Surprising Things About Pregnancy

I think I have been pretty lucky with the my pregnancy so far. I am 33 weeks (that is one week away from 8.5 months for those who were about to google it) and I keep waiting for all the nasty pregnancy symptoms to happen that you always hear about. Things that I have heard can happen in pregnancy but I have yet to experience:

uncontrollable farting/peeing your pants. For real. Apparently this happens to some unlucky ladies.

waddling. Has not happened to me yet but I think it might show up sometime soon.

–  leaky boobs. I get why this has to happen, but it has not happened for me yet.

random belly rubs. Maybe I have a pissed off look on my face that scares people away or something but I have never had anyone come up and try to feel my stomach. Not even coworkers. I think my mom has even only really felt my belly a handful of times.

– crazy hormones. I don’t think anyway. I am pretty sure Brian would tell me if I was acting loony.

Some symptoms that I do have:

braxton hicks contractions. These mainly happen on my lunch time walk breaks. Usually they aren’t too bad but yesterday I had to stop and sit on a park bench for a bit too get them to ease up. They don’t hurt necessarily just are really uncomfortable. Also, on my walks my calves cramp like crazy. The left side especially goes hard as a rock and it doesn’t matter if I stretch before, during, or after my walk, it doesn’t lessen. Needless to say I make quite a sight limping around all sweaty and out of breath with a big bump and a bright pink coat. But hey at least I am getting some exercise 😉

painful baby positions. Usually it doesn’t hurt, like sometimes he is so low that it is just uncomfortable, but last night it felt like he was laying on my hip bone and the pressure hurt whenever I stood up. 

– heavy belly. Most days I don’t even notice it, but other times my belly feels HUGE and really heavy. I have become the cliche pregnant woman who needs help getting off the couch. But hey its an extra 20 pounds in there. It’s not light!

 

Most symptoms I had heard about before and prepared for them (even though the first time my feet completely swelled up in under 1 minute still scared the crap out of me), however there were some things that have really caught me by surprise since becoming pregnant.

1. Your belly will attract things to it like nothing. Every day I get something on my belly whether it be water, bits of food, grease (when walking too close to a hinge), dirt, etc. Further, you will bump into things/people with your belly. It sticks out farther than you think!

2. You don’t realize how much stuff you drop in a day until it is nearly impossible for you to bend down anymore. I drop AT LEAST 3 things a day and every time it is now an Olympic event to retrieve whatever it is. Picture lots of deep squatting and grunts.

3. When you are getting up 2+ times a night just to pee, it becomes possible to do the whole process of walking to the bathroom, doing your business, and walking back to bed with your eyes closed. And yes, it is indeed possible to briefly fall asleep on the toilet.

4. You thought when you were 20 and going out dancing at a club that you had “absolutely nothing to wear”? Well try having 1/8 of your wardrobe not even close to being able to fit you and then talk to me about having nothing to wear.

5. You will have super dry hands. This really caught me off guard but totally makes sense when you think about how many trips to the bathroom I make in a day and wash my hands every time. Holy man though. Be prepared.

Every day my body surprises me with something different during pregnancy, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. This has honestly been such an awesome journey and I can’t wait to meet Baby B. Some symptoms are pretty uncomfortable but considering what your body is doing in 9 short months, it seriously blows my mind.

 

xo T

 

 

 

 

 

32 Weeks

HOW FAR ALONG: 32 weeks

BABY THIS WEEK: Baby B is about 2.5-3.8 pounds and measures 15-16.7 inches. He is also in a head-down position!

MY WEIGHT GAIN: I wish I knew how much I weighed when I got pregnant! I have a rough idea what I was so I think I have gained around 22 pounds.

PURCHASES: Still waiting on my prints from Etsy that have been traipsing around the US. I ordered a nursing bra but I know I need at least one more, preferably one without underwire for more relaxed days and sleeping. I have been looking for some good nursing tanks, and it looks like the best ones are at Target so I may have to do a trip up to Calgary to get some. And the love for Baby B keeps coming in as well! It seems like every week he gets a present. It is just awesome how we are surrounded by such loving family and friends.

SLEEP: The past two nights have been amazing for sleep. Still getting up for pee breaks but when I get back to bed I am OUT. Sleep last week was not so good so I am really enjoying these blissful sleeps lately.

FOOD: Really normal. Some days I eat the exact same amounts that I did before becoming pregnant. My whole pregnancy I never really had any seriously intense cravings though. But last night I did really want a toasted peanut butter and banana sandwich though so I definitely made me one of those.

SYMPTOMS: Swollen feet if I am standing/walking for too long, stomach tightening, and something that I have been calling “lightening crotch”. It is a shooting nerve from my stomach to my groin that happens from time to time. My OB says this is really normal and probably because he is head down and really low in my uterus and has put a lot of pressure on my nerves. It doesn’t hurt really but sometimes it hits my bladder and that is an unpleasant feeling.

MOOD: Just really sad the last few days. Losing Mika was the hardest thing I have ever gone through and Brian and I are still grieving over her loss.

