My â€“ what a difference 10 weeks makes!
BabyHTP and I are finally in the 20s! Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s going on this week: â€œYour baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel. If you’re having a girl, her uterus is now fully formed and her ovaries are holding about seven million primitive eggs. If you’re having a boy, his testicles have begun their descent from the abdomen to their ultimate destination â€” the scrotum. His brain continues to form and grow. His teeth are beginning to appear, and he can swallow.â€ (Source, source, source)
Somewhere in there is 10.5 inches of baby. Crazy.
For the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, I would study my belly in the mirror, hoping and hoping and hoping that a bump would soon appear. I donâ€™t need to squint anymore â€“ the bump is definitely there. Iâ€™ve switched almost exclusively to maternity pants, although I can sometimes get away with using a belly band.
Probably the most exciting thing that happened in the last week was we went in for our anatomy ultrasound. I was really, really nervous prior to the ultrasound â€“ as mentioned, we opted out of genetic testing, and the ultrasound was our first chance to get some sort of confirmation that things are developing properly. I was so freaked out that I talked a million miles a minute on the car ride to the doctorâ€™s. Luckily, everything looked just fine. And, somehow, we didnâ€™t accidentally get a peek of any genitals, so weâ€™re still clueless about the sex (just how we like it).
Any guesses? Boy or girl?
Letâ€™s seeâ€¦ as far as pregnancy symptoms go, I still feel pretty great. No sickness, no aversions. I did experience my first Braxton Hicks contraction, which was odd and slightly scary. I do get tired easily, but Iâ€™ve been getting regular acupuncture, and it seems to really make a difference in my sleep. I put a kibosh on eating ice cream right before bed, too, and that seems to have helped (sugar + sleep = hell).
Speaking of sleep, one thing that is really stressing me out is sleep positions. Youâ€™re told not to sleep on your back during the second and third trimesters because the weight of the baby and uterus can compress the babyâ€™s blood supply; apparently, sleeping on the left side is best. Iâ€™m a back sleeper (like a corpse) and switching to the left is so hard. And I feel super guilty when I wake up on my back or right side. Panic-Free Pregnancy says sleep position isnâ€™t really a big deal, but I read a study that back or right side sleepers have a slightly higher risk of the baby being stillborn, so now Iâ€™m super paranoid.
And regardless of how I turn and flip during the night, going to sleep and waking up are my favorite times of the day because thatâ€™s when the baby is most active (or when I most easily notice the movements). Itâ€™s so fun to feel the baby move around.
I did find out this week that Iâ€™m low in iron. This is common during pregnancy, but especially for vegetarians, so Iâ€™ve been taking an iron supplement, eating more iron-rich vegetarian foods, and cooking with my cast-iron skillet. Hopefully, Iâ€™ll see an improvement in my energy levels in a few weeks.
Last, but not least, I have intense nursery envy. ALL I WANT TO DO IS DECORATE. We canâ€™t buy anything for the nursery because weâ€™re not sure where we will be living when the baby comes. Weâ€™ll either be in a bigger rental or our own home, but we wonâ€™t know for sure until end of March.
So, in lieu of actually decorating my nursery, Iâ€™ve been Pinteresting ideas. Hereâ€™s what I like:
Can you tell I prefer grey, birds, and trees?
Here are my Babble posts from this week:
Hereâ€™s Week 20, neatly summarized:
Total Weight Gain: No official weigh-in this week, but Iâ€™m guessing 11 â€“ 12 pounds.
Workouts: Four workouts! 2.0 mile walk, 2.0 mile walk/run, 3/4 mile swim, and yoga
Baby Items Purchased: New maternity dress pants (go Target!). Now I can breathe at work.
Cravings: Smoothies. Eggs on buttered toast. A tropical vacation. Oh wait, were we talking about food?