Monthly Archives: July 2016

It’s a boy!!! 20 weeks!

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I’ve gone half-way through my pregnancy now, I’m a bit more than 20 weeks, and I had the second trimester’s ultrasound done 10 days ago and found out the gender – it is a boy, just like I thought it would be, before I even conceived, and even before I met my partner. LOL.

Everything in the ultrasound looked perfect, it was a bit bigger than I thought it would be, but according to measurements it matches its age exactly. It’s spine looked so pretty, like a zipper, and he was sucking his thumb in the end, so adorable! My partner will have to wait until next pregnancy to have a daughter.

Some pregnancy symptoms that I’ve had are more visible veins on the sides of my tummy, I’ve snored a lot lately, although I think its because of a too big pillow, a little bit of fatigue, but not too much. Also, I sometimes get emotional and upset about things that are not going my way, and it’s very difficult to stop tears from coming. I do try to tell myself that it isn’t that bad, that it’s all hormones, that sometimes helps, sometimes it doesn’t. I really don’t want to lose my cool, my reasoning abilities, don’t want to be a psycho hot mess mum.

The baby bump is seemingly getting bigger with each day, the skin is getting tighter, and it itches like hell too, especially around the belly button. I try not to scratch to avoid stretchmarks, and lather the skin with stretch-cream, bio-oil, and healing cream. I do suspect that I’ll get stretchmarks anyway, I don’t think my skin is very flexible. But we’ll see. πŸ™‚

I’m starting to think about getting baby stuff, such as car seat, a pram, a scarf sling, some clothes. I want to do it all gradually, so that the costs are leveled out through the months. I also need new, bigger maternity jeans for wearing in autumn and winter, as I have gotten a bit bigger and it is quite difficult getting the first ones on at the rare occasion that I wear them this summer – I prefer looser, comfier clothes instead. I will also need some bigger T-shirts too for the growing bump.

We are now visiting my partner’s parents in UK, and went to London for two days with them. I’m very proud of myself for how much I walked around, to the point of lower backache, but I got through it. Thankfully the baby also endured it very well, with no bad signs or anything. Hopefully I have now walked so much that I’ll have strong legs of steel for birth. πŸ˜€ We were at the Hyde park, saw the dinosaur section of the history museum, saw the Buckingham Palace on the second day, and went to the Sea Life Center. Did not go on the London Eye ride because, even though I’m not afraid of heights, I don’t want to get a vertigo feeling while pregnant. Some other plans flopped, but at least I can say I’ve seen more than the train station in London and my partner’s parents’ home town.

Having a nice time here, and partner’s parents also gave us the first gift for the baby – a plush bunny, which is very cute. πŸ™‚ Β A pretty white&blue blanket is also being crocheted for my little nugget. I assume we’ll be getting some more gifts from close relatives, now that they know the gender. At least I know my mum planned to get us some baby clothes or something while she was in America and was a bit upset that gender is not known yet, and she wouldn’t know what colour to get. I know that my mum is knitting something too. πŸ˜€

Everything seems to be going very well so far, and I hope it all stays that way.

Baby movements

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In the past week the baby has been moving much more, and I’ve been noticing more. It is no more a light caress from the inside, it’s more like “let me pinch your uterus so I can get from one side to the other”. The feeling is weird, sometimes literally like pinching or tugging. My little alien. πŸ™‚

Five days ago I had a long day weeding my mums garden because she’s away for a month. Should have gone a week earlier because it was not in a good state after all the raining. That was not easy, my right hand and fingers hurt from the grasping motion, and my legs are still sore. A lot of squatting, which is supposedly good for pregnancy, as it opens up the hips and exercises the legs, only I don’t know if it’s good to do that for such a long time. Was a bit worried that baby has been squeezed in all day, if he/she is OK. But no, more active than ever towards the evening. I was laying on my back in bed, being on the phone, just resting my body and mind, and the baby kicked me for at least 5 times straight. My partner was next to me so I told him to quickly put his hand on the spot, and he did feel Β one last little impulse! First time he felt my baby move too. πŸ™‚ He tried to wait for some more thereafter, but no – baby was done!

Several times now I’ve laid down on my back to find that baby has crawled into and made himself comfortable on one or another side of my tummy. I feel where he is, and when I’m laying down, legs straight, it literally looks like there is a potato stuck in the side of my stomach! πŸ˜€ That’s something new for me, I know it moves around and when it’s bigger, you can see the movements and limbs pushing through the skin, but I never imagined this, and so soon as well. Some other women don’t even start to feel the baby move until 20 weeks, and I feel it a lot, since week 16! πŸ˜€ Maybe my uterus or just my body structure is smaller and that’s why. Every time it swaps sides, I feel it. He/she likes the left side most.20160713_164038

A bit more than a week, and we’ll be half way. πŸ™‚

Almost 18 weeks pregnant

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In three days I’ll bet 18 weeks pregnant. Two more weeks from that and I’ll be halfway! Good job! πŸ™‚

Yesterday I had my regular pregnancy check-up with my gynecologist, and everything looks OK, he listened to the baby’s heart tones, measured my blood pressure, I weighed myself, and everything looks good. My blood and pee was taken for testing, I’ll be able to see the results online in a day or too probably, but all in all I’m sure they are fine because I feel good overall, I’m taking my vitamins, and trying to eat healthy and stay active. Trying – not always I do that. Some days it is still just me and the couch, and then other days I overdo it.

I had two symptoms I had to complain about – stabbing round ligament pain and my tongue, and both of which require me to take even more supplements… ugh.. I don’t want to turn into a pill eating machine, but whatever, you gotta do what you gotta do.

