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28 Weeks

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

28 weeks tomorrow! Only ~12 weeks remain!

No longer tiny kicks that feel like muscle spasms.. now it's rumbles in my tummy and belly shifts when baby goes crazy in there! ;)

Yes.. still gaining weight like a crazy person! I'm looking at a total 40 pound gain I believe. At 28 weeks I'm up 30 pounds from conception. Oh, and thank you SP, for reminding me I'm now in the OBESE range when I tried updating my weight GAIN goal for pregnancy. :p Apparently I cannot do that because I'd be making a goal to be obese. Well... I kind of have to. Baby has to grow! ;) Trying to keep up a semi-healthy eating routine. Tracking on SP as much as possible (usually not on weekends.. and I end up eating poorly most often then). Being tired at night is leading to eating out for dinner. Ugh! I wish my husband cooked...

Sleep is for the birds! No, I love sleep! I just have realized my sleep pattern lately is something like a good 3-4 hours of interrupted sleep and then waking up repeatedly the next 4-5 hours. The waking up is from dreaming and/or re-positioning.

But, on the positive I have a lot to be thankful for! My feet/ankle/calf swelling is not constant.. it most often happens when I've not drank as much water or had too much salt or not enough protein, etc. I'm not having back pain (yet). One weekend I had back pain, but it must have been an isolated thing. I don't go to the bathroom 5 times during the night. I was already used to drinking a lot of water and used to going to the bathroom once during the night before pregnancy so getting up to pee once during the night or 20 times during the day is nothing new to me. :) So I am lucky to only be gaining more weight than I'd like, have occasional feet swelling, being tired, and having the occasional headache during this pregnancy.

I started drinking red raspberry leaf tea at 25 weeks. The things I read about this herb online were so positive for pregnancy that I had to try it! I actually like the taste of it too! I bought some loose tea leaves on amazon and I usually make myself some hot tea with honey to drink with breakfast.. Mmmmm mmmm. I hope it is working its wonders on me during the 3rd trimester and will help me have a shorter/easier labor like some have claimed! I decided the pros certainly outweighed the cons!

Until next time.. hopefully I'll remember to post future blogs even with pregnancy induced brain fog!

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EG8383 9/17/2013 10:41AM

  congrats on being 28 weeks along. Sounds like you're having a good pregnancy. I hope that things continue to go well for you and your growing baby boy. Don't worry too much about the gaining weight. Remind yourself that you're not eating for two...thats gets a lot of women in trouble lol. Continue to make conscious decisions. Snack in between meals and drink your water. Best of luck!!

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SUSANNA37 9/17/2013 9:38AM

    Oh, so exciting! I never really got up a lot during the night to pee too often, either. I think my record was four times, and that was when I had a UTI (but didn't know it). I remember being three months pregnant, having dinner with a woman who was eight months pregnant, and she said she had gotten up to pee EIGHT times the night before. She scared me, but it never got that bad for me.
Good luck!

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20 Weeks

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

20 weeks... pregnancy halfway mark.. hard to believe it's going that fast!

Found out we're having a BOY 2 weeks ago.
Decided on a name about a week ago: Jett.
Felt tiny kicks yesterday for the first time.

Gaining weight like a crazy person! Argh! I cannot worry about it too much.. it's bound to happen! I've just gained more than I would have liked by this point. I am about 19-20 pounds up by the halfway point? Ugh! The goal was 15-25 lbs total! Guess it will end up being more like 35 or 40 total! Eeeeeeeeeee....

Until next time...


12 weeks

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So I have 1 more week of the 1st trimester. Lets hope I am more energetic, less bloated, and never nauseous in the 2nd trimester! ;)

My last blog post was my exercise plan and I haven't been doing that great with it. My treadmill randomly works so it wasn't working the past few weeks, but I noticed it was working again yesterday so I was able to walk on it yesterday and today. Of all those strength training exercises listed in my previous post I think wall push-ups are the easiest to squeeze in.. maybe b/c I remember how to do it.. the concept isn't hard to grasp. Maybe that'll keep me from swelling up at least in the arms. My mid-section certainly needs some work. I don't know if it is bloat, extra fat, or baby related. Too early to be showing... another 3 or so weeks before that.

