25 Weeks: Stretch + Grow

May 23, 2012

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25 weeks doesn’t seem that far along to me, but when I think that I’ll be in the 30s in just over a month, it feels like there’s not that much time left! Of course you do spend a lot of time in the 30s, but it still sounds so advanced!

Remember how last week I said I felt like my stomach was still flat? Totally turn around. It’s started to get in the way now, and when I lean against things or look down, I’m not surprised to see a big bump.

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In fact, it’s getting HEAVY! When I’m tired, I sometimes pick it up like so:

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It’s only going to get heavier and heavier too! I’ve worn a belly band a few times when I got particularly tired, but my chiropractor warned against wearing it too much or the important muscles I do need to hold up my stomach when I’m not wearing it might weaken.

I’ve been feeling lots of movements – a few that actually felt like LIMBS! It was like he was juuuust on the other side of my muscles and pushing his foot right out into my hand. So weird when it feels so small and real! Generally the movements still feel like twitches in there, although sometimes I get a real “humany” one Smile

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I’ve felt more tired lately – on and off. And my body literally feels like all the screws in my pelvis are loose! Sometimes I wonder if my pelvis and lower back joints are just going to fall open and I’ll split in two. I think it’s too early for relaxin, so maybe it’s just the weight shifting to the front that is causing all of this. I’m still having SI joint pain – some proactive things I’ve done on that for another focused post. I just don’t think I can do as much physically as I used to.

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Matt said that he’s noticed more people looking my way when we’re out and about. Not really staring in a mean way, but just that my stomach is turning heads. I guess people find pregnancy exciting and interesting! I certainly seem to notice all the pregnant women more often now! I have strangers ask me when I’m due all the time now, so I think it’s pretty obvious from the outside – probably even more in real life than photos because roundness is more evident in 3D. Maybe I’m due for a video soon?

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I think it’s sooo cute to imagine him in there doing baby things – taking naps, drinking some amniotic fluid, stretching or kicking his feet. I like to think he’s already on a schedule since he’s almost always very active in the evenings. Cuteness!!

26 weeks….here I come!

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012 at 8:02 am

yay BERF boy is so cute!

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2 KERF May 23, 2012 at 8:04 am
3 Molly @ RDexposed May 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

I am always turning my head when patients get on the elevator to see the OBGYN office.

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4 Allison k May 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

Ha! On a schedule….don’t expect that in month one. They have a pattern just long enough for you to get used to it…then bam! Growth spurt and it all changes.

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5 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

I just posted about the pain in my pelvis- it is incredibly painful and feels broken- luckily this week it has been a lot better….. I totally get the feeling that with 25 weeks down, there isn’t a whole lot of time left- especially since I know how hard it will be to do certain things…. I just turned 27 weeks today and time has been flying by!

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6 Nicole May 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

I had this with my second and third pregnancies and chiropractic care did wonders to make it feel better!

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7 Erin May 23, 2012 at 8:40 am

Definitely getting rounder!
I am always amazed at how much interest strangers show in my pregnancy. They honestly seem so excited, it is kind of nice.
And at 34 weeks it is amazing how a comment from a stranger that “you can’t even tell you are pregnant from behind!” can totally make your day :)

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8 Nikki May 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

I’m so glad you posted about “picking up” the bump–I’ve been wondering what the bump feels like. I always just thought it would support itself, especially because it’s so hard. Does it feel like having really heavy breasts maybe?

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9 KERF May 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Yeah, good comparison! Not quite as bad though because abs and ligaments help too. But they get tired.

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10 Laura May 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

One of those people noticing your belly out and about has probably been me! There are an enormous amount of pregnant women around Cville this time of the year-I’ve counted 25 between going to Fridays and the Market the next morning. Must be something in the air!:)

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11 KERF May 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Haha

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12 Sara May 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

I tend to look at pregnant ladies in awe! I am always so excited for them. We hope to be able to start trying this winter. I can’t wait!

