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20 Week Pregnancy Update

By Friday, July 21, 2017 7

It’s hard to believe, but I am officially 20 weeks and halfway through my pregnancy! I thought you all may be interested in a bump update, so I’m spilling all the details in this post (it’s a long one).

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How I’m Feeling

Physically

I’ve been lucky to have felt great so far in my pregnancy! Shockingly, I never had a single bout of morning sickness or nausea, or any aversions to certain smells. In my first trimester, the only symptom I had was exhaustion, but it wasn’t too severe. I just made sure to take rest breaks when I needed them and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I’m still feeling good, but my back pain is worsening as my belly grows. I’ve attached a lumbar support pillow to my desk chair, use a back massaging pillow, and practice prenatal yoga daily to help alleviate it as best I can. I also just started feeling tiny baby kicks the last couple weeks, but they’re only really noticeable when I get in bed since I’m lying very still. It feels like little flutters or bubbles; I can’t wait till my husband can feel them when he puts his hand on my belly!

Emotionally

Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited and grateful for the ability to have a child, but mentally, I definitely have good and bad days. Some days I feel great and others I’m in tears over gaining weight, not feeling prepared, and feeling anxious about becoming a mom. It’s a totally bizarre thing to see your body change so much and know you don’t have much control over it—and that’s just being real. At the same time, I’m amazed by what a woman’s body can do: for instance, did you know you gain up to 50% more blood when pregnant and that growing a placenta is actually equivalent to producing an entire new organ?! Growing a human is no joke, so some days you just have to allow yourself some grace and know that you’re doing something amazing (and pregnancy won’t last forever!)


Baby Brandon

In case you missed my gender reveal on this post, baby Brandon is a girl! When I went to the doctor last week, he said she was measuring 19 weeks and 6 days, so at this point I feel like I’m probably closer to 21 weeks along. In Jordan, we get to have an Ultrasound at every appointment for a minimal cost, which is such a relief—I only truly feel at ease when I hear her heartbeat and see her on the screen each month. The last few times, she has been kicking and flailing her tiny arms and legs like crazy, so it looks like we may have an active baby on our hands. In a few weeks, we’ll go for our 4D Ultrasound and I am so, so excited to see more detailed features and her little face! Our due date is November 30th, so technically she could be a Thanksgiving or Christmas baby.


Cravings

I haven’t had any true cravings throughout my pregnancy so my husband has been lucky enough not to have been sent on any midnight store runs (yet) 🙂 My sweet tooth has been stronger on some days than others, but I can’t say that’s really any different than usual for me because I’ve always had one. During the first trimester, there were a few weeks I was a little obsessed with cheesecake, though!


Diet & Exercise

Like I said, I haven’t had any crazy cravings, so my diet hasn’t really changed during this pregnancy. There are some days I’m hungrier than others, but overall I’ve continued with my usual three meals a day with a few snacks in between. Snacks are crucial for me to have on hand because when pregnancy hunger strikes, it’s no joke! Since you need additional protein during pregnancy, I make myself a shake after working out and I like to use this protein powder (if you research, many protein supplements are not safe for pregnant women). I do miss having a second cup of coffee each morning and a glass of wine with dinner!

Since I didn’t have morning sickness and have always done regular advanced workouts, I’ve continued my normal routine this entire pregnancy and made modifications as necessary. Some say you shouldn’t work out during the first trimester, but that’s not true; it’s all about how you feel and what you were used to doing before pregnancy. I lifted weights and did cardio routines 5 days a week during the first trimester and our baby girl continues to look healthy at each appointment. Doctors just recommend listening to how your body feels and not attempting a new workout regimen if you didn’t exercise regularly before pregnancy. I’m continuing a mix of cardio/weight workouts 5 days a week and do some form of prenatal yoga or pilates every day. Yoga has literally saved me when it comes to back pain and sore muscles—I feel SO much better after stretching out!


What’s Next

My main goal for the next few months is to really start preparing for baby. I’ve started a baby registry but haven’t purchased many items yet. Right now all we have is the nursery bedding, a few outfits, and some boxes of diapers so it’s time to focus on the other essentials. I also want to try to make the nursery look as homey as possible despite the fact we are living in a rental apartment and only have a limited amount of furniture and space to work with. We also just enrolled for a series of Lamaze classes at a local birthing center to prep for baby’s arrival, and those will start in late September. I mentioned this before, but we plan to deliver here in Jordan as long as baby Brandon continues to look healthy.

I’ve been trying to take a weekly belly snap to document my pregnancy, but as you can see I’ve skipped a few! It’s funny how I felt like my belly was hardly changing there for awhile, but taking photos really does help me see just how much it’s grown over time.

I’ll plan on doing another bump update in about a month or so, so stay tuned! If there’s anything else you’d like to read regarding my experience with pregnancy, just let me know. And mommas out there, if you have any must-have newborn recommendations, PLEASE share them with this first-time momma!

 

 

7 Comments
  • Katherine
    July 21, 2017

    So cool that you’re documenting with weekly photos! I love that! You are glowing!!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

  • Amy Arnold
    July 21, 2017

    Yay, so glad you are going to do bumpdates! I love the weekly pics. I wish I had done that. I feel like even though I kind of had them through the blog taking them like you did is different. I am glad you have felt well physically. Emotionally it is hard! I totally identify with what you said. It was how I felt too. It’s hard to watch your body change. The hunger is SO real when it strikes!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Lyddiegal
    July 21, 2017

    Congrats on the baby girl! Glad to hear you are feeling good and baby is healthy!
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  • Auna
    July 21, 2017

    You look great, many many congratulations! I haven’t had any cravings during my pregnancy either, only the sent of lavender haha so strange.

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

  • Kris
    July 22, 2017

    You are so cute with that baby bump!! I’m glad you haven’t experienced any sickness and don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be a fab mom – it’s normal and okay to feel a little stressed out!

    Have a lovely day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

  • Amanda
    July 23, 2017

    You look wonderful!! What a great joy to become a mom. You will be a fine mom. And good for you continuing to work out and be strong for your little girl. That takes a lot of discipline and will be something you pass on to your daughter. Praying lots of blessings.

  • Shannon Jenkins
    July 23, 2017

    Omg I am so excited for you and you look so amazing!! Shes going to be one stylish girl too! Im jealous you didnt have morning sickness, my mom never did either so I am praying I wont either, but I doubt Ill get that lucky haha!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles