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.
6/3/2017- 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