15 Weeks: Shifting Body

I’m definitely feeling a bit of a shift in my physical state this week. Starting with a more rounded bump of course!

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But also some lower back pain that flared after my 3.5 hour car ride to Baltimore. It’s on my right side, just above my hip bone. Could this be relaxin making its first appearance? Matt was sweet to get me a pre-natal massage last week and it was everything I needed from head to do. But it got me thinking about how with such extreme physical changes going on in a relatively short period of time I probably should make massages a regular occurrence. I’m also thinking of visiting Dr. Tate the chiropractor. I’ve listened to a few Pregtastic podcasts about chiropractic care during pregnancy and really do believe that having properly aligned hips and pelvis might help with labor. I want to see an acupuncturist too, but I’m not sure where to start with that one! There are so many physical and chemical changes going on that I feel like some alternative medicine would be beneficial.

When 3 Hours Turns To 6

Also during my car ride I was thinking about how different it would be if I had an infant in the back seat!! Some thoughts included:

    • Multiple stops to nurse, therefore a much longer trip
    • Cries that I couldn’t take car of while driving
    • Diaper changes
    • Another bag to pack
    • Finding safe places to park and do these activities

Car trips are going to get a lot more complicated – at the very least with two people, but with one it sounds impossible. I realized during the trip that even if I was in the backseat with my baby I couldn’t take him/her out to breastfeed – because the baby must stay in the carseat! So the stops would be required either way.


I have noticed a small increase in energy this week, which is ironic because I’m also sleeping poorly! On Sunday I went on a nesting rampage. It might have been more related to our gorgeous spring weather than hormones, but I seemed to feel much like my old self again.

The nursery is now a blank slate and ready for decorating


We hung some art, but we’re now ready to start thinking about cribs, rugs and other pretty baby gear. I haven’t picked out anything yet, but I know I want a super modern clean lines crib in white or gray. Land Of Nod has one I love, but I just can’t see myself spending $900 on something that I can probably find for $150 elsewhere. But I love it with the yellow dot bedding!


But overall, I’m feeling much more like my old self!


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78 thoughts on “15 Weeks: Shifting Body”

  1. Good thing, babies “tend” to sleep in the car during long trips. You wind up packing way more than you need for that first trip, and gas station parking lots work for nursing. You get used to trips, just another part of it all.

  2. I know all babies are different but we took our daughter on a 4 hour car trip when she was just a few weeks old (I think 3 weeks?). She slept almost the entire ride. I brought along my pump and a car adapter so i could pump and ride at the same time but it ended up not being necessary. They are surprisingly portable when they’re little (at least mine is). Even now at 7 weeks she’s still pretty portable. The worst part is packing the pack-and-play and hoping you don’t forget anything that you really needed!

  3. I have been thinking about the car rides, too! My family lives 3.5 hours away but I just can’t see visiting too often until the baby is much older…only then maybe it will take longer because it will be alert and interactive! I guess we’ll see…

    And Young House Love did a pretty thorough search for their crib and reviewed all kinds of modern options for safety, eco-friendliness, modern lines, etc. The one they ended up going with is Baby Mod Park Lane from Walmart, of all places — only $300! I got that one too, because they did all the work for me. But I did notice that the same brand has plenty of clean lined modern cribs, and one is even that pretty grey color. You should check them out! Much cheaper and still well-made and gorgeous! I hate to support Walmart, but with prices like that I couldn’t justify getting something else.

    1. I actually read their post this weekend. Love the crib they bought – except for the wood colored drawer. Wish that were white. I wonder if it comes in white..

  4. We have gotten used to planning car trips around naps! Depending on the age of the baby you’ll have anywhere from 4 naps to 1 nap to work with….that can help too!

    You can also pump for a trip so you have a bottle ready, that way you might not have to stop and nurse as much!

    1. How do you heat the bottle of pumped milk in the car? That was always my issue with my first. If you take a bottle on the go, I was reliant on an electrical outlet to heat the bottle.

