Wednesday, September 03, 2014

17 weeks pregnant

Time is getting away from me.  Here is a quick pregnancy update:

14 weeks pregnant:

17 weeks pregnant:

I feel like I started showing the second I put maternity jeans on, but the fact is that by 17 weeks I *should* be showing. My regular pants were digging into my waist a bit and occasionally my waist won and pushed the pants down anyway. I haven't been pregnant during the summer for 9 years, so I don't have any maternity shorts or capris. I scored one pair of capris at Goodwill this past Monday. I will either wear my too-big shorts, convert some shorts, or tough it out in jeans...the weather is getting cooler anyway. But really, as soon as I put those maternity jeans on I suddenly looked pregnant, not fat. And oh my goodness they are so much more comfortable! Why do I wait so long!!

I saw the doctor last week. The baby's heart rate was in the upper 140s (147, 148) and I have gained 10.4 pounds so far. I was able to schedule my 20-week ultrasound for September 25th, where we will get our first peek at the baby (no ultrasounds yet this pregnancy...I know that I am falling into a minority now, as many other pg women usually have one earlier for various diagnostic reasons). We are very excited!  We have already decided that we want to know the gender.

I am feeling pretty good. Early in the pregnancy I had a lot of nausea. As I prepared to go to Nicaragua this was my main concern. The doctor gave me a prescription for zofran. I also used the "vitamin b6 cocktail", which is unisom (doxylamine succinate) and 25 mg of vitamin b6. I took either 1 or 1/2 tablet of unisom at night and usually 50 mg of b6. These both really helped with nausea. Unfortunately one side effect of zofran is constipation and that did give me a little trouble while in Nicaragua. I was almost ready to drink the water on purpose. Ha! I have been able to discontinue both medicines. I have had a perpetually stuffy nose and I haven't stopped sneezing since I came home from Nicaragua. I also get really tired in the afternoons and by the end of the day. I don't sleep well at night and I have weird dreams. I have felt tiny baby flutters but it's really hard to distinguish between digestive movement. The only difference I can tell is that the flutters are very localized close to where the doctor found the heart beat, and they closely resemble the kicks that come later. Yesterday I felt very "full" and had round ligament pains more than usual...it felt like my tummy was growing by the minute. I'm craving lots of sweets, so as usual I try to curb that by snacking on fresh fruits. Key word being 'try.'

Mitch is really excited about the new baby. Before I was even 13 weeks he said one day, "I can't wait to meet the new baby!" It was a rare display of emotion. :) But it's a long wait! He has several teachers at his school that are either pregnant or just had a baby. It must be in the water.

When I went to the doctor last week Obi wanted to go along. I told him I was going to go check out the baby. Being 3 years old, Obi is very literal. He heard the word OUT and assumed the baby would be coming out. He said, "I've never seen a doctor take a baby out before." He is too cute. I tried to explain that it would be a long time. He's three, how do you explain that? I said it would be after Christmas and after it is snowing. So hopefully that will narrow it down for us a little. I know that after Christmas I will have some more explaining to do. Maybe then I can say "after Caleb's birthday" and that should get us down to the last 3-4 weeks. We can make a paper chain.  LOL.

In summary:
Gained 10.4 lbs so far to weigh 135.4
Blood Pressure: 96/61
Baby's Heart rate: upper 140s
Exhausted in the evenings, difficulty sleeping, headaches, and a stuffy/runny nose with lots of sneezing.

To compare with my previous pregnancies, go here!

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