Ok so I keep falling behind in updating this. Technically I started week 18 this week so this will get me up to speed. Plus for some reason I have no idea where week 16 photos have gone but nothing major happened in that week except baby was as a big as a turnip
How far along?errr…Let’s just say 17 weeks, 6 days
How big is baby? It was a turnip…and the became a sweet potato
How I’m feeling? Really good. I’m loving this second trimester because I have energy and I’m not that huge that I’ve started doing the “duck-waddle” (as coined by Evs after we went to our monthly Obs appointment last week and we were SURROUNDED by ladies about to pop.) However, I have started doing that hand on back thing as I walk because GODDAMN by back is killing me.
Belly has popped out even more and if you saw my photo from my I Heart My Bodypost – yeah…well.
I can’t remember if I have mentioned this already, but I’ve started having trouble getting comfortable to sleep so I bought myself a Snoogle. You can bet I’m getting all up close and personal with this pillow (see pic #3 at the bottom – so comfortable). I don’t know how I slept without this before. Evs is feeling a little bit left out but I make him overheat anyways so he can’t complain.
Fitness? Hmph. Have a slight annoyance at the moment. Evs asked the question about the kind of exercise I should be doing (for some reason he feels like I’m exerting myself and should be moving around in a bubble. Slightly cute, slightly more annoying) and the doc was like “No running” even AFTER I had told him my running history and what exactly I was doing now (which is taking it slow, making sure my heart rate was not elevated). His concern – which coming from a male doctor I found slightly creepy but oh well – that my NIPPLES would get stimulated through the movement and start to produce colostrum (i.e. pre-milk).
THAT’S your biggest concern??? (I didn’t ask what I was meant to do when it was cold)
So I’m “allowed” to walk briskly and swim. I appreciate my doc’s advice, but sometimes I feel like I know my body a little better. There’s that part of me (which I am sure is the Indian side that is wired to worship doctors) that says I should listen, but I’m also listening to my body as well.
So swimming it has been and lots of walks. I went to a yoga class at the gym which was run by a girl that was very nervous to have a pregnant woman (aka me) in her class. She kept looking over and instructing me to do hip-openers.
My hips were certainly opened by the end of it.
Weight?Hmm…not sure if I’ll continue to do post this. I have been thinking, given the thoughts around my own body image and the relationship my weight used to be – I don’t want that to dictate how I feel about myself. I’m NOT, but sometimes there is an unbidden thought of comparison that I don’t like as much. Also as an indication to anyone else out there as well that what I’m putting on or not is normal. It’s not – it’s just MY body going through the changes.
As long as I know that my body and my baby is well nutritioned and that my doc is happy with how I am going, then I’m not concerned. At my appointment I was measuring right on track for 17 weeks and the heartbeat was strong so I’m all happy.
(As an aside – OMG it never fails to make my own heart skip a beat when I hear the baby’s. I worry y’all).
How I’m changing? Popped out even more. At my cousin’s baby’s 1st birthday over the weekend everyone was fawning over it which was kinda nice. Although, my bump isn’t quite round – it’s sorta lumpy I feel haha.
What I miss?Still wine. I need to find a replacement and fast.
Symptoms? The itchiness continues to dog me and I have all my team at work on ‘itch-watch’ so they can admonish me if they see me start to move my hands over my belly. Sigh. Such a good team.
Also, yes the back pain hasn’t been fun. I think I pulled something the other day after sitting too long at a funny chair and I literally couldn’t walk without limping.
ALSO – um, I’ve got this LINE down my belly. A slightly darker, hairier LINE. Apparently it’s normal (I Googled and checked) – and is called a linea nigra.
Cravings? Nothing unusual, but I had some choc-mint ice-cream the other day and I thought, uh-oh this could lead me down a slippery path.
Aversions? Avocados are back! What I’m not liking is the veggie burger brand we normally buy. Yech. Will need to experiment with making my own.
Highlights this week? A healthy appointment where everything is going well. No major dramas which is what I want to hear. Also, more days of sunshine is making my heart sing. COME ON Melbourne.