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At five weeks, I knew I was pregnant. So many hormones roaring through my body and symptoms galore! I thought I was prepared for pregnancy, but now I feel like nothing can really prepare you for pregnancy. I was already taking a prenatal supplement; I wanted to start a multivitamin anyway. With trying to get pregnant I thought, “Why not just take a prenatal?” I read that it’s ideal to take a prenatal two months prior to conceiving and to keep taking them until breastfeeding is done. If Husband and I plan to have any more kids I figure I’ll need to be on a prenatal for the next 5+ years.
I’m currently on Rainbow Light Prenatal One. I can’t imagine trying to keep track of taking more than one prenatal pill a day, so it had to be an all-in-one for me. This pill was evaluated alongside 25 other best-selling prenatal pills and it stuck out as the one I thought could work for me. It ranked pretty well for accuracy of its labeling and safety of its ingredients. I don’t love that there is a little too much iron in it as that can cause constipation, but I find that my body adjusted within a few weeks.
Next up? Choosing a birthplace and healthcare provider (update: wrote about my choice here). I read that most places want to do an eight week appointment, so I feel a need to hurry and find someone. I met with a friend of mine who is studying to be a midwife and asked her for suggestions. She gave me a referral with a woman I will have to follow up with. She also sent me home with several books on pregnancy, which was a strange feeling for me. You see, yes, I am six weeks pregnant, but that’s hardly pregnant and I am not quite used to the idea yet. I certainly don’t want to be seen carrying around books about it! Not yet, anyway.
- Abdominal cramps and soreness
- Extremely sore on top
- More frequent trips to the toilet
- Dizzy when I stand up
- Always hungry
- Mood Swings: anxiety, depression and crabby most of the time 😦
- Nausea: in small amounts, randomly
- Food aversions: eggs and peanuts (but I’m eating them anyway because it’s what I bought from the grocery store to eat this week.)
- Cravings: sweets (not unusual for me though)
- Size changes: Increased bust, gained two pounds in the last month
I’m not always dizzy, but I am always tired. I have been worried about things related to my job a lot lately, is that a pregnancy symptom? I’m always crabby, so I am trying to pray/meditate 15 minutes a day. I would love for that to be a routine I establish before being a mom, so that it would be easier to continue.
Poor Husband, I am not the easiest person to get along with right now. I know that needs to change. Regardless of how I feel, I want to be kind to those around me. I want to exercise, but at this point I am not doing much more than walking with Husband daily because of the fatigue. I’m excited to choose a healthcare provider and see if there are safe herbal remedies I can take for fatigue and anxiety.
What prenatal pills have you taken? Any suggestions of good a brand I should try?