Week seven felt like there weren’t too many drastic changes from week six in terms of how I felt or looked. I feel like the nausea wasn’t as severe this week, but I don’t think it let up at all, I think I just kind of started getting use. I accepted the morning sickness into my daily routine and let go of my attachment to certain foods that are usually a staple in my diet.
The morning sickness, herbal tincture helps a lot. I find myself wandering into the kitchen at 3am every morning to eat two strawberries and have some water. The nausea is always worse with an empty stomach or an over stuffed one. I wake up to go pee and once I’ve stood vertical, something in my body shifts and within a few minutes I’m overcome by nausea even after lying back down. I normally go straight from the bathroom back to bed and as I lie there uncomfortable and sick to my stomach, I end up getting back up and making my way to the kitchen for my tiny midnight snack.
The exhaustion is also kicking me in the bum! I notice it most when I’m driving. My eyes just feel unable to focus on the road and traffic as closely as I would like them to. I don’t feel at risk for falling asleep at the wheel, I just feel less alert than normal which is scary in Boston traffic. I’ve been taking naps whenever my one year old takes his afternoon nap. It’s a tough decision because normally that nap time is a good opportunity for me to do some dishes and pick up the mess he made around the house or even get in a little yoga practice.
I just keep telling myself to embrace the change and go with the flow. Pregnancy makes me feel especially vulnerable for many reasons. I feel extra protective of my body since it is the sacred vessel carrying my unborn child and as I grow larger, I loose physical strength and agility. The biggest thing that wrecks havoc on me mentally is the physical changes. I normally feel so in control of my own body; what it looks like, how strong I am, the things that is does… Pregnancy throws all of that control out the window. Suddenly, every morning I wake up to a new physical change and throughout pregnancy, the body never stops growing and changing shape and I struggle to having no control over much of those changes.
I also just realized that because I've been slacking on getting these weekly updates posted, I posted week seven's pictures last week. I somehow don't have any tummy pictures from week six!!! I think it was because we were in Idaho visiting my family and it just got away from me. The pictures below are correct for week seven.