Pounds Gained: I gained 0.8 pound this week, which brings my total pregnancy weight gain to 2.4. Still feels a little high in a week, but overall I’m still in a reasonable range.
Inches Gained (Waist): Stalled out at 4.5 inches, but below my waist appears to be growing again.
Nonsensical item baby is supposedly the size of: a mango (is it sad that I’ve never actually handled a fresh mango?), an heirloom tomato, a grapefruit (no wonder I feel fat)
Pregnancy Symptoms I’m supposed to expect according to TheBump.com:
- Aches and pains in your abdomen, caused by your muscles stretching to accommodate baby.–I’m actually really relieved to see this because I keep getting random sore spots that freak me out.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness–Sometimes.
- Leg cramps: one way to ease the pain: Extend your leg and flex your ankle and toes toward your knees. Or enlist your partner for a calf (and back!) massage.–Not that bad. When I was half marathon training, I’d get charley horses so bad that it woke me up screaming, so compared to that, tight calves don’t feel like a big deal.
- Hip pain. If it bothers you at night, try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees.–Dear lord, yes. I am in constant pain at my hips and SI joint.
Did you know pregnant women are crazy? Angry tears are a constant part of my existence and I had a total meltdown last night because my husband didn’t like dinner. He was making mac and cheese assuming I’d stay upstairs and never find out. Total meltdown. I’m ashamed by the tears. Still, he should know better (I think all pregnant women use that excuse, also, he obviously did know better because he was planning to go about his business and just not tell me about it).
Admittedly, I suspect I’m actually developing a case of antenatal depression. My options are limited to 2 medications that have never worked for me or trying to cope with it. Charming. I’m going to go back to using light therapy boxes and hope that I feel better soon. My previous coping mechanism was running and that’s out, so I’m stumped.
Umm, let’s see, so at this point I am past the halfway point to full-term (37 weeks is full-term, so that was 18.5 weeks). That’s exciting and moderately terrifying. I had a few “what the hell were we thinking, I can’t do this” breakdowns this week. Apparently it’s a hormone thing, but the funny part about having a baby is you really can’t take it back, so it’s suddenly terrifying. Also, at this point I’m absolutely petrified of delivery (either route. Thanks, Kara). Also, it’s impossible to not worry about money at this point because it is surprisingly important to me to stay home for good.
Hmm, Kari wanted funny stuff in these posts, but right now I’m too much of a wreck to find the funny. I guess it’s kind of hilarious when I have to go flying up the stairs at work to get the women’s room because I forgot to pee and I’m suddenly about to wet myself. Yes, my building only has a women’s room on every other floor, which is awesome when you are fat and really have to pee (the men’s rooms are on the opposite floors and I have the misfortune of being on a men’s floor).
Yeah, that’s all you get tonight. My body hurts (that pre-natal massage lasted me 1 whole day before I was in agony again) and I’m drained. Also, getting this stupid belly picture from phone to computer was a nightmare. I had to take it more than once, which is annoying and requires standing (I’m not a fan of standing).
How was your week? I promise next week there will be a lot more and I will have pictures because my anatomy scan (20 week scan to check for birth defects and confirm gender) is on Wednesday.
ETA: this should have said almost halfway. I am past the halfway point for full term, but a “normal” pregnancy is 40 weeks. Any baby born between 37-40 weeks is considered full term.