      1. I just heard on Pregtastic yesterday not to heat bottles – because your baby gets used to them and then won’t take it on a car trip! The lactation consultant said room temp is fine.

        1. That makes sense, but if it was previously pumped and is being stored in a cooler of ice on the road trip, how do you get it up to room temp? Take it out 30 min before the required feeding?

          1. I believe so.. but you can’t put it back in the cooler once it’s warm. I think you have 2 hours for them to drink it?

              1. Its not really good for young babies to be in their carseats for more than 2hrs at a time (something about poor oxygen intake due to head position – can find links if you want) so we always just stopped every few hours to have a stretch out, nurse etc. 🙂

            1. My babies are actually not great nursers so I did a lot of pumping and bottle feeding. It’s pretty amazing how long breast milk is good freshly pumped at room temperature. It’s like 5-6 hours (or even longer I think).

              My parents live about 3-1/2 hours away. We don’t go home often but it’s definitely doable. Mine just never seem to sleep well in places other than their bed. 🙁

              I have a Medela pump in style and a car adapter. Makes pumping in the car easy.

  5. I did acupuncture for the first 15 weeks of pregnancy and have another appointment this week (my practitioner does not practice during these between weeks although not sure why?) as my 33/34 week appointment. I have heard that some people do it continuously throughout pregnancy and that towards the end it can help bring on labor if you are way past due. Good luck!

  6. I agree…I was really daunted by car trips at first, but to be honest our little girl has really done relatively well. They do take a little bit longer with the extra stops, but gas stations and rest stops make easy nursing spots. That isn’t to say that we haven’t had a few melt downs from time to time, but you just roll with it and it gets easier as they get older. Also, I too was looking for more modern nursery furniture and we ended up getting a set from Walmart’s Baby Mod line, now I know you are thinking Walmart, really? Well although it maybe isn’t the BEST quality out there, I really loved the look and it is holding up well and for the few years we will likely use it, I was willing to forgo uber quality since I doubted we would keep it around as heirloom pieces, just an idea for you 🙂 Target I believe also has some more modern looks too, I just know i researched everything under the sun while pregnant!

      1. We just put our baby mod crib together yesterday…I knew I wanted that crib since John and Sheri first did their crib post on YHL several years ago. I had the same reservations about Walmart but the price can’t be beat…kids dont use cribs very long! Anyway, the quality is surprisingly good! And like they said on YHL… Solid wood and non toxic finish for 300? Can’t beat it.

          1. Ha, ha! Yes! I was waiting for someone to mention this. I did it with all of my babes on car trips. Breaks are good, but if you have a screaming baby and a stretch of freeway, you do what you gotta do!

          2. OMG, welcome to my life! My kids didn’t do bottles and I’m large chested so it just made since to pop a boob out and nurse. Sort of funny when people in taller cars would drive by! 🙂

  7. I bet you could find an inexpensive crib and then paint it that gray color. Just a thought. Baby’s R Us has sales on their cribs from time to time. I adore the bedding on Land of Nod.. it is all so dang cute! Hope your back feels better!! Prop those feet up, lil’ mama!

    1. I’ve had a couple of suggestions for this, but I don’t think painting cribs is recommended because babies chew on them and the paint can chip off

  8. Car rides seem overwhelming but it all works out. Our families live 5.5 hours by car, and 7+ hours by car (We have done that drive a few times although we usually fly to them) and we have visited regularly since our son was born. Our first trip was when he was 8 weeks, 5.5 hours by car, and I think those early trips are easiest b/c they sleep most of the time! Our son is the best traveler (um, he is actually better and more patient than me!), I think b/c he is just used to it! He is now 4 and a half and I have even driven the 5.5 hours with him several times alone and flown alone with him a few times. The DVD player is a lifesaver on those long trips and he knows movies are only for car rides to Grandma’s, we never use it outside of that so it’s a special treat. I was actually worried once he was potty trained that it would require more stops (having them go in the diaper is so much easier, haha) but it all worked out. Yes, you will have extra stops but the more you travel, the easier it will be!

