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