Seriously twenty weeks. Half way.
Yeah, I don't know how it's that far either but this pregnancy has felt like it's going quicker. Pretty much all of life has the last year or so, I guess. Part of getting oooold, I hear.
I feel like I should be doing some sort of motivational new year post on resolutions and beginnings and filled with inspiring quotes and deep thoughts. But I'm not. Instead I'm going to chat about this pregnancy because well, that'll pretty much take up a lot of this new year, right? And besides, along with scrapbook, social outlet, and soapbox, this blog also serves as my unofficial medical record for possible future reference (kidding but not). So, if you keep reading, you all get to hear me go seventy year old woman on you and talk about my symptoms and ailments. Yay for you!
This pregnancy at twenty weeks…
-still has me in denial that I'm pregnant. Which is silly. I mean, I know I am but the fact that there is a real baby here who will be born in just five months…that hasn't sunk in yet.
-has me doing the following extras: calcium/magnesium supplement (which I'm now doing in place of the Natural Calm and it seems to be enough); Vitamin D and B12 (I was very low in both); several cups of half-caf coffee because survival; squats (when I remember). In the beginning I was taking lots of epsom salt baths, too, to help with sickness and soreness and sleep. I haven't been doing those as much lately but I'm sure I will pick it up again as I get further.
-comparable to other pregnancies has me wanting all the greasy salty foods all the time. I've never given in to my cravings for Ramen noodles with any pregnancy (and for that I'm kinda proud because ohmygoodness that sounds delicious). I wish I could say the same for Mighty Taco.
-so far I have no nesting list. No, you heard that correctly. I have no list. Remember the three page list from last time? You guys, I was nuts. I mean, we still have time for the crazy to set in (required addition lest my husband get any ideas), but this time I have no huge things I just must get done before baby comes. Yet.
-has had almost none of the lightheaded/dizzy/heart racing/shortness of breath episodes that plagued my first three pregnancies. A few moments here and there but nothing like the hour or two every morning I used to experience. So so grateful for my midwife who helped me figure out with Luke's pregnancy that it could be a B-12 issue. So I've regularly been taking the stuff from Trader Joe's and so far, it's worked!
-is giving me worse skin than ever before. I will never have a beautiful peaches and cream complexion but when I'm pregnant it gets worse. This time my entire face is worse than a hormonal tenth grader.
-My back! You guys, one of the reasons I was really really scared about us having another pregnancy was because of my back. I have two messed up disks and for the first time ever after Luke was born, things didn't just fix themselves. I still had chronic everyday pain and threw it out for two weeks a couple years ago. All I could think was that if it's that bad now not pregnant, I will be completely bed ridden for another pregnancy. But so far, it hasn't been an issue. There have been moments of threatening to go out if I step the wrong way and it has been stiff and sore but nothing (yet!) that has impacted life too much. I've only gone to the chiro twice, too, this pregnancy. Thank you, God.
-had me in maternity clothes by 12 weeks. I think I've evened out and look a little more normal for 20 weeks but for a while I was thinking I would be getting bigger than ever before. There's still time :)
-had me trying not to whine (probably unsuccessfully) in the beginning as it was the sickest I've ever been in the first trimester. It lasted until about 16 weeks. I never throw up but all day long just wished I could. Not eating would make me one type of sick but even a few bites of food would make me a different kind. I felt so bloated and heavy all day and kept asking my husband to just rip my stomach out of my body. Because I'm a balanced and nondramatic like that. The only things that did help a tiny bit was a friend's suggestion to try the fermented food/colloidal silver treatment in the theory that pregnancy sickness is often caused by a buildup of H. Pylori bacteria. This worked wonders for her. I don't think the fermented stuff did much but a few days of silver and I felt kind of normal for a few days until it came back again. So maybe there's something to that. Also Trader Joe's peppermints. They'd at least distract from the pregnancy taste.
-forced me to start working out. A few times anyway. Motivated by this pregnancy, we got a family membership to the Y. For a couple months we were going once a week to work out and swim and it was really good. I was biking over 5 miles, walking on the treadmill, lifting a (very) few weights, and swimming. We haven't gone in over a month due to holidays and other commitments but we really need to break that and get back there. I think the pool there will be amazing once I'm even closer.
-had me feeling movement at ten weeks. Crazy.
-is increasing the weird leg cramps. I get bad restless legs when pregnant. This time thanks, I think, to the extra magnesium I've been downing, it hasn't been a huge issue. Which is awesome. I have had weird charlie horse type things, though, that if I sit the wrong way I can immediately feel a knot forming and have to move immediately or it'll be excruciating. But that started before I got pregnant this time and has just been exacerbated. I'm wondering if there is some sort of nerve issue associated with my back. I dunno. I just try to avoid sitting like that.
-due to the extra sickness and worse skin has me guessing a girl but I totally wouldn't be surprised if it is a boy. We're good at making those :) I have a few secret names picked out but nothing definite.
-as of right now has my plan for the birth going something like this:
Don't think about it ever and have a glass of wine when things start getting real.
Clearly someone needs to plan a doula meeting with herself.
The view from above:
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