19 Weeks!

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How Far Along: 19 weeks 

Size of Baby: An heirloom tomato. Whoever writes pregnancy apps on the iphone needs to get their act together, but there is no way that a tomato is bigger than a sweet potato. What? 

Total Weight Gain: 9.5 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Loving them, especially the jeans. When the weather gets warmer I will pull out my athletic shorts and t-shirts more often, but for now I’m living in the jeans and shirts that I have borrowed from some other women. I still love wearing a t-shirt, but when I wear them I’m stuck in that in-between stage where you can see my belly, but it doesn’t stick out far enough to look pregnant, and then I just feel…weird. So I wear them at home, but not out much.

Gender: I know what I think, but what do YOU think? Go vote!

Movement: Yes, yes! I love it! We have been sitting patiently with Theo’s hand on the belly waiting for him to feel it now, too. So far it hasn’t happened, but any day now!

Sleep: Laying on my side with a pillow wedged in all the appropriate spots seems to help. I’ve actually been getting up to go to the restroom fewer times this week than before…maybe I’m just that tired, or maybe I’m drinking less water before bed.

What I miss: Running. Fast running. Being a ‘runner’. Haha.

Food Cravings: Green veggies, rice, pasta, spiiiiicyy food, cereal

Food Aversions: Same as before. I really can’t stand tortilla chips, because the first day I had morning sickness that’s all I ate. I know if I plugged my nose, I’d be fine eating them, as the taste doesn’t seem to bother me…just the smell.

Symptoms: This week, I feel like I’m back in the first trimester. Nausea, GI issues, exhausted from the moment my alarm clock goes off, sore, etc. Baby is growing, that is for sure! I’ve gotten a couple more comments about my baby belly, too. It’s getting out there!

Worst Moment This Week: This week has been rough for me. I wrote on the chalkboard that Baby is having a growth spurt. There is no scientific or doctor-based evidence that this is happening, but I know that it is because my entire body can feel it. I don’t have a cold, I don’t have the flu, I don’t have a stomach bug or a 24 hr bug, I don’t have a fever…but I feel HORRIBLE. All week long I’ve been exhausted, sore, GI messed up, and all-around yuck. I even called in sick today because I just feel so miserable. However, it is all worth it in the end! I know that the little one is growing and depending on me to be rested and healthy.

Best Moment This Week: Continuing to feel movement!

Enjoying time outside/getting exercise, thanks to the warmer weather.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Finding out the gender, in just 2 weeks! Don’t forget to vote!

Spring weather, and garage sales!

Exercise This Week: Oh, so much better this week than the past few weeks. My goal for this pregnancy is to be active and to stay fit, which does not necessarily mean in shape, unless round counts as ‘in shape’ haha! So far, I have done a horrible job of staying fit, but I’m slowly working to get myself exercising and eating properly every day. One day at a time.

I’ve been surprised at how hard it is mentally for me to gain this weight. I’m perfectly on track and everyone tells me I’m still so thin/small, but gaining weight rapidly has mental and emotional side effects as well. I can see my body changing when I look in the mirror, and while I know that the baby bump is absolutely beautiful and for a wonderful cause, it frightens me to see how quickly everything else seems to be growing along with it! I’m SURE I’m not the only pregnant woman that feels this way, but it’s not an emotion I anticipated having before pregnancy.

 

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One comment

  1. Anne Jisca says:

    I’ve always had a very hard time emotionally/mentally with putting in weight in my pregnancies. My 1st was definitely the hardest. I never put on very much, but it was a very real struggle I wasn’t expecting! You’re not alone in this. 🙂

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