I definitely grew a lot this week!!!! And so did he!
My movements have changed and are now big and bold and broad! No more little jabs here or there, but I’ll put my hand on my stomach and feel a huge hard rock of a backside or the nice outline of what feels just like a chicken leg poking out! It’s easily felt from the outside too, so Matt and friends have felt them as well.
I always feel the leg(s) on my right side right under my ribs. There is a nice big bump that often appears up at the top and slightly to the right that I’m guessing is his butt. And I have been feeling hiccups way down south. The hippcups feel like thumps – almost like a really slow heartbeat – rhythmically pulsing over and over for a few minutes at a time. I’m feeling some right now! These all match his position at the ultrasound, so I’m guessing I’ve matched inside to outside pretty well. He doesn’t seem to change positions very much, and I rarely feel things on my left side. Loving these movements more than ever!
Here is a nice diagram for you : )
I’m feeling really good overall. Something to bring up: ABS! This is one symptom of pregnancy I haven’t heard too many women talk about, but it is my current most uncomfortable one. My abs really feel like they are thinning out and ripping apart in there. I have no idea if this means my abs were once very strong or once very weak – either way I’d believe you. They are either weak and separate easily or strong and are having a hard time separating. They cramp up if I move the wrong way too fast or twist, they make me roll over a beached whale (sometimes having to sit up before I lie down again), and after a day/night of standing on my feet I feel them tugging from the top – like they’re a sack of potatoes that is too full that’s just going to rip open and spill out! I find myself massaging just under my ribs a lot, especially if I do a lot of walking or standing. And oh my gosh – sneezing is NOT FUN! Sometimes my lower abs ache near the base of my bump too. And of course I had that awful nerve pain related to the fascia as well.
Growing is not yet over!
I seem to have cured my hip aching by changing my sleep position. I was sleeping completely on my side – which meant pressure on the hip and glut that was taking all the weight all night. Even though I would flip back and forth, switching sides, it was too much direct pressure. I have now started sleeping partially on my back – with a pillow wedged under my back so I’m at an angle (and therefore not compressing the veins) and this position, while not the most comfortable overall, is working for the time being. It also means less rolling over, which is less strain on the abs!
Sleeping is going well. No other symptoms to report right now!
[Can you see the purple smudge on the side of my stomach? That’s a vein!]
Emotionally, I think I’m in a bit of denial. The closer my due date gets, the more I think (ironically) YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE! And I’ve had my first ‘What did we get ourselves into’ moments. Of course I’m still totally excited, but the distant future has become the near future and I can feel the days counting down. I alternate between moments of pure excitement and pure nervousness – much like the feelings before I left for college or started a new job.
He’s a little firecracker waiting to pop! Happy 4th!
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