Pregnancy Update: Month 6
i am a tad in denial that i am closing out my 6 month of pregnancy. time is flying scarily fast and my end-of-august due date feels like it’s approaching faster than i would care to admit.
we went to the birth center for my 22 week appointment and while we were listening to her heartbeat, which is incredible to hear, my stomach suddenly hardened! the midwife said it was a contraction – so wild! she said my uterus was ‘practicing’ and then i said “oh well if this is all there is to it, i’ll be good!” we all laughed and then looked away because we knew it would be so very far from it but a gal can dream.
currently i’m exactly 26 weeks and bavery is weighing 2lbs and measuring around 14 inches (but probably taller because she has giant parents).
- started to feel the flutters of her moving around week 20
- now feeling some seriously stronger (and sometimes freaky) movement
- we have our nursery pretty well put together (my husband totally went into nesting mode while i was gone)
- i am traveling to portland tomorrow (for very fun reasons that shall be revealed later annnd my husband is meeting me there in between his trips!)
- going on our babymoon to hawaii!
- getting to see my finally showing pregnant sister and family in kansas city! (we voluntarily chose to match, our mom didn’t even make us!) she is 5 weeks behind me.
- my husband has been traveling weekly and that’s been hard
- i have been feeling increasing uncomfortable while sitting and walking
- the 12 hour trip back from hawaii, where i experienced some alarming swelling in my feet (yes, both my husband and i panicked – it was so freaky looking and my legs were solid with fluid!)
lucky for you, i had the foresight to know you wanted the comparison shot and to see me with kankles.
ps. fun fact about me – those toe rings went on in 8th grade and have never, ever left my toes since. i am nervous that they may need to come off in the third trimester because apparently women get ‘fiona-shrek feet.’
- while my hair is appearing super full and lush (yay!), it’s because of the increased nutrients to the hair follicles which is making me not lose the normal amount of hair people typically do. this means i don’t actually have more hair growing, rather it’s staying put (and i’ve heard horror stories of being super freaked out after birth because it all falls out rapidly!)
- baby starts playing with umbilical cord (be caaareful, baby)
- at week 23, the lungs are developing rapidly and practicing making breathing movements (though of course no air enters until after birth)
- at week 24, the baby’s face is almost fully formed and she has a full set of eyelashes and eyebrows (but no pigment in hair)
- at 24 weeks is when a baby has a 50/50 shot of surviving if it came out – crazy!
- at 25 weeks, bavery’s hands are fully developed and can curl them in fists
- at 26 weeks, her hand print and foot prints are formed and her eyes are starting to open!
- around week 23, my blood pressure returned to normal so way less dizzy and less pulsating body – yay!
- sleep is a coin toss. sometimes it’s decent and sometimes it’s not.
- lower back pain and pressure is happening more frequently – especially on planes
- i’m starting to get carpel tunnel in my hands, which is related to pregnancy – so weird!
- my vision randomly gets blurry and less clear
- heartburn is starting in and i can’t lay down immediately after eating because blah
- sometimes i wake up with swollen fingers and panic when i can’t get my wedding rings off
nothing as intense as that horrid first trimester. still don’t want any chinese, indian or japanese food. also, when my husband makes us smoothies, he used to put peanut butter on the spoon and then serve it. peanut butter on the spoon completely grosses me out now and i definitely overreacted when presented with it recently.
i am all about graham crackers and teddy grahams this month. i crave that taste (and have 6 little teddies next to me, waiting to be devoured). still not fully lactose tolerant but i think it’s improving a bit so i’ll take it.
i can’t get enough nacho cheese doritos, still.
i am doing better with sugar cravings because i am afraid of gestational diabetes (i get tested in 2 weeks) and also the fact that sugar tends to make your baby bigger. let’s all remember that my husband was a 12 pound baby so i have chilled out (somewhat) and am eating lots of fruit.
last month i talked about having some anxiety anticipating when the strong and forceful kicks and punches start. i am feeling that now and they started around week 24ish for me. last night they were so strong that i did get freaked out and called my husband almost in tears. it’s so strange and foreign and there is nothing i can do to stop them, which freaks me out. yes yes, i know it’s much better she be moving all over the place but still – something is moving inside of my body.
it’s been fun for ravery to feel and see her move around. i was big-spooning him the other night and she totally kicked him in the back. he freaked. hilarious!
apparently weeks 24-28 are when you can feel the baby the best. she is strong enough to really let you have it and she’s not so big yet that she still has space to tumble around. she’s totally going to be an olympian (#dreambig but only if that is what she really wants).
you can tell by my face that by week 24, it really started to hit me. that’s when it fully started sinking in that “i’m pregnant and something is moving inside me!” freaky-deaky.
hiking is still my go-to but i have actually been able to workout more this month so yay! i have gone on a few run/jog/walks and even though it’s sort of horrible and i almost pee every time my foot hits the pavement – the endorphins released afterwards are totally worth it!
i also use the free ‘nike training club’ app to get in 30-45 minute workouts at least twice a week. i adapt certain moves when they are like “lay on your stomach and lift 8 pounds while balancing on this ball.”
i know it will get harder as i get bigger so i am trying to do more now!
- sleeping flat on my back (you aren’t supposed to lay completely flat for too long because it can compress a major vein in your back. i can actually feel my blood pumping harder when i do)! i have been putting a little wedge to prop me up but i miss the freedom of sleep positions
- a full glass of malbec
- moscow mules
- fine, all booze in full quanitities
LOOKING FORWARD TO
- passing my gestational diabetes test with flying colors (you have to put it out there and i need this so i’m able to deliver at the birth center)
- visiting my in-laws on the beach next month!