Seven Months Pregnant

28 Weeks Pregnant
28 Weeks Pregnant

How far along: 28 weeks, which is a full seven months and officially in the third trimester.

Baby’s size: The size of an eggplant. A very active, kicking eggplant. Baby Bear is now over 2 lbs and measures about 14″ long.

Weight gain: According to the digital scale at my parents’ house, I have now gained a total of 30 lbs. I go to the doctor next week, so I’m kind of dreading another lecture.

Sleep: It takes me forever to get comfortable, but other than that I sleep like a rock.

Clothes: The stretchier, the better.

Cravings: Nothing in particular.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Same old deal with the aching back and heartburn.

Movement: SO MUCH MOVEMENT. I get flips, jabs, kicks, and stabs in the ribs these days.

Baby’s sex: My parents and my brother all think it’s going to be a boy! Allan and I are still split.

Highlight of the week: Definitely going to Charlotte for Christmas. Sammy got to play with Cecilia, my brother’s dog, and they loved it; we got to see some of my high school friends for a cookie swap; Allan got me a prenatal massage on Christmas Eve; and just hanging out and relaxing with my family was great.

What I read: Just finished Intuition by Allegra Goodman over the break. It’s about some drama in a scientific research lab. I liked it, except for the parts where they kill the mice.

Twenty-seven Weeks

27 Weeks Pregnant
27 Weeks Pregnant

How far along: 27 weeks, which is the final week of the second trimester. Whoa.

Baby’s size: Fifteen inches long and approximately slightly more than 2lbs. Apparently that is rutabaga size. A very large one, as far as I can tell from that Wikipedia page. Eat your rutabagas, kids.

Weight gain: Oh, I’m gaining weight. No need to worry about that one.

Sleep: If I stop drinking so many fluids a few hours before I go to bed, I can make it through the night with only one or two trips to the bathroom. Score. The bad part is it seems to be taking me longer to get comfortable and fall back asleep afterwards.

I have had a couple of crazy dreams, including giving Amy Poehler an annual review (there were some areas for improvement) and going to a big group get-together where I discovered that two of my friends were pregnant too! It was awesome and we took pictures of the three of us with our bellies.

Clothes: I still wear them.

Cravings: I was majorly craving a chocolate croissant this week, which I finally got at Panera and it was just as awesome as I had dreamed it would be. Don’t forget to stick your baked goods in the microwave for 12 seconds to take it to the next level.

Food aversions: None. I even had a big ol’ salad at lunch Monday! Making sure to eat all kinds of delicious fruits and veggies, plus plenty of protein per the Brewer recommendations from our Bradley Method birthing class. Basically what they emphasize is making sure you have a minimum of 75 grams of protein a day, which is surprisingly easy to do especially now that I’m eating some meat.

Symptoms: Ugh. My back is killing me, I have heartburn, but what else is new?

Movement: Got a kick in the ribs this week, which was shockingly painful. Baby Bear is totally flipping out in there, so much so that I can lie on my back and watch my belly distort like s/he is trying to bust out Alien-style.

Baby’s sex: I got some votes for girl this week, due to the way I’m carrying. We shall see! Super frustrated that I haven’t had any more dreams about the baby to help sway me one way or the other.

Highlight of the week: Finishing Christmas shopping and other holiday prep! I love this time of year.

Twenty-six Weeks

26 Weeks (except super late!)
26 Weeks (except super late!)

How far along: 26 weeks pregnant, or six and a half months. Getting bigger and bigger by the day!

Baby’s size: Baby Bear weighs about 2 lbs by now, and is being compared to a head of lettuce. All five senses are fully developed (!) and s/he is taking breaths (of amniotic fluid). Another random fact for you: Baby Bear now has eyelashes. Yeah.

Weight gain: Do. Not. Care. I’m so over this whole weight obsession thing. My friend Kristin told me about pregorexia, which really freaks me out but makes so much sense now that I see how much everyone talks about it when they think you’re gaining “too much” weight. I am going to keep eating healthy and exercising, and my body can do whatever it needs to in order to grow a healthy baby.

Sleep: Itty and Allan are apparently not on board with letting me get a full night’s sleep, which makes me cranky. Itty comes and “checks on me” somewhere between 5 and 6am, which entails her sniffing my ear and tickling my face with her whiskers. If she’s feeling especially loving, she’ll make sure to step on my hair too. Try sleeping through that!

Clothes: Finally caved and got myself a bra that fits, even though it’s a crappy cheap Target bra. It’ll do until I have to get an actual nursing bra in another couple of months. I also treated myself to a couple of pairs of colorful skinny pants, since the majority of the maternity clothes I own are black, gray, or white/cream. That does seem to happen with winter clothes in general, but I get sick of feeling so drab and gross, especially when I’m feeling huge.

Cravings: Nothing in particular, but you know I could go for a brownie right about now.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Unfortunately, the sciatica has come back a bit, but nowhere close to as bad as it was. My back is usually hurting, and I am over all this freaking heartburn. I can’t figure out a pattern to know what foods to avoid, because it is basically constant. Also, pregnancy brain is a real thing. FYI.

Movement: I love this from Alphamom’s pregnancy calendar: “Remember those early bubbly butterfly kicks? Yeah. Those have been replaced by something akin to a rabid mongoose flippin’ out inside a burlap sack.” And forget about that fairly reliable schedule they used to be on. In a meeting? It’s party time.

Baby’s sex: Really interesting development this week: I remain pretty convinced that it’s a boy, and Allan has admitted that he has actually always believed it was a girl! He’s even referring to Baby Bear as “she.”

Highlight of the week: Going to our first Bradley Method birthing class!

What I read this week: 10 Reasons Being Pregnant Over the Holidays Rocks Even Though You Can’t Get Crunk.

Twenty-five Weeks

25 Weeks Pregnant
25 Weeks Pregnant

How far along: 25 weeks, which means only (approximately) 15 weeks left to go! Crazy.

Baby’s size: Baby Bear weighs about 1.5 lbs and is approx. 13.5 inches long. The food comparison this week? A head of cauliflower. What?

Weight gain: I went to the doctor’s office for another checkup this week, where they informed me that I had gained 12 lbs since the last visit, making my total +22. This is apparently bad. My midwife launched into a lecture where she cautioned me to slow down on the weight gain, exercise more (even though I told her I’ve been walking daily and doing weekly prenatal yoga) and gave me some “helpful” tips to avoid overindulging over the holidays. (ex. “Tell yourself, ‘eh, maybe I shouldn’t have another handful.'” Are you kidding me??)

WHAT THE WHAT. I just could not believe my ears. Not only am I pretty sure that I am not getting fat, just you know, growing another human, I have never been told that I’m gaining too much weight in my life. I’ve always been on the low end of the “healthy” range. She did admit by the end of her spiel that she wasn’t sure where I was putting all of that weight (oh, I don’t know, BELLY AND BOOBS? Where it’s supposed to go?!) and I was definitely starting to question whether she was using her brain here or just spouting off nonsense that the entire industry buys into without a whole lot of fact or reason behind it. I don’t see any reason at all to lecture a pregnant woman whose body is already changing faster than she can keep up with about her weight, especially if the baby is growing just fine. Whether she can take the weight off post-baby is a question SHE can deal with once the baby arrives. Continue reading