Total Weight Gain/Loss: As of yesterday (19w6d), I was up 9 lbs total.
Maternity Clothes: Yep.
Movement: Daily. I saw my belly move for the first time on Saturday night. So cool!
Sleep: Not well lately. I've been waking up with pain in one rib, my sternum and my right hip. The frequent bathroom trips and a cat who will not leave me alone (and bites my hands when I try to push him out of my face, since he's sleeping between Paul's and my pillows) are not helping one bit.
Gender: Two more days... :)
Symptoms: This stupid nausea. Seriously. I haven't thrown up yet this week, but I did last week, and have felt pretty queasy the last two days. Other than that, aches and pains, fatigue, sleeping poorly, crappy skin, a little harder to get up from a sitting (or lying down) position, constipation (and it's evil, evil kin that starts with an "H"...I won't get into that, but I'm not happy about it).
Cravings: None. Food has been somewhat unappealing as of late.
Belly Button In or Out: Still in, shallower yet, and a bit painful today.
Freak-out of the Week: Nothing in particular, although I've been hyper-cautious because I know Dr. M. is not working this week. Every new ache or pain (especially uterine) gives me a momentary panic, but I've been good about evaluating duration and severity and talking myself down. I did have many Braxton Hicks on Sunday, which wasn't cool at all. I've noticed that if I delay peeing at all (like when I'm in the middle of something), I'll get a BH contraction. So not cool!
Looking Forward To: Seeing our baby for a good solid hour (or more!) at the anatomy scan on Thursday, checking in with Dr. C., my MFM (also on Thursday), and announcing our pregnancy publicly so I can get that off my chest.
Next Appointment: This Thursday, February 14th.
Miscellaneous: While Paul and I both agree that we won't really feel any sense of relief until the 28th week rolls around, we have acknowledged how good it'll be to hit 24 weeks - just 4 weeks away - because at least then, if something happens, the medical professionals will actively do something to save our baby. The odds kind of suck for babies born that early (50-60% viability), but it would still beat the hell out of hearing, "Sorry, there's nothing we can do." Also, and this is my thing, not Paul's, but having born the brunt of insensitive comments over the past 18 months that I "only had a miscarriage" (and don't even get me fucking started on that), there's something to be said about the validity of having a baby in my belly who would be considered a stillbirth (and therefore more important/legitimate in some peoples' minds) if born today. There. I said it.
|The belly at 20 weeks.|