Halfway there (20 week pregnancy update)

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Holy s*** I’ve officially reached the halfway mark of my pregnancy. Time passed by SO slowly at the beginning, but the weeks are flying by lately. This is a little late — I’m now well into my 21st week, but  I wasn’t sure how to approach this update. Without going into too much detail, at our big anatomy scan this past week, the ultrasound technician found something that we have some concerns about. We’re seeing a specialist for more scans/tests this week and we’ll know more then. It’s very scary right now since we don’t really know what’s wrong (or if nothing is wrong!). It’s been hard to wait in between these appointments, wishing for more answers, but the hubs and I had a really great weekend, keeping busy and spending time together to keep us from worrying too much. So that’s all I’m going to say about that right now — onto some updates!

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Kicking me. Check out those strong runner’s legs!

Since my last update, the biggest difference is that for the most part, I have my energy back. I’m definitely more wiped out than usual by the end of the day, but throughout the day I’m feeling pretty good. And I’ve definitely been feeling movement for about the past week and a half now. No kicks — still just flutters, but I’m noticing it more often and the doctor thinks in a week or two, J might even be able to feel them from the outside!

Some other random things:

  • Total Weight Gain: 14 pounds, up eight from my 16-week appointment. Even though the doctor isn’t worried about how much weight I’ve gained in the past month, it worries me a bit! The funny thing is, when I wasn’t pregnant and would gain even a couple of pounds, I could definitely tell. But gain eight pounds in one month? I had NO idea!

  • Sleep: a little better now that I’m using a body pillow but I have a pinched nerve that makes my left hip tingle (which I’m getting used to) and I’m still getting up a ridiculous number of times at night to pee.
  • Workouts: a lot of walking. Need to do more yoga! I had my first DNF at a 5K race this past weekend — the RLP was too much. I’m going to give a belly brace a shot (thanks, Beth!), but if it’s still painful, I won’t be running again until post-baby!

  • Current to-dos: We started on the nursery this past weekend! Up next: more daycare research and finalizing the registry.
Before and after.

Before and after.

  • Baby Items Purchased: None, but we’ve gotten some realllllly cute baby things from friends and family lately.

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I’ve also purchased a few more maternity clothing items. Also, Jen dropped off a giant bag of goodies including a body pillow and two Bella Bands!

  • Cravings: No majorly weird random cravings but still enjoying Mexican food, potato chips (the extra salty kind), fruit (although that craving isn’t quite as intense anymore) and ice cream is finally starting to sound appealing. Pizza = not so much. I’m thinking that summer might bring out new cravings!

  • Stretch Marks? Nope, none so far.
  • Looking forward to: Babymoon, making more progress on the nursery and starting our Hypnobirthing class in mid-May!
  • Stressed out about: Money. The only daycares that we really like so far are way out of our price range.
  • Gender: TBD!

Anyone ever use (and have success with) a belly brace for running while pregnant?

What are your summertime food and beverage cravings? I’m going to miss drinking beer on patios this summer.

What are you looking forward to right now?

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Author: hyedi

A 20-something on a journey to live a healthy, balanced life.

3 Comments

  1. Finding a daycare is SO hard. I feel you on this. A piece of unsolicited advice, look up through the state or county each places violation records. Every daycare has violations of some sort, you just need to see if they are unforgivable ones in your eyes, and talk with the center’s director about them.

  2. I hope everything is fine with you and the baby. I can’t even imagine how stressful that must be. But yay nursery and baby presents! I can’t believe you’re more than half way already!

  3. I tried a “Belly Bra” with my last pregnancy and hated it; It was too hot and didn’t really support me very well. Also tried another one – cant remember the name – but it had a ton of velcro and looked more like something Home depot workers wear for lifting. It wasnt comfortable at all. This time I’m looking at one called a “fit splint.” Haven’t ordered yet but may have to soon. The capris I have been using for support are too thick for the summer months and I can’t wear any of my Rogas anymore! At 12 wks! I feel enormous.

    Daycare is tough and probably my biggest concern. Fortunately, we have a home daycare we like and they have room for the new one down the road. Living out in the boonies, we get a slight break when it comes to price, but we have a lot fewer choices. Good luck finding one. You’re smart to be looking well in advance!

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