Much like last pregnancy, I am starting up my monthly bumpdates again as I love to have them as reference to look back on later in pregnancy, or for future pregnancies. I also really loved reading my fellow pregnant friend’s bumpdates to see what was similar and what was different about each one. I am starting a bit earlier this time with Week 20 since I announced earlier, but if you want to hear more about my first trimester struggles you can check out this post I wrote recently as well. Let’s get to it!
Due Date: June 5, 2020
Baby’s Gender: You’ll have to stayed tuned to find out!
Cravings/Aversions: I don’t have any obvious aversions or cravings yet, but I’m definitely struggling a bit to eat toward the end of the day. Although the nausea has subsided, my body seems to be building up gas after every meal and by the end of the day I am full of gas and the gas pains make it hard to eat. I continue to eat dinner anyway, but I definitely don’t have the appetite you would think I would have. I hope this subsides because as you will see below, I am not sure I’m gaining enough weight because of it.
Size of Baby: The baby measured to roughly 14 ounces in my 20 week ultrasound, which is pretty average for this week!
Total Weight Gain: The doctor has weighed me in at only gaining 7 pounds. It’s a bit of a concern because Marina was born under IUGR circumstances, meaning she had some growth problems in utero and it could have been because of the placenta. We are not sure yet if my lack of weight gain is affecting the baby, or if the baby is just hogging all my calories!
Exercise: My workout routine is a bit different than last pregnancy, in that I have been incorporating more cardio into my schedule where possible. I typically do 2-3 cardio workouts a week (kickboxing, spin, tabata) and then one strength or barre class, and maybe one 30 minute yoga. I am not sure I should be pushing it as hard as I am currently though, so I’m thinking of replacing one of my cardio workouts with another yoga, just to make sure each week I get a really good all around stretch.
Favorite piece of clothing to wear right now: Although it’s obvious I’m pregnant if I wear something fitted, I can still wear low rise jeans and some of my looser pants with a sweater and get by. Last pregnancy I rented so many items to fit my growing bump, but so far with this pregnancy I have been wearing a lot of the dresses I have made or accumulated over the last year, that seem to fit my bump. It’s like subliminally I was shopping and sewing for a pregnant belly all year long, because items like this knit dress, this wrap dress and this silk dress still fit a bump perfectly!
Symptoms: As mentioned above the gas pains are brutal this time around. By the end of the day I feel like I’m going to burst and the only way to relieve the pain is through putting my feet up (not a bad idea at the end of the day). I also have pretty bad headaches that are probably normal for being pregnant, but because we can only take limited doses of acetaminophen sometimes they can go on for days without much relief. Other than that I feel healthy and much better mentally than my first trimester. Sleep is still an issue but I take Unisom once a week or so to help me get at least one good night’s sleep a week.
Baby Movement: I can’t believe how early I feel the kicks this time around! Last time at 25 weeks I was feeling kicks but not sure what was a bubble or a hiccup, etc. This time, from 18 weeks on I have been feeling kicks very clearly, in the morning and evening, and after each time I eat. It’s truly the best part about being pregnant and I love that I feel like I can connect with this baby even earlier this time around.
What I’m stressing about: Truthfully, I am stressing about where this baby is going to sleep (after they move out of our room). I know it’s a long while away, but because I don’t want to have to decorate or move furniture with a brand new babe, I am trying to figure it out ahead of time. We have a 3 bedroom home which is fantastic, but the second/guest bedroom is huge, functioning as my craft room/office, Jeff’s office, and the guest room. It makes zero sense to use that space as a nursery. But then, can a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old share a room without constantly waking each other up? Do I wait until I’m done breastfeeding? Do I buy another crib or try to transition Marina to a twin bed beforehand? It’s ludicrous because I am far from the first parent to have kids 2 years and 2 months apart, but I can’t wrap my head around what will work! Of course I need to meet this baby and see what type of sleep schedule we are working with in order to make these decisions, but it’s stressing me out, foolishly!
Hope you enjoyed! Well, even if you didn’t I think this will be a great little memory for me to come back to later on in life. Let me know if you have any questions for me about my pregnancy, workout routine, registry, etc. and I will be sure to answer them in my next bump date!