I was hesitant to blog about this journey I’m about to partake in, mostly because I don’t know if I will be successful at it. However, I try to be as transparent as possible here in this little space so I wanted to fill you all in on what’s going on.
As many of you may know I had preeclampsia towards the end of my first pregnancy and afterwards. I also struggle with anxiety and high blood pressure (at times). To add onto that, this pregnancy I’ve had serious back pain. The pain was happening prior to getting pregnant and has continued to hurt throughout this pregnancy. This morning I was in tears because I’m just tired of it hurting. Tired of not being able to do all the things I want to or need to get done. I’m seeing a chiropractor for the pain which helps some.
I’ve done some research and asked my doctors and nurses how can I possibly prevent preeclampsia from happening again and what can I do for this. They said there isn’t really anything you can do to prevent it other than taking baby aspirin once a day, which I’m doing.
However, I do think there is something to be said for what goes into our gut. I read somewhere, that avoiding a lot of processed foods and sugar is good during pregnancy (really anytime in life). With that being said, I’ve decided to try the Whole30 Challenge. Yes, I’ve had this approved by my doctor and it’s safe to do during pregnancy. It’s actually recommended for pregnancy.
It’s funny actually now that I think about it (kind of). When the New Year hit, Whole30 was popping up ALL over my social media feeds. I remember scrolling through and thinking, thank goodness I’m pregnant and don’t have to worry about doing any of that. Haha….I literally thought that. I thought, I’m pregnant I will eat whatever I want, whenever I want and I will satisfy all of my cravings. Which is true, I can do that but I will be honest and tell you I feel like crud afterwards. Usually it causes my anxiety to go through the roof which causes my blood pressure to go high, I’m sick to my stomach and I just have aches and pains.
I’ve decided I at least owe it to myself and baby girl to give this a try. Honestly, it scares the daylights out of me. I’ve never done good at these things. I usually cheat somehow or the fear of not be able to have something scares me into binge eating the exact thing I shouldn’t have.
Yesterday, as I was thinking about all of this on my way home and I stopped by Sonic and got a large diet cherry limeade, then went home and shoved chocolate chips and a handful of marshmallows in my mouth. I was so sick afterwards.
I really want to try this, and really want to see what it can do for my body and mind. I worry what the future will look like after the 30 day challenge, and if it’s even worth me doing it if I’m going to go back to my regular habits but I can’t think that far ahead. I just need to focus on the now and take it one day at a time. Who knows, maybe this will become a life change.
So there you have it. Monday starts my Whole30 challenge. I promise to keep you up to date on how I’m doing and to be honest and transparent as possible.
If you have any tips, tricks, words of encouragement (Lord knows I need it) or recipes drop them below!