In the spirit of sharing, I’ve borrowed from multiple pregnant, or recently pregnant, bloggers and compiled a few bullet points for my weekly updates.
How Big is the Baby?
This is going to be a tough question to answer each week, as each source says something different. One says apple, another says avocado and another says heirloom tomato (odd size – there are many varieties of heirloom tomatoes). I went with avocado, as last week baby spinach was the size of a peach, and I believe that is larger than an apple.
How I’m Changing
I’m still barely noticing a bump in the morning, but as the day goes on it grows and grows as I bloat. I am really ready for this bloat to disappear and to have a baby bump full time.
In terms of clothing, I can’t wear any of my work pants and can only wear my pre-pregnancy jeans with a rubber band or belly band (which I find rather uncomfortable). When I was in grad school I gained about 15 pounds, so when I lost it I decided to keep all my high-size clothes for when I was pregnant. Unfortunately, they don’t fit either! They are way too baggy in the legs/butt and high enough waist that they aren’t comfortable to wear. So much for forward planning!
So I’m wearing a lot of my pre-pregnancy empire waist dresses, maternity jeans (I purchased two pairs: one Gap and one major splurge with a coupon though!), one pair of maternity pants (Old Navy) and some maternity leggings (because they are much more comfortable than my regular leggings).
How I’m Feeling
This is a day-by-day/hour-by-hour answer.
First trimester really kicked my butt. I was pretty miserable and nauseous all the time. I longed for second trimester, but when it arrived the nausea didn’t subside. I may need to discuss a second refill of my nausea medication with my midwife. I stopped taking it at week 13 because I was running late one morning and taking my pill slipped my mind, and it was the last day before spring break, so I was rushing around at work so I skipped my noon pill too. I had an appointment that evening and realized I hadn’t taken my pills and I felt great! But the feeling didn’t last long, unfortunately, and now I am back to my nighttime “morning sickness.” I’m just like Phoebe.
What I’m Eating
I’m struggling to get my recommended 75 grams of protein and 60 ounces of water a day. Generally I have a protein shake before work (17g), oatmeal for breakfast (6g), an apple (0g) or Greek yogurt (13g) for a snack if my oatmeal doesn’t hold me, salad + leftovers for lunch, protein bar (15g) or Greek yogurt (13g) for a snack and then whatever I’m in the mood for or not sick enough to eat for dinner.
The water thing is the biggest issue. If I drink the recommended amount throughout the day I am constantly peeking out into the hallway hoping another teacher or staff member is walking by so I can pee! This is the same reason I cut soup out for lunch. Sigh. Then when I make up my water intake after work I find myself getting up multiple times a night to pee. What’s a girl to do?
Odds and Ends
My parents purchased a very generous and thoughtful gift for us over spring break!
Rikka isn’t too sure about it.
But I really like it 🙂
Things I can’t wait to eat again: Sushi, deli meat (it just makes lunch packing so much easier) and soup for lunch!
# of times I get up to pee each night: 2-3
Days until my next appointment: 12, although I have a massage in 3 that I am looking forward to very much.
Total weight gained: I stopped weighing last year, but started up again the morning after I found out I was pregnant. It read about 5 pounds above where I normally am, but I also found out right after Christmas and Thanksgiving…aka the eating holidays. So going from that weight, I am up 3.5 pounds.
Cravings: none really, but I am really enjoying Jazz apples
Aversions: meat, but only at night when my “morning sickness” hits
What I miss: sleeping a solid 8 hours, cold beer on a Friday evening.