Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Weekly Pregnancy Update
How far along: 27 weeks + 1 day
How big is baby: The Bump says rutabaga, Babycenter and What to Expect say head of cauliflower (anywhere from about 13.6-16in inches long and 1.5-2.5 pounds)
Total weight gain: +12lbs according to my official weigh-in last week.
Maternity clothes: No new clothes but I have been window shopping online.
Sleep: Struggling a little bit lately because my hips start to hurt if I lay on one side for too long. When I roll over though my pelvis aches so it's been a little uncomfortable.
Best moment of the week: Well technically this happened in between last week and this week, but my gestational diabetes test came back clear! Phew! Isla's heartbeat sounded great, my blood pressure, pulse and weight gain are all right where they should be. Aside from a few aches and pains, everything is going great at the moment (knock on wood) so while it's not really a moment, that's the best thing about right now.
Food cravings: It varies day by day, still predominantly carbs and fruit.
Food aversions: Still just really spicy food that I struggle with at the moment.
Symptoms: Started getting aches in my pelvis. My back has been getting achy for months but now I'm struggling with my pelvis too. According to my bff (google) it's due to an increase in the hormone relaxin which loosens everything up down there to make labor/delivery easier. Some people produce a little too much and it can cause achy joints. It's also what makes us preggos do the ever attractive waddle.
Movement: Lots! Pretty much anytime I'm sitting or laying quietly I can feel little girl moving around. Sometimes they feel like big intentional movements, other times it is just wiggles. I can sometimes feel her move when I am standing or moving around too, but it's not nearly as noticeable.
Gender: It's a girl!
What I’m looking forward to: Meeting our little girl! I can't believe it's only 90 days until our due date and she could be here even sooner than that! The third trimester officially starts next Tuesday...eeee!
What I miss: Soda :( I know I shouldn't miss it but I do. I indulge occasionally but nothing with caffeine or artificial sweeteners so sometimes I just really, really want an icy cold diet coke! Also, I saw a question posted on a pregnancy message board about the first thing(s) you want to eat after giving birth and it got me thinking about what I've been missing. Honestly, there wasn't anything (aside from soda or regular coffee maybe) that instantly came to mind. A lot of people said sushi and margaritas. While I do miss sushi, I've always enjoyed veggie rolls so I've been able to satisfy my cravings and aside from the occasional night when I would really love a glass of cider, I haven't missed alcohol. Sure it would be nice to indulge in a cocktail or glass of cider every now and again, but it hasn't really been on my mind much. I think I just look forward to not having to worry so much. Right now I feel paranoid about everything that I eat. I research anything new online before I eat it and I struggle with dining out because I never know how they are preparing things. A lot of people don't worry as much and eat what they want, but I just haven't been comfortable with the risk. It's a only a few months out of your whole life, I would rather do everything I can to make sure I don't put my baby at risk. So I would say post-pregnancy I just look forward to not having to quiz waiters at restaurants! Maybe a nice medium steak as well ;)
Next appt: November 19, 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Weekly Pregnancy Update
How far along: 26 weeks
How big is baby: The Bump says head of lettuce, Babycenter says scallion and What to Expect says cucumber (about 13.6-15in inches long and 1.5-2.2 pounds)
Total weight gain: About 11 lbs, will have an official number after appointment tomorrow.
Maternity clothes: No new ones, but have been enjoying wearing the new sweaters I got.
Sleep: About the same, starting to struggle a little bit to find a comfortable position for my belly.
Best moment of the week: Last Friday after dinner Isla put on her biggest show yet. Neil could feel tons of movement and my belly was shaking and wobbling like crazy. Our little girl must have enjoyed her dinner, she was having a little pizza party in mama's tummy! Also, getting into double digits!! 98 days to go!!
Food cravings: Bacon (haha) and candy...FYI Kaiser, it's not nice to make a pregnant girl take her glucose tolerance test the week before Halloween! ;)
Food aversions: Just very spicy food
Symptoms: Not many new ones, feeling a little more uncomfortable at the end of the day. Achy back and feet.
