Long time, no bumpdate, eh? I chose to skip my bumpdates over the holidays as I was taking some time off from blogging anyway. I’m going to do these posts every 2 weeks now unless something really exciting happens.
How I’m Feeling:
If I’m being honest, I don’t have a lot of good to say about the past couple weeks of pregnancy, which may be another reason for lack of these updates – I never want to say negative things, especially about pregnancy. Buuut – let’s be real folks, this whole growing-another-human business is no walk in the park.
Typical symptoms lately:
- backache all the time, espeically days I work/have to sit all day
- Braxton Hicks! These are almost daily now.
- horrible sleep, the bump is in the way, I have to have like 4 pillows now
- Peeing. All the time and some accidents too. Sneezing is not my friend.
- Overall feeling really fat, like this is not my body
- NONE of my regular work clothes fit. It’s like I came back from vaca and bam – I am a balloon
- Very ridiculously hormonal and emotional, but it all feels so real
Weight Gain: can I just stop talking about this one? My scale and my doctor’s scale are totally different so I don’t actually know what I’m up to now.
I don’t think it’s too much, but I have gotten to the point where I am way larger in different ways than I expected (aka my underwear don’t fit, I need a bra size 3 times as big, muffin top on top of having a bump, you get the point). I just feel big even though I’m pretty sure when you look at me, no one is thinking “dang, that pregnant lady is gaining too much weight.”
Maternity Clothes: If I hear another person tell me they got through pregnancy with little to no maternity clothes, I am gonna slap someone! I dunno what it is, but when I start talking about how nothing fits, a lot of women have responded that they just wore their leggings and dresses. I don’t know if I just don’t have an adequate supply of good leggings and dresses, but if it’s not maternity, it’s not gonna fit me.
I actually can’t fit into a lot of the maternity clothing I was given, which has left me with like nothing to wear to work. Most mornings I am struggling to put together outfits that make any coherent sense and that also fit right and are comfortable. I’m going to try the leggings route even though that’s not really work appropriate for me, but at this point, I don’t really care.
Sleep: really bad. My bump constantly puts pressure on me, so if I have to roll over, it feels like a giant bowling ball is pressing on me and I can’t roll back over. I have to sleep with a pillow between my legs and pillows propping me up. Pretty sure I need to buy a recliner just so I can sleep in the third trimester.
Fitness: I was pretty active over my break with walking daily up an incline hill and a little bit of strength. I didn’t do much after I got back from vacation and now I’m sick.
I did start PiYo a day late despite my desire to start it Monday. I only did one video, but I feel like it’s definitely going to be easy enough to do through pregnancy while at least keeping me entertained too.
Craving: again, this is the most common thing people ask me. I finally came up with a good list of what I am actually craving…
- Any kind of Asian food
- Ginger ale/Sprite/Shirley Temples
- Carbs: bread, bagels, waffles, toast, crackers
Food Aversions: veggies are pretty yuck, but I have been forcing myself to eat them.
Missing: not being pregnant? Oh and having a filter to not say things like that? I think it went out the window weeks ago. I feel crazy.
Movement: tons! I definitely feel her all the time. This is the one redeeming factor of pregnancy right now. Sometimes her kicks have been annoying, but 90% of the time, it’s soothing to feel her being active. I’ve also just recently (past week) felt her have the hiccups.
New for Baby: surprisingly, nothing! I feel like I’ve had something to share almost every week.
Most Looking Forward to: my baby showers, leaving work, revealing her name, Beans meeting her
I hate to be a downer about something like this, but I am going to say what I mean to say. It’s not that I dislike the thought of being a mom or my baby – just pregnancy! I was talking to my husband about it the other day, and he said it really well, “This is your cross to bear; you have to endure it, not enjoy it.” Not always fun, but it’s the truth.
I hope you’ll support me, no matter how cranky I get! And hopefully next time I have something better to report!
Questions for You:
- Does this update scare you? Just kidding. But not really.
- Mom’s or moms-to-be: when did Braxton Hicks start for you? I was super shocked to find that having them this early and often is normal. I always thought they were just at the end!