7/7/2017 – 28 Weeks
What’s Baby Lama up to this week? Oh, not much. Just adding billions of neurons to that beautiful brain of his. And what is he doing with all this brain power? He is dreaming! He’s filling out his body and my belly now too. He is around 2.25 pounds, and almost 15 inches from head to toe. With any luck, baby is settling into the perfect position for birth now. He currently lies low, but we are not sure where that beautiful head of his is. He is also blinking now!
This is the time that swelling and fluid retention cause changes in pregnancy. Many women experience “cankles”, swollen fingers, and rounder faces. So far my rings still fit and my ankles aren’t swollen, but let’s hope it stays that way. Summertime in Florida is not the idea time to be pregnant, but here we are!
Here are some great ways to decrease swelling if it does affect you:
- Avoid standing for long periods.
- Minimize outdoor time when it is hot.
- Rest with your feet elevated.
- Wear comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels if possible.
- Wear supportive tights or stockings.
Call your doctor if the swelling:
- Moves up your calf and leaves an indentation when pressed, or is sudden or severe in your face, hands or feet. If this happens in your third trimester, it could mean that you have pre-eclampsia.
- Occurs only in one leg, particularly if your calf is red, tender and lumpy. These can be symptoms of a blood clot in your vein (thrombosis).
Here I am at 28 weeks! The third trimester has officially begun! Fatigue has a good chance to return now and increased back pain may begin. Other symptoms include snoring (from that swelling), leg cramping, and oh boy- frequent urination.
6/16/2017 – 25 Weeks
Baby’s skin is getting a bit of color this week—not because of pigmentation, but because capillaries are forming and filling with blood. The little guy is plumping up a bit as well. He’s developing that adorable and squishy baby fat, and as a result, his skin is looking smoother and less wrinkly. His hair is even developing color now! Will it be blonde or brown?!! Also, my uterus is now the size of a volleyball! And it feels like a volleyball at times, as the little thumper inside me practices his serves, spikes, and dives.
At 24 weeks, we were supposed to have our 6 month appointment and glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. Since we were busy having fun in Indiana, the appointment was moved to today. I had to drink a “sugary” water drink and then have my blood drawn an hour after….stay tuned for the results! And the results were good…. no further testing needed 🙂
I made some headway on the nursery this week since we have gotten most of his bedding and decorative gifts now. It’s really fun to transform our boring guest room into this place that will become his. I know a lot of parents say the baby never actually sleeps in his room, but my plan is to have him not only sleeping in there, but hopefully sleeping through the night by 3 months. I’m sure you’re thinking “yeah, right… good luck with that”, and, of course, things never go as planned, but one can only hope.
I’ve been reading up before bed each night. It’s taking some time to get though the book because after a page or two, my eyes close on me. The book I chose is called:
6/3/2017- 23 Weeks
Baby is over one pound now! But he won’t be content weighing just 1 pound for long. He will double in weight over the next month. And then double again. And most likely will double his weight again in the months following. This week, baby’s sense of hearing is getting sharper. He’s rocking out to the soundtrack of your heart, and getting used to loud external sounds like a barking dog or police siren. Also, blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing.
Average weight gain at 23 weeks is 12-15 pounds. Every person is different though! At 23 weeks I am about 10 pounds heavier. Healthy eating and daily exercise is super important.
Here are the best types of exercise during pregnancy:
- Brisk walking
- Indoor cycling
- Weight lifting
The doctor told me that if I did it before becoming pregnant, that I could continue to do it during pregnancy, but to not start anything new (such as cross fit). I have continued my workouts (stationary bike for cardio followed by weights), but decreased the amount of weight some. Fatigue was really present for me during the first trimester, so I just had to remind myself to keep moving.
Here are some of the best foods to consume during pregnancy:
- Dairy products
- Sweet potatoes
- Broccoli and dark, leafy greens
- Lean meat
- Fish liver oil
- Whole grains
- Dried fruit
- Water, lots and lots of water!
May 28, 2017 – 22 Weeks
Baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises still lack pigment. If we could see inside my womb, we would be able to spot the fine hair that covers his body and the the wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas – essential for the production of some important hormones – is developing steadily.
