Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Naps, headaches and potatoes

I've had such an easy, comfortable pregnancy so far that days like today and yesterday really catch me off guard. Yesterday started out fine -- I had a very busy morning (annual eye appointment, visit to the chiropractor), and intended to get to work on my massive to-do list as soon as I got home. But as soon as I walked through the front door, I knew nothing on my list was going to get checked off. I needed a nap. Immediately. When I woke up two hours later, I decided to make a baked potato for lunch. I still haven't officially determined how I feel about potatoes (are they paleo? not paleo? paleo in moderation?), but a couple of days ago I came to the conclusion that I'm going to include the occasional potato in my diet (I need more variety -- I've been living on eggs, fruit, carrot sticks and almond flour muffins for far too long already). So anyway, about 90 seconds after finishing this potato I felt nauseous. Then, I threw up (sorry -- I'm not trying get all T.M.I. or anything; I'm just trying to be real). The throwing up was the weirdest thing, because I didn't really feel sick before it happened (aside from those 90 seconds), and I didn't feel sick after. I just felt overwhelmingly tired again, so I took another nap.

Later, I managed to not only make dinner (a miracle in and of itself) but I also created a new, paleo meatloaf recipe. It was decent, but not worth sharing quiet yet. Cooking wiped me out, though -- I spent the rest of the evening zoning out in front of the television. At 10pm I went to bed with a pounding headache.

Today hasn't been any better. Maybe even worse, actually! The headache was not gone when I woke up, and it was so bad that I stayed in bed most of the morning and I even missed my noon workout (I do not like missing that class -- it has been a part of my routine for so long). I know the headache is allergy-related, and under normal circumstances I would just take a Sudafed and an Advil and the headache would be gone. But, since I can't take that stuff while pregnant I just have to wait it out. The good news, though, is this whole seasonal allergy business is a lot better this year than ever before! In the past, I've had sneezing and itchy eyes in addition to the headaches. So far the sneezing has been minimal, and the itchy eyes non-existent. Thank you, paleo diet!

I guess the bottom line here is that I think I've finally had a small taste of what it feels like to not have a great pregnancy. I think paleo goes a long way toward making pregnancy better than average, but I don't think it makes anyone immune to side effects or difficulties.

As for that baked potato -- I still cannot figure out why that happened. A part of me wants to try another potato to see if I get sick again (I know this sounds weird, but I'm curious), but then again it is probably better to just scrap the potato idea altogether. I can always just go back to boiled eggs and unsweetened organic applesauce.


  1. Well, I threw up nearly everything that I ate the first 4 months, so don't give up on the poor potato just yet (assuming you are craving them) Maybe the little one is going through a growth spurt!

  2. The potato thing definitely wasn't a craving. I mean, I like them but can certainly do without and am not compelled to chase them down. I'm actually not experiencing cravings, just aversions (fortunately).

  3. I believe that Benadryl is ok during pregnancy and it can help calm your stomach. On the flip side it can make you drowsy. I think you are doing a great job of listening to your body. Keep up the good work!


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