It’s pregnancy update time! In my weekly update I share what’s happening in my pregnancy journey with you. This includes general stats such as how I’m feeling, any symptoms I’m experiencing, food cravings and aversions, weight gain, bump shots, etc., as well as what’s going on in my life that’s pregnancy-related and any baby things we’ve purchased or received as gifts. Here’s the scoop at 18 weeks:
Check out that bump progress! I am super excited about my growing belly. It’s nice to finally look legit pregnant and not just bloated (to the outside observer at least). You might notice the different background in this week’s photo. We’re out at the family house in Utah for the remainder of the month.
Here’s the current status:
❊ How Far Along – 18 weeks
❊ Baby Size Comparison – Sweet Potato (5.5″ and 5-7 ounces)
❊ Symptoms – I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I haven’t experienced any increased effects of the altitude since we arrived in Utah late last week. I had a bit of a headache for the first full day we were here and was a little gassy for a few days, but these are things I usually experience when adjusting to the altitude (6,000 feet at the house), pregnant or not. It’s all about upping my water intake and after a few days I usually feel just fine, which is the case this time around as well.
❊ Physical Changes – Bump popped out in a noticeable way this past week and I’m loving it!
❊ Weight Gain – 1 pound (9 total)
❊ Mood – Happy as a clam! It’s been a super busy week between getting out to Utah and having my parents come visit, but all good things!
❊ Sleep – Sleeping a bit less this week, maybe more like 7 hours a night on average, which I can tell isn’t quite enough, but there’s too much fun stuff going on!
❊ Food Cravings – Honestly, I don’t think I’ve been eating enough this past week. It’s been a go-go-go kind of week and I haven’t had much time to think about food, so I haven’t really been craving anything. I’m working on eating a healthier amount at regular intervals next week.
❊ Food Aversions – Fish has taken on a whole new level of ick for me. I can’t even be in the same room as it! I feel like my sense of smell intensified this week, which doesn’t help.
❊ Missing – Getting 8 or more hours of sleep, but I’m hoping to remedy that soon. I know I need to relish it while I can!
❊ Looking Forward To – Still waiting on feeling baby move. Waiting and waiting and waiting. It feels like time is moving so slowly. I’ve heard that things really pick up after the halfway mark. So far it feels like time is moving in slow motion, but I’ve been able to get a lot done, so that’s the silver lining.
❊ This Week’s Happenings – I’m starting to really feel connected to the baby. Of course I’ve been over the moon excited about her ever since I found out I was pregnant, but I think my first trimester anxiety and little blips of uncertainty early on in my second trimester made it difficult for me to really feel that connection. I’ve been so much more confident and relaxed for the past couple of weeks ever since I elected for a 16 week ultrasound. That sense of calm combined with my growing bump has allowed me to develop a deep bond with my baby. I feel so connected and in love with her. It’s an incredible experience and I look forward to feeling even more as time goes on.
I talk more about my week in this video if you’re interested:
Please let me know if there are any other stats you’d like me to add to the list. I’m happy to share!
Thank you so much for your well wishes, kind words, and helpful advice. I appreciate your support so much!
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *