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She Says… Weaning off

In preparation for soon being a baby hotel (hopefully!), I am preemptively weaning myself off of things women who are preggers are supposed to avoid. Unfortunately for me, this list includes several things I really, really enjoy.

tummy_milkThings I will miss the most:
– soft cheeses (oh goat cheese, how I love thee)
– wine (RED wine, to be exact)
– some fish (goodbye, spicy tuna maki roll)
– coffee/tea (see posts below)
– snorting massive amounts of cocaine

Just kidding about that last one. It’s funny to think about stopping these things when I have no idea if/when I’ll get knocked up, but a babymama (even a future one) can never be too careful. And for a perfectionist/overachiever like myself, that means following all the rules all the time. I’m sure that I’ll allow myself a few sips of wine here and there over the next few months, and maybe even a diet coke (gasp!), but overall I am happy to be able to take steps to make myself the best little baby-grower ever.

P.S. Headache and fatigue are nowhere to be seen. Must’ve been a minor caffeine withdrawal or the result of not getting enough sleep. Or (most likely) psychosomatic symptoms based on unnecessary Googling 🙂

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She Says… Ugh

Headache and fatigue like whoa. Is this how my new, non-caffeinated life will be? Could it be hormone withdrawal from birth control already? I’ve only been off it one day! I’m trying to tell myself it’s just exhaustion from a long weekend… that way it will be fixed with a good night’s sleep. But I made the mistake of Googling to see if these symptoms had anything to do with going off birth control and found countless posts from women complaining that they suffered headaches, cramps, nausea, weird bleeding and all kinds of crazy stuff when they went off birth control. Hm.

She Says… Caffeine

caffeineMaybe I am more addicted to caffeine than I thought? I’m not one of those people who need a cup of coffee to wake up in the morning; but I do end up drinking a cup or two of tea at some point during my work day. And I enjoy a Dunky’s iced coffee or Starbucks latte as much as the next girl. Recently, however, I read that women who drank lots of caffeine had more difficulty getting preggers and a higher risk of miscarriage once they were pregnant.

As yesterday was my last day of birth control pills and I’m beginning down the tenuous path to conception myself, I decided to switch to decaf. Over the weekend when I treated myself to a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, I didn’t notice a difference in the taste or the enjoyment of my coffee treat when I ordered it decaf. So the switch should be easy, yes?

This morning, however, I feel like I’m dragging quite a bit, and it’s barely lunchtime. I wonder if it’s the lack of caffeine in my daily cup o’ tea? Or maybe it’s just a little case of the Mondays.