21 weeks feels quite official. We are past the halfway point and things are going remarkably well- I even had a small child come up to me when I was at lululemon on Saturday (i’m officially at a “ta-ta tamer” point in life) and tell me that I have a “big, round belly”
“no no!!“, her mother interjected – “what she means is that she can tell that you’re pregnant”. The mom was pushing a stroller with a four-month old in it (the little girl’s brother). Obviously, they were four months clear of what we’re four months away from. Yikes!
Overall, it’s been a great week. We had pink cupcakes at work to celebrate finding out that our baby is a girl, we’ve been to our first connecting pregnancy class and I’ve only puked once in the last 7 days!
(yes, i’m still puking at 21 weeks. To be honest, it was more of a spontaneous combustion, but I think that still counts)
What’s happening at 21 weeks?
I’ve carried around perceptions of what being more than halfway through pregnancy would be like. I’m pleasantly suprised at how normal life is – for example:
1. I’m still exercising. The pics to the left were taken during an 11km walk around Stanley Park with my husband this past weekend. All physical activity is normal *wink wink*.
2. I’m still wearing high heels. Not at the moment, but as a practice. My feet have yet to swell to the size of pillowcases (I hope i’m not jinxing myself here).
3. I’m still able to wear pre-pregnancy clothes. Stretchy ones, anyway… Not shirts with buttons, because of my sudden massive chest – but mostly, i’m choosing to wear my seraphine jeans just about every day, as they are the most comfortable on my belly during long periods of sitting at work.
4. I can still wax my legs, etc. Everything’s still well within reach, thanks for your concern.
5. I still have my belly button ring in. I have no idea when i’m supposed to take this out? Soon, I imagine… but it doesn’t look like it’s stretching at all.
6. I can still eat soft cheeses! This is something that we learned at the Connecting Pregnancy class last night – all cheese in North America is pasteurized (unless it’s imported from a European country). We went and purchased a container of honey goat cheese on the way home from the class. Yum.
7. My diet is getting back to normal. Ken and I used to love hummus. He still does. I haven’t been able to stomach it since early December. I think we’ll give it a go this week – most aversions are gone, and i’m pretty much back to drinking water regularly.
8. I’m back on my prenatal vitamins. The iron content of pre-natals can make them an irritant to women going through morning/all day sickness. I’d been switched to just folic acid for the last few months, but am now back to pre-natals. Woot.
9. I’m still sitting on a balance ball at work. To tell you the truth, i’m planning to ask about this at our next class, as i’ve also heard that women sit on balance balls later on to help induce labour. Don’t want to be doing that for another 19 weeks or so.
10. My hunger is within reason. I haven’t become a hungry hungry hippo (yet). The tricky part for me is trying to have smarter-option snacks ready to go. I have a small, pink reisenthel basket that Ken is amazing at filling up with home made whole-wheat pasta, green apples (still my biggest craving) and yoghurt every morning. As long as I have healthy food there, i’ll eat it and stay on track. If I rush out in the morning with no food on hand, I inevitably end up eating fast food and donuts. I have yet to need to do anything cliche like send Ken out for burritos in the middle of the night.
There’s something about being more than halfway that makes Everything That Will Happen Afterwards seem so much closer. Like breastfeeding, for example – if all goes well (I am learning that breastfeeding just isn’t possible for all babies – but we’ll try!) Everything in my life will be constructed to support our daughter eating! So how awesome is it that seraphine maternity designs their clothing to stretch with my tummy for the next four months, then allow easy nursing access for however long after that it’s needed. And because of the stretchy content of this Pleated Nursing Top, it will spring back into shape as I do.
But seriously, check out that sneaky breastfeeding panel! As long as you’re wearing a maternity/nursing bra under there (which that one is) you’re good to go. Genius.
The other big development (aside from my tummy, which has definitely “popped” this week) is that I am feeling the baby move regularly now. For-sure movements started at about 19w5d, then I had a few days where- as long as I was laying very still- I could often feel something, and now this has progressed to a point where I can be sitting at work and feel her softly tickling my insides. My guess is that this is like when a baby kitten swats at you – as long as they are tiny, it’s cute and wonderful, but from what I understand, just like a kitten gets bigger and starts to hurt, the baby will soon be large enough that there will be some serious jabs to my rib cage.
Over the next week, I will be continuing to really make an effort to eat responsibly. The Connecting Pregnancy group was focused on nutrition and activity last night, emphasizing that current research dictates that weight gains should be on the mild to moderate side (25-35 pounds, as opposed to previous theories of 30-50 pounds being fine). For all sorts of reasons, including my health and that of the baby, I’d like to stay within that, which means I only have about 7-17 pounds of leeway left over the remaining 19 weeks.
Whoa! That’s quite a bump – how big are you?? 166 pounds (Total gain of 18 pounds). 3 pounds in one week – is that really possible?? I can’t do that again this upcoming week. We did go for poutine though… hmm… The funny thing about the bump is that it moves. Depending on where she is camped out on any given day, my bump will be in a different place and I will “look more pregnant”.
How big is baby? Thebump.com’s fruit baby chart says she’s banana sized – or about 10.5 inches… Wow!
Still sick? Just once in the past week. I count that as a great success.
Now that we know it’s a girl… what’s her name??? Every time I think we’ve settled on one, we find a reason not to. We’ve been through Zoe, Coco, Camden, Emily, Emma and Meredith. Who knows? If you feel like suggesting one, go for it!
Are you going on a babymoon? Thinking about it. But first we have to get through our move to the new apartment (at the end of this month)
Cravings/Aversions? I still eat about 4 green apples a day. Overall, aversions are pretty much gone.
Summary – this week feels (finally) like it has been easy. I feel like we’re enjoying being pregnant now. It feels like I’d hoped it would the whole time!