November 3rd, 2013

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Week 32:So Thirsty

When I first got pregnant, the nurse brought out a sixteen ounce bottle of water and told me that I needed to drink four of those a day. I thought it was easily doable since I drink a huge glass of water in the morning with breakfast, another two glasses at lunch nd then some more for dinner, not to mention in between meals when I have snacks and what not and then there is the occassional hot chocolate or tea. So it wasn’t something I really had to think about. The more you drink, the better you feel anyway. Plus if you drink more water when you’re eating out, it gets rid of all that salt you just consumed. And I heard that you look younger if you’re hydrated, which may be complete BS, but it makes sense right? You’re more plump when you’re hydrated.

So anyway, sixty-four ounces of water a day. It’s also about what normal adults should drink a day anyway, pregnant or not. Well, it turns out that even if you didn’t drink that much before, you wouldn’t have to worry about fulfilling that requirement because you’re always thirsty. Like all the time. 

When I wake up in the morning, regardless of how much water I had drunk the night before, I feel like I’ve been in the desert for a week. My mouth is so dry, it’s practically sandy. I chug a big glass of water first thing. And then another glass while I eat breakfast. Only after that do I feel like I’ve become somewhat hydrated. And of course, with all that water in my system, it means that there’s more potty runs. It’s a vicious cycle, but it needs to be done. Not only is your body producing toxins, the baby is as well and you need to get rid of all that through your pee.

Speaking of night-time peeing, regardless of how much water I do or do not drink before bed, I get up to pee no less than three times a night. Sometimes four. It seems somewhat like I wake up on a schedule. Every hour and a half to two hours, which means I don’t sleep through the night, which has added to my tiredness. But I only have about seven weeks left, and then there’s going to be a different reason for my tiredness. By then though, I expect to be off work, so I can take naps during the day.

I still have a lot of reorganizing to do and the baby room to build. But I have seven weeks, so that’s enough time, right? Right?!

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