Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On the mend

I wasn't exactly surprised that the pregnancy test was positive -- It had been about 10 weeks afterall. Six weeks late is pretty obvious, I just don't like the idea of wasting money on a pregnancy test, so I don't take one until I'm pretty darn certain.

That said, it's been a weird pregnancy so far. Usually I'm a bit morning sick, but nothing major, and that's it. This time, no morning sickness, but terrible "evening sickness" -- the further the day went on, the worse I felt. Every day. By early evening, I was reduced to sitting on the couch, half-watching the kids play. It was a really good day if I could make supper. And I've been feeling crummy, crummy, crummy.

And I've had the worst gas ever. This is somewhat normal early pregnancy for me, but not this bad, not this painful, and not with the horrid burps.

So, at my first appointment (when I was 12-13 weeks ish), I compained: I have headaches, I feel crummy all the time, I'm not digesting properly, I'm cold almost always, I'm super tired, when will it end? Aren't I out of first trimester? I should be feeling great! (I usually feel wonderful second trimester).

The midwife frowned and said, "I think we should add a thyroid test to your blood work".

That started me thinking. Hmm... thyroid. It could make sense to me.

Pretending to be the naturalist that I wish I was, I looked up "thyroid" in my trusty herb book. Kelp, Cayenne, and four or five other herbs that I didn't have on hand. I happened to also notice that all the "thyroid" herbs were also "diabetes" herbs. Aha! I wonder if this is gestational diabetes. I am heavier than I usually am when I start a pregnancy. I'm craving nothing but pasta. I'm eating way too many carbs, hmmm....

So I made up some kelp capsules (with a tiny sprinkling of cayenne, since it's only safe in the amounts you would put in food during pregnancy), and started taking them (I started at 2 a day, and then went up to 4 a day a couple of days ago). I also decided to limit my carbs - my trial number was 180 carbs a day -- no more than 30 at a time (3 meals, 3 snacks). It wasn't as hard as I expected, and I didn't feel as crummy. I felt even better when I cut it to 90 carbs a day, and better yet at 30 carbs a day.

But I still felt somewhat crummy, especially after a half-muffin for breakfast (my estimated 30 carbs for that day). So yesterday I tried going without all breads, but I let myself eat a few starchy veggies (to make my guess at 30 carbs). I felt better than I had in a while, and didn't have gas -- but I was still really tired and had a horrid headache. It started me thinking though, "I wonder if it's not carbs, but wheat?"

I had been taking lactaid for my gas, since it was ubiquitous, and the only things I could think of that I eat all the time were dairy and wheat. It hadn't helped much. I just hadn't been willing to try going without wheat.

Today, I finally took the leap and decided to try the day wheat free, but not avoiding carbs in general. I'll tell you what. I feel good -- no headache, plenty of energy. I took a nap for only about 40 minutes (I've been sleeping for more like 1.5 hours at naptime). But I'm soooo hungry!
Oh, and I have no trace of extra gas in my system so far....

I think I'll be trying this wheat-free thing for a few more days, and maybe long term. It sure aint easy -- we're a very wheat-y family (we grind our own wheat for fresh whole-wheat flour, and make stuff with it pretty much every day). So we'll see.

I made some soaked-oatmeal granola bars, that maybe I can eat for breakfast when we have pancakes or muffins (which is about half the time), and I'm making turkey and potatoes for supper. I even had the energy to play at the park with the kids all morning long, and to hand my laundry out on the line! This is what I expect second trimester to be like!

So, got any great wheat-free recipes? (I'm also interested in trying soaked wheat or sourdough, just to see if that would appease my digestive system.... We tried sprouted wheat with terrible results though, and I don't think I could convince my husband to give that a second shot).

That to say, I'm starting to figure out what my system is demanding during this pregnancy. Sure hope it results in a healthy baby :)


  1. On another blog I follow, I did see a simple wheat-free pancake recipe that looked yummy, but I haven't gotten around to trying personally:

  2. So glad you thought of wheat, I was going to suggest you google celiac disease! Might want to avoid wheat, your baby could be born with genetic predispositions to it too.

  3. Thanks Calina --- I have a cousin with Cerliac, but no one else I'm related to has it. My husband has a sister with wheat allergies too -- so we'll just see what this baby ends up with. I decided to stay off wheat for a week or so, then try it on a day I don't need to feel good (do those exist?), to confirm my suspicions. It could be that my body finally kicked in to second trimester mode, and I'm just feeling better because of that. (That would be fairly normal for me, but I suspect that I'll actually need to avoid wheat).

    Thanks also JustaMommy -- I look forward to trying out some wheat alternatives, and these do look yummy. I've never bought "other" grains, so it'll be an adventure.

  4. OMGoodness I feel so guilty about not being by sooner! What WONDERFUL news! Praise the Lord! I can help you with a ton of gluten free recipes. Give me tomorrow. I have a friend that blogs her cooking stuff since she is celiac. I was just popping in trying to gather up some prayer coverage for Tuesday. The weather has been bad and we have a two hour one way bus trip with church, and we're rallying for the Lord so you know Satan's gonna do what he can to hinder us. ((((hugs!!))))