After experiencing a few weeks of relief from pregnancy symptoms, I’ve started up a whole new round. Since I try to avoid all medication while pregnant (foregoing even “safe” medications like Tylenol and Claritin), I’ve been trying out a few natural remedies for what ails me. Always consult your doctor before starting any natural remedies, just to be sure they are safe for your pregnancy.
My favorite act of support is bringing a meal to the family of a newborn. Why? Because I remember. I remember the piles of laundry and dishes. I remember that crazy insatiable hunger of early breastfeeding. But more than anything, I remember the free falling fatigue—and the creeping terror that I would never be able to sleep for more than three hours ever again.
We’ve just recently had a run of challenging nights, which puts me back in that familiar fog. I feel unable to track my own thoughts, I struggle with patience, and more than anything I just want to be able to lay my head on my pillow. (And I find myself daydreaming about unexpected opportunities to nap.)
Let me start by saying that I am immensely grateful to be carrying our second child.
Also, I’m tired! This time around my body seems to be struggle with the whole process. My hips feel like they’re going to come unhinged at any point and I have to wear medical compression hose each and every day to manage the veins bulging from my achy legs.
The first time around I remember coming home from work and putting my feet up without a care for a few hours every night. Now those same feet need to chase my toddler son around the house for regular games of hide and go seek.