Today I am 16 weeks pregnant. I’m not really into doing the weekly bullet point updates and comparing the Chicken to fruit, but I do want to occasionally keep some notes on changes and how I’m feeling. So how about a little update, shall we?
I feel like I’m staring to look a little pregnant and less like I’ve been drinking too much beer, although I have yet to have a stranger mention my pregnancy so maybe it is all in my head. 🙂 So far I’ve gained about 12 pounds, which I think is about where I should be, maybe extra pound or two thanks to the DELICIOUS gluten-free cookies and stacks of toast I consumed over the holidays. Bad Belle!
The only craving I have really had is for scrambled eggs, which is ridiculously poetic. Thanks Chicken! I eat two egg whites and one full egg every morning, scrambled with hot sauce and topped off with two tablespoons of roasted red pepper humus. For my dairy free ladies who miss cheesy eggs, red pepper or spicy humus makes a pretty good savory substitute! I also have two pieces of toast with breakfast because I’m pregnant and pregnant ladies get toast WHENEVER BABY (or hormones) DEMAND 🙂
Pregnant friends have complained about all the peeing in the past, but I never really put a lot of stock in it. Sure, you pee a little more, big deal!? HA! Jokes on me. I pee all the damn time. So much that after a day of using scratchy office TP my lady bits are irritated. I think I might start BYOR (Bringing My Own Roll) to work! Along the same lines, I seem to have gotten the constipation under control. My solution? Two stool softeners before bed and 120-oz of water during the day. It’s actually not at all hard to get 120-oz down either with how thirsty I have been.
Not a lot of aches and pains to report. If I stretch in odd ways while sleeping I’ll be woken up by a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. Is this my round ligament? I have no idea! My legs are sore and feel heavy at the end of the day, which is something I don’t understand considering I have a desk job. Maybe it’s from the 9 trips to pee? I’ve also been having some dreadful shortness of breath that is stressing me out. This just started in the last few days and I’m not yet sure if it is pregnancy, anxiety or allergies. I’ll give it a few more days and if I don’t see an improvement I think I’ll ring my midwife.
I’m shooting to exercise for at least 45 minutes 5 days a week. For example, on Monday I did my Summer Sanders’ DVD, on Tuesday I rested, on Wednesday I walked 3 miles, on Thursday I did more Summer Sanders and this morning I did a prenatal yoga video. While huffing and puffing up the steep headlands of California the Professor and I decided that we need to work a weekly hike into our schedule. Hiking uses an entirely different muscle set then walking in the neighborhood and really gets your heart pumping. Last weekend we did a lovely 6 mile hike at Raven’s Run and this Saturday we are planning the same.
Now that I’m pregnant I find myself extremely hesitant to do anything that could put my baby in danger. While in California we hiked from the Tennessee Valley Beaches all the way to Muir beaches. It was a long hike with lots of hills and cliffs and I was a nervous disaster walking along those thin ledges! Normally I would trot and jog along with complete confidence in my balance and feet. Not this time, though! During that hike we came upon the outreach pictured above. It was so breathtaking and I wanted to go to the end of it and stare at the ocean and take gutsy photos. I got halfway out and the fear was so paralyzing that I had to sit down to compose myself and then have the Professor hold my hand the way back. It was the first time in my life I’ve been afraid of heights!
And last but not least: Pants. Still squeezing into the two pairs of pants that continue to sort of fit. I have tried maternity pants from Gap, Old Navy and Loft now and none of them fit properly. It’s terribly frustrating and I’m considering the pros and cons of wearing mumus instead! If I have time this weekend I might hit up a few consignment stores and see what they have as far as pants go. I’m still able to wear my stretchy shirts, and I’m loving the new sized up tanks and cardis I ordered a few weeks ago. Maybe I’ll do an early maternity fashion shoot soon?
That’s about all the notes I can think of right now. Honestly, the past 16 weeks have been pretty easy – a welcome change from the past two years for sure! I’ll take a new bump photo tomorrow. I need good natural light in my sewing room to get that fun shadow effect – photography snobbery beats timely photos. 🙂 I hope you all have a lovely weekend!