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13 Amanda May 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

Cute outfit in today’s pic! Love that tank! I just bought a new maternity sleeveless shirt and 2 pairs of shorts at Old Navy yesterday,which followed an online order of 2 dresses. We are just a few weeks apart- I am almost 24 weeks and am having a boy too! Told myself I need to start buying baby stuff and stop buying maternity clothes. :) it is my 2nd pregnancy so I do have most of the important stuff, but I do have a short list of new things or replacement things to get. Love reading both of your blogs daily!

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14 KERF May 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love all of my Old Navy tanks!

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15 ali May 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

Have you thought about using a floor-bed? It seems like something you’d be really into… Interesting perspective on designing a nursery for the sake of the baby, not the functionality of the parent…

http://www.bedstart.com/help/

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16 KERF May 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

I haven’t heard of those – cool concept. However, we already have a crib and a bed, so I don’t think we’ll go that route

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17 Nicole May 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

That’s interesting and funny enough–exactly what we did with our second and third sons. I didn’t realize there was a name for it or all the benefits but it makes sense after watching the video.

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18 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family May 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

LOVE your shirt! I own so many stripes this season!

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19 Stephanie Hobbs May 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

I totally think you should do videos! I saw a full progression on YouTube where the girl would turn from side, to front, to side, lifting her shirt to show her belly, and stuff – it was super cute, and each clip was just a few seconds long :)

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20 Steph May 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

I’m nowhere near starting a family and this blog never fails to be a contagiously feel-good read. Your happiness really jumps out of the screen! Here’s to a healthy happy pregnancy for you and Matt! :)

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21 Elisabeth May 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

That shirt is so cute on a baby belly! ;)

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22 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs May 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

Super cute pictures! I’m always checking out preggy ladies; they are so cute and they have so much to look foward to. Exciting times.

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23 Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

You look great! I love the pic of you holding him up. :)

That’s interesting what your chiropractor said about the maternity band. It makes sense, though.

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24 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Wow, you’re sneaking up on the last trimester..and holding up your bump, that’s cute :)

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25 clare @ fittingitallin May 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

You are GLOWING in those pictures Kath!!

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26 Angel7 May 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hopefully, he is only active in the evenings while he is in your belly, and not when he is out of your belly :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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27 Tiffany G. May 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

The countdown is coming!!!

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28 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

You look beautiful!! These days, I often think that I can get through spaces that my belly does not allow…it’s a fun reminder that the baby bump is getting bigger :)

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29 Kristin May 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

oh yes do a video! ;) U seriously look ADORABLEEE!!! I love your posts :)

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30 jane May 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

girlfriend-you look preggers!! really preggers! must be so fun to have people notice. i can’t wait for the same to happen to me :-)

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31 jane May 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

haha when i am pregnant i mean, since i am not currently!

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32 ann May 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

you look beautiful!! serious question – do babies in utero really drink amniotic fluid? that’s so interesting! i learn something new everyday on your baby blog.

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33 KERF May 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Yup!

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34 ann May 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

hold up…does this mean babies pee and poop in the womb too? where does the waste go?

genuinely interested – clearly i don’t know very much! sorry to be a noob.

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35 KERF May 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm

They do pee and they drink it! They don’t poop though because it’s only liquid that they are drinking in there (the amniotic fluid)

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36 Courtney May 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm

The first poop they have after they’re born is all the amniotic fluid they’ve been sucking in! It’s very black, tarry and sticky. Lol!

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37 Laura May 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

You have a nice tan going already! I’m still pasty and in need of some color-jealous!

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38 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way May 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I totally always notice pregnant women…It has to be one of the most beautiful things as far as I am concerned!

You have really popped!

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39 brandee May 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

You look great!

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40 Courtney May 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I’m so glad you’re going to post something about the SI joint. I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have had some very intense SI joint pain. This is my fourth(!!) pregnancy and the first one I’ve felt this pain. I can’t wait to hear some of your remedies :)

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41 jen May 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

You look so pretty. A video is a great idea! :-)

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42 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Just wait until he kicks your kidney or bladder! Lol! I was always paranoid of his leg or arm getting stuck under my ribs…I’ve heard that happens and it freaks me out!!! I carried very low so I didn’t have to worry about that! Hopefully I carry low this time too ;-)

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43 Jen May 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Looking great!

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