10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

10 Things I Didn’t Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant

I totally wasn’t joking when I mentioned needing a manual for this new pregnancy life change. I knew all of the staple/stereotypical rules when it came to expecting, but the list can be never ending! Since so many of you are professional mommas, I thought it would be fun to share 10 things I didn’t know to think twice about while pregnant that are the weirdest for me being in my second trimester so far.

For this installment of “Name That Weird Symptom”, I teamed up with Crest and Oral-B, which have partnered with the March of Dimes to promote Healthier Moms and Stronger Babies to create an intentional, positive focus on oral health with their Brushing for Two campaign. In case you’re as new to this as I am, up to 70% of women experience gum disease and gingivitis as a few not-so-fun symptoms associated with pregnancy, but we’ll get to more of that with #3!…

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

1- Thinking twice before I search the internet: Usually I’m a big fan of the phrase “google it”, but when it comes to pregnancy, I’ve decided that ignorance is bliss in a lot of ways. If it’s something vital to mine or baby’s health, then sure, hit me with it! Otherwise, I don’t want to know any traumatizing stories or self-prescribed scaries.

2- Avoiding some DIY supplies: On account of the fact that we’re tried and true DIY’ers here at Sugar & Cloth, it’s not uncommon for me to go from staining wood, to drilling holes, to painting memo boards all in a day’s work. Of course, we also make sure things are well ventilated and we’re using gloves when working with chemical based supplies, but now I think twice about what’s going on in the studio that I might be exposed to. The extra fancy ventilation mask has become my new best friend, especially now that we’re redoing our house too (more on that to come!).

3- Needing to brush more thoroughly: Literally had NO idea that such a high percentage of women experience gum disease, swollen gums, and/or gingivitis during pregnancy. I can’t remember the last time I used a toothpaste that wasn’t Crest, but now I’m making sure to have a daily oral health routine that includes Crest Pro-Health toothpaste with stannous fluoride and Crest Pro-Health mouthwash (just make sure it’s alcohol free!).

4- Compression EVERYTHING: One of the not-so-lovely things I inherited genetically is my being prone to spider/varicose veins, and it’s like they’re all of the sudden having one big party on my legs now. For real, the struggle is depressing. After talking with my OB, I’m now wearing compression capris/leggings instead of my usual around the house clothes or whenever I possibly can.

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5- Heartburn: Luckily I’ve never been one to experience heartburn…until being pregnant. I was actually in the studio when I started feeling heat and pressure in my chest, and I asked Jared if I was having a panic attack, haha! Clearly oblivious to the woes of heartburn until now. Still haven’t quite figured out how to avoid major symptoms.

6- Gimme all of the fiber chews: Sorry in advance for this TMI, but holy smokes I swear nothing is moving down there! I mean, I get why no one is walking around in a maternity shirt that says “perpetually constipated” on it, but I had no idea to expect that. I’ve been taking natural fiber supplements, but it’s still not quite the same.

7- How often I’m NOT eating: During my first trimester, I would experience actual hunger PAIN, I swear. If I had a semi-empty stomach, it made me feel sick immediately, especially waking up in the morning (hence the 10lbs I’ve already gained!). Now that I’m feeling better and in my second trimester, I’m finding myself not quite as hungry and/or getting full a lot quicker. This means snacking as a meal has been made a lot easier, but now I’m trying to remind myself that baby needs actual nutrients, not 100 calorie bag snacks just because I’m busy. So bad, I know!

8- Not eating froyo or soft serve: I am QUITE the frozen yogurt fan in case you didn’t know, and finding out that it’s technically a no-no because of listeria risks means a truly broken heart for the pregnant woman with cravings. That said, I take it with a grain of salt and have still had some froyo from tried and true clean places here and there.

9 – Drinking double the water: For some reason I’ve basically become perpetually thirsty. I didn’t really drink anything besides coffee, tea, or water pre-pregnancy anyways, but now I power through water like we’re expecting a drought around here. The downside is constant trips to the bathroom, but at least I’m getting some steps in! I’m also hoping this keeps my now-frequent breakouts at bay…

10- Rethinking what I’m doing for fun: Obviously cocktails are a no-no, but generally speaking, Jared and I are pretty active/adventurous people. When we go to the beach, our favorite thing to do is jet-ski, but that’s an automatic no now. Half of your typical adventure oriented excursions are out for me now, which is something I’m very much not used to. Clearly my stubborn side that doesn’t like to be treated “like a girl” is coming into play here, haha.

