Side Note- If you were able to refrain from singing "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus after reading that last sentence I am impressed!
20 weeks to 25 weeks was the biggest change in my preggo belliness. 26-30 weeks was the biggest change in how I feel and what it is REALLY like to be pregnant.
For example, this is what heartburn looks like....
*Turns out, kale pancakes taste as gross as they look*
Oh yeah, here is what I look like at 30 weeks....
Baby Growth: She is up to almost 3.5 lbs and over 14 inches long. Her grasp is stronger and ready for all the people who want to hold her little hand when she is born. The baby fat is packing on so that makes her skin look less like Gollum and more like a cute little baby. She is absorbing up to 300mg of calcium a day as her bones start to harden. This means if I don't get enough in my diet for her then my body tells her to take it from MY bones! Crazy little bugger. She can recognize Jerod's voice now in addition to mine. She's throw a kick when Jerod starts talking to her. Her eyes now blink but her vision is VERY near sighted and will stay this way till after she's born.
Weight Gained: +30 lbs total. I was actually doing really well with this, feeling pretty good about myself. It always helps when a patient says, "You are so skinny how can you be 7 months?!" or "You're all baby belly". The OB who stood in for our midwife yesterday brought all that crashing down with one sentence, "You're getting to the top end of the recommended weight gain so you need to start paying more attention to your health." She's lucky I'm a little emotional and spend more time fighting back tears then my quick wit lately. I later shared ALL my opinions about that OB with Jerod. Maybe SHE should start paying more attention to her limp hairstyle....clearly I'm still salty about it.
Symptoms: I wanted to find a way to honestly convey how some of these feel without coming across as complaining or being too dramatic. So, if you plan to be pregnant, know someone who is pregnant or maybe thought pregnant ladies need to suck it up (my initial attitude) may the following open your eyes.
Heartburn- I've never had heartburn in my life before this so when I read it on the list of possible symptoms to look forward to I thought it would be a little burning discomfort after spicy food. I was dead wrong. One saturday night, around 2am I woke up with bile in my mouth. IN MY MOUTH! I lunged out of bed thinking I was dying or suffocating. This continued every night, waking up vomiting or gagging until I went on Zantac. I guess when you're pregnant that lovely hormone progesterone that KEEPS you pregnant also tells your gastric sphincter to stop working and allow acid to freely flow into your throat at any given moment. During church, during IV starts, during conversations. Its rather lovely.
Loss of movement- My abdominal muscles are on sabbatical. Actually, thats not true, they are there still. They are stretched to the max and unable to contract anymore because their sole purpose has changed to keeping my little one where she belongs. This means any form of sitting up, twisting or standing up requires me to be creative and use different muscles instead. Still not sure how that feels?
Lay flat on your back, place your heaviest medicine ball or basketball on your belly button and sit up without using your abs, as you press down on the ball.
Actually thats probably nothing like what I am going though but I just had a good laugh picturing some grown man trying it. :)
Uteruses don't bend- They are a giant basketball so if you squat down to grab something or bend over to tie your shoes that basketball says,"nope". And to make room for the basketball your organs, lungs and bladder will get squished to smitherines instead. I've learned a valuable lesson, pregnant ladies aren't grunting for attention, we're grunting because we forgot for a second we have a pumpkin for a stomach and all the air got forced out of our lungs so forcefully when we bent down to grab that piece of paper.
Constipation- I'll spare you the details and leave you with two words....rabbit pellets.
Cravings: Pineapple! And my new love for sweets carried over into the Christmas season in the form of sugar cookies. I couldn't get enough of the REAL, homemade sugar cookies with REAL, homemade frosting. Whoever brought the ones on Christmas to the work break room, I ate them all and they were delicious.
Aversions: Hmmm, things that smell bad. Or trying to eat next to bold smelling things.
Sleep: Its gone. It left in one swoop the night the bile mouth attacks started. I still get 10 hours of sleep a night but it hasn't been consecutive for over a month. There is the usual 3am bathroom break, waking up so parched my mouth is a desert land, waking up every time I turn because I need to readjust the pillows for my back or to keep my head at 45 degrees for the bile tsunamis. Poor, poor Jerod gets up for work at 6am and my gymnastics acts are starting to keep him up too.
Workouts: Lots of walking, walks on the treadmill and walks around the neighborhood. But with the recent temp drop to the negatives I will be doing more walking on our treadmill for sure. Our Bradley class has me doing lots of squats, deep squats for up to two minutes at a time. I sit on a ball anytime I'm at our kitchen table. And, I am SO EXCITED! Jerod and my parents bought my a gift card for one month of unlimited prenatal yoga. I am VERY excited to get back to my mat and loosen up these muscles.
Miss Anything?: Hmmmm, my agility. Its been a pride killer to start moving slower and not be able to do things the way I used to. Each time I miss my body I try and remember to mentally store that away for April when I can get back to my usual activities.
Baby Items Purchased: A crib! We found the one we registered for on craigslist for really cheap. Bearina was spoiled this Christmas with clothes, a Stanford onesie, toys and handmade bibs. She's not even here yet and so many people love her.
Maternity Clothes: I haven't bought anything new but a few sweaters or zip ups are on the horizon. Its too cold up here to just wear a long sleeve shirt. I need warmth!
Looking Forward To: So much. I am really excited about prenatal yoga, baby showers, seeing the nursery come together, touring the labor and delivery ward and more.
Best Pregnancy Moment This Month: I think the thing that is so treasured by us is every time she moves. She knows Jerod's voice and will kick more when he talks to her. Its almost interactive now when you find a foot or a hand and press on it, she'll move or press back. A few nights ago she was moving like crazy and we were laying in bed talking about her, all of a sudden I just wanted her to be here and be done growing. Jerod felt the same way and just like that we went from a pregnant couple to parents who just can't wait to meet their daughter!