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Everyday Struggles of Being 8 Months Pregnant

Being pregnant and 8 months now, is amazing…I am truly blessed and can’t wait to meet this sweet little baby in just a few weeks!!

Although, there are some “interesting” things that you learn rather quickly, as soon as you enter the third trimester. It happens fast! I’m definitely getting used to the struggles of being 8 months pregnant, but boy are some things rough.

  1. Can’t see below your belly anymore– I am totally envious of anyone that has gotten laser hair removal, because shaving your legs is hard to do when your belly is blocking all possible views and doesn’t allow you to reach your calves.
  2. Pregnancy Cravings– not all bad here, unless you want something immediately and have absolutely no way of getting it to eat. That can cause serious hanger.
  3. Heartburn– for me, even water gives me heartburn along with everything else I eat!
  4. The “third trimester workout” aka…running to the bathroom. The struggle here is knowing where the nearest bathroom is even if you just went 5 minutes ago. At this point, you almost just want to stop at every bathroom you pass JUST IN CASE you need to go.
  5. photo by: Line Severinsen

    Reaching down for things- NOPE. If it’s on the floor, then it’s staying there. This also applies to tying my shoes. I plan my outfits around whether or not my husband is home to tie my shoes, if not, then I am wearing slip-ons.

  6. Third trimester sleep deprivation- IS REAL. The more pillows the better at this point. I pretty much have a fort built around me for all possible ways I might want to roll over to and that’s if i’m even sleeping at all. 
  7. I have a new appreciation for chairs, especially this week after working at the fair. The walk from the parking lot to our WFRE tent is enough to make me want to crawl back into bed for a nap! ….but a chair is just as glorious.

<3 Katie Ryan

Cravings and Maternity Clothing…Oh Joy!

I was SO happy to finally have my appetite back at 14 weeks..it was miserable not wanting to eat anything. Even the first few weeks after not feeling nauseous anymore, I still didn’t really have any “cravings” for anything.

Around 20 weeks, is when I started feeling like I needed that cookie, or couldn’t turn down that chocolate cake. From there…there was no going back! CHOCOLATE. Probably my biggest craving. Milk chocolate specifically.

It’s funny because my sister-in-law introduced me to Boston Cream Pie…now I crave that all the time, too. The hard part is NOT over-consuming. I hear it all day long, “Go ahead and enjoy that you have an excuse, you’re eating for two!” Well, that is true, but I am definitely trying to be healthy (for the most part) during my pregnancy, and not get it in my head that I can eat everything in site if I want to.

Gaining weight is a good thing, but after talking to your doctor and reading pregnancy books, they have both told me you really shouldn’t eat DOUBLE the amount of food just because of the baby in your belly. So i’m eating treats when I want to and still being healthy with my food choices at the same time.

Other weird cravings that I’ve had:

-Salt and Vinegar chips, dipped in French Onion Dip 

-Pickled Okra

-cereal….this is weird to me because I never ate cereal before I got pregnant, but now I just want Special K Fruit and Yogurt all.the.time. 

With a growing belly week by week, clothing becomes a bit of a challenge, too. Maybe you’re pro at maternity clothes by now after a few kids, but this is my first and i’m definitely starting to figure things out.

  1. Maternity clothes are expensive.
  2. Maternity clothes can be unnecessary .
  3. Maternity clothes can be totally necessary.

Luckily, I have two sister-in-laws and some friends that have shared their maternity clothes with me, which is HUGE, because I can’t believe how expensive it can be to buy them. I went into the pregnancy thinking, “okay, i’m going to need an entirely new wardrobe.” Definitely not the case. I have a few essential items that are maternity, that I definitely, at 32 weeks, could not live without.

It did take me a long time to start showing, but you do immediately start feeling bloated and pants feel tight from around 10 weeks and on. Have you heard of the hair tie trick?! That is what I used for the first 20-22 weeks with my shorts and jeans.  It saved me!  I was using a belly band, but got annoyed with it after a while and stopped using it. Also, no shame in un-buttoning the top button of your jeans and wearing a long shirt or cami over top of it. It works, too.