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth 10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

What were some of the weird symptoms you experienced, but didn’t expect to? Anything else coming up that I should know about?! Ha!

A big thanks to our friends at Crest and Oral-B for partnering with us on this post! Sugar & Cloth is donating 5% of all sponsored campaigns to charity, which you can read about right here!

To learn more, visit the Crest boards on Pinterest and #BrushingForTwo on Instagram to share your story, or for more details and products visit Crest.com and Oral-B.com products.

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

10 Things I Didn’t Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant

I totally wasn’t joking when I mentioned needing a manual for this new pregnancy life change. I knew all of the staple/stereotypical rules when it came to expecting, but the list can be never ending! Since so many of you are professional mommas, I thought it would be fun to share 10 things I didn’t know to think twice about while pregnant that are the weirdest for me being in my second trimester so far.

For this installment of “Name That Weird Symptom”, I teamed up with Crest and Oral-B, which have partnered with the March of Dimes to promote Healthier Moms and Stronger Babies to create an intentional, positive focus on oral health with their Brushing for Two campaign. In case you’re as new to this as I am, up to 70% of women experience gum disease and gingivitis as a few not-so-fun symptoms associated with pregnancy, but we’ll get to more of that with #3!…

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

1- Thinking twice before I search the internet: Usually I’m a big fan of the phrase “google it”, but when it comes to pregnancy, I’ve decided that ignorance is bliss in a lot of ways. If it’s something vital to mine or baby’s health, then sure, hit me with it! Otherwise, I don’t want to know any traumatizing stories or self-prescribed scaries.

2- Avoiding some DIY supplies: On account of the fact that we’re tried and true DIY’ers here at Sugar & Cloth, it’s not uncommon for me to go from staining wood, to drilling holes, to painting memo boards all in a day’s work. Of course, we also make sure things are well ventilated and we’re using gloves when working with chemical based supplies, but now I think twice about what’s going on in the studio that I might be exposed to. The extra fancy ventilation mask has become my new best friend, especially now that we’re redoing our house too (more on that to come!).

3- Needing to brush more thoroughly: Literally had NO idea that such a high percentage of women experience gum disease, swollen gums, and/or gingivitis during pregnancy. I can’t remember the last time I used a toothpaste that wasn’t Crest, but now I’m making sure to have a daily oral health routine that includes Crest Pro-Health toothpaste with stannous fluoride and Crest Pro-Health mouthwash (just make sure it’s alcohol free!).

4- Compression EVERYTHING: One of the not-so-lovely things I inherited genetically is my being prone to spider/varicose veins, and it’s like they’re all of the sudden having one big party on my legs now. For real, the struggle is depressing. After talking with my OB, I’m now wearing compression capris/leggings instead of my usual around the house clothes or whenever I possibly can.

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

5- Heartburn: Luckily I’ve never been one to experience heartburn…until being pregnant. I was actually in the studio when I started feeling heat and pressure in my chest, and I asked Jared if I was having a panic attack, haha! Clearly oblivious to the woes of heartburn until now. Still haven’t quite figured out how to avoid major symptoms.

6- Gimme all of the fiber chews: Sorry in advance for this TMI, but holy smokes I swear nothing is moving down there! I mean, I get why no one is walking around in a maternity shirt that says “perpetually constipated” on it, but I had no idea to expect that. I’ve been taking natural fiber supplements, but it’s still not quite the same.

7- How often I’m NOT eating: During my first trimester, I would experience actual hunger PAIN, I swear. If I had a semi-empty stomach, it made me feel sick immediately, especially waking up in the morning (hence the 10lbs I’ve already gained!). Now that I’m feeling better and in my second trimester, I’m finding myself not quite as hungry and/or getting full a lot quicker. This means snacking as a meal has been made a lot easier, but now I’m trying to remind myself that baby needs actual nutrients, not 100 calorie bag snacks just because I’m busy. So bad, I know!

8- Not eating froyo or soft serve: I am QUITE the frozen yogurt fan in case you didn’t know, and finding out that it’s technically a no-no because of listeria risks means a truly broken heart for the pregnant woman with cravings. That said, I take it with a grain of salt and have still had some froyo from tried and true clean places here and there.

