What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Pregnant

The only thing I was worried about with my first pregnancy was what diaper bag was in style, which stroller and car seat were the safest, and decorating his bedroom. I didn’t think to research what I should do to prepare my body for being pregnant. Although, in my case I didn’t have time to think about that because my first was a whoops! I mean a beautiful surprise of course.

With my second pregnancy, I did have time to prepare my body for pregnancy and I completely missed this step when planning for baby number two. I thought pregnancy meant I could eat whatever I wanted… I could splurge on ice-cream, donuts, cookies, cakes, pizza, and never even think about weight or dieting. I was in heaven!

Reality hits you hard when you’re sick. Vomiting, nausea, aches, pains, and more. Not to mention the horrendous exhaustion of the first trimester.

It was a bright and sunny day in Las Vegas, and I was at the pool sunning myself trying to soak in all of the vitamin D before I had to get back home to Wisconsin. I was X weeks pregnant at the time. I started to feel nauseous, so I went up to my room and began to throw up over and over and over again. I was super sick. Trying to be a trooper, I agreed to hang out and go to dinner at PF Changs.

Needless to say, that was a terrible idea. Good thing we sat way in the back away from the crowd. The closest bathroom was across the casino and I knew I was in trouble. I looked at my husband, sweat beads rolling down my face, “I’m going to throw up”. He quickly grabbed a water pitcher; I vomited and then handed it back to the waiter. I’m sure he was thrilled.

(And did I mention that after I vomited, I fainted right there at the table? I’m sure he gave up food service forever after that night!)

I never even wondered why morning sickness occurs.

Now, you’d assume this was a pregnancy incident, right?

Nope. Somehow, my mom knew better. After all, I’d never suffered from morning sickness at all with my first pregnancy or up to this point with Baby #2. So, why was I puking non-stop?

Mom asked me to give up gluten for 7 days, because she was worried of our Celiac genes. It's typical for genes to turn on or off during pregnancy. I agreed to do this, and sure enough the abdominal bloat that I never realized was there was gone. Since I ate so much glutenous foods, I was always bloated, but because I always ate gluten I didn’t realize I was bloated.

Needless to say, from that point forward, I was gluten free.

It was all about putting a toxin into my body. Now, I’m not saying that every pregnant woman needs to go gluten-free; only if she has a gluten sensitivity. But you do need to be aware of toxins!

In today’s world we have toxins coming out of the woodwork. There’s toxins in our food, air, water, lotions, shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, shaving cream, hair dye, nail polish, face wash, Starbucks, I mean I could go on for days.

What I put in or on my body directly affects the baby. If I eat pesticide-laden foods or GMO-filled cuisine so does my baby. The abundance of toxins affects the baby’s brain, gut, cells etc.

Looking back, I would have eaten all organic, drank nothing but pure spring water, only used pure natural skin products and makeup, never dyed my hair, never used dryer sheets, and only used organic cotton to sleep on.

You might not think this matters, but it does.