I feel like things are almost a little boring around here I feel so normal. Maybe I’m just used to feeling pregnant! While my stomach continues to protrude, my arms, legs, stomach, hair and brain feel pretty much like my old self. Considering all the symptoms out there, I’m pretty thankful!
My bump is starting to get that nice little round shape to it, especially when I lie in bed in the morning! It’s definitely a mound on a horizontal plane. Very cute and very fun to put my hands around!
Check out this extreme shelf I can make! Old torso vs. new torso! You can really see the space the baby occupies.
Can you even tell I’m sucking in here!?
The baby moves sporadically, some days more, some days less. I feel the movements most when I’m seated after a meal. I suppose because there is less room in there when I’m bent in half. But I almost always feel them when I get in bed at night! The books say that when mom moves, baby sleeps and when mom lies down, baby wakes up to play. I still haven’t had any true interaction – like I push in and he kicks back – but the movements are still so fun to feel. The other morning they were so strong they were almost uncomfortable! He likes to tap dances on my cervix, which isn’t the most pleasant feeling. My doctor said it’s normal and I might just be hypersensitive down there.
I did a bit of maternity shopping this week at Old Navy. I had a 40% off coupon that was good for one day and came home with $200 worth of clothes for just over $100, mostly tanks, shirts and a pair of shorts. Shopping with a bump is so strange. More than my bump, it’s my boobs that determine whether a shirt is a yay or nay! Also: I tried on a bunch of dresses for the wedding this past weekend, and again, it’s my chest that is preventing them from fitting!! Never would have predicted that, as I hoped to wear my dresses into the third tri!
I also tried on a few bathing suits. I have no problem wearing a bikini that shows my stomach, buttttt….I really need super-duper top support. I don’t know if my old suits are going to be up for that challenge. I tried on a few one pieces, but they were all tummy controlled, so even the size large was too tight on my stomach. I might need to just look into some maternity suits for our Memorial Day beach trip. Or maybe some kind of supportive sports bra two piece?
My only symptom complaints continue to be round ligament soreness and SI joint pain.
My SI hurt pretty badly after a day of standing on my feet at the bakery. I’ve ordered a belly support brace as recommended by my prenatal yoga teacher that will hopefully help me with my posture. I actually read the month 5 chapter of What To Expect and part of it was on back pain. There was a list of things you could be doing wrong (standing with arched back, sitting on non-supportive couches, relaxing abs) and of course I was doing everything wrong! Not intentionally, of course, but it’s just more comfortable to stand with my back arched and abs relaxed! But I’m working on it and am hoping the support helps a lot. I’ve also taken the advice of some of you and have been doing leg lifts during the abs track of Pump. I think they are helping?
The round ligament pain has caused me to cramp there a few times when subconsciously stretching in the mornings, but thankfully it’s not nearly as bad as a leg cramp (although I had half of one of those this week too!)
After holding Lynsie’s baby this week, I pictured my own, wiggling in bed that night, in my arms. I can hardly wait!!!
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