Mid Pregnancy Recommendations Part 1

Hello again from southern Minnesota! I am currently 18 weeks pregnant with my first baby! I’m so excited to be almost halfway. My bump became very evident to me in just the last week. I can’t even suck in to hide it anymore!😂 I’m excited to be out of the awkward stage where I look like I’m gaining weight, but don’t yet have the baby bump, so I just look fat. It’s so weird how much my body is changing.

Anyways, I’ll get to the stuff that has helped me along my pregnancy journey so far, and my hope is that maybe it will help you, too.🙂

I’ll start with a prenatal:

This is the prenatal I take. I’m going to be honest with you. I took a different one in the first trimester because of all my nausea. Whenever I tried to take this one, I would puke it up. My morning sickness isn’t gone yet, though it has eased up a bit. However, through experimenting, I figured out, my morning sickness is only in the morning to early afternoon, so if I took them with dinner, I would be just fine. The reason I continued to try with this brand, instead of just moving on, is I really like and trust this brand. It’s natural, and has multiple certifications. Plus it’s full of so many essentials for baby. I’m glad I stuck with it.

Second thing I’ll mention is, I’m a really healthy eater, so I would wake up in the morning starving in the first trimester, and drink water, and throw it up. So I would try to eat something healthy like eggs or oatmeal, and throw it up. So I learned to just starve until like 2 or 3pm until I felt well enough to eat. So that’s what I would do. But one morning I had one of my husband’s pop tarts because I was craving something sweet, and to my surprise, I was totally fine afterward! No puking! So I would eat a poptart every morning, and after that, I was usually fine the rest of the day to eat or drink anything. I felt bad though, giving my baby pop tarts everyday. But I think it was better for my baby that I felt better in the day and could eat and drink normally.

This greens drink is my next recommendation. My father-in-law gave it to me. I usually have it as a snack between lunch and dinner. It’s pretty tasty, in my opinion, and full of really good stuff for baby and me.

CALM magnesium I would HIGHLY recommend! This stuff is a life saver. I put it in water and drink it right before bed. It’s tasty, and helps calm me down for bedtime and helps me sleep better through the night, AND… What pregnant woman doesn’t struggle with constipation? Magnesium naturally softens stools by drawing water to them. This supplement has helped SO much in regulating my bathroom trips.😉

These helped with nauseasness a good deal. I bought these for around $3, at Wal-Mart. It’s ingredients are cane sugar, ginger, and tapioca starch. If you aren’t a ginger person, my sister-in-law, who is only 7 weeks further along then me, recommended lemon heads.

I think I’ll end now, and make a Part 2 later on.

I’ll just close by saying, these are my recommendations, but they won’t work for everyone, so use your own judgement or talk to your doctor or midwife. I would love to hear what helps you during pregnancy in the comments below. I love to see how different everyone is during pregnacy, and as I said, I’m a FTM, so all this stuff is new and interesting to me! So again, leave any tips/recommendations in the comments.

Thankyou so much for reading! And have a blessed day.❤

Clean Eating Tips

Ugh, isn’t eating right something we all struggle with? I know I do! I am not an expert at it, by any means. I actually have very little self control when it comes to watching what I eat. But I wanted to share a few things that actually work well for me in ensuring that I put natural, whole foods into my body and minimizing the junk foods.

1. Only buy the clean foods you want to put in your body. If you don’t have junk food in the house, you’re far less likely to eat it. If you are a snacky person like myself, make sure you buy healthy snacks. I like to buy lots of fruits and vegetables to snack on. Make a list when you go to the grocery store to keep you from impulse buying. And most importantly…… NEVER go to the grocery store hungry!!!

2.Drink lots of water throughout the day! This will help to keep you from getting hungry. If you find it difficult or boring to just drink water throughout the day, totally switch it up a little. Here are some ideas: ▪black coffee. (try to limit to 1-2 c. a day) ▪herbal teas. ▪lemon water. ▪kombucha. And the list goes on. Be creative.

3. Start the day out with something really wholesome. (This tip may not work for everyone). For me, when I eat something really wholesome for breakfast, I don’t want to break the health streak, so I’m more likely to eat right throughout the day.

4. Keep busy! I find that when I’m just in the house, bored, is when I’m looking through the cupboards and refrigerator to find something to ease my cravings the most. But if I go for a walk, clean, work outside, etc, it takes my mind off food.

5. Consider trying a week off sugar, gluten, dairy, etc. If nothing else, just to practice self control. Someone I know once started a Facebook group, to challenge anyone who wanted to participate, to go off sugar for a week. I decided to give it a shot, but honestly, I had my doubts that I would be able to make it through the week without consuming sugar. But the accountability of the group was amazing, and I was surprised at how easy it was to get through the week! Even when the week was over, I would do a week without sugar about once a month. It really boosted my confidence! I didn’t know I had the self control for it. So I encourage you to get one friend or a group of friends to hold eachother accountable, and come up with some challenges.

That’s all the tips I have for today. I appreciate any feedback, and if you have a tip that works, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!❤

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Meet Me!

October 24th, 2020

Let me start by introducing myself.

My name is Jessie Juvland. I am 19 years old. Let’s just say ALOT changed for me in the year of 2020, as I’m sure is the case for most of us!

Durfee family- October 24th, 2020

Let me add some context.

I grew up just north of Duluth, MN. My family has a lot of acreage on the Cloquet River. I am the 3rd oldest child in my family. I have 10 siblings. There are 6 girls and 5 boys. My older brother and older sister both got married the summer of 2019.

Up until Fall 2020 I was pretty content living at home with my wonderful family, working my full time job at Hobby Lobby as a cashier, custom framer, and wearable art department leader. I also had a couple side baby sitting jobs, and helped with Classical Conversations, a homeschool program that meets once a week at church.

Most weekends I would spend with my boyfriend, Jacob, who lived about 3 hours away in Cokato, MN. He would drive up to Duluth or I would drive down there.

Minutes after we got engaged. August 16th, 2020.

▪August 16th, 2020 Jacob asked me to marry him, and I said “YES!”

▪October 8th, 2020 I quit my job at Hobby Lobby. That was really sad for me because I loved my job, boss, and co-workers.😢

▪October 24th, 2020 I married my best friend!❤ #newlywed

▪October 24th, 2020 I also said goodbye to my family and my Duluth home, and moved down to Cokato, MN.

Honeymoon in Destin, Florida.

▪October 25th, 2020 we left for a week long honeymoon in #destinflorida.

Baby Juvland due- end of July 2021.

▪November 2020 we found out we were expecting a baby!!!😱 We didn’t plan on a honeymoon baby, but I guess the Lord had it in His plan. We are both excited and very thankful though!😊

▪November 29th, 2020 my sister Julianna and brother-in-law Jon welcomed baby Lark into the world. She is such a loved baby! My parent’s first grandchild.

I was so incredibly blessed in 2020, and I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for 2021.

(I’ll note, there was plenty of hard times in 2020, but I’m trying to look at all the good in it and be #thankful !)