19 More Weeks!

Good evening and happy Sunday =D For me, getting ready to go to the doctors for an ultrasound is like getting ready to visit someone special who I have not been able to see for a really long time. I absolutely love being able to watch my baby on the ultrasound screen and to see how his brain, organs, bones, and extremities are developing. It is so amazing to see how much my baby has grown over the last 6 weeks. He is now 11 ounces and is the length of a banana =D My big boy <3

Over the past 20 weeks, my body has undergone some transformation =D Here are a few pictures.

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The two pictures on the left were taken on Week 1, and the two pictures on the right were take on Week 17. I gained 4 pounds (115-119) from Week 1 to Week 17.

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These two pictures were taken on Week 20. I gained a total of 8 beautiful pounds so far.

There is such a tremendous difference with the way I feel now from the way that  I felt during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. Week 15 through Week 17 were by far the easiest weeks. My all day sickness completely subsided, I was no longer living in the bathroom, I was sleeping for a solid 6 hours a night without waking up to use the bathroom (I also cut back on how much water I was drinking before bedtime), I was experiencing very mild cramping, and my energy came completely back. I was also able to complete leg and butt toning exercises for 30 minutes four days a week without any hesitation.

Week 18 is when my stomach starting feeling particularly heavy and I started feeling severe pelvic pressure. The pressure is not painful at all, it is just very uncomfortable, gave us a big scare, and it prompted me to change my expectations about completing toning exercises during pregnancy. To accommodate the pressure, I have discontinued toning exercises, I walk much slower, and I take it as easy as possible when engaging in movements such as bending, squatting, and transitioning my body from sitting to standing or laying to sitting. Due to the heaviness on my stomach, I am finding it hard to stay comfortable throughout the night. I try to only sleep on my side because there is a risk of the baby laying on an artery if I lay on my back which will reduce blood flow to my brain and therefore to the placenta. Every transition I make while sleeping wakes me up. So far over the course of this entire pregnancy, the pelvic pressure has been the only symptom that I have found difficult, and it is mostly because I have had to make so many accommodations because of it. I promise you though, the pressure is worth it and for me has been the only nuisance in pregnancy thus far. If my baby needs room, he can give me all the pressure he needs to be comfortable =D At the beginning of Week 20, my pelvic pressure became less severe and was no longer continuous. I feel this pressure a few times during the day, sometimes for a long duration, but is no where near as uncomfortable as it was during Week 18.

Week 18 was also the week that I was first able to distinguish his movements from everything else going on within my body, and it is by far my favorite part of pregnancy! Every day, his movements become stronger, more frequent, and longer in duration. Every time I feel him is as amazing as the first <3 I actually feel his kicks now, I love it so much!

I have to say, I really love my maternity pants. I bought three pairs of MAMA Skinny Maternity Pants from H&M, and I must show you what they look like =D

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful night =D