27 Weeks Pregnant!

Good morning and happy Sunday! It is so exciting to be 27 weeks pregnant and officially in the last week of my second trimester =D Just 13 more weeks until I meet our little man <3 As eager as I am to meet him, I am truly enjoying pregnancy and all the experiences that have come along with it.

Baby <3

It is amazing that since October 27th (our wedding day), I have felt our baby boys movements non stop. I literally feel him all the time. He shifts positions often throughout the day, and based on his position, I think I know when he is sleeping. He likes to put his head in my belly button, and during this time is when I feel the least movement, so this is when I think he is asleep. My stomach gets really hard and tight, and you can feel his head! He will stay in this position for about 6 hours, usually from early afternoon until the evening. When he is in this position, my belly button looks like it is going to pop out. When he wakes up, he moves to one side of my stomach, my belly button goes back in, and I am able feel his hands and feet move simultaneously. I love how active he is =D

Body 

 

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Here is my body at 25 weeks =D I weighed 128 lbs.

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This is my body at 27 weeks pregnant =D I currently weigh 130 lbs, which is right on target. =D

New pregnancy changes are accompanying the end of the second trimester. One of the newest experiences is the development of insomnia which has been occurring over the last 3 weeks. I have never had difficulties sleeping prior to this, and on a regular basis, I only get around 3 solid hours a sleep a night. When I fall asleep, I am awakened shortly after by the need to use the bathroom or by heartburn. Heartburn is another new experience for me as I have never experienced heartburn prior to pregnancy. I do not have heartburn every day, but I get it a few times a week. I am not sure what is causing it. I am also limited to eating a certain amount of dairy and sugar. If I eat too much, I become extremely ill. It is very interesting as these were two things that I used to binge on, but now my body can only handle so much of it.

There is something that I find beneficial about not being able to sleep. My baby is super active at night, and not being able to sleep gives me more hours to embrace and appreciate these movements, as well as appreciate my body for the work that it is doing to support this baby.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! <333

I am 23 Weeks Pregnant and Loving It!

Good afternoon everyone and happy Monday <3

My Baby 

This week has been incredible. This was the first week that I have been able to feel so many different movements of my baby boy. In a matter of days, his movements went from some flutters and some kicks here and there to strong kicks and noticeable twist and turns. The cutest thing he has been doing is putting his head in my belly button. When he does that, not only can I poke his head with my finger, but my stomach becomes so tight that I am unable to bend over. I probably shouldn’t be poking his cute little head, but I can’t help it =)

His movements are strongest when I am sitting or laying down. The feeling is indescribable. It still amazes me everyday that my body is growing a human life; and I can feel him. He is his own being yet he is a part of me. I am a lucky woman to be able to experience something so wonderful. =D

My Body

Week 1 to 17:

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Week 20

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Week 23

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So far, I have gained 10 pounds =) Since the first week of the second trimester, I have been gaining about a pound a week. I still have not resumed doing any toning exercises due to pelvic pressure, but since the weather has been so beautiful, I have been walking a mile five times a week. I feel absolutely incredible =D

I have started to experience braxton hicks contractions over the last week. They occur completely randomly and last between 1 to 2 minutes. Only 17 more weeks until I experience the real thing =D

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

 

 

My Number Two Pregnancy Craving: Jalapeño Sauce!

Happy Friday everyone! I have always loved spicy foods, but ever since I became pregnant I can not stop eating hot sauce with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! My favorite hot sauce is Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Sauce. It is perfection in a bottle. It is especially delicious with my scrambled eggs and toast in the morning =D The best part is I can understand every ingredient that is in this bottle. The ingredients are red ripened jalapeños, hot chili peppers, distilled vinegar and salt. I highly recommend this delicious sauce. I hope you have a wonderful night! =D

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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

20 Beautiful Weeks of Pregnancy =D

Good evening and happy Wednesday! =D I am now 20 weeks, and I am loving everything about this pregnancy. Week 18 marked a lot of novel experiences for me. It was officially the first week that I had a noticeable baby bump, it was the first time that I was able to distinguish my son’s movements from everything else going on in my body, it was the moment it was a necessity to buy maternity pants, and it was the first time that I experienced heavy and severe pelvic pressure. I had pelvic pressure for a full 12 hours before getting an emergency ultra sound; and it turned out my baby was just starting the make extra room in my tummy. They did not show me the ultrasound at first when I was getting checked out to make sure the pelvis pressure was not anything serious. Matt said the first thing he saw when baby boy was on the ultrasound was him stretching. Little cutie. A few moments later, the ultrasound technician asked us “do you know what you are having, because it is very clear.” Before I even looked at the screen, Matt’s excited reaction of, “Woah! Good for him!” already suggested to me that our first child is a masculine child.

Now that I am in week 20, I had to change my expectations about working out. I was working out 4 times a week until my severe pelvic pressure started, so I have not done any toning exercises since week 18. I have been staying in tune with my body and I know that I need to take it easy for now.  I have been really enjoying slow walks, especially while this weather is so beautiful. I am so used to walking to places in a rush, but now I take an extra hour before I go somewhere just so I can enjoy every moment of the autumn air. In a few weeks, I hope to start prenatal yoga classes. I am planning on giving birth naturally (we will see how that goes and if my mind changes in the delivery room), but prenatal yoga will help me stay in shape, assist with stretching, and teach me breathing techniques.

So far, I have gained 8 beautiful pounds this pregnancy. My pre pregnancy weight was 115 and I am currently 123. I’m trying not to worry about how much weight I gain, my body will gain whatever it needs to support the growth and development of my baby. However, I do monitor what I eat. If I eat 2100 calories in one day, I make sure that they are calories that are made up of nutrients that will positively impact my baby’s development. I do have days where I eat empty calories, but I do not do it every day.

To support my growing belly, I found the best maternity pants ever. I bought three pairs of MAMA Skinny Maternity Pants at H&M, and they are probably my favorite pants ever! I will be posting some pictures soon =D

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day! =D