Wow…it’s been a busy week! Between July 4th and a hectic work week, we have put in some long hours. While we are taking full advantage of our fleeting freedom, our full schedule has definitely taught me a thing or two about how to listen to my own body.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I feel as if I drink water constantly…at work, in the car, at home…the list goes on. Early on my pregnancy, I sprained my ankle so that’s my litmus test for how I’m doing with my water intake. Lately, as temps grow ever hotter, my ankle has been perpetually swollen. I had to completely readjust my theory of water consumption. The best advice I can give is, take your best guess at how many bottles, glasses (or however you keep track) and double it! I never leave home without a full (large!) bottle and am confident I can refill it at my next stop. Trade sugary drinks for water whenever possible and steer clear of caffeine or anything that may dehydrate you. This will mean frequent bathroom breaks but you’ll definitely feel better in the long run.

2. Bring snacks! I’ve waged an ongoing battle with heart burn since early in my pregnancy. Nothing instigates this symptom faster than an empty stomach. Keeping a supply of snacks nearby helps curb this and also helps eliminate over-eating at mealtimes (another risky behavior for my heart burn!). My favorite snacks lately have been fresh fruit (don’t feel bad about the pre-chopped variety at the grocery store), pretzels/goldfish and fruit chews (especially the natural kind). The odd yogurt or ice-cream never hurts either!

3. Don’t overdo it! It’s always been difficult for us to refuse an invitation to see family and friends. This is especially true now as we know our days with little or no planning are quickly disappearing. Lately though, I’ve had to reevaluate and give more thought to my energy level and give serious thought to what I can accomplish each day. After a long day at work, I’ve realized that I don’t have much left to go on. If I push myself too far, I definitely suffer for it the next day. Who knew you could have a pregnancy hangover from pure exhaustion?! Definitely plan ahead and know your limits. I’m not above a nap either!

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