Once, my belly got to big to get away with the tricks, I finally turned to maternity pants. Jeans are amazing. But also expensive. I did find that Jessica Simpson’s maternity brand is affordable and they feel and fit great! I love the pants that have the band that comes up and over your belly, at 32 weeks, its all about support and that does help.

The nice thing about my pregnancy being mostly during the summer was that I could wear maxi dresses and summer dresses because I could just wear all of my own clothing without having to buy new maternity dresses. If I did buy a new dress to wear, I just tried to get one with some stretch (without sizing up too much) that I would still be able to wear after baby comes.

When it came to shirts, for the most part I have been wearing all of my normal clothing and just rockin’ the bump with it. Tanks are easy, t-shirts- I just wore my stretchier ones, and other tops I just wear a cami underneath if they flare out a little over the bump.

All in all, for me, just buying a couple pair of maternity jeans for when your belly gets bigger, a few dresses (that you can wear after baby) and some stretchy shirts are all that I’ve really needed. Otherwise, I’ve been able to make a lot of my normal clothes work….so far 😉

What works for you!? Let me know in the comments!

<3 Katie Ryan

Welcome to My Baby (Pregnancy) Blog!





Welcome to my baby blog!!!

Right now, it’s a ‘pregnancy blog’ because i’m 30 weeks and counting down the days until we meet our baby girl in November!

Some of you may have followed me on my bridal blog– can you believe how time flies?! A little over a year later, and now i’m sitting here writing a baby blog! Crazy stuff.

This pregnancy has been full of so much love and excitement! It started off a little rough with terrible morning sickness for the first 14 weeks. The only thing that I found to work to help me from feeling nauseous were Sea Band Motion sickness bracelets that I got from Amazon, drinking Ginger Ale, sleeping a lot and just not going out anywhere.

It is seriously THE WORST when you’re at a restaurant and a plate of smelly fish dinner goes by you and you feel like throwing up in your purse. So…I just stayed in and ate saltine crackers for 14 weeks 🙂  Coffee was also something that weirdly, turned my stomach immediately! Tom Whalen had to go sit his coffee out in the hallway one day because I gagged smelling it in the studio….sorry, Tom!

Oh, and if you’re wondering how I got through the morning show everyday, while feeling so terrible, it was quite a challenge! I had to have my ginger ale next to me on the right, a trash can on the left, and I would have to stop and take a break every once in a while…mid-traffic report sometimes. Maybe you noticed, I hope not! 🙂

But after 14 weeks, everything became so much easier! My belly just kept growing and doctor visits were exciting at Capital Women’s Care. Especially the 20 week appointment, where we found out the gender!

My husband, Tim was thinking boy the entire time, I thought girl…but I also kind of went back and forth. We were so excited to find out that baby was a girl! Our family was patiently waiting to hear the news the next day at our 4th of July/Gender Reveal Party and they were all so happy, of course, too.

Then came my baby shower at my parents house, which was so wonderful with all of my family and close friends. Baby girl is already so spoiled. All of the cute girl clothes, toys, and gear! I will definitely do a post all about her nursery, soon!

Fast forward to today, and things are getting a little more uncomfortable, and sleeping is not easy either. Yes, I do have a pregnancy pillow, but it still doesn’t seem to help much (I’m a back sleeper, so sleeping on my side is hard). Appointments are now every 2 weeks, which is fun and exciting because that means we get to hear her little heartbeat, see her in the last couple sonograms and get ready for her birth date in November!

I can’t wait to continue this crazy journey with you through my blog and talk about some of the many fun topics that go along with pregnancy in general, my pregnancy and being a new mom!

I love all the advice and comments you guys share with me on our text line during the Morning show or during facebook live…so feel free to post in the comments on here or facebook, too!!

<3 Katie Ryan

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