In the past, and so far this pregnancy (although it is still very early...knock on wood), I have had relatively easy pregnancies. I've always been hit with a wave of fatigue, but not unbearable; and the morning/all-day sickness has been minor. I don't believe I ever threw up when I was pregnant with Ruby, and only a couple times with Rae. (Brushing my teeth always put me over the top with Rae. The problem was I would brush my teeth, gag and/or throw up, and then I'd have to brush my teeth again! It was nasty cycle, but short-lived.)
The one thing that has always been the hardest for me is giving up coffee. I love it. I drink it every morning. And truthfully, I don't think I have to cut out caffeine completely when I'm pregnant. It's just a good habit to get into anyhow, so I take pregnancy as a good reason to do so.
In the past, I've been plagued with headaches and extreme tiredness after giving up coffee. It usually only lasts a couple of days, but it's tough. Anybody who has ever tried giving up coffee can attest to this.
Now back up a number of months: My mother-in-law "G" started selling this "coffee" beverage called OrGano Gold. It's a powder that you mix with hot water, but it's not any coffee drink. It's made with 100% certified organic Ganoderma Lucidum, or the Reishi mushroom. Reishi is commonly used for natural medicinal purposes in places such as China, Japan and Korea.
According to a botany website: Reishi "is of particular interest because it has been portrayed as a 'fix-it-all' herbal remedy for maladies such as HIV, cancer, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatism, heart problems, paralysis, ulcers, asthma, tiredness, hepatitis A, B, and C, insomnia, sterility, psoriasis, mumps, epilepsy, alcoholism, and the list goes on."
Anyhow, as I was packing away things for the big move, I found some left-over packets that G had given me a while ago. I had already drunk the latte and mocha flavors she gave me and remembered liking them, but I didn't feel much of a difference physically because I wasn't drinking coffee at the time anyhow.
When I found these packets, I decided to give them a shot as a cold turkey replacement for my daily dose of coffee. And I'm not kidding you, people! I haven't had a SINGLE side effect of dropping the coffee. No headaches, no fatigue (even with the pregnancy) and no cravings. And the best part is I don't have to give up the experience of a warm cup of coffee in my hands every morning.
G has lots of other success stories of people who have added Ganoderma Lucidum to their diets and seen extreme results. Check out her website for more info, her contact information, and how to order your own. Besides the black coffee, they have lattes, mochas, hot chocolates, green teas, etc. So if you're not a coffee drinker, check it out anyhow!