22 Weeks: Pop!

May 1, 2012


I think the time has come – I both look and feel pregnant. During the shower this weekend, both Caitlin’s mom and aunt said “Girl there is no doubt you are pregnant!” and any glimpse I get of myself passing by a mirror takes me by surprise. I think my stomach is actually bigger than it feels! I still think it’s flat, and it is not!


It seemed to come out almost overnight on Saturday. I woke up in the morning and swore it was bigger and rounder. Not only is it protruding more, but it’s wider too! My uterus is firm on the sides of my stomach – an indication that it’s poking out beyond my ribs.


I’m feeling pretty good overall. On and off SI pain (more if I stand, less if I sit) and a little bit of fatigue. Sometimes after a long day I just want to collapse on the couch for a rest, but then something else happens and I’m up doing stuff again!


I noticed over the weekend that my stomach spaces seems to have significantly shrunk. I didn’t eat great over the weekend, so maybe it was just different foods in general that left me feeling this way, but I just feel full really fast. I felt like I was full all day on Sunday but none of my meals were very large. I couldn’t even finish my salmon at dinner – no more space. I sort of want to push down on my stomach when this happens and create more room, which is why I think it’s bump related.


I’ve debated blogging about this, but I’m an oversharer and I think for the sake of other pregnant women’s curiously it should be shared that I have colostrum!!! (If you don’t know what that is, it’s the nutrient-dense, thick milk that comes out before your normal breast milk “comes in” a few days after birth.) Apparently I’ve had it since 16 weeks, but I never noticed anything. One of my mom friends commented that the veins in my chest were SUPER blue and I felt a little engorged, so she told me to…squeeze around. Sure enough something came out! Just a tinnnny bit, but I was totally shocked and totally happy that for once in my life my boobs did something productive!!


Baby movements continue to make me smile all day long. They are getting stronger too. Do you remember those water babies that came out when we were little? Floppy, rubbery dolls filled with water? I feel like I have one of those in me. All of the movements have a bit of bounce to them – like rubber. It’s not like a stick is poking me, but more like a Gumby in there! Matt has felt them once or twice, but for the most part every time I try to get him to feel in a series of bumps, the baby stops moving. Little stinker!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly @ RDexposed May 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

Not an overshare in my opinion, but then again this kind of stuff is what I am paid to discuss!


2 lindsay @ prettylittleparadise May 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

i love these weekly update posts the best! you’re so funny about your boobs finally doing something productive… as someone who dislikes having bigger ones myself, i totally hear ya, and i can only imagine how big they’ll be when it comes time for me to have a babe!! you look great, very cute 🙂


3 Erin May 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

Your boobs did something productive, that is funny! (And not an over-share).
You are definitely looking pregnant, and I know what you mean by feeling pregnant too.

I’m at 31 weeks now I and I feel like I can’t fit anything in my stomach! I have to graze all day instead of eating actual meals. I’ve heard once the baby drops, there is more room for food in there. Hope it happens soon!


4 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

My Matt got to feel the baby move for the first time on Saturday and has felt the little one move everyday since then, I think that baby likes the warmth of his hand! 🙂
….I told you that these weeks would be full of growing like you wouldn’t believe. I think it finally slowed a tad over the past couple of days but weeks 22-23 (all 14 days) were full of growth! 🙂


5 Allison k May 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

I first leaked colostrum over night at 16 weeks as well. It totally shocked me. As for wanting to push down on your bump…I totally get that. Around week 30 I wanted to do it all the time so I could breathe! That went away at about week 36. It still happens when I eat. Like he shoves his butt into my ribs because my stomach is full and displacing him. The curse of a short torso I guess!


6 Leanne May 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

That “water baby” analogy is perfect! My little girl is flopping around the same way and as soon as my fiance goes to feel it, shes stops. Now he did get to feel a good one last night and was so excited, but for the most part, it is like she senses a different touch and stops. Lol


7 Marci May 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

I started leaking colostrum early too. I found it really annoying. It was usually most at night or first thing in the morning. At least you know you’ll probably produce good milk!


8 Anna @ On Anna's Plate May 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

Ah, productive boobs– how I wish I had some!! 🙂 Enjoy yours and be thankful!!


9 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

Congrats on your “discovery”. That’s a good sign for things to come. And you look wonderful!


10 Jen May 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

Oh Kath! You are so cute. I want to rub your belly. My friend just had a baby girl on Friday and I’ll miss rubbing her belly.


11 Laura May 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I don’t think it was an overshare-I like hearing these details!


12 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength May 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Not an overshare as this is a baby blog (or more of a mommy blog I guess?)! 🙂


13 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

So cute Kath! You look wonderful and so happy!


14 Jen May 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You look great, but I think you still have a ways to go before you pop!


15 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

just lovely!

i think i was 22 weeks too when my bump finally made a proper appearance!


16 janet May 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Be careful on the …um…feeling around. I have been told any amount of “handling” (there just aren’t polite ways to describe this – sorry!!) later in pregnancy – but before you want baby out here!- can have an effect on labor. (Cause it to start early).
Docs or doulas or others in the know, correct me if this is an old wives tale or something. Maybe this has been determined to be false!?
Normal leaking, it happens, but don’t do a lot of “handling” to relieve the pressure until AFTER baby appears! This has been stressed to me as a no-no.


