Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Week 22 : Martial art kicks

The mild butterfly movements have given way to martial art kicks now. The kicks come at the oddest of times that sometimes makes me giggle but I have to control myself for I am either in a meeting or talking to someone or fast asleep in the night. Mostly I experience the kicks after food - lunch and dinner and the kicks are more pronounced in the nights than day times. It probably happens all the time but being busy all through the day I fail to pay attention. On weekends and holidays this week, I observed carefully and the movements and the kicks have been so much so that I wonder if the baby is playing football inside. Sometimes the kicks come with a huge force that gets uncomfortable.
It almost always happens on the same side of the stomach that makes me think the baby's head is on the left and the feet on the right.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Craving of the month : Pizza

I've been longing to have Pizza for months now.I'm so delighted to have a veggie delight today at Pizza Hut with peppers, jalapenos, black olives to my heart's content. I had one for lunch and got a take-away for dinner. Now that's called craving.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The 4 p.m. snack

I'd really feel exhausted and hungry by 3 p.m. at work. Since I had preponed my lunch sessions to 12:00 from the usual 1:00 p.m. after I got pregnant to avoid the huge gap between breakfast and lunch, I would get hungry by early evening. Not sure what to pack for the evening snack, I started experimenting with fruits, cookies, biscuits etc. Cookies and biscuits gave me heartburn and fruits worked for good.

You might want to try that as well. If it was apple, I would take uncut apple. Some of the fruits that are good during pregnancy and will also make you feel good are :

  1. Pomegranate

  2. Apple

  3. Cheeku>

There were days when I have packed a small box of dry fruits also for a change like black currants, badams, figs and dates. Cashews are heavy and I have generally avoided them. This snack again would last only for 2 hours. By the time I got on to my bus to head back home at 6 p.m., hunger pangs would start. Apple was meant exclusively for the bus as it is easy to eat without making a fuss. It has worked great for 4 months now.

The bump is quite visible now which means out go the fitting clothes and in comes the maternity ones. It is going to be a couple of weeks more when I will have to stop wearing those last few trousers and jeans that fit me now.

We shopped for maternity clothes at Fabindia this weekend and I was disappointed to know that they don't have a range of maternity wear. So had to settle in for plus size clothes..the problem with these being that it fits the bump comfortably but hangs so loosely over my shoulders that makes it look like clothes on a hangar. But comfort comes first for me now than looks and these are comfortable cotton wear, so no complaints.

I prefer dark loose cotton clothing that is comfortable to climb and get down from the bus steps and in general to move around at work.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Week 20: Breathlessness

I have been experiencing acute breathlessness this week. Brief periods when I am unable to breathe freely and feel very suffocated. So I consulted my Doctor and she says, "Well, if you can't breathe..then take long deep breaths, that should help." What has actually helped though is Pranayama in the mornings. I do breathing exercises the first thing every morning and through out the day wheenever I can. I used to climb a flight of 40 stairs 2-3 times a day at work. I have stopped doing that and am using the elevator now, this has also helped immensely.