  9. My sister-in-law told me she would keep the baby right in the car seat and breast-feed like that – now That takes some skills! 😉

  10. IF you love the modern crib look- Giggle has a line of their own- which is similiar to the oeuf, but almost 1/2 the price. Worth checking out. I bet they would ship to you. Plus it’s real wood. I wish it was around when we bought our crib.
    Also check out some of the more traditional brands- they now have modern designs. We got the Sorrell City Lights crib in all white– and it’s compact and modern. Good luck.

  11. I regularly see a chiropractor, for a back injury I sustained years ago. I continued through my 28 th week of pregnancy…until we moved. I haven’t found a new chiro yet, as I find that I am incredibly picky about chiropractic care. I am actually surprised at my lack of back pain in this pregnancy, given my history. My back has yet to hurt…even on an 11 hour car ride, but I think my days of getting away pain free are over…my hips hurt at night from sleeping on my sides!

  12. Hi Kath! Congratulations! It is fun reading all the BERF posts 🙂 I was reading the short conversation above re: breast milk storage and such. I wanted to say that the American Academy of Pediatrics (at aap.org or at http://www.heathychildren.org) has all the up to date safety recommendations for breast milk and storage. This information is also sited on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) website, which is the same – but the CDC information has a nice little table. The AAP also just updated their “New Mothers Guide to Breastfeeding” this year, so I just wanted to let you and your readers know its the best source for up to date information!

  13. Hey Kath! I have been reading your blog for a long time and I usually don’t comment, but I work at an acupuncture clinic so I wanted to help you if I can! Acupuncture during pregnancy is awesome, it can really help with SO many things and it’s extremely relaxing! As far as finding a reputable practitioner, try the website http://www.nccaom.org. All of the practitioners on that site are nationally board certified, and you can search by location to find someone close to you. I hope this helps! 🙂

  14. I’m in my last semester of acupuncture school, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask! They say to get acupuncture while pregnant if you’re having symptoms. For example, nausea, heartburn, pain, etc. You can also try acupuncture for a breech presentation or to get induced when it’s time! I’d love to answer any questions you have!

  15. I love massages anytime let alone when I am pregnant! I only wish I could get a massage once or twice a month, because it helps one feel great physically and mentally!

    Thanks for noting about visiting a chiropractor to get in alignment to prepare one’s self for pregnancy, Kath! I am all about chiropractors, but never thought about it that way. When I visit a chiropractor, I have it in my head how much better my neck will feel after it is adjusted, since it is always off kilter. I also have slight scoliosis, so my back always feels better when it is adjusted.

    I would love to get acupuncture done! I have never done it, and would love to see the positive benefits from it!


  16. My advice is buy the exact nursery you want. Sure, it may be expensive and a “splurge” but IMO there is going to be NOTHING more rewarding for you than having it be *exactly* how you want it. I tried to save$ when I was doing mine and pulled things from here, there, and everywhere and in hindsight, wish I would have just gotten it all from one place, bit the bullet from Day 1 rather than all the hunting around I did and trying to compare. But you’re the master of pulling gorgeous rooms together so whatever you do, can’t wait to see it!

  17. Oh, the car rides! Yes, it really does take a lot longer with a baby in the back seat. I never realized just how long it takes to feed – about 20 mins to nurse/take a bottle, and at least another 20 of burping/digesting before she’s ready to go back in the car seat (otherwise she’ll be spitting up all over the place). We still haven’t dared take her out with just one person since she needs someone next to her in the backseat to shush, make faces, hold hands, and pick up the spit-out pacifier. One thing I’ve learned with my now 11-week-old is to be patient because nothing else really matters! I think you’ll do great, just remember to take your time and enjoy your baby as much as you can!

  18. ive experienced car rides so bad that im sure my blood pressure has been off the charts and im surprised i never had a stroke or a heart attack.
    the screaming crying of an infant when you are in a traffic jam and cannot pull over is enough to make someone go insane.