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Playing with Baby B! He really likes to push out on my stomach with his body parts and if you push him back he will reciprocate on that same spot. Pretty cool 🙂

Also, my sister helped me get some baseball photos for the nursery to save us some money. We used Brian’s equipment and got some really cool artistic shots which is exactly what I wanted. We also got a pretty neat belly shot as well.

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MOVEMENT: He doesn’t kick so much anymore as he wiggles around a lot and squirms to get comfy. Some movements shake my whole belly. He really doesn’t like anything digging into my stomach ie: my desk at work. If my stomach is touching my desk he will not stop moving around. Same with if I wear pants that are too tight on my uterus. He will kick me all. day. long.

WHAT I MISS: Beer. Wine. Bending down easily.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: I really want to use up my health insurance allowance for massages before my mat leave so I am excited to get some massages! I really want to find a place that has one of those tables with a hole in the middle for pregnant bellies. Laying flat on my stomach after 8 months will feel ah-mazing! Tonight is also our first prenatal class at the hospital! It is a 6 week program every Thursday for 2.5 hours.

xo T

Bump Progression

One of the things that surprised me the most about pregnancy (not far behind is the amount of people who wanna be ALLLLL up in your [very] personal business), is how long it took for me to look pregnant. In my opinion, the baby bump process can be described in 5 stages:

1. The Bloat a.k.a psych that’s not a bump that just means you are bloating enough to not fit into your clothes anymore. Two days later it will go back to normal.

2. The Thickening – not a scientific term at all but what I noticed before any bump caused by my uterus was a definitive “thickening” of my waist especially when you looked from the side. Probably no one else would have noticed but I definitely did. The amount of carbs and salty food consumed in the first trimester definitely did not help this situation at all.

3. Chubby Bump – picture combining stage 1 & 2 at the same time and that is the Chubby Bump. You don’t have a pregnancy glow or look cute in maternity clothes, you legit look like you ate too many burritos and are trying to still fit into clothes that are too small for you.

4. Finally Bumpin’ – This is the pregnancy sweet spot (in my opinion, and where I currently am). You can wear cute maternity clothes and rock the bump like nothing else.

5. OMG She is Going to Pop – You know what I am talking about. And to make matters worse this is where you usually develop a waddle.

I am 29 weeks right now so I made a bump progression photo to show the first 4 stages that I am talking about. I apologize ahead of time for two of the photos where I am not wearing any pants…

Bump_ProgressionIt really is true what they say, you never know what you had until it is gone. #RIPFlatStomach I’m sorry I didn’t appreciate you until you expanded and became covered in veins.

When I first got pregnant I would spend hours looking at bump photos on blogs and comparing them to myself. Really what I have learned through this whole process is that every woman’s body is different and changes to accommodate a baby in many different ways. It’s crazy what has been going on in there since November and I am so thankful and in awe of my body in everything that it has accomplished so far. Yes I know the worst is yet to come, but I have to give my body credit; it is doing an awesome job at something it has never done before.

In other pregnancy news, I passed my glucose test with flying colours! I also had to get a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine this week which kind of sucked but it is for Baby B more than me. It wouldn’t have been a big deal but now my arm is all red and itchy around the injection site. It kind of looks like a big bug bite and hurts to lay on that side on my arm. Apparently this is all normal, I just hope it goes away soon.

xo T

28 Weeks Update

Holy smokes I am now in the third trimester! According to thebump.com Baby B us the size of an eggplant (13.6 – 14.8 inches) and weighs anywhere from 1.5 – 2.2 lbs!

Weeks: 28

Total Weight Gain: About 15 pounds.

My Body: Feeling good but noticeably larger. I notice this the most when I bend down to pick something up or put on my shoes. I am experiencing acne for the first time in my life and it kind of freaks me out! I know it is all hormones because my diet hasn’t changed drastically, but I am kind of self conscious about it.

Also, my feet swelled up for the first time last night! I spent too much time prepping food in the kitchen and next thing I know I have my feet above me head on the couch because my toes were all red and puffy. You always hear about it, but it’s so crazy when it actually happens to you!

Maternity Clothes: Almost exclusively. Still a few items still hanging by a thread.

Cravings: I wasn’t craving anything until my Mom brought me some kettlecorn and now I cannot stop eating it! #pregnantladycrack

Sleep: Awful. In all fairness though it is due to a combination of pregnancy (can’t get comfortable, pee breaks, weird dreams, etc) and Mika being so sick still. We are trying to even out her insulin levels and she still can’t walk properly by herself. She has improved significantly from two weeks ago, but we both need pee breaks in the middle of the night and this results in me helping her get down the stairs and go outside to pee at 2 am. She also has started panting heavily at night too so that’s fun.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Still trying to figure out decor for Baby B’s room. It’s a lot harder than I expected and I have asked for reinforcements to come in (my sister) who has an eye for this kind of thing.

Best Baby Moment: Brian listening to Baby B and leaving a perfect ear imprint on my stomach.

Bump_EarCrazy how my the bottom of my belly button ring hole is now on the top of my belly button!

Goals: Getting the nursery done! Or at least some photos put into all the empty frames on the wall…

Worries: None.

Looking Forward To: He still has to cook for a bit longer but already he has such a personality in there and I just can’t wait to meet him 🙂

28 Weeks

 

xo T