In addition to the counselor I mentioned in my last post, my OB/GYN also offers a nutritionist. She was fine with my vegan diet and said my blood work was the best she has seen in awhile. And my exercise routine was adequate. However, then she became concerned I gained 6 lbs before week 11. It is one more pound than normal, so a lectured ensued. I felt like she was accusing me of lying about my diet and exercise. Afterwards, I cried in my car. She made me feel like a horrible mom already for gaining one more pound than I should have. As a teenager I really struggled with my weight and worked really hard to get healthy. All my former fat insecurities just came flooding back.
The next week my lower back and hips really started to ache. Michael was very nice and bought me a prenatal massage. The message therapist told me I was retaining a lot fluid and toxins around my hips, which was probably causing all my discomfort. She worked the area well to get the fluids moving again. She also told me to up my water intake by at least 3 glasses.
|The day after the massage, a huge difference.
I am not all puffy and my belly looks reasonable for 21 weeks
When I got home after the massage, I peed for what felt like an eternity. And right after that, all my back/hip pain was gone. I realized that maybe she was right. For whatever reason I was retaining a lot of fluid. So I decided to give drinking more water a shot.
|23 weeks and feeling A LOT better.
No bloat and no crazy weight gain.
I am also in love with sweater from H &M.
What is the lesson from all this? DRINK WATER! AND DRINK LOTS OF IT!!!
I admit I did not drink that much water in my first trimester because I was so nauseous. I should have followed the advice I used to give my college friends when they drank too much and I was taking care of them all night, “Drink this cup of water, even if you throw it all up again. It’s better it was in you for a little bit than never at all.”
I also want to stressed that my fluid retention was minor and I had no other symptoms. If you are gaining weight quickly without a reasonable explanation, have swelling of the limps or face, difficulty breathing, or fainting often, you may have a serious medical condition like Preeclampsia and need medical attention right away.
Here are some links about the stuff I mentioned in the post:
Drink Enough Water, from WebMD, talks about the importance of drinking enough water all the time, not during pregnancy.
Drink Enough Water During Pregnancy, from What to Expect, explains why water is especially important while pregnant.
Symptoms of Fluid Retention, a link from Dr. Oz, explains what to look for if you think you are retaining fluid.
How to Minimize Water-Retention and Swelling, from Bable, things you can do during pregnancy to minimize fluid retention.
Lastly, info on Preeclampsia.