Life After Baby Books

Since I first became a preconceptionist about 6 months ago, I had an insatiable thirst for information. What to Expect Before You’re Expecting, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, a variety of baby name books and prenatal fitness guides—I’ve read ’em all. After successfully driving myself crazy with the details, I’ve landed in a puddle of exhausted satisfaction staring straight into the face of impending reality. How am I going to actually pull off this baby thing?

No matter how well-prepared I start my week, I’m always exhausted by Tuesday evening. Nevermind that I spend Saturdays scrubbing, sweeping, and weeding. The yard is overgrown and the house is a condemned disaster area before you can say Wednesday. I’m moody as hell—especially during the progesterone-dominant second half of my menstrual cycle. Did I mention that progesterone is THE pregnancy hormone for 9 – 10 months? I have an allergy attack about once per week during pollen season and require a minimal, yet oh-so-critical dose of antidepressants to be a functional human being.

That’s not to minimize the progress I’ve made toward becoming a candidate for motherhood. Since January, I’ve been going to the gym before work five days per week. I weaned myself off of Claritin-D. I only drink one cup of coffee each day. As for my red wine consumption…well, let’s save that for another day. Because today I need that glass of red wine to cope with the stress of my 9 to 5 job and my messy house.

Next on my preconceptionist agenda: schedule a physical/Pap smear and visit a dentist. It’s been 6 years since I’ve had a Pap. I’m going on 1 year, 2 months since my last dental checkup because, really, who has the time?

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5 Responses to Life After Baby Books

  1. missedconceptions says:

    Welcome to … (pre) babyland?

    I have come to hate “The Thinking Woman’s Guide…” HATE it. I read it before I was pregnant, while I was pregnant and after I was pregnant and got increasingly annoyed with the tone.

    Ditto for “The Girlfriend’s Guide” but in a much less dramatic way. Actually, I found that book more helpful than most of the baby-growing tomes.

    • Most pregnancy books just don’t resonate with me. I’m not sure what I’m looking for, but I haven’t found it. The only one that’s really helpful at this stage in my journey is “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.” The rest were either boring or oversimplified.

  2. A says:

    I just started trying to cut out caffeine, and holy hell is it difficult when you start work at 6 am. I’ve been subbing frothy caffeine-free tea latte beverage for frothy espresso beverage, because I guess have something warm and “handcrafted” in the morning is half the battle. Although, this isn’t doing anything to cut back on my coffee budget.

    • 6am? Ouch. Good luck with that. Sometimes I heat up vanilla almond milk in the microwave and then steep a Yogi Tea chai tea bag in it. It almost tastes like a Starbucks chai latte. It has caffeine, but not as much as coffee.

      • A says:

        I mostly drank chai, anyway, so the lack of caffeine isn’t so bad for me. I don’t think I can ever give up Starbucks, though. There is one right next door to my store and we have he nicest baristas and I love them.

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