So glad you started this thread lovelife! I was counting on 13 weeks to be the magical turning point, but so far, I'm still exhausted. My nausea is gone (thank god!) but food still isn't very appealing- and the idea of cooking and cleaning up makes me want to go back to bed. I'm also having a hard time getting enough protein- I'm a vegetarian and eggs (usually one of my main sources of protein) still sound revolting. I'm eating lots of nuts, cheese, yogurt and beans, but I don't know if it's cutting it. So no advice here- just commiseration! Counting down the days until I feel like my old self....I just wish I knew when that will be!
gitanamama- Thanks for the commiseration, I hate that its happening to other mamas, but I'm also glad I'm not the only one! My midwife at my appointment today said 14-16 weeks is normal turnaround point for most women. 16 weeks?! I wanted to cry
Originally Posted by Mozado8210
I'm wondering about my vitamin d levels, too. I feel weak and tired and get winded easily. My iron was fine when my blood was drawn. Thanks for the protein powder info. I was just wondering today how in the world I'm going to get 70 grams of protein a day!
Mozado- hope you figure it out soon! This is truly awful.
Originally Posted by shenanegans
also one of the best ways to get Iron is to eat seaweed. I saw a list of iron rich foods from my midwife and all of the seaweeds , literally blew away the iron levels in everything else on the list. If you get dry wakame and just soak a little in cold water to rehydrate it and then add it to salads or even omlettes, its very unoffensive! I love it. plus it is very cheap compared to floridix, (but I do take that too) hope you are feeling better soon!
This is a great idea Shenanegans. I will have to find out where I can get some! I love sushi but I've been avoiding it cause of the raw fish. Do you usually get it at a regular grocery store, or do you have to go to a specialty store?
Originally Posted by Dandy Lion
I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly, but I think you want the level to be about 40 at the lowest. The last time I was tested I was at 26, but it was spring so I just supplemented with cod liver oil and spent time outside. This time I was 19. This is the supplement I'm on now. http://www.amazon.com/Genestra-D-Mulsion-1000-1-oz/dp/B003IG9M8O
Thanks for the info Dandy Lion. I didn't end up doing the Vitamin D testing today because my insurance wouldn't cover it, I decided to check and see how much it would cost first and decide what to do from there. I also called my old primary care doc and left a message to try and get my vit D levels from a test I had done this spring. Its obviously not a perfect solution, but at least it would give me a starting point.
Otherwise the midwife said some of what Sihaya said... the 1st tri just stinks. Your hormones are in overdrive, your metabolism is through the roof so its like you're working out all the time. As I mentioned above: 14-16 weeks seems to be about the magic number, otherwise- lots of water, lots of protein, fish oils, iron. Basically everything already said on here. LOL. Mothering ladies are awesome. :) She did recommend not upping my iron until I get my test back, but to at least make sure I was getting some through my foods, and I can safely take at least 2,000 IU of Vit D and probably a lot more, but she can't recommend a higher amount unless I get tested.
Hope this helps some of the other exhausted ladies out there with me!