17 KERF May 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I’ve heard that too. I’ll try to keep my hands off 🙂


18 Penny May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Sunni left Pregtastic, I was hoping someone else would take over, though! You got me hooked!


19 Angel7 May 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That is a good way of describing baby movements… It does feel like a water baby is inside of me 🙂

Kath, do you know of any good Web sites where I can find pertinent information on “real/super foods” that are good for pregnant women to consume for the health of her and and the baby inside? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!



20 KERF May 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm

My nutrition post 🙂 other than those nutrients, whole food is best. You don’t need acai berries or anything weird


21 Angel7 May 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thanks, Kath 🙂

For some reason, I do not get responses in my email account from my comments on your Baby KERF, but I get the responses anytime you or someone else responds to my comments on the KERF site. Do you know why that is? I did not even know that you responded to my comment above until I just came to this post to see.



22 KERF May 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hmmm that is strange.

Does everyone else get responses on BERF?


23 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Yup- you definitely have the bump now! You look GREAT, and I’m glad that you are finally matching the “feeling with the look” of being pregnant.
I agree that “over-sharing” is totally fine. It is your blog after all, and we all have a choice to read it! And chances are if you’re wondering or experiencing something, at least 10 other people are too!


24 Karen May 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

You crack me up re. the productive boob comment!!! 🙂

You wear that popped belly very well, my friend! 🙂


25 Sarah Anne @fear-no-food.net May 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Kath, I’ve been reaaaaally enjoying your BERF posts! TONS! They are the first blog I jump to when I wake up! (And I’m not a Mom, nor am I expecting yet!)

I just wanted to say how WONDERFUL I think you look in the stripes! This post and your post from the shower, you look so cute and they are flattering to the bump! I know that doesn’t seem to go along all the ‘stripes’ commentary there is out there, but you look beautiful in them! (and in general of course)

Thanks for sharing your journey!


26 KERF May 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

🙂 Thanks Sarah Anne!


27 nicole May 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

We must be due around the same time because I’m 22 weeks too. We are also having a boy.

I was so excited when I first read you were expecting!

Totally look for a baby boot camp class in your area! It’s so much fun to do with a baby.


28 KERF May 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I’m due August 31st!


29 Jenn May 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I had to use the breast pads around 30 weeks because of not so little colostrum leaks ;P


30 nicole May 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I’m due September 5th! 🙂 This is #6 for me and #5 was 10 days late. So I’m planning on delivering before October. LOL


31 KERF May 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

#6!! Wowzers!!


32 Chloe May 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Awww!! So exciting, Kath!! 🙂 So glad everything is coming along so smoothly!!
I’m glad you’re enjoying Prenatal Yoga, I bet baby is super happy!


33 Susan May 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Your bump is so cute!! Feeling the baby move in utero is one of my favorite things about being pregnant!
Also, your productive boob remark made me laugh. I read it to my husband and he said, “Boobs are useful even when they’re not being productive”. 😉 Silly.


34 KERF May 2, 2012 at 7:01 am



35 Carla May 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

My friend was recently pregnant (had her little boy April 8th!), and she definitely felt that no room in the stomach thing really bad. She’d eat just a tiny amount and feel so overly full, and usually had to get up and stand up just to make more “space” so she wasn’t so uncomfortable. Perhaps her baby just rode really high, but I’m not surprised to hear you’ve been feeling a little of the same.


36 Nicole May 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

Oh my goodness! You’re a rock-star mom-to-be for creating this site along with your awesome food blogging goodness! I’m so happy I found this. And that’s so interesting that you’re already producing the colostrum milks. I’m getting a little… “veiny” as well and it makes me want to check things out a bit. Congrats on week 22, that’s so exciting – you’re glowing so beautifully with your lovely bump!

have a great week 😀


37 Lyn May 2, 2012 at 12:19 am

You look great and so does baby! When I was pregnant with my third, I based my eating on the book “What to Eat When You’re Expecting.” Awesome book, even now. But my ‘babies’ are 20 and 21 years old now 🙂


38 Emily May 2, 2012 at 2:45 am

I love how much you share here – plus the comments that follow 🙂


39 Megan Infantino May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

I’ve noticed my veins on my chest are starting to become very noticable with a very deep blue color. Kind of scared me at first, but I knew it was “normal.” As you know, I’m 21 weeks… just a week behind you. Have you just been randomly leaking? I guess it’s a good sign right?!

And like you, I’m obsessed with feeling the baby move. I look forward to it daily. My husband has felt it a few times. When I start feeling him (yes! We found out last wednesday that we’re expecting a boy!) move, I yell at my husband to hurry up and put his hand on my belly. The baby stops. LOL I’m like really!!?! But this boy has been active! I can’t wait to actually see him move around in my belly.


40 KERF May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

They haven’t been leaking randomly – only when prompted to 🙂

And we have had the same thing with movements! Matt always misses the last one. But last night he got one!


41 Lindsey May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love it! When did you first start to feel the baby move?


42 KERF May 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I felt him moving early – like 15/16 weeks, but I didn’t get a real kick until 18 weeks, 1 day


43 Kelly Regan May 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Cute tank top!! Love the colors…


44 Jen May 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Overshare as much as you want! This is your pregnancy blog, and you should write what you wish! I don’t anticipate having kids for a few more years, but is has been such a pleasure to follow your progress. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing — colostrum and all.


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