& wow! 24 weeks!! That’s 6 months! Only a few more months to go! Feels like forever to go but I’m sure time will fly by. I gotta treasure the next few months of being pregnant and just enjoy this journey. I mean, I’m really very excited to meet my baby and I’m imagining all sorts of things and thinking about a million different things about what life will be like when baby is here. Sometimes it makes me excited and sometimes it makes me a little nervous coz life is going to be very different in soooo very many different ways!
I think I’ve finally gotten use to the size of my belly. There were a few weeks of discomfort and just trying to find a comfortable everything – sitting on the couch comfortably, sitting at work, walking, balance when putting pants on, putting my ankle boots on, etc. But now, I feel I’ve gotten the groove of my pregnant body and the changes that are happening. I know I’m only going to get bigger & I’ll have to re-adjust again but oh well. It’s all part of this journey!
I started eating better this week and by better I mean, I’m trying to follow the plant-based lifestyle. For me that means, less to no junk/processed/sugary food/meats/dairy/seafood/poultry and more fruits and veggies. I started on Sunday, March 19. Let’s be honest, it’s not perfect since I just started but I’m doing pretty good. I’ll have a treat here and there but for the most part I’d say I’m 80/20.
The reason I’m doing this is because I had an ECG/Holtor monitor test done a month ago. & the reason the doctor asked me to do this test was because I fainted (at a grocery in January when I had the worst cold in my life coz I couldn’t take any drugs coz of my pregnancy) & I was experiencing heart palpitations. I didn’t do the test right away coz I didn’t think anything of it and thought it was nothing. But 2 weeks after my doctor gave me the requisition, I decided to just do the test anyway, just in case. So off I went to get the test done (which was the weekend before my birthday). I didn’t get a call from the doctor after waiting a week/2 for the results so to me that means good news. & then I had my prenatal doctor appointment last Friday with a substitute doctor coz my doctor was on vacation and she told me that she was going to be away when I saw her last month. I saw the substitute doctor and she went over the results of my ECG/Holtor monitor test with me. She told me that most of my results were good except for one. The one that she said she only saw in old people coz of blocked arteries. I was so surprised!! yikes! & thought my bad eating habits is catching up to me. She told me she was going to refer me to a cardiologist who takes pregnant patients at St Paul’s hospital. After we talked about the results, we continued with regular routine of baby check. Baby’s heart rate is normal. Size of baby is normal. YAY! I left the doctor, texting my husband, telling him that I was going to change my eating habits because of what the doctor told me! I wasn’t worried/anxious because I’ve read/watched documentaries and learned that heart related diseases is reversible with diet change. I’ve done this before so I can do this! So after a day or soaking in the info & having a day of eating delicious unhealthy food, I made the change on Sunday. Then Monday came and I got a call from the sub doctor and she told me she spoke to the cardiologist about my test results and good news!! All results are normal! What the sub doctor thought was a concern was actually normal! Woohoooo! I was happy but at the same time confused. So do I go back to my bad eating habits? It was definitely very tempting coz now I don’t really have a reason to make the change. But hubs suggested I stick to it coz it is healthy for me and most importantly for baby. So I stuck to it. I’m not doing this to lose weight or any vain reason. It’s for my health and for my baby. & there’s no need to worry about lack of protein, calcium, B12, etc – nutrition we’ve been brain washed to think that only comes from animals… coz well they’re also in plants! Plus I’ve been eating plenty of meat for most of my pregnancy that I’m sure can last forever! Oh! I’m giving myself one meat meal a week! 🙂 I’m trying to think what I’ll treat myself after a week of being mostly plant-based. I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂 && best part about all of this is hubs & I are doing this lifestyle change together! 🙂 🙂
Oh! I want to mention that the sub doctor said I could have a copy of the results and asked where they could fax it to. Fax? People still do that? Aren’t we living in the digital age now? But anyways, I had the results faxed to my office and I read the results and yea, it just went over my head. I don’t have the medical background to actually understand it. So I did the next best thing, I took a picture of it and sent it to my good friend, Cherryl and asked her about it. She’s a pharmacist and enjoys looking into this kind of stuff. I am soo thankful to have a friend like her! She called me and interpreted the results in normal English & not medical/doctory language. & she told me there’s nothing to worry about. What she said and what the sub doctor said over the phone were identical, except I understood what Cherryl said more… plus I probably asked her more questions 🙂
So, I’m not a huge fan of this week’s photo coz it looks pretty distorted. I didn’t realize I didn’t adjust my camera to take a proper photo but oh well. @ least I have something. Comparing this week’s photo to last week’s, it looks like my belly shrunk a bit? But I’m thinking coz the photo wasn’t taken properly. & maybe the top I wore made it look slightly smaller? Note to self – adjust camera properly for next week’s photo! 🙂