A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was having trouble drinking the amount of water that is recommended in pregnancy. That the water, along with most everything else, was making me nauseated. So one day, I tried orange juice instead of water.
I was instantly hooked. It was wonderful! I wanted it! More! More! More!
But really, a 40-year-old Mo can only drink so much orange juice before she starts to pack on the pounds, so I knew I had to get ahold of myself. I could only convince myself this was "healthy" to a point. In reality, it was healthy, but with a lot of calories, a ton of sugar.
So I tried to make it a bit healthier. No more juice. I switched to the oranges themselves. Which are incredibly cheap and delicious this year, and I figure are a better choice than orange juice because of their fiber and other nutrients, etc. (I imagine all the nutrients going straight across the placenta to create healthy baby connective tissue and to help baby grow!) Lately, I've been having at least a couple of small oranges daily.
So it's hopefully healthy(ish) and definitely tasty!! But odd. I'm not used to such a strong urge for fruit...or well...really for anything. I've been trying to expand my palette some (this weekend had a whole container of fresh pineapple). After all, in line with my nod to a very talented novelist with this post title, oranges are really not the only fruit. And more variety must be better, yes?
I am trying, but really it's only oranges that I want.
I could eat like five of them in a sitting, I think. I am dreaming of them at night. But I am limiting myself.
I will be curious to see if this sustains for the long-term, or if this orange frenzy will pass, transitioning to something else (a craving for spinach perchance? That would be healthy!). All in all, I am slightly in wonder of this strange body I'm inhabiting. That things I like don't taste good and other things are suddenly must-haves.
Pregnancy. It's a funny thing. Still kind of can't believe it's happening to me. Who ever would have thought? I mean, really, hadn't you almost given up hope on us too?
Thanks also for your thoughts on the weaning process...still waiting to hear from the Denver nurse. Will let you know what she says when/if I hear from her...
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