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21 January 2018

My Strange Pregnancy Habits

It just occurred to me recently that pretty soon, some of the behaviors that feel so "normal" right now won't be so normal any more within a few weeks, because the reasoning behind them will be gone!

Here are a few of the odd habits I've developed during this pregnancy.

{let's play: spot the hairbands}

Wearing two hairbands on my right wrist at all times. Now, for some people, this is a normal, everyday sort of habit. But I've never been the hairband-on-wrist type. I usually wear my hair short and I prefer not to have it up in a ponytail. However, I decided that pregnancy was a good few months to try out longer hair and at the same time, having hair touching my neck suddenly gained the power to make me feel nauseated or overheated at a moment's notice. I need to always be able to throw my hair up if necessary. Hence, the two hairbands--the second one is in case the first disappears. It happens to us all. Must be prepared.

Waking up between 4 and 5 to eat first breakfast and then falling asleep again. In the first few months this was a vomit-prevention technique...that didn't work very well, but hey. Lately, it's more of a reaction to the fact that I wake up starving by that time in the morning, but yet, not really awake enough to start my day that early. I wake up again, usually before 7, and eat again. Actually, last night I woke up at midnight to eat, and the night before that it was 2 a.m.

Side hugs. Granted, I'm not much of a hugger at all. But usually, someone as close to me as, say, Angel, warrants the occasional real hug. No more. All side hugs.

Walking to the front of our apartment complex to be picked up instead of walking to our car. This route means I have to endure 5 fewer speedbumps than I would otherwise have to deal with. There's still speedbumps all over this island, but I can't avoid them all--at least I can avoid the ones in our parking lot. The walk from our apartment to the front is probably about equal to the walk from our apartment to the car in distance. It dawned on me recently that I'll stop doing this pretty soon and just walk to the car with my husband like a normal person.

Taking a thermos of cold water and snacks with me whenever I leave the house. I don't like to carry things around with me. Up until I started driving, I never even carried a purse, I'd just put cash or keys or whatever I needed in my pockets. In adult life, I've given in to the need for a small purse, but lately, it's more like a whole bag with my cold water and a green apple and chips or sunflower seeds or whatever snacks I think I may need to have on hand. Cold water is my magic cure-all if I ever start feeling bad, and avoiding hunger is my goal, so I try never to be caught without either my drink or my snacks! At church, at the hospital, on any errands--I have these necessities with me.


Not going to Angel's races. I look forward to cheering at his races again soon! I hadn't missed a race in our entire marriage up until this pregnancy...and I haven't been to a single race since June. I feel like I've coped well with the physical discomforts of pregnancy...as long as I'm at home or in a comfortable environment. Angel's races require early wake-up calls, and are often starting well before sunrise in muddy parks. Parking is always limited so there's usually a long, dark walk, crossing streets and making sure you don't stumble on drains or broken cement to get from the car to the starting line. There won't be any chairs for spectators, and if there are bathrooms they will be overcrowded, muddy, and more than likely they will be squat toilets. In my healthy state, I can deal. But lately...sorry honey, you're on your own. He even got 8th place and a trophy in his most recent 10k, which according to his fancy watch was actually an 11.2k, but I wasn't there to see it.

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Funny to consider how "normal" will look so very different in a few short weeks, and a whole new set of everyday habits will be established!

24 comments :

  1. I always wake up between 3am and 4am and need to eat. I'll admit I have always done this BUT I now have to eat too. At first it was to prevent nausea and now it's because I'm SO hungry I think I will die. Since going gluten-free 4 years ago, I've always gotten into the habit of having a snack or two with me at all times BUT now it's amplified, I always have a myriad of snacks on me at all times. It's definitely going to prepare me to have a kid. You're getting SO close!

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  2. I totally packed food EVERYWHERE. I also loved setting things on my stomach while lounging, and would often use my tummy as an arm rest ��

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  3. I have never been pregnant, but I can imagine myself getting some strange habits. Luckily most of your new habits are ok, haha. Nothing like having to eat whole raw cloves of garlic like my mom when she was pregnant with me!

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  4. I can totally understand why you would be giving side hugs! Anything else would be like squishing your little one! haha

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  5. Isn't it funny what pregnancy does to you, besides the obvious changes? I didn't have any weird food cravings, but loved salty. I couldn't do chicken and almost two years later still tend to avoid it.

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  6. haha, the first one used to be a regular thing for me until I lost one (or lent it out? either way, it's been gone ever since :[ ). Yay for packed snacks + water, and side hugs, I would totally understand, haha.

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  7. Aww, I'm sorry you've had to miss his races! That stinks. I know it will all be worth it for you in the end, but that doesn't mean it's easy right now! You're almost there! Yay!

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  8. Gone are the days of carrying very little when you leave the house! Now you will continue to carry snacks (you'll say they are for baby but really they are for us too!) but now you will not only add diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and bibs but also an entire change of clothes for the whole family because it's the one time you don't pack them that you'll get puked on from top to bottom! Enjoy your new bundle of joy! There's nothing better!

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  9. I'd totally be right there with you having a million snacks. I'm not preggo yes--hopefully in the next year or so, but I'm prepping now for that grocery bill haha!

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  10. Yes to the snacks and water! I must always have food on hand! And be near a restroom ...

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  11. Ha! The two hairbands thing - YES. I actually found myself doing this more after baby arrived because I needed to always keep it out of reach ;)

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  12. Yep so many things changes during pregnancy and with a baby. Its a fun adventure and definitely life changing! Best wishes for the upcoming new stage of having a baby in your lives.

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  13. It is funny how these habits will seem like they happened so long ago once you give birth!

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  14. I'm not pregnant but I almost always have my hair up because when it sits on my neck it can get really hot, really quick...so if it's not up, I probably have a hair band somewhere. LOL

    It's good to have these things written down so you can look back and "remember when..."

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  15. I've started packing car snacks when I go run errands!

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  16. i LOL'ed at "first breakfast" That makes sense haha! Snacks are also great to have!

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  17. Pregnancy is such an interesting journey, isn't it? I think it's great that you've written this all out. Your baby will love to read it when he/she is older. As for the carrying a purse/bag, it will only continue to grow in size as your family grows :) I have 6 kids and I feel like we're packing for vacation every time we get in the car!

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  18. I agree with what others have said, we ALWAYS have snacks and water with us. I too say they are for the kids, but........

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  19. It's a lot of change over a very short period of time, even if all the changes aren't HUGE :)

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  20. Oh, this is bringing back all the memories of strange pregnancy side-effects! Totally forgot about side hugs, haha! Hope you're feeling well. :)

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  21. It's so funny how many "I'll never..."s just go out the window when you're pregnant!

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  22. Hopefully those speed bumps won't give you any problems after the baby comes! I remember on the way to the hospital with both kids when I was in labor the speed bumps caused me terrible pain. It was all the bouncing!

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  23. This is so interesting! I hope you'll do another post on "strange" habits once the baby comes!

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  24. Oooo... If you don't like carrying things around, you're in for a surprise when little one arrives! ;-) You're going to be lugging around way more than you want!!! ;-)

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