1. You’re not glowing
Well, you might be…but it’s likely due to the fact that you’re so hot in the dead of winter that you’re sweating. A lot. While your hormonal changes can certainly influence your skin (positively or negatively), the first time I noticed I was glowing was after a huge sweatfest and visit to the porcelain god thanks to an unsettling breakfast. I get it often, and I can tell you every time I get the compliment, I feel sticky. But, I love my sticky, sweaty, pregnant mess of a body because it’s beautifully glowing. I just assumed it would always be less…hot.
2. You don’t need to eat for two
First lesson I had to learn: you’re not doubling your caloric intake. (This is for singleton pregnancies). In the first trimester you likely don’t even need to increase your calories (unless you were cutting! Then you should eat at your normal calorie intake). In the second trimester you likely need to eat about 200-350 more calories, which is not the entire pizza if you normally eat half…it’s about an extra bowl of oatmeal or a cup of walnuts and a yogurt extra a day. Sorry Pizza Hut buffet lovers – it’s not free-range eating! Even moving into the third trimester, caloric requirements vary but really about 300-450 is what you need. Don’t be too hard on yourself though if you do cave for cravings. Just ensure you’re getting nutrients in first that babe will need!
3. Prenatal vitamins can suck
And I mean suck so bad that you cry at your midwife appointment because you feel guilty for not taking them after the first trimester. Yep. That was me. I stopped taking mine after the first trimester and the guilt was incredible. I was raised thinking that prenatal were an absolute must and if you don’t your baby will surely be deficient in everything and die. Morbid, I know. But that’s how I felt. My midwife and I went over my diet and determined where I can get most of the needed nutrients from (loads of leafy greens! Loads and loads!) and made some compromises – to ensure I was getting my vitamins I took a B-Complex, fish oil, vitamin D, and a probiotic on top of a complete dietary overhaul. This — this my body could keep down. But my incredible prenatal, well-researched and all, was not staying down. So talk to your doc and be honest about what you can and can’t do – you won’t regret it!