Hi friends! After this recap, I should be all caught up! Look for my current week 18 recap later this weekend, plus I promise many more “real-time” pregnancy and non-pregnancy posts ahead!
Week 17 was crazy in terms of pregnancy developments!! I have to say, this is the week I feel like I popped! Last week, I still didn’t feel pregnant yet, just bloated. Well it is official– I feel pregnant!
Out of seemingly nowhere, my stomach looks pregnant! I have a bump! My mom, husband and a few coworkers all noticed that my stomach is sticking out a lot more than usual. And it isn’t just bloat because I cannot suck it in! My weight also jumped this week, so I guess I am just making up for lost “weight gain” time!
I definitely can feel what I describe as a “water balloon” in my abdomen. During physical therapy this week, I had to lie on my stomach for a bit, and I felt a distinct sensation of lying on a balloon. I don’t think I will be lying on my stomach anymore for therapy!
All of these changes are so reassuring though. It’s been a long time since I have had an ultrasound, so of course, it is only natural to worry about whether or not things are going OK. With the appearance of a bump and the fact I can feel my uterus, I feel more confident that my baby is developing as he or she should. To be honest, my lack of weight gain worried me a bit, because I wasn’t sure if baby was getting everything he or she needs, but now that I am permanently up in weight, I feel so much more better about that.
How about some seventeen week stats?
Baby’s size: A turnip apparently!
Weight gained: Based on the few times I jumped on the scale throughout the week, I think I am up a solid two to three pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. At the very least, I am pretty sure that I gained a solid two pounds just this week. I am sure all the weight is in my abdominal area. According to most websites I read, I should be gaining about a pound a week now!
Exercise: None more or less. I went on one 20 minute walk with my husband when my SI joint was having a “good day.” I have my pain management specialist appointment in just a few days, and I am hoping some miracle can be performed so that I can walk better. I really miss exercise!
– Hip/butt pain us still in the house. I did have a few good days where I felt much better (to me that means I can get through the day without Tylenol).
– Sleep is still challenging. Since my belly made itself be known this week, I had trouble finding comfortable positions. I finally caved in and researched the Snoogle body pillow, which I heard is a wonder product for easing hip and back pain during pregnancy. I hope my husband is ready to be replaced in bed since the Snoogle is a beast!
– I get so full so fast! Just a simple bread and cheese sandwich makes me almost too full!
– My bladder is beginning to talk to me a lot more! I still have no trouble getting through the school day with just a few restroom stops, but I do feel the pressure of a full bladder more than ever.
– Still got an itchy belly!
Emotional Breakdowns: None! I’ve been pretty happy lately!
Food Aversions: None specifically, but I am still having trouble adding foods like quinoa and some veggies just because I don’t feel like it.
Food Cravings: Pizza is still my number one (and I indulged in that with a major foodfest on Friday night of this week that also included French fries and mozzarella sticks). Cheese still rules. I think I am going to jump a bit more on the fall veggie bandwagon though– all this talk of butternut squash and brussels sprouts sounds delicious. Oh, and pumpkin flavored things still appeal to me– in fact, I tried and loved Pepperidge Farm’s pumpkin cheesecake seasonal cookies this week.
Here’s some photos of my Friday night extravaganza!
Maternity Clothes: None, however it may be time. I think I am going to invest in a belly band or two this week, plus some long tanks to wear under my shirts. My current camis are starting to ride up now! So I still haven’t told my students I am pregnant yet, and based on a survey of other teachers, there hasn’t even been any buzz. My goal is to wait one more week before I tell them, so hopefully, my regular work clothes will be cooperative and make it that week with me. I plan on telling them October 15, when we come back from Columbus Day weekend because then, I am surely going to look pregnant, and I will know the gender too! Good thing blousy shirts are in style.
Sleep: Better than the week before but not great.
Gender: One more week– the anticipation is almost too much!
Looking Forward To: Showing off my new bumpage. Like I said, I still have to hide it for a week more, but then it will be all bump all the time! Well, I mean in a classy way! Obviously finding out the gender is utmost on my “looking forward to” list. I still can’t wait to tell my students too! Oh, and I am dying to buy more baby stuff, but I am holding off until the baby’s gender is known.
Baby Items Purchased: Well nothing new, but some of the stuff we ordered last week came in! We know have our crib mattress and changing pad. Also, I signed up for a local pregnancy group that starts next week, which I am so excited to be a part of.
Best moment of the week: When my husband came home and showed me a picture of a half Indian/ half Caucasian child that his friend knew and this child was just the cutest thing ever! It not only gave me a glimpse into what my baby could look like, but made me realize I would have one of those of my own very soon!
On My Mind: I am starting to look into things like finding a chiropractor for pregnancy, prenatal massage, childbirth classes, pediatricians and even photographers for our future newborn photo shoot!