24 Weeks: 6+3 Does Not Equal 9

May 15, 2012

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6 months! 6 months!!!!

3 more months to go right!? Not really : ) Who was the person to declare generic pregnancy as 9 months?

Whatever the case, 16 weeks, give or take, to go! I remember being 16 weeks along just a few days ago. Time is a’flyin’.

24 weeks (1)

Highlights

My belly button is getting shallow!! I have always had an extreme innie. Like you can’t even see the bottom extreme. And all of a sudden I noticed that I can sort of see the bottom! (Luckily, I did not see any lint.) The chicken pox scar that was once buried deep on the walls of my belly button is now emerging to the outside. I wonder if it will one day pop out or just become a less-in innie?

24 weeks (8)

I’ve also noticed a lot more kicks (punches?) on the sides of my torso. I think this is a result of me getting much thicker so what used to be my side under my ribs is now the side of my stomach. It’s hard to explain, but it’s fun to think how far the baby stretches in there!

Of course the kicking/squirming action at the concert we went to on Saturday night was amazing. He started moving around like crazy! The kicks were pretty low down, so my guess is he is still feet down and I’m getting punched with little fists in the side. It was so fun to have my friends feel the kicks! I have no way to know when he’s going to kick, but if there is one or two, I can almost guarantee there will be a third or fourth before he’s done. This way I had a handful of friends catch them!

24 weeks (4)

It’s still amazing to me how much my bump morphs during the day. Sometimes it’s protruding out and lopsided and other times it’s nearly flat. I look way more or less pregnant depending on the hour of the day (although I can’t really pinpoint any trends).

Speaking of flat stomachs, one thing that is very odd and interesting to me is that I have a phantom flat stomach now and had a phantom bump in earlier weeks. At 15,16,17 weeks I felt like my bump was huge but when I would look in a mirror or see a photo of myself, it would pretty much just be a slight curve. Now, I feel like my stomach is flat and when I see a photo or mirror I’m shocked at how big it is!! The only way I can explain this is that as my uterus grows higher up, it sort of feels flatter – like my whole torso is wide so the bump is less of a low bump and more of a ‘whole round belly.” Gosh this is all hard to articulate!

24 weeks (6)

Lowlights

I’ve come to the conclusion that food just doesn’t taste as good to me now and probably won’t for the rest of pregnancy. I wouldn’t go as far to say that things taste bad, since I can eat most all foods again. It’s not really nausea, but it’s just like food has lost its umami. It’s not as magical as it once was. I eat sometimes reluctantly because I’m hungry and less because I’m excited about what I’m about to eat. This is probably a good thing for intuitive eating, but not so good for the pleasures of life! Even traditionally amazing foods like ice cream and cheese don’t taste quiiiiite as good as they used to. I look forward to the day when I once again think a vegetable tastes delicious again. (And I sure hope that day does come!)

Another lowlight – I have very low blood pressure in general. Probably a little genetic and a little athletic conditioning. I think as a result I’m going to be one of those people who has problems with this back lying thing. It started at my ultrasound with the nausea/faint feeling, but I’ve started to correlate lying on my back (such as on the couch reading) with mild nausea that lasts for a few hours. Even during Body Pump when I have my step at an incline I leave feeling slightly off. Nausea seems to be the first sign of this vena cava compression thing, followed by lightheadedness, followed by woozy/tingles (although that only happened once) so I think I just need to be more mindful of lying on my back.

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But on a high note, I’m really enjoying this part of pregnancy!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

You’re looking great, Kath! Glad your feelings match, too! :D

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2 Ali May 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

Cute bump!

A month is actually averaged out to 4.33 weeks long (52 weeks in a year divided by 12 months), so if you conceived on December 1, then you would be 5.5 months right now. Otherwise, for those people who say pregnancy is 10 months: by that math, a year would be 13 months long.

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3 KERF May 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

That’s true, I guess that’s why we count in weeks!

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4 Jessie @ Graze With Me May 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

Ali, you are my favorite person right now! I have been saying the exact same thing for years but noone can grasp it! I gave birth on September 19 last year and had ovulated on December 22 the year before (so just 3 days shy of 9 months preggo). Funny part is, I was 40 weeks & 5 days pregnant. :)

I applaud your logic!!!

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5 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

LOVE this comment as well. I always ask people how many weeks they are not months. Because there are not only 4 weeks in a month. And that .33 weeks adds up over time! I think people know this but just like to think they are farther along than they are, makes it seem like they are closer to the end or something.

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6 Aaryn May 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I have been saying the same thing for years too!! Another thing to remember is the pregnancy is counted from the date of your last period, which is usually about two weeks before you ovulate/conceive. So there are always 2 “extra” weeks in your pregnancy when you actually aren’t pregnant. I always counted by weeks but for people like my mother-in-law who wanted to know in months, I just counted back from my due date. With my first, my due date was August 28, so I didn’t consider myself 6 months pregnant til three months before that — May 28.

