I’m sleeping all the friggin time. Seriously.
It doesn’t help that I am without my Adderall. That usually means I’m back to one nap a day. But I’m easily averaging 2-3. From what I read, being extra tired is pretty normal as your body goes through the whole making-a-person ordeal. And that the first trimester is pretty bad.
Still, it would be nice to feel wakeful pretty much ever.
In the meantime, I’m just trying to get a handle on the pregnancy diet. The protein requirements are pretty insane.
The book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” suggests trying to eat 3 of the following servings each day:
4 oz of chicken breast (32 g) or fish (24 oz) or beef (28 oz)
4 large eggs (25 g)
2 cups of yogurt (28 g)
1 cup cottage cheese (30 g)
3/4 cup grated cheese (24 g)
and so on.
In other words, I’m expected to ingest around 90 grams of protein a day for the duration of my pregnancy. You know, when I’m actually awake. Sheesh.
My daily intake of Kashi Go Lean Crunch (plus accompanying milk) results in about 22 grams of protein, but that’s still less than 25%.
Tim’s mom has been cooking/teaching him to cook, which means we have meat with most dinners. So, on average, I’m having about 20-30 grams of protein there.
But that’s still only a little over a half of what I am supposed to be taking in.
I tried Greek yogurt yesterday and thought it was pretty good. So I’m going to have to switch to that, since it’s an extra 7 grams per serving. That will also help my calcium intake, which isn’t bad but isn’t great.
I also need to start making sure I get plenty of Vitamin C. The only good thing about my Adderall-less life is that I can add OJ back in. I may go for calcium-enriched stuff to pad out my daily calcium too.
Then there’s 6 servings a day of whole grains and 3-4 leafy green/yellow vegetables. I’ve pretty much decided that I’ll need to get a dry erase board and just check things off over the course of the day.
I should also be adding a little more calcium into my diet, I think. And I’m doing okay on the Vitamin C front, if not great.
In and around this, I’m also fighting my normal holiday chocolate cravings. Which is to say, I’m not fighting them at all. So I guess the one good thing about the pregnancy diet is that I’ll be so busy fulfilling my basic nutritional needs that I won’t have a lot of time (or stomach capacity) for chocolate. Well, for binging on it, anyway.
And, at least if I’m busy paying attention to what I’m eating, I should be able to keep a better handle on weight gain. Not only will it be good for my overall health (and the baby’s) but also will help me put off buying maternity clothes.
I plan to mainly shop for larger, stretchy clothes over actual maternity wear, though I’ll keep my eye on sales at Target, JCPenney, etc. And now I’m off to make up my list for the day’s nutritional needs. Until I get a white board, it’ll be done on paper.