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 20 weeks:
I’m kind of disappointed my belly doesn’t look much “bumpier” in this week’s photo, because I feel like there is actually a significant difference from last week. Baby is definitely growing and so am I!
Here’s the current status:
❊ How Far Along – 20 weeks
❊ Baby Size Comparison – Mango (6.5″ Head to Rump / 10″ Head to Toe (!) and 10 ounces)
❊ Symptoms – No more leg cramps thanks (I think) to my daily glass of milk! Still experiencing some of those uterus stretching aches I talked about last week, but nothing intense or bothersome.
❊ Physical Changes – I feel like my bump grew quite a bit this week, even though the photo doesn’t really show much difference from last week. I also just noticed I have some more hair growing on my head! It must have been there for months, but I only just noticed it as it’s getting to the length where it almost fits in my pony tail. More hair on my head? Yes, please!
❊ Weight Gain – 2 pounds (12 total)
❊ Mood – I haven’t had the same kind of emotional swings I experienced last week, but I have noticed I’m more sensitive and prone to welling up at the smallest things, sad or happy, like a sappy commercial or song. For the most part, I am still calm and happy and really enjoying the reprieve from my first trimester anxiety.
❊ Sleep – 8 hours like a rock! I get up 1-2x a night to use the bathroom, but it hasn’t interfered with my quality of sleep thus far.
❊ Food Cravings – I’m still big on my milk kick and look forward to a big glass every night after dinner. We’ve been watching I Love Lucy episodes and I so enjoy sipping on milk while curled up on the couch. I also had a craving for nachos earlier in the week – more specifically, shredded cheese melted on top of small bite Tostitos. They had to be the small bite kind! That phase only lasted a few days, thankfully.
❊ Food Aversions – Fish and raw meat. I can’t be around either without running away in disgust.
❊ Missing – This is not a constant thing, but every once in awhile I miss having sushi, which is odd considering my extreme aversion to fish right now. I think it has more to do with soy sauce and my general preference for salty things at the moment.
❊ Looking Forward To – More of what I’m about to describe… 😉
❊ This Week’s Happenings – I felt baby move! Huzzah! At long last! I have been anticipating this ever since I hit the 14-week mark and entered the second trimester. It actually happened midway through week 19. Ironically, my pregnancy post had just gone up when it happened. I had just completed some cardio on the elliptical machine and was lying on the floor stretching when I felt a very distinctive jab-like kick in my lower abdomen. I knew at once it was baby kicking and I lay there just beaming and holding my belly for a long time. I realized at that moment that the rumblings I’d been experiencing on a daily basis in my belly for the last week and a half had been her moving around, but I hadn’t realized it. Of course, I didn’t feel any other distinct kicks like that for another couple of days, but I actually have every day since last Friday. It’s absolutely incredible! The kicks are very subtle and feel like someone very gently tapping from inside my belly. I usually experience them when I am seated in a somewhat reclined position and working on a focused activity like editing or writing. Words cannot describe just how happy this makes me. It is the most amazing feeling!
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I did a bit of shopping this week and thought I’d share my finds with you. I didn’t actually need anymore summer clothes after my first big haul, but Destination Maternity is offering 20% off most of its stock at the moment and I fell in love with a couple of tops I thought I could transition into fall with cardigans. I also got a couple of basic tanks and a fun swimsuit cover-up on sale.
I also purchased a couple of Jessica Simpson Nursing Nightgowns, but I couldn’t find the same models online to link for you. I needed some new nighties to accommodate my growing bump and boobs. Plus, I figured these would be great after baby is born is I am able to nurse, which I am hoping to be able to do. They’re super soft and cozy!
I talk more about my week in this video if you’re interested:
My husband, Don, and I answered some of your pregnancy-related questions in this Q&A video earlier this week:
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!
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