Seeing Red

Well, it was bound to happen at some point … the dreaded return of Aunt Flow.

Exactly one month post-partum I had some bleeding, which I was baffled by because, hello I was breastfeeding! What I learned from my OB (after calling frantically) is that in the same way breastfeeding is not a form of birth control, nor is it a guaranteed period-stopper … GR.

The bleeding ended after a day or two and, as it turns out, was just post-C-section bleeding and not my period. So I thought perhaps I was in the clear …In the clear, that is, until today. When I saw red. Continue reading “Seeing Red”

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Obeying Hunger

whatever_clockWhen it’s that time of the month, I crave chocolate like most women. But I also tend be hungrier in general, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.

I think this explains why I tend to wake up during the middle of the night during my period; I’m genuinely hungry due to wacky horomonal changes. It’s not mindless, it’s not emotional. It’s hunger.

(I’ve heard before that during mestruation a woman burns an extra several hundred calories a day; not sure how true that is, but if so, it explains a lot!)

The rest of the month, I’ve no real excuse for my midnight wake-ups. My loyal readers know I’ve pondered the “why” for months and not come up with any specific answer. But I can assure you that when I wake during my period, it’s usually for a good reason.

And when I woke the other night and found myself in the kitchen, I went for 2 T of PB.

Yes, I spent 5 points on PB at 2 a.m … but it was well-worth it. I just docked them from Tuesday’s meal plan. Continue reading “Obeying Hunger”