Movement: Yes! Our little mover and shaker is big and strong enough that her daddy can feel her kicks now and we can both watch my belly wiggle and shake when she's feeling particularly active.
Gender: Baby girl
What I’m looking forward to: Hearing little one's heartbeat tomorrow and decorating her nursery. We ordered her crib yesterday!
What I miss: Not much, just not being so achy in the evenings I guess.
Next appt: Tomorrrow! October 23, 2013

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Weekly Pregnancy Update
How far along: 25 weeks +1 day
How big is baby: The Bump says cauliflower, Babycenter says rutabaga and What to Expect doesn't list a size this week (about 13.5+ inches long and 1.5+ pounds)
Total weight gain: About 10 lbs
Maternity clothes: All maternity pants and mostly maternity tops, picked up a few new maternity sweaters last week to get me through the winter and hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll be able to get through the rest of my pregnancy without having to buy any more clothes!
Sleep: Still back and forth, better some nights and worse others. Overall still sleeping pretty well though and not too uncomfortable yet. The little girl likes to kick (only small kicks still) as I try to fall asleep.
Best moment of the week: Feeling Isla so much more. Her kicks still feel small and gentle, but I am noticing them much more frequently.
Food cravings: Still carbs, carbs, carbs. Trying to be good and eat a balanced diet but would love to just eat bread and fruit all day.
Food aversions: Jalapenos
Symptoms: Getting achy more easily, particularly my back. Also, I found this strange, but bleeding a lot when I get any little cut. I had a tiny, literally sesame seed sized scab that I absentmindedly scratched off and it started dripping blood! From a quick google search, it sounds like I'm not the only pregnant woman to experience this. A lot of people say it's because of the increased blood volume you have while pregnant. Freaked me out for a minute though!
Movement: Yes, seems like more and more each day and I love it!
Gender: Baby girl
What I’m looking forward to: Hearing Isla's heartbeat again next week at my appointment and getting my glucose test out of the way, hopefully no problems with it!!
What I miss: Not getting an achy back after a day of just normal activity, think my first professional massage might be in the near future!
Next appt: October 23, 2013


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Weekly Pregnancy Update
How far along: 24 weeks
How big is baby: The Bump says cantaloupe, Babycenter says ear of corn and What to Expect doesn't list a size this week (about 12 inches long and 1.2-1.5 pounds)
Total weight gain: I think about 9-10 lbs
Maternity clothes: All maternity pants and mostly maternity tops
Sleep: Hit and miss. Some nights I sleep pretty well and others not so much. I've started waking up more in the middle of the night and struggling to get back to sleep. Crazy pregnancy dreams and having to pee all the time don't help much either.
Best moment of the week: Baby crosses the 50% survival rate if born during this week. There is nothing to indicate that I will go into labor ANYTIME soon, but it's amazing knowing just how big and strong she is getting. That said, she still has a long way to go so please keep cooking inside mama's belly little Isla.
Food cravings: Lots of carbs, cold fresh fruit (melon, pineapple, etc.)
Food aversions: Jalapenos :( I love them, but they seem to be the only thing still making me really queasy. Hubby brought home some delicious jalapeno cheese bread which I would normally love and I dug in to a piece only to throw up minutes later. Didn't know if it was just morning sickness so I had jalapenos on my veggie subway the other day and started feeling sick again. I picked all the rest of them off and think I will have to retire them for the next 4 months sadly. Hopefully Isla will like spicy food like her mommy and daddy!
Symptoms: Feeling big, the bump is certainly noticeable! Achy back, hungry all the time, etc. etc.
Movement: Yes! I'm enjoying every kick :)
Gender: Little lady
What I’m looking forward to: Continuing to feel more and more movement, finishing the nursery, getting to the third trimester, I could go on and on.
What I miss: Jalapenos (haha) and my normal range of movement. I feel like an upside down turtle when I try to get out of bed in the morning. It's also getting harder to bend over and pick things up.
Next appt: October 23, 2013