So the round ligament pain occurs when I’ve been walking too much, or it is just there regardless of what I do. One day me and my partner went on a walk which usually would be fine, but now it turns out it is a bit too far for me. The second part of it was just stab-stab around the area of my ovaries on each step. We’ll be going to UK in two weeks where we are planning a stay in London, going sightseeing, etc. That’s gonna involve a lot of walking, so I hope I won’t be in pain all the time because of it. I’ll try taking extra supplement Magnesium + B6, which is supposed to help, or some no-spa. Other than that, apart from being caused by too much walking or strain, for two days I just had the pains for no reason. It might be because of a hormone or growth spurt in there, which caused the ligaments and everything else stretch a lot and quickly. So I was just mostly on the couch again for those two days, moaning in pain from time to time. For those two days, food and gas passing through my intestine was also very painful. Thank god I work from home and don’t have much work lately, and can pass gas with no judgment from anyone. It was really basically pain pain pain, moan moan moan, fart… and a sigh of relief. πŸ˜€ lol. Speaking of farting (sorry, I know, not very ladylike), when you’re pregnant, tumblr_ne3200Jmw81qbmm1co1_500your dignity goes out the window and you get a lot of gas that you just cannot hold in, even if you try because the hormone relaxin makes everything in your body relax, includingΒ your anal sphincters. I’m mostly home, so that means less embarrassment for me and it’s just funny (my partner doesn’t care, thankfully). Has anybody else had a situation where they accidentally fart, and start chuckling about it, and on each “ha-ha” some more fart comes out? LOL!

Returning to my pains, another piece of info that nobody will enjoy reading, but I want to be truthful, so – sorry but not sorry. The pain also appears when I use the toilet, have a pee, that is. My theory is that as the bladder empties, it vacates some space in the tummy and that makes the uterus move towards it slightly. And that causes pain. For those two days the peeing has been a moanful experience for me. And after that, I walked back to my beloved couch or anywhere really, like a frikkin Quasimodo the hunchback because I just couldn’t stand up straight because of the pains. Well, my partner said he already sees me getting an epidural when I give birth. We’ll see about that! Challenge accepted! πŸ˜€

In the evening of the second day of pain I tried to do some stretches and yoga for pregnancy, and felt so much better that I even did some squats in the end. So that helped. Although, just before bed I went to pee and again, Quasimodo was crawling back to the bed…

Enough about all that pain and and pee and farts. The other thing I complained about is tongue inflammations that I’ve been having for the past few years but they have become worse and more often lately during pregnancy. So I went to consult with an oral pathologist and his diagnosis was migrating glossitis or geographical tongue. You can google it but I don’t suggest doing that, the pictures on there are mostly 100 times worse than what I have and they are just cringeworthy,Β so please don’t. Basically my tongue has a thinner protective layer or whatever, and therefore, more vulnerable to inflammations if I eat any spicy or vinegary food, which coincidentally is food that I like the most. Anything pickled, salads with vinegar dressings, chili olives, ginger, wassabi… mmm… :p So I get a small dot of red on my tongue if I eat anything irritating. Normally it would heal and go away, but for me it expands into a circle through my tongue, the middle of the circle is what I can call glossy, hence the name glossitis, where my taste buds have died off, and are in the process of healing and renewing. And the edges of the circle are red and inflamed, sensitive. According to the oral pathologist doctor, this is mostly genetic, but can be treated with a B vitamin complex. And it is worsening for me now because my greedy baby is sucking me dry of nutrients, squeezing me out like a lemon. Before pregnancy this tongue situation would go away in a few days if I eat neutral, non-acidic, non-spicy food (was not very good at that either, so it got quite bad sometimes), but now when I last had it, my tongue just hurt as it is, and from anything that I ate, except milk. Even apples or watermelon hurt my tongue. Not a good time. This isn’t anything too bad or deadly, it doesn’t affect my or my baby’s health, it is just an annoying discomfort. I’ll start taking the B complex supplement and will see if that makes things any better.

Enough of moaning, I also have good things to share. πŸ™‚ Right when I turned 16 weeks (or 4 months) pregnant, I felt the baby move for the first time! I had done some yoga stretches in the evening and was just laying in shavasana for a few moments, mentally talking to my little nugget, with my hand over where he/she is approximately. And I felt some light strokes of movement in there. I wasn’t sure at first that it was actually real and actually the baby that I feel because most sources say that the first time you can start feeling it in the first pregnancy is around 18-20 week, and only women who have already given birth before, would recognise the movements earlier than that. One of my friends who has 2 kids said that I’m just imagining and it’s just gas that I’m feeling, etc, and she first felt it in 20 weeks, which felt like popcorn popping inside her. However, now that almost two weeks have passed since then, I’m sure it is the baby. As my partner’s mum said – you know your own body and if you think that you feel it, then you feel it. Exactly true! Two days ago, I even felt not just light strokes, but an actual punch/kick. That just makes me feel so lovey-dovey, it’s a proof that the baby is actually real, I am actually carrying another live being in me. πŸ™‚ And it feels weird and surreal at the same time. Now that I recognise it, I’ve been noticing that it’s moving quite a lot, it’s like a little break-dancer or a parkourist, doing somersaults in there. Ha ha! πŸ˜€

My bump has gotten quite big now, especially when I’ve eaten, I’m showing a lot. Wearing it loud and proud! πŸ™‚

I’m now booked for the second official ultrasound, which is in 10 days, right before leaving for UK. Hoping to find out the sex of baby, we’ll see if it has some cock’n’balls or or not. πŸ˜€ I had an idea where I could ask everybody to guess what colour baby socks I’ve bought, and after everybody’s on the edge, expecting gender indications of pink or blue, I’d say – green!!! πŸ˜€ I might do dat! Poot! πŸ™‚