It’s been about a month since my last update – and what a month it has been! Truthfully, I’m kind of in the “boring” stage of pregnancy. The hellacious, hormone-riddled 1st trimester is over (THANK GOD) and I’ve moved into the honeymoon period. I will take boring ANY DAY. During a first pregnancy this stage can be really hard because you aren’t showing and you don’t typically feel the baby move until closer to 18-20 weeks. During you’re third pregnancy, it’s a whole different ball game!
I’m definitely growing…
These pictures are really horrible, but I’m just happy I remember to take weekly pictures.
I can definitely feel the baby moving from the inside (it’s more like thuds now instead of flutters), but it’s not regular. My belly button popped at 15 weeks and the initial “bloat” (which makes you look pregnant before the baby it even above the pelvic bone <–that doesn’t happen until 12 weeks) is gone. Also gone? The nausea, the constipation, and the exhaustion. It feels good to feel human again.
I had my 16 week checkup yesterday. The baby sounded good and was definitely active/moving around (and kicking at the Doppler). My blood pressure was “great” (I didn’t ask what it is was – but it’s usually 110/60) and I’m up 4 pounds, which is right on target (although, to be honest weight gain is the furthest thing from my mind right now… The holidays are here and I’m definitely going to EAT ALL THE FOOD). I told my Dr. that I was running a half marathon in a week and a half and he said, “Well, you have fun with that.” I guess that’s the Dr.’s stamp of approval? (Don’t worry, I also told him I wasn’t going all balls-to-the-wall and my running involved walking and a lot bathroom breaks)
In good news – all of my previous test results came back normal (which means the baby has a low risk of genetic disorders). I gave blood again (and I have the hematoma to prove it) for the 2nd screening.
The appointment lasted all of 10 minutes (because there’s really not much to talk about at 16 weeks) and then I spent another 10 minutes hanging out with the Dr. because they just implemented a new online system and he was trying to figure out how to send my info to the lab (which is down the hall). I now know all about his Thanksgiving plans and his college-aged kids. Good times.
I’m pretty much in maternity full time these days.
My wardrobe is huge, but my pants are still too big for me. It’s a good problem to have? I’m just waiting for my hips and ass to expand, apparently. I’m going to give it a few more weeks to see if I am actually going to grow into them. So weird.
Running is still going well. My bladder is definitely more sensitive (as I’ve complained about several times), but I’m hanging in there! My hips are definitely feeling more pressure after long runs, but I just need to remember to STRETCH and they feel fine. I’m more concerned about my left ankle. It’s starting to feel like my right ankle did last year when I struggling with tendonitis. I’m not sure there’s much I can do about it (I know my hormones are not helping), so I plan to tape it for my race on Dec. 1st and go from there.
My cravings have kicked in, although they are pretty random. I’m still loving salmon, lemons, Jimmy John’s roast beef, Starbucks lattes (it helps that Gingerbread and Eggnog lattes are my FAVORITE), and potatoes (not necessarily french fries though – it’s weird – give me potatoes au gratin, though, and I’m in heaven!). Since the nausea is gone, my appetite is back to normal, as is my eating schedule.
And finally, in exciting news… I scheduled the BIG ultrasound for December 17th. We’re still hanging strong on team green though. We won’t be finding out the sex if we can help it, but I am excited to see the baby again!
In some ways, I can’t believe I’m already 16 weeks pregnant! It feels like it’s taken an eternity to get here, but I also feel like I just found out (umm almost 4 months ago). I’m most looking forward to feeling the baby move on a regular basis (hopefully starting in the next few weeks) and I especially can’t wait for the rest of my family to feel the baby. The kids have started asking if they can feel him/her – but it hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully soon!!