  19. My chiropractor swears that adjusting the pelvic and hip area will help during childbirth. He keeps telling me about all of his patients and their ‘easy’ labors. I keep telling him not to get my hopes up!

  20. I have a 20 month old daughter, and she is our first child. We have certainly learned a lot by trial and error. Sometimes, desperate times called for desperate measures. Sometimes, during longer car trips when our daughter would get fussy/hungry, I would sit in the back seat with her and stick my boob in her mouth. When they’re little, it seems like that’s all they want! It may sound weird or funny, but I swear it was a real life saver a few times!

  21. R has the other sheets from that Land of Nod set for his new room and loves them. Peep peep!

    For the crib, you could buy the white Walmart Parklane (like YHL) and then paint the drawer gray. Your baby will hopefully not be gnawing on the bottom drawer – it’s not real food! 😉

  22. We’re currently in the difficult situation of going through infertility treatments, and one of my treatments is acupuncture. My chiropractor shares an office with an acupuncture group that does infertility and prenatal almost exclusively — so that’s how I got their name (I’ve been going to the chiropractor for the past 2 years or so). However, both my endocrinologist as well as my Ob-Gyn recommended this practice. Might be worthwhile to see if your OB has any recommendations — I find it really helpful to have a staff that is really in tune with my needs at this time.

  23. I took my LO on a trip to see my family by myself when he was 6 weeks old. It seems like such a big deal but it really isn’t. He did sleep the whole way down (3.5 hours) because we left after his last middle of the night feeding at 4 a.m. and I stopped once maybe on the way home. I just pulled over (in a church parking lot), nursed in the back seat and was off. I think trips become only an ordeal if you make it one. I worried myself sick about our first airport adventure at 3 months and, in all honesty, I had nothing to worry about.

  24. Yes, the Baby Mod line from Walmart is wonderful! We purchased it online and are very happy with it. We bought the Modena version. It came in dark brown, grey and white. But all of the Baby Mod lines look great. Also I read up on them and it supposedly made of real pinewood and not plywood that contains toxic glue. And has a non toxic finish. Was easy to put together too! It was even cheaper than the matress we purchased.

    1. When I read your post I knew I had to recommend the Modena. We have it and LOVE it! We actually got it when it was on sale – I would just watch for it to come back in stock. We even contacted the company to confirm the non-toxic status of their paint and it all seems legit. The only downside is I believe it is made in China, but you can’t have everything, right?

  25. Im not sure if anyone mentioned it but when I traveled with my toddler and twin newborn girls I would pump in the car (my pump in style has a car power adapter) a little before I knew they were going to eat. That way I didn’t need to plan ahead for milk and it didn’t mess with my supply. Worked awesome.

  26. Take a look at Ikea cribs. We purchased a crib, changing table, small dresser and bookcase and could not be happier. The mattress cost more than the crib! The lines are clean, and I like the fact that the cribs have to pass the higher European safety standards.

      1. My Ikea crib and crib mattress (purchased in the last year, so recent models) are standard-sized, and cheap crib sheets that I got on sale at Target fit just fine. 🙂

        1. The Ikea Changing tables are NOT standard size though. FYI if you’re interested. haha my friends learned that the hard way! Oh Ikea….

  27. Ok.. so I have a story. I have a girlfriend whose family had an emergency when her son was very little. They didn’t have time to stop as often as was needed for breastfeeding. So somehow she positioned herself to lean over him to breastfeed while he was in his carseat. Then when he was done feeding, they would stop, burp and diaper change. She said it was by far the worst road trip ever! And then she said in hindsight she wish she had brought a pump along, so that she could have pumped and fed him the milk in a bottle. But she said he was a champ and fed just fine.

    I’m sure it’s not the safest way to manage feeding on a road trip, but this post reminded me of it.

  28. There was a period during my own childhood where my two sisters and I were ALL in carseats – and our family’s only car was a tiny little Mazda 343. Man, I feel for my poor parents.

