. thank you so much nicole! :)
      on another note, just saw that you and lisa have another cooking demo in the works for the the tva festival next month - am really hoping i'm able to make it down! xo

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    2. We would love to see you there, Jess!

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