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The Things I Do For My Baby

In case you haven’t seen my announcement on Twitter or Facebook, I’m pregnant. I went to see my doctor last Friday, and she confirmed it. (Hero Material went with me just in case I needed some moral support and translation help, but he didn’t have to do anything except wait outside since my doctor spoke good English.)

EDD is June 25-ish.

So on Friday, I immediately ordered a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

On Saturday, I looked for pre-natal vitamins. Guess what? I couldn’t find any at the local pharmacy. So I decided to order via the net. Then I read about how a lack of folic acid can create birth defects. So I told Hero Material that our baby is going to born wrong because I didn’t take pre-natal vitamins in the last 4-5 weeks. Stress much? He had to calm me down by saying how we probably get enough from our diet since we do eat an awful lot of vegetables and salad every day. That wasn’t enough for me. So I spent $20 on a regular multivitamin (only 100 pills; yes, vitamins here cost their weight in gold) to tide me over until the pre-natal vitamins arrive from the States.

Anyway on Sunday I got my copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. It was pretty cool until it said I should exercise every day because it’s good for the mom. I’m thinking, “I really don’t care that much to exercise EVERY DAY.” Then it went on to state that it makes for a smart baby. Then I’m thinking, “OMG, d*** you!”

They had me. I mean…how am I going to resist the “If you don’t exercise, your baby may not born as smart as s/he could’ve been, and it’s all your fault!” implied in the text?

So I’m on my 4th day of walking and light weight training. Holy cow, I’ve never exercised this regularly except when I’m trying to lose weight. It’s weird to realize that the scale weight is going to go up even with the exercise and good nutrition. Of course, I am eating enough for two full-grown rhinoceroses at the moment. Hero Material made me a huge salad for lunch today, and I told him, “Man, that was good! I’m going to have to have that again!” He said “Sure”…not realizing that I meant “again” to be “right now.”

P.S. I’m not a saint, so I indulge in a cookie when I’m craving something sweet. It’s not an American-size one though. Each yields two bites, max. I’m also limiting myself to no more than two cookies a day.

6 comments to “The Things I Do For My Baby”

  1. SarahT
    · October 20th, 2010 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Nadia!

    It sounds like you eat a balanced diet anyway, so I’m sure your baby will be fine, prenatal vitamins or not. Babies are pretty good at taking what they need. The prenatal vitamins are more for your benefit!

    Take care and I hope you have a happy, healthy pregnancy.

  2. Maria Zanniniw
    · October 20th, 2010 at 11:55 pm · Link

    You are going to be a great mom!

    Give yourself a cookie. You’ll be fine.

  3. FredTownWard
    · October 20th, 2010 at 11:59 pm · Link

    There’s another good reason for BOTH parents to exercise regularly, though it applies less to you two because you are so much younger than I was:

    There are many times when you will want to be able to catch them, and children increase in speed at an alarming rate.

    Fortunately, it takes them awhile to figure out geometry so you can usually cut them off by taking the right angle.

  4. Nadia Lee
    · October 21st, 2010 at 12:09 am · Link

    Sarah — Thanks! So far it’s been pretty good.

    Maria — Thank you. I love cookies (too much actually).

    Fred — Hero Material exercises regularly. I’m pretty lazy about it, so he’ll have to catch the kid. ;)

  5. Savannah Chase
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 am · Link

    Nadia huge congrats.

    It is a huge change for a woman to go from no worries to having to worry about a child growing inside you. You make so many changes no matter what. Also being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t eat anything. Just eat healthy and right and you shall be fine. Once again huge congrats.

  6. Nadia Lee
    · October 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 am · Link

    Thanks, Savannah! :)

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