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Week 33- The Plague Hits!

on January 15, 2013

This past week, sickness hit the Myers household pretty hard. For the first few days it was only my 5 year old who had it and it seemed to come and go quick (although he did have high fevers of 103-104 degrees F).. but by the third day he was completely back to normal with no fever. Then, the next day it hit hard again he had a fever of 104.7 by the evening time! We gave him tylenol and let him sleep it off and he woke up the next day with a fever lingering around 100-101 degrees F. By the next day, I had caught it but only had a slight fever of 100.7 with lots of body aches. I had been feeling icky all week but never fully got the sick feeling until this day. So we lounged around all day and by that monday (yesterday) we felt much better. Still a little stuffed up and weak but, better. We had been loading up on vitamin C and anti-oxidants all week (drinking lots of smoothies!) so, I accredited us getting through it fairly quickly with only me and my 5 year old catching it to that. Then, last night my 3 year old caught it 😦 ! He hasn’t had such a high fever (only between 99-101) as my 5 year old did, but he has a slight cough. Hoping to pass through this real quick though and be done with the sickness ASAP!

Anyway, needless to say, I have not been able to exercise at all this week. I figured with my immune system down it wouldn’t be a good idea. Whenever you feel sick or running on empty… its not a good idea to push it, you don’t want to compromise the health of the growing baby! If you feel kind of up to something I wouldn’t suggest doing more than a brief walk. Wait until you feel better, then ease back into the routine of things! Whenever stopping a exercise routine for a moderate period of time, its a good idea to ease back into the routine. Don’t push too hard. Start with a mild to moderate walk, for example 30 mins at a slow pace, and build up to a moderate pace for 45 mins to an hour. For resistance training, do less weight or less reps/ sets. Example, if you were doing 5 lbs with 3 sets of 15, lower it to 3 lbs with 3 sets of 15 OR 5 lbs with 2-3 sets of 10. Do what feels comfortable. Push yourself but not to the point of exhaustion, especially if you are in the last trimester of pregnancy!

As far as nutrition… even when you are feeling under the weather try to continue to make healthful choices! If you aren’t able to keep much down, opt for a smoothie or homemade soups (that way you can control the sodium content of the soup). If you can’t get homemade, try finding something that has low sodium and natural ingredients. Also, drink LOTS of water and avoid sugary drinks! I used to always drink sprite when I wasn’t feeling well, and I know some people reach for electrolyte filled drinks (which are also usually sugar filled as well). Those aren’t the best choices however, if you can try to stick to drinking as much water as you can. Keeping yourself hydrated help to keep your body’s cells moist and fight off infection more effectively! You know your body so, go with what feels right inside!

Also, if you can get lots of vitamin C (but don’t over do it, no more than 2,000 mg). Zinc and Vitamin A are good at helping to combat sickness as well but make sure if you are pregnant not to go above the RDA (Vit A- 770 micrograms and Zinc- 11 mg per day). Going over the recommended daily allowance could do damage to the growing fetus. So, get the vitamins needed but keep within the right range! Eating a well-balanced diet throughout your pregnancy (and life in general) will help to get your immune system into great working order, which should help you to get through sickness much quicker, or even possibly avoid it! Hope this information helps and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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2 responses to “Week 33- The Plague Hits!

  1. Melinda Duclos says:

    Hi Candace,

    Congratulations on your newest addition to your growing family! I’m not pregnant, just want to get advice on healthy tips and recipes you blog.

    Thanks!

    Melinda

    • mommymyers says:

      Hi Melinda!
      Thank you! And thank you for checking out my blog! My goal is to provide information on nutrition and fitness for all (pregnant women are just my current focus since I am pregnant). But, in the coming months I do plan to incorporate more good information for all types as I am learning it! Glad you enjoy it! Hope all is well with you and the family 🙂

      Candace

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