As a first time to-be-mother, pregnancy was a completely new experience for me. I had a lot of questions and was fondling to understand the changes taking place in my body. I was equally worried about the growth of my baby inside my womb.
With this blog series, “Pregnancy Week By Week”, I hope to extend a helping hand to all expecting parents by telling you about my journey.
There might be some things that you would be able to relate to and would even give you solace to know that someone went through the exact same thing as you. Hope I’m able to help!
Disclaimer – This is entirely my personal experience. The intent of the blog is not to advice but only to share. Any medication, medical examinations, dietary intake or exercise, mentioned in this blog, were prescribed as per my pregnancy and my body. Please do not perform these without consulting your medical adviser.
Slowing Down of Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 10 of Pregnancy
Week 10 kicked off with the same rigor of symptoms but by the time it ended, I could feel a slight reduction in them.
While I was still vomiting profusely and had major food and smell aversions, I could see that the frequency with which I was vomiting had come down a bit.
Week 10 of pregnancy was also the last week for administering my HUCOG injection. While the doctors said that these injections are a drop in the ocean as compared to the hormones that the body is producing, my guess is that these hormonal injections could still have been amplifying my symptoms.
My OB-GYN had asked me to continue taking Progesterone injection till week 12. So I don’t think these pregnancy symptoms are completely going to ease off anytime before the first trimester gets over. Only time will tell!
Dietary Changes Suggested by Nutritionist for Pregnancy First Trimester
This week I met with a food and nutrition specialist who specializes in pregnancy related diets. The idea was to ensure that I was taking in enough nutrition while managing nausea. There are some things that my nutritionist prescribed which I’ll share with you.
Essentially, the key point to keep in mind is that you should eat regularly and take small meals. But this definitely requires time and effort as you would need to prepare such meals frequently. My discovery was that bread-jam really helps as a snack and also helps manage vomiting. My favorite was apple jam!
Since I was hardly able to digest food, I was advised to avoid protein heavy food like non-vegetarian items and milk.
Instead of having milk, paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese), buttermilk, curd, yoghourt etc. could be consumed. This is mostly because protein rich food and milk are more difficult to digest.
These restrictions were to be followed for only the first trimester. As nausea goes down, I was advised to consume more dairy and proteins.
As for my weight loss, by the end of Week 10, I’ve lost exactly 3 kgs. I now stand at 50.6 kgs. Last time I spoke to my OB-GYN she wasn’t too alarmed about the weight loss. She had told me that in the first trimester, baby takes the nutrients it needs from the mother’s blood and is not really dependent on the diet that she is taking.
With this, her advise was that I should not worry too much about calorie intake in the first trimester. I should stick to food items that I find comfortable so that I’m at ease and not too stressed.
However, I still hope that this weight loss gets arrested. The good thing is that for the past few days, the rate at which I was losing weight has come down.
Read my blog for Week 11 to see how the next week will go.