Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Consti-what-what?

TMI and reader discretion warning!

I just want to poop.

There I said it.

Those words no one (especially women) openly admits...ever. It is a sensitive subject and I feel it's time to open it up for discussion.

One of the lovely side effects of pregnancy is commonly constipation, and to me it is the worst side effect. Ever since I started eating healthy and drinking gobs of water I have been regular, 4 weeks into my pregnancy and my intestines put everything on hold...literally. Thanks to the lovely hormone progesterone produced during pregnancy, women's digestive tracts slow down vastly due to relaxed muscles. We don't break down and process food as quickly which leads to constipation as well as heartburn and indigestion.

There is no shame in it, its natural and painful and really, really needs to be talked about more openly. I was even ashamed to discuss it with my doctor, whom probably hears it daily. Why? I honestly don't know. Maybe because no one talks about bowel movements due to it stinky nature, perhaps it's just never brought up. But either way I hope that by sharing my experience some other mommy to be or lady in pain will gain some incite.

So after about 3 days of no movement...none but pushing with no luck...I called my OB. I was so backed up my stomach was sore to the touch and I was constantly nauseous. He recommended Miralax (safe during pregnancy) which is a stool softener, not a laxative. He said to take 3 doses a day until I had my first BM then just use it once daily or as I needed.

2 days later a miracle occurred!

I pooped!

I even texted Dustin to tell him I felt so wonderful!

Its amazing how we take simple things like going to the bathroom foregranted until we can't do it. I recommend Miralax to anyone fighting constipation. I also recommend talking to your doctor or a friend about it. Even if you are embarrassed. Chronic constipation can also be a sign of more serious problems and can lead to problems such a intestinal blockage or hemorrhoids.

Listen to your body...it knows best!
 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Creamy Potato Ham Soup

I baked a delicious ham for a family dinner Sunday..and as usual had a ton left. I sent it to work for lunches with Dustin and I have been force feeding it to Scarlett. I was a little afraid for my life today, if I were to serve it again. Great family secret...use left over ham in our family recipe of potato soup.

At risk of being disowned, out cast, and potentially beaten I am going to share that recipe with you. Its too yummy not to!

Ingredients
4 medium Yukon gold potatoes
2 small yellow onions
4-6 ounces chopped and diced ham
2 stalks celery diced
3.5 cups water
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

1. In a large pot mix potatoes, onions, ham, celery and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat. Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are softened.

2. In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium-low heat. Mix in flour whisking continuously for 1 minute. Will thicken quickly. Slowly pour in milk while continuing to whisk to prevent lumps. Add in salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes while mixture thickens.

3. Mix milk mixture into big pot with potatoes mixture and cook on medium for an additional 10 minutes. Stirring every now and then. Soup will become creamy.

Thes secret to my family recipe is its simplicity. We don't over complicated it with things like chicken stock which also makes its high in sodium(my mom has high blood pressure).

Makes 8 servings
153 calories
27 carbs
7 proteins

Hope you all enjoy! Another great tip...we add cheese! But that is added calories!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Caught In A Rut

Confession time...

And I am embarrassed to admit...

But I am in a fitness rut!

I am so tired all the time..and I know it will pass soon. The first trimester is the worst, but I feel I am neglecting my health.

I have worked out a few of times since finding out about the baby and it felt wonderful. But I have gotten to the point where the idea of working out just exhausts me. I shouldn't make excuses. Excuses are for the weak.

I am not weak.

I do have a plan though. I am going to discuss this with my OB because I feel it is more than just the pregnancy draining me. Low iron? Trouble aleeping? There are numerous things I feel are contributing and he will know what route to take to get me back on my game.

In the mean time I am eating as best I can and resting. The thought of meat grosses me out so I am looking for alternative protein sources. Will always take recommendations? As well as working hard on fiber intake. Oh the lovely side effects of pregnancy(constipation)...