9 – Drinking double the water: For some reason I’ve basically become perpetually thirsty. I didn’t really drink anything besides coffee, tea, or water pre-pregnancy anyways, but now I power through water like we’re expecting a drought around here. The downside is constant trips to the bathroom, but at least I’m getting some steps in! I’m also hoping this keeps my now-frequent breakouts at bay…

10- Rethinking what I’m doing for fun: Obviously cocktails are a no-no, but generally speaking, Jared and I are pretty active/adventurous people. When we go to the beach, our favorite thing to do is jet-ski, but that’s an automatic no now. Half of your typical adventure oriented excursions are out for me now, which is something I’m very much not used to. Clearly my stubborn side that doesn’t like to be treated “like a girl” is coming into play here, haha.

10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth 10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth10 Things I Didn't Know to Think Twice About While Pregnant by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

What were some of the weird symptoms you experienced, but didn’t expect to? Anything else coming up that I should know about?! Ha!

A big thanks to our friends at Crest and Oral-B for partnering with us on this post! Sugar & Cloth is donating 5% of all sponsored campaigns to charity, which you can read about right here!

To learn more, visit the Crest boards on Pinterest and #BrushingForTwo on Instagram to share your story, or for more details and products visit Crest.com and Oral-B.com products.

Comments

  • Linda

    07.13.17

    Some of these has me cracking up! All too real! haha

  • abbie

    07.13.17

    the swollen gums thing is for real! that happened to me with my first and I had NO idea what it was about

    • Right?! Definitely wasn’t expecting that symptom, ha ha!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Rebecca! xo

  • Courtney

    07.13.17

    There needs to be a filter on what pregnant women can read. I know I freaked myself out too many times reading a story or an article.

    Also, I had been constipated once in my entire life and never had a hemorrhoid, but literally the second I got pregnant I had hemorrhoids and was backed up. My dr. acted like it was no big deal, but it was a big deal to me!

    Congrats on the new baby! Enjoy this time, it will pass quickly and your memories will soon be cluttered with baby memories!

    • There really needs to be! And I wasn’t joking on the fiber chews! The struggle is real, ha ha! Thank you so much, Courtney! :)

    • Elizabeth said:

      I was pretty uncomfortable with this and my sister recommended I try a different prenatal vitamin. After trying a few I managed to find one that was wayyy better for my system. Hope you don’t have to take iron supplements near the end because that makes it about 10 times worse!

  • Risa

    07.13.17

    Sounds like you’re experiencing a lot of acidosis symptoms – especially in the head if you’re experiencing swollen gums and gum disease. Unfortunately, Crest and Oral B just add to that acidosis. After all, flouride has been proven over and over again to be a neurotoxin. According to wikipedia, stannous flouride “at acute levels (over 2 mg/m3), if ingested, it can cause abdominal pains and shock.” Why would you put that in your mouth while pregnant?! Your body is feeding all of its available nutrients to your fetus so if you have a weak parathyroid, you’ll see more varicose veins because you’re not utilizing your calcium. Your baby is taking all the calcium from your body and, on top of that, you are constipated so we know two things: your kidneys aren’t filtering well and you’re probably eating too many constipating foods like starch, dairy, eggs, beans and meat. You won’t find anyone who is depressed who doesn’t have a calcium deficiency. If you want to avoid post-partum, make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits like oranges for calcium. Getting your vitamins from food is better than supplements which can actually deplete you of calcium because there’s no bioflavonoids and other goodies for the calcium to synergize with. Go after raw fruit and veggies as much as possible. They have plenty amino acids in them that you don’t really need to consume animal protein or cheese as you can see it just plugs you up. In fact, I would stay away from all dairy, not just yogurt. Dairy clogs the lymphatic system (aka your waste elimination system) and your lymphatic system is tied to your baby as long as it’s in the womb. It can be hard to learn all these things when society has conditioned our minds to think that meat is good for us among other things, but nature provides everything we need to take care of our offspring. Once you realize that there’s only two types of body chemistry: acids and bases – it becomes a lot easier to know what to avoid and what you need to do to keep your family healthy. Best in health to you and yours!

    • Ashley said:

      thanks for the input Risa ;)

  • Megan g

    07.13.17

    The hanger was real for me. I learned real quick that I had to have a snack on me at all times. I almost crawled through my car window to get to my El Rey tacos in the drive through. Don’t make a pregnant lady wait!!! Also, invest in food water bottle now. Breastfeeding makes you thirsty too!