Regardless, Kath, your bump is adorable!

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7 Molly @ RDexposed May 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

I have low blood pressure, too. I find myself in a few uneasy situations as a result!
PS loving the tum tum.

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8 Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

Yeeeeah, that whole nine month thing is not really true. forty weeks is really ten months…….especially since many people often end up having their baby between 40-42 weeks.

I lose my appetite right away with pregnancy. Well, my first pregnancy, before 6wks, I LOVED food. But then hit the morning sickness that lasted the rest of the pregnancy.

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9 morgan May 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

The 9 month rule is a little tricky but I figured out that even though pregnancy is 40 weeks, it is still about 9 months. For instance, with my last pregnancy, my last period was June 10th. My due date was then March 16th – 40 weeks or 9 months and 6 days away. I guess it works out like this because not every month has exactly 4 weeks in it. Either way, it’ll be here before you know it!

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10 Jessie @ Graze With Me May 15, 2012 at 8:39 am

I agree with you about food not being as magical. I experienced the same effect & now, 8 months PP, it’s still the same.

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11 KERF May 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

Oh no!!

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12 ASLmomNextDoor May 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Unfortunately I agree too about not quite being satisfied after eating a food craving. On the plus side, I can’t get enough ice water and it always hits the spot!

For sharing Lil G’s movements, I usually have people listen to his hiccups. Since they last a while, it makes it easier since his kicks aren’t as consistent.

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13 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

You look great! ….It is such a trip getting used to the tummy and how it changes all the time. It is such a blessing but wow is it different to get used to! …Full of ups & downs- I feel like I was reading a Pregtastic episode— and I LOVED IT! :)

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14 Jennifer May 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

I have low blood pressure, too. I experienced those same symptoms. Have you experienced any heart palpitations yet? I used to get those so much with my pregnancies. Even without being pregnant I still get them. Very strange feeling.

I’m glad you’re feeling so great! You look fantastic!!!

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15 KERF May 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

Yes, a little bit. They are weird!

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16 rosie @ rosalicious May 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

AHHHH, the pregnancy math hurts my head! I’m 16 weeks, but 4 months sounds so much better!

And I hear ya on the bump morphing… I am constantly analyzing my bump! Today I feel HUGE, some days I just feel chunky, and other days I feel like I don’t look preggers at all. For me, I think it has to do with my ab muscles, and how well they’re holding everything in/up that day! I feel like I look bigger later in the day, when I’m more tired.

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17 j3nn May 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

You look cute as a button! :) Sorry that food doesn’t taste good. I’m sure there is some historical reason for it. Hoping it returns soon! Are your sinuses clear? Sometimes our taste buds are inhibited by seasonal allergies and sinus congestion.

Side note: I was a breech baby, so my mom had a c-section. She’s only 4’11″ and there wasn’t much in the way of better advise back in late 1979. Hopefully he decides the other way is more comfy. :)

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18 bea May 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

You are getting such a bump! I love your Power Ranger stance – like “here I am!”

That’s great that your friends can feel the kicks. I loved when I could feel my nieces and nephews, although they did get rather alien-like at the end and I said “I’ll just wait ’til she comes out to feel her kick!”

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19 Nikki T May 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

I’m totally with you on the food thing…and I’m only 15 weeks. I sure do hope it comes back too! As a veggie lover, I’ve struggled with the not so great tasting veg…like asparagus- usually love it, not loving it lately…hmmmm
I’m still finding most fruit tastes pretty decent, thankfully!!

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20 natasha May 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

My food aversions disappeared right after delivery all three pregnancies. Literally, within hours I was wanting foods I used to love and they tasted so good again!

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21 Anna @ On Anna's Plate May 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

I was the same way with food– it just kind of lost its appeal in a really low-level way. The good news is that post-pregnancy…everything suddenly tastes GREAT again!! Of course, the bad news is that it tastes great now that I’m trying to lose the pregnancy weight :-)

The nine month thing– yeah, totally wrong. Must have been a man. :-)

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22 a week behind May 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hi Kath.. I’ve been lurking for a while (with vested interest as I’m just about one week less pregnant less than you!).

I’ve been enjoying reading your enthusiastic postings about all things food and pregnancy. I have no professional interest in food, but I do love cooking and eating, and I too am sad that nothing really tastes quite right any more. Thankfully the nausea has definitely gone (that was horrible!), but all food, especially sweet stuff, leaves a strange aftertaste in my mouth. I really really hope it’s not permanent!

Had to chime in on the months/weeks thing.. I don’t really get the confusion! Since when did 4 weeks = one month? Anyway, it’s all pretty academic huh. I guess the baby will arrive whenever it wants to in the end!

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23 Lindsay May 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

It actually was a man who decided that a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks – the thought was basically most women go to around 40 weeks so that is how long we will say pregnancy is supposed to last.

