Pounds Gained: I gained 2.6 pound this week (effff), which brings my total pregnancy weight gain to 5. That is way too much in one week. Time to slow down on the brownies and eat some chicken and veggies. Also, gestational diabetes would suck.
Inches Gained (Waist): I have gained 7.5 inches total, 2.5 in the last week. I guess she’s growing?
Nonsensical item baby is supposedly the size of: a banana, a coconut, and a cantaloupe. This explains a lot about why I need to pee ALL THE TIME.
Pregnancy Symptoms I’m supposed to expect according to TheBump.com:
- Vaginal discharge. You can expect this to keep increasing until delivery.–Kara is so excited this made the list again! And yes.
- Leg cramps. Be sure to do stretches and drink plenty of water.–still tight muscles, but not really cramps.
- Heartburn and/or indigestion, as baby starts to crowd your digestive system.–spicy food and tomato products are dead to me until she is born. Sore throats from heartburn suck.
- High energy — and libido (grrr)–why is there a grr here? Grow up, The Bump.
- Mild swelling. Don’t worry. This should subside after delivery. In the meantime, put up your feet.–my fingers got a little sausagey when I got warm today. Good thing it’s winter and I only get warm once a week.
- Shortness of breath. As your uterus expands, it pushes against your lungs.–mostly going up and down stairs, but I assumed it was because I am wicked outta shape.
On Saturday night I noticed that my nipples now leak clear fluid. I’d heard this can happen, but it still freaks me out. Still, it’s a really good sign that my body will be ready for breastfeeding, which is really important to me, so yay. Just hoping it stays a small amount and no embarrassing wet spot headlights at work.
I finally gave in and bought more maternity clothes. Old Navy has amazing shirt because they are super long, so they should last a lot longer than my last bunch of Motherhood clothes which are already showing off my maternity panel. I also realized my maternity winter coat is getting dangerously close to needing to be unzipped. I am blowing up.
She kicks! And punches! I didn’t realize that her moving would feel like tiny muscle spasms (that’s the only way I can describe it). I can feel it from the inside, but not the outside. I think I’ve actually been feeling it for awhile, but I didn’t really put it together until Friday morning. Now that I’ve noticed it, I’m noticing it all the time. Every once in awhile she’ll hit pretty hard and I’m totally taken aback, but mostly it’s just little taps. The really creepy feeling is when I feel her hit and then there’s a dragging sensation to one side. I think she likes roll around a lot. And everything is exclusively on my left side (occasionally close to midline, but not often).
Meanwhile, I had another epic meltdown this week. I’m not even sure why I was so angry, I just know that my husband repeated something a family member said and I felt like it was disparaging and I LOST it. Some of what I said was legitimate (at least I still think so), but I’m sure the legitimate points got lost in the crazy shrieking. I hate winter.
This week has made me really wonder how anyone has a second child. Pregnancy is hard and I bet it’s 80000000 times harder if you have a small child that is completely dependent on you not being crazy and sick all the time. I feel like an idiot for admitting that, but it’s really been going through my mind a lot lately.
Oh, you guys only came here to hear about the anatomy scan? Fair enough. The doctor said she looks perfect, but really small. We then realized that my due date was put in to the computer wrong, so she’s actually only a tiny bit small. After talking to my mother, it sounds like my family might have small babies, so I’m not too concerned and neither was the doctor. Honestly, my husband is 6’4″, but I am only 5’5″ and I come from a short family, so I guess she takes after my side. Anyways, it was really cool to see and feel her move at the same time.
I also got my cervix measured, but they didn’t give me a picture of that. It was super weird because they use the dildo ultrasound, which shows the cervix, but also the top of her head. My cervix looks nice and long, so I’m cleared to travel for Christmas. I’m supposed to get an ultrasound with the high risk doctors in 3ish weeks and get my cervix checked then as well. If everything still looks good then we’ll proceed normally until full term. There is a possibility that at 37 weeks she won’t have descended into my pelvis, in which case we will schedule a c-section around 39 weeks. I was really upset about the c-section until I talked to the doctor today, but she really reassured me (she’s had 2 herself). My mom offered to come spend a week with us if I get the c-section, so I’ll have help.
So, yeah. Basically we are having a healthy baby girl. Not that she showed us her bits today. If I had waited for this ultrasound to find out, I probably would have cried. At least I know she is modest? She’s actually most active this time of night, so maybe that’s why we got a better view last time.