Four months down, five to go! For the most part, things are going very well. I’m feeling good, staying healthy, and genuinely enjoy being pregnant. I did take significant notice that the bump busted out this week! Holy belly, this little peanut is making quite the appearance.
My stomach is now round and hard and not just a big belly of bloat. I was able to go out and get a few more maternity pieces for the wardrobe, which is helping me feel more comfortable. But is it just me or do maternity clothes make you look noticeably more pregnant? I swear when I put on the long maternity tops, the bump is totally accentuated. I feel like people are now starting to observe that I’m pregnant and maybe I’m going crazy, but I’m constantly thinking that everyone is staring at my stomach. That’s probably more in my head though.
Your baby continues to be busy, growing and developing inside of you. He’s now about the size of an avocado, measuring approximately four and a half inches and weighing roughly three ounces. His heart is now pumping 25 quarts of blood every day, and his bladder is emptying every 45 minutes. Her limbs are even more developed and her movements have become increasingly coordinated. She doesn’t have any hair yet, but the patterning of her scalp has begun.
Weight Gained: You know, I really don’t know the exact number. I was thinking about it, and I believe this is measured from your very first appointment correct? Well, I have no idea what that number was. Before I was going off my original weight (like months and months before baby) but obviously, I had gained a few pounds right around the time I got pregnant and those few weeks that I actually was pregnant. So 15 pounds may have been a little bit of a stretch. I would say more like 10-11 pounds?
Workouts: Still chugging along with the early morning workouts, although running is getting harder and harder. Kudos to all you pregos out there that run 1/2 marathons during your pregnancy, I truly have no idea how you do it! I usually stick with 3-4 miles and at a slower speed. I do have to stop every mile or so to drink water. This morning, I tried running and noticed a sharp pain in my lower abdomen so I had to stop. I know there will be a time soon when it will all have to come to a hiatus.
Symptoms: The urge to pee is a lot more intense these days, but not so much at night. I think I only get up once a night, which I hear is pretty good. Other symptoms include gas, bloating and burping, especially after I eat.
Symptoms I’m Not Having: Same as last week.
Food Aversions: Nothing that I can think of.
Food Cravings: SALT! Anything salty I am all over. Also, pickles, and not the quality top-shelf pickles, I’m talking the nasty generic-brand dill pickles. Tuna/chicken/egg salads. I usually hate mayo-based salads and prefer to make my own, but right now, I want deli-made salads.
Sleep: Lots of it!
Baby Items Purchased: Still nothing, but I have a feeling that will change soon.
Next Doctor Appointment: April 29th is my ultrasound although, my mom is going to give me one this weekend when we go home. Perks of having an OBGYN nurse as your mother. We are pretty certain we will be able to find out the sex! Fingers crossed that those little legs aren’t crossed.
Other Random Stuff: I have been dying to feel the baby move! Like, I keep reading that most women start to feel movement around week 15-16, so I try and lay super still and wait for something to happen. Last night, John was talking to it and moments later; I swear I felt a little wave go through my stomach. This could be gas, but I’m hoping these movements come more frequently and predominantly.
Also – Maxi skirts are probably the most comfortable thing ever! Don’t be surprised if you don’t see me in pants for the remainder of this pregnancy.
Looking Forward To: Finding out the sex! We should know by Saturday. What do you think, boy or girl?
John cannot wait to have a playmate. He is so loving and playful to begin with, that the thought of having a mini-him to share his love of life brings him so much joy. I don’t want to burst his bubble by telling him that baby won’t be too interested in building forts with him for a few years, so I’ll just be grateful to have an incredibly caring and involved father.