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24 Andrea May 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

You really do look pregnant now.

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25 rachael May 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

I always hear other women say that pregnancy is more than 9 months, but it’s really not. Other than February months are longer than 4 weeks/28 days long. Not to mention you aren’t pregnant for the first 2 weeks of the 40.

Food didn’t taste right to me for my entire 2nd pregnancy, but my first post-birth meal (brought to me by my mother from my favorite vegan restaurant) tasted ah-mazing!

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26 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

I can’t believe you’re already 6 months along! It seems like just yesterday you told us!

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27 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

Take care of the vena cava situation…nothing to mess around with but at least you’re mindful of it and can pay attention to the signs. And a morphing bump, I remember that too!

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28 Johanna B May 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

I couldn’t lie on my back after the 6th month. I would feel like I was going to pass out. Thank the good Lord I never did actually faint but it sure felt weird. The feelins passed after I delivered.

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29 Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward May 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I love how my bump changes on a daily (hourly…) basis. Sometimes, if I’m laying on my side for a while, I’ll roll to my back and find a huge, hard mound on one side (baby butt!). It’s also flat sometimes when I wake up in the morning, but I think she pushes it out throughout the day with all her moving around in there. You look fantastic!

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30 Haily May 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I think it is safe to say you have really “popped” outwards this week. ADORABLE

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31 Brie May 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Just a big old YUP to everything you said. As usual.

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32 Angel7 May 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Food does not taste as good to me either. It came back to me, though, after my first pregnancy.

I found out today that I need to see a cardiologist, because I have been having heart palpitations. I do not have them everyday. However, when I do have them, they last for a few hours. And the strange thing is that I have the heart palpitations between the hours of 2:00PM – 5:00PM or so, and sometimes when I wake up in the morning. The not-so-good thing is that when I do have the afternoon heart palpitations, I end up being in bed the whole time, and cannot muster the strength to get up. Thankfully, it is not an everyday occurrence! As such, we shall see what they find out from my cardiologist appointment and EKG tomorrow.

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33 KERF May 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Oh no, good luck tomorrow.

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34 Kathy W. May 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

You look great and healthy!

I think people say pregnancy is 9 months because it is almost exactly 9 calendar months (of 30-31 days).

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35 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

You are glowing and looking great!! :) Yeah, it’s hard to know what to tell people when it comes to weeks vs. months…I’m sticking with 6 months for now, even though there are technically 3.5 months until baby is due.

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36 Jenny May 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I’m also one of those low blood pressure people. Just drink lots of fluid, have mini meals and don’t stand for too long. I nearlly passed out on the train to work.

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37 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way May 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Kath you look absolutely RADIANT. I’m not exactly sure what it is but there is something about a brand new little life inside of a woman that makes them glow uncontrollably!

PS I am sure your love for food will come back…I’ve been reading your blog for far too long to think otherwise!

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38 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles May 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I feel the same way about my bump. In the morning I barely notice it, but then it grows throughout the day. I’m at 19 weeks so barely there isn’t really barely, but not what I would have expected at 19 weeks. Then at the end of yesterday I felt like I was 30 weeks in the mirror. Crazy. I think bumps have a mind of their own :)

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39 Amy-Nutrition by Nature May 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

You are looking good! I have not been able to lay on my back since around the 4th month weeks 16-18 it really started getting bad. I just had my 30 week sonogram and had to turn to left side after a few minutes. Then felt awful for about 2 hours after the sonogram. I avoid laying on my back all together, I just feel way to sick if I do for even a few minutes.
Food has tasted awful since the begining of my pregnancy on most days and I have zero food cravings, which is why I pretty much have given up on any blog post in months. Plus for the first 18 weeks I was so sick with all day nausea for the most part…this pregnancy knocked me out in the begining!
The heart palpitations started in my second pregnancy and came back during 3rd and now 4th pregnancy. I sure do not like them, but have been assured by cardio Dr. that they are a normal variation of pregnancy. They go away for the most part after the post partum period is over, Thankfully!!
I am looking forward to meeting this little one of ours, she is worth all the trouble I have been through over the last several months!!

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40 Mandy May 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

I conceived on January 28th, my boy was born at 41w3d on November 1st. That’s 9 months and ~3 days, and I was well overdue. Pregnancy is 9 months, all right. Usually less. :D

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41 Darien May 16, 2012 at 2:27 am

Kath, where did you get your shorts? They are so cute and look VERY comfy!

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42 KERF May 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

Old navy maternity

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43 Janna May 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Peyton came on her due date so I guess we might be one of the few that got the whole nine months of pregnancy. She’s so much more punctual than her parents. :)

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44 Katie May 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I had the same feeling while lying on my back – I actually passed out at the Dentist during a cleaning while they had me reclined back. I learned my lesson! Can’t wait to start comfortably lying on my back again in a few weeks :)

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