    • For real! Snacks are more important than ever these days! Hahaha honestly though, El Rey tacos are completely valid reason! Have to look into one of those, thanks so much! :)

  • Ann marie

    07.13.17

    One of the more exciting changes is when you start feeling the baby moving around in there! That was my favorite part of being pregnant. It’s freaky and cool when you actually see your belly jiggle from a little fist or leg bump from inside, lol!

    • Ashley said:

      so, so excited for that one!

  • Alicia F.

    07.13.17

    Heart burn was harsh in all three pregnancies. I kept runs by my bed and ate them in my sleep lol.

    First trimester is hard because you are always hungry, but food is gross to you and makes you sick, but if you don’t eat you get sick. So horrid.

    Hemorrhoids are a common gross symptom but I luckily avoided that one. The one I got was facial hair 😧 and it did NOT go away after. And even hair *down there* started growing further down my thighs 😩 my beauty routine has changed drastically. Pregnancy glow is a lie. Blotchy puffy face with breakouts is truth.

    I also got moles that randomly showed up during pregnancy, and those damn veins on one leg.

    BUT! I would do it all over again…we’re hoping to add baby number 4 in two years.

    I must be crazy haha

    • Alicia F. said:

      *TUMS not runs…derp

  • Jodi

    07.13.17

    If you’re breaking out, try Belli face wash. I’m pregnant too and another girl told me about it and it’s a game changer! I got it on amazon. Also, heartburn is the worst and the weirdest things give it to me so I feel your pain! They just came out with new chewy tums though so yay for us!

  • Jennifer

    07.13.17

    Having had three boys, and I can say each time, I had a billion “huh? I didn’t think to think about that”! Each pregnancy was so vastly different in the nature of cravings. I craved meatball subs (from subway, had to be subway) with my first. (Note, ate when while prego with number two and I wanted to vomit). I craved crab legs with my second (hard on the budget for sure) and with my third I wanted all the watermelon in the world. I could literally eat an entire watermelon in one sitting like a champ.

    Someone mentioned calcium above. This was an issue for all three times. I had horrible gums, leg cramps at night you name it, no matter how many calcium rich foods I ate my littles sucked me dry so I added in a calcium magnesium power (at any and all vitamin stores), I would mix into water at chug a glass before bed. Game changer for sure!

    Good luck and can’t wait to hear all your fun pregnancy experiences!!

  • Ursula Rosien

    07.13.17

    Ignorance is bliss!!! Amen to that. I started reading the book : What to expect when you are expecting.” A few pages into the book the title shipyard read: Start freaking out about everything when you are expecting…. With all the info overload we get as moms – no wonder we get so stressed out. My advice : keep it simple, eat healthy, take your vitamins. Exercise – squats do wonders for when you are going to birth your baby, and take a breastfeeding class. Hugs my dear ❤️

  • Mary Wilding

    07.14.17

    As a maternity and NICU nurse now for many years, I like to remind expectant parents to balance what they read with their own common sense. You’ll get lots of advice–but trust your instincts, ask your doctor if in doubt. Good luck and truly enjoy this special time of change together! Mary Wilding

  • KelS

    07.14.17

    Please share your trendy and Doctor approved compression legging recommendations!! I’m also struggling with the lovely genetic varicose veins in my mid twenties. (Insert grandma emoji here).

  • Kerri

    07.14.17

    Nighttime leg cramps! Ooowwwww. A calcium/magnesium supplement does wonders. And baby will suck all of the iron from your body which I knew but I didn’t realize how yucky it could make you feel. I Just had my 3rd baby in less than 4 years and ended up going for iron infusions this time. It was almost like a spa day leaving the little ones at home though ;)

  • Gen

    07.14.17

    Ah yes, the water thing…. I had forgotten about that! I guess that’s why nobody ever talks about it, we forget! Somewhere in the 3rd trimester, I remember discovering a new love for granny panties. It goes away though ;)

  • Pamela

    07.14.17

    Dude, Charlie horses in the middle of the night! That’s one thing that will freak you out if you’ve never experienced it.

  • Ana Giovanna

    07.17.17

    Pregnancy is an unforgettable inexperience. I had trouble getting pregnant because of my husband who was surprised by difficulties that medicine could not explain. For some reason he did not have enough reproductive cells (spermatozoa) and, when presented, they were not alive. But God has mercy on us and we become pregnant with Giovanna, who is now 6 years old.

    Best regards

    Ana

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