I was talking to my husband yesterday about the recommendations for eating while pregnant. They say that in the first trimester you don't actually need any more calories. Well either I am confused about how many calories my body needs to maintain weight because I was trying to diet before I got pregnant or my body does in fact need more calories than maintenance in the first trimester. Most days my stomach growls 2-3 times between breakfast and lunch. Pre-pregnant that would have happened never or once close to lunch time. So I usually have 2 morning snacks and sometimes, depending on what's on the lunch menu, an afternoon snack also. All of that usually gets me up to 1700-1800 calories if what I am eating in healthy. If I am eating some processed foods then it's usually 2000-2200 calories. And if it includes eating out like at the Mexican restaurant that might get me up to 2500 calories and a very full belly!

I need to eat better foods and ignore cravings. And, I need to exercise even if I'm tired. :p

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LADYJ6942 5/28/2013 9:23AM

    I'd suggest upping your protein and freggies to feel full longer. Congrats and good luck.

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KESTRYLL 5/28/2013 9:06AM

    Blessings to you and dont over do the exercising!

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10 Weeks -- & I have a plan

Monday, May 13, 2013

I will be at 10 weeks in a couple days.. AND I have a doctors appointment that day so I am very much looking forward to getting another ultrasound and being able to HEAR the heartbeat for the first time. Prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

First, I need to comment that in reading something I just had a pregnancy revelation. Wow. I feel silly.

I read this: "Eat!... I am not sure if most pregnant women realize this, but a pregnant woman's body works harder than a non-pregnant woman rock climbing. YUP! That's a big deal. That is a lot of calories that your body is expending even though you don't realize it. Right now your pregnancy body is working crazy hard in order to build the support system that is going to support the fetus (your baby)."

And so the lightbulb just flashed in my head to answer my question from last week as to why on a given day that I eat a 500+ calorie breakfast and a 200ish calorie morning snack.. my stomach growls before lunch?
*The answer: because I have been underestimating the fuel that is needed to support what is going on inside my body right now!
*The plan of action: if my stomach growls.. regardless of what time of day it is or if I think I've already eaten too many calories.. I need to eat something ASAP!

Second, today I plan to start my pregnancy strength training exercises. I have a plan. 2 days a week... strength training! 5 days a week... cardio! (All hopefully will happen regardless of how tired I am!! I get home from work at 4:30, cook supper, & sleepy by 7:30.. in bed by 8 or 8:30! So time on weekdays is limited and I MUST BE MOTIVATED & DEDICATED to doing this!!

Strength Training Day 1:
-Wall push-ups
-Squats with ball
-Leg lifts
-Side planks
-Seated rowing w/resistance
-Seated dead lifts w/resistance

Strength Training Day 2:
-Hip Extensions
-Side Kicks
-Triceps Extensions

MY GOAL: To only get a big round baby belly... not huge arms, butt, thighs, etc. I do NOT want to look like an inflatable. ;-)


7 Weeks

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It has been a few weeks so I felt it a good time for another blog.. maybe I can blog more often while pregnant to keep record of my thoughts throughout.

Going by the doctor's due date (12-11-13) I would be 7 weeks 1 day today. I still feel like my symptoms go better with what would be the next week, but dr goes with size of baby on the ultrasound over projected dates by the other two ways you can calculate EDD.

So I have experienced at one point or another every single pregnancy symptom.. except VOMIT. So I count myself lucky. Nothing is major. Only minor things here or there on occasion. Trying to control some of the symptoms with diet, but without a ton of success there! I may look bigger, but I am just bloated! ;-) Woo hoo!

I started out really good with walking every day A LOT. Well tiredness overtakes me and most of the time after supper has been cooked it is time to lay down. So if I don't get up early to walk on the treadmill or if I don't have a good day to take time to walk during my lunch hour at work... I am without exercise for the day! I have been doing okay with it this week.. nothing to brag about. I think not exercising last weekend because I was out of town threw me off. :(

I am anxious about my next dr appointment! Still 3 weeks away.. seems like forever from now!

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    Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Glad you are not experiencing vomiting. The absence of it will definitely make your pregnancy more enjoyable.

May the coming months be full of joy!

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