    I love the design of that crib! You’re right, it looks great with the yellow bedding. Color-wise, though, I bet you could get a cheap wooden frame from IKEA and paint it that same grey. I’m sure there are baby-safe paints around! It could be a fun DIY project. 🙂

  29. Massage it great. Alot of my friends got them throughout their pregnancies. I belong to a wellness program at a local spa and it is really affordable. I know they have alot of locations, maybe there is one near you. Here is their site: http://www.massageenvy.com.

  30. All babies are different, but most of them tend to do pretty well on car trips when they’re little. We did several 3-4 hour trips with my daughter in her first 6 months or so, and she never required more than one stop – just an extra half an hour we wouldn’t have needed to spend stopped if it weren’t for nursing and diaper-changing. Often on the return trip she’d sleep even more because all the excitement of new faces and new experiences wore her out – she does not ever take 4 hour naps at home, but she’s taken two in the car on the way home from weekend trips.

    I’ve heard it’s harder when they’re old enough to not sleep the whole time, but young enough to not be very easy to entertain – I’m not sure how old that is, though!

  31. I had a really hard time deciding on baby gear with our first…separating my wants from my needs…and my really wants from my sorta wants. We chose to buy a fairly standard solid wood crib and change table, and splurge on the stroller. Our rationale was that an expensive crib and an economical crib will serve the same purpose, and one will work just as well as the other, but this is not the case with a stroller. Happy shopping!

  32. I love that pink and green blanket on the bed in your nursery! Where did you get it from?

    Traveling when they’re infants is actually fairly easy because they sleep so much…I remember taking my daughter on her first flight from Philly to Hawaii when she was 7 weeks old, and I was SO freaked out, but it was actually the easiest plane ride we ever had! I was pumping exclusively at the time and even pumped in my seat during the flight (with a nursing cover) while the nice woman next to me watched my daughter for 15 minutes! Crazy times, but you get through it and make it work!

  33. Most of the time you will just feed the baby before you depart and then at the point of destination. Unless it’s like a 3+ hour trip, you will not need to STOP to feed the baby 🙂

    Having a baby seems complicated, involved and confusing to you now because it seems like a life time away… but after you have that baby, mommy-hood instincts will kick in and you will find quick and intelligent ways of doing these things that would have blown the mind of your 9-month-ago-version of yourself AWAY.

    Good luck!

  34. I have fond memories of being squashed in the middle between my screaming baby sister and my car sick, puking middle sister on family trips. Once in a while, I got lucky and was allowed to sit in the front, while my mom nursed baby sis in the back!

  35. I went to a chiropractor all throughout my second pregnancy due to lower back pain from carrying my first son (he was 2 when I had my second son) and my second labor was 6 hours start to finish! He was line up perfect for the birth.

    Oh and about traveling with a baby…not proud of it but there were quite a few desperate times when we had already stopped A LOT and baby was still crying so I just leaned over and nursed my sons while they were in their seats! I can only imagine what the trucks riding by thought! LOL

  36. I HIGHLY recommend getting a manual hand pump for car trips…I loved the Lansinoh one. It has really good suction and what I would do is just sit in the back seat, throw on my nursing cover and pump while my husband drove. Then when I was done I gave my daughter her bottle. We did this on a 5 hour trip back from OBX (we were lucky on the way down b/c she slept the WHOLE ride!) last summer when she was 7 weeks old and it worked out great; we only had to stop once for a diaper change. It’s about $30 and money well spent. I had that in addition to my electric pump.

  37. Hi Kath,
    Traveling with a baby is a lot more time consuming…but dont worry! Flying just got a lot easier since the launch of Nannyintheclouds.com! After a really long flight with my 2 year old (and without my hubby) I decided to launch a service that would match parents flying with kids with sitters already booked on the same flight. This way, you get an extra set of hands. From a carseat to your diaper bag to your carry on to your baby, it is a lot for one person to manage. Having someone to help you is priceless. I hope you can one day use our site…so far we have not had any matches but with word spreading fast, we are hoping to have many matches soon. I am so excited for baby boy kerf! You are going to be an amazing mom. Enjoy it all.

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