Monday, September 19, 2011

Five weeks to go and I am very, very tired!

I have been bitten by the lazy bug. I am completely exhausted most of the time and have little interest in doing anything other than napping, playing Scrabble, working out and going to my chiropractic/massage/pedicure/midwife appointments. I did envision this scenario, actually, which is why we planned to have all the baby prep finished by Labor Day Weekend. Unfortunately, we still have more to do! Nothing major (we have clothes, diapers and a place for her to sleep -- so if she arrived today everything would be just fine!), but enough to leave me feeling unsettled and disorganized! Plus, I have a million normal everyday tasks to work on. I want to get things done now because I know that once the baby is here, I won't have time for things like cleaning and organizing (at least not for a while).

I'm not just physically exhausted either ... I am mentally exhausted, too. Last night, for example, I sat down on the couch with a book. An informative book on breastfeeding that I need to read. I couldn't concentrate, though, and wound up watching Airplane instead (a hilarious movie that requires no concentration!). This, unfortunately, is affecting my blogging schedule and plans. I always have lots of great ideas for posts, but (obviously) they aren't moving past the idea phase. So, I decided that I'm going to save these ideas for later on. For now, I'm just going to blog about the simple and practical -- like what I'm doing (or not doing!) each day, my workouts and my diet in the final weeks of pregnancy (only five weeks to go!). I'm hoping this will help me keep some momentum going and help me add some structure to my days.

I'll start with a quick update on the junk food binge I blogged about several days ago. Thanks, by the way, for all the feedback! It is so comforting to know that I am not the only one who occasionally falls off the wagon. Anyway, after that post I had a few more rough days. Nothing like the days of cherry limeade and bread, but I was allowing too much non-paleo food to make its way into my diet. Ice cream one day, rice the next, a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee here and there. Not surprisingly, the longer this went on, the worse I felt and the stronger my aversions to eggs, chicken and veggies became. I decided to put a stop to it, cold turkey. Just like I did with cheese last year. Despite the fatigue, I feel fantastic now and I am reminded that consistently sticking to the paleo (pregnant or not) is exactly what my body needs. Over the course of the next month, I'm sure I'll indulge in a treat or two -- but no more all-out faileo moments. Childbirth is going to be tough, and I want to feel as good as possible going into it. How much more difficult will it be if I go into labor while suffering symptoms of the Standard American Diet? For me, probably a lot more difficult.


  1. I went through 4 natural childbirths (twins and 2 singletons all born at home) on a non-Paleo diet. I know that you are going to rock it with your spectacular diet and workout regiment (so what about the fall offs here and there, you're a rockstar!) I can't imagine how much easier my labors would have been if I'd been eating Paleo and working out. I'm so excited to see someone doing what you are doing. Keep up the great work and enjoy resting now. As a mom of 10 years I can honestly say, you'll never get to enjoy it again. Soak up every second!!

  2. Dawn, after 2 weeks of on & off faileo (more faileo than Paleo), I had a very bad headache in the weekend. Must be all that stuff in noodles and grilled cheese sandwiches I've been eating! Not that I eat a lot, though. I'm on a phase where I don't know what food I like. I'm going back to Paleo!
    5 weeks to go! Yay Dawn!!


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