The weeks sure do seem to be going faster these days! And that’s a very good thing to me. This week was the first one where I feel like my friends and family can really see my pregnancy from the outside:
A stranger might not get it, but when I look at my reflection in the shop windows while walking to the gym, I sure look round!! I’ve mentioned it before, but posture really dictates these days and most of the time I’m just letting all my guts hang out! When I do that, I look really pregnant : )
[Cropped maternity jeans from GAP!]
Based on my posture, and what I’ve had to eat, my stomach goes from flat to huge in an instant. It’s usually HUGE at night and when I wake up, when I’m on my side and with a full bladder. After going to the bathroom, it shrinks back down to nearly flat! Then after I eat breakfast, it’s back out again, and it’s usually hanging out from midday on.
But even standing straight with good posture, you can see a small bump now. I always though pregnancy bumps were hard, but I’ve been surprised at how…mushy…my stomach still us! I guess it makes sense that any layer of fat you had before would stay on top, but, at least when I’m sitting down, everything’s all rolls and lumps. However, underneath that layer of fat and abs, my uterus has gotten really big and really hard! I can almost cup my hands around it and that is so cool!
I actually rolled onto my stomach in Pump this week and felt like there was a water balloon inside of me about to pop!! That will probably be the last time I lie on my stomach for months!
Can’t suck much in anymore…
Perhaps the most exciting thing to note this week is that I’m able to feel the baby move! Those bubbles from a few weeks ago have turned into quite the mouse house in there. I can’t feel anything when I’m up and moving around, but if I lie down very still and concentrate, I can feel all kinds of movement. Sometimes it feels like a mouse scurrying around or tickling the walls of my uterus with its whiskers; other times it’s more like a vibration or light tapping. I’m 99% sure this is the baby, but it will be so exciting when I’m 100% sure and able to distinguish between kicks, rolls or see it from the outside!
I’ve listened to the heartbeat a few times this week and boy is it LOUD! It’s also less of a whooshing and more of a traditional thumping heartbeat sound. The coolest part, though, is that if I put the monitor in one spot and get a very loud heartbeat, within seconds, it’s clear that the baby has swam away because the heartbeat gets fainter. I can’t exactly chase it around because I don’t know where it went, but the swimming concept is so very cute : ) Also, I can hear other noises in there – loud thumps – when I have the monitor’s headphones on that I’m pretty sure are the baby bumping itself or the walls of my uterus. Having this monitor has been such a special treat!
The rhino part of this post? I’m pretty sure I have rhinitis : ( That just means pregnancy congestion of the nasal passageways due to increased blood volume. My upper nose always feels stuffy and dry these days, and there’s not much I can do about it other than use a tissue multiple times a day to try to clear it out.
Also on the blood volume front, I definitely feel like I have more pumping through me. I’ve felt my heartbeat in weird places (like my uterus pulsating!) and I just feel…fuller all over. The blue veins on my chest are more pronounced too.
Another physical change I’ve noticed this week is clogged pores….on my body. I don’t want to call it acne because it’s not like big red blotches of blemishes, but it’s like little bumps…clogged pores… on my chest and shoulders! What an odd place to have a clogged pore. I have heard that in pregnancy the oil production of the skin increases (part of the “pregnancy glow”) so I’m guessing it’s related to that.
On the food front, I’m off my medicines!!! I definitely have moments of nausea (like right now, as I’m typing before lunch), but usually eating makes it go right away. I also think my stomach is filling up more quickly than before. I seem to get full faster and my “I can always eat!” attitude has diminished just a little. I no longer want dessert after dinner, which is weird.
I’m really into mini sandwiches with a side of fruit and salted almonds this week…
Still loving green smoothies in place of salads for lunch…
And the reintroduction of broccoli occurred!! Totally random.
I do think I’m hungrier than normal and before meals, especially dinner, I have a ravenous feeling. Insomnia is new this week and I’m wondering if hunger is to blame since all 3 times after I finally drank some juice I was able to fall back asleep. I didn’t really feel hungry, but I could tell I sort of was. I’m not counting calories or anything, but I wonder if I haven’t added enough to compensate for the second trimester 300 calorie increase since I’m eating pretty much like I used to these days. And as the bump starts to shoot out, I imaging the baby is going through a growth spurt as well! They say gain is about a pound a week in the second tri, and I’m not sure if I’m eating 3500 extra calories…yet.