The baby bump continues to grow and my clients and parents continue to talk about this growing belly. I saw a client the other day for another therapist who told me very seriously, “You like like your pregnant.” I thought kids were honest before, but now they really crack me up. I had another kiddo around 5 who asked me if I was pregnant. When I asked him why he thought that he stared at my tummy and got nervous to tell me the truth (haha). The rest of the people/kids just stare at me without comment.
We took a nice break at the beach this weekend. It was nice to take naps in the sand and swim in the water to cool off. I even got a maternity swim suit to cover this “bump”. I’ve been feeling well and still able to do most things like bending over, carrying laundry baskets up the stairs, etc, but I do notice it getting more difficult. Baby is busy kicking still which is nice reassurance that all is still going well in there. We won’t see the doctor again for a few more weeks.
dress from Pink Blush
May 21, 2107 – 21 weeks
Baby is as long as a banana from crown to rump this week. And speaking of bananas, when I eat one baby may be tasting it as well. My amniotic fluid changes based on what I eat, and baby’s been gulping that fluid down! Full-term babies have been shown to swallow over a pint of amniotic fluid per day. Thirsty little guy! This fluid provides him with calories and nutrients. It also helps him practice swallowing and digesting.
Let’s talk about these eyes of mine. I’ve always had pretty good vision with the exception of the time I lied on the eye exam in 5th grade to get glasses because I thought they were cool. I eventually got glasses (For real) in college to help me see the board in class and driving at night. Recently though, I strain while watching TV and have noticed my glasses not seeming as strong anymore. I was about to go in for an eye exam and some new lenses but was glad I looked up information on pregnancy and vision. Apparently, your eye sight can change due to changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation. The minor vision changes appear to be temporary and now is not the best time to invest in new glasses or contacts. So for now, I will just have to wear my glasses a bite more often!
Funny that this week the baby is the size of a carrot (or banana depending where you read) and carrots are meant to help our vision, right? Here is this weeks bump update:
May 12, 2017 – 20 Weeks
Baby is growing larger and stronger, measuring over 6 inches from crown to rump. Baby’s eyelids have been fused shut up until now, but around this week he may be opening them! (Not that there’s a ton to see just yet.) Baby is swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion.
We are at the halfway mark!! Baby is making more movements and I have started to feel him wiggling around. We heard his heart beat again on Friday. The doctor said the “whooshing” sound we heard at that time was him moving around. He has a lot of room in there still so he’s enjoying stretching and swimming.
I had my first “Mother’s Day”. Andre was sweet and made a card from “the bump”. He also got me a pregnancy pillow to help with sleeping **update on the Snoogle pillow: it has definitely made a huge difference for back pain and getting sleep, I would definitely recommend investing in one of these!** A few cards from others came as well. We have been incredibly spoiled since the pregnancy with sweet gifts and gestures. Now, items from our baby registry have started to trickle in. It’s such a fun, exciting time at the Lama household! We need to get our crib still so we can start really working on the nursery. I’m looking forward to some “nesting”.
Here are some highlights from this week.
20 Week Update
Mother’s Day dinner with the family
May 5, 2017 – 19 Weeks
Baby is as big as an heirloom tomato this week, and he’s doing great! His arms and legs are now much more proportionate to the rest of his body, and he’s looking more and more like the baby we’ll meet in 20 weeks or so. Neurons are now connected between baby’s muscles and her brain. As a result, he’s far nimbler, and able to move better than ever.
We had another appointment today and a level 2 sonogram. We saw baby up close and personal. We saw his spine, heart (all four chambers), 10 fingers and 10 toes, his brain, and much more! He is weighing in at 10 ounces. He was moving like crazy. When we started the sonogram, he was breach and by the end, he was sideways. I have not felt him move yet, but hoping to feel this little guy soon.
Momma is feeling great. I finally made it to buy some maternity clothes! I was able to go to work super comfortable this week. The maternity pants seem to make me look more pregnant than ever (or maybe just because I am bigger). Either way, I can get used to wearing button and zipper free pants! I found some great pants at Motherhood Maternity on sale. They fit so well that I got them in three colors! They are the Secret Fit Belly Skinny Ankle and less than $20/pair.
We will be heading to Indiana in a month for a good friend’s wedding. Mom is having a baby shower for us then! We can’t wait to see family and good friends while celebrating baby Lama. Hopefully we will get to see some of you! Here are some photos from today:
baby boy is getting big!