Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks
It's hard to believe I've already reached my sixth month of pregnancy. Now that my sickness seems to have passed and I'm feeling more like myself, I'm really enjoying being pregnant. That said, my body is quickly changing. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and have to do a double take. Nevertheless, I really love my not-so-little bump, and of course the little guy that's cooking in there.
Lack of Sleep: I'm having a tough time sleeping. I think this is partly to due to hormones and partly to discomfort. I've tried a regular body pillow and a snoogle pillow, but neither has helped so far. However, I keep using these pillows to keep me propped up on my side, as it's recommended that pregnant women don't sleep on their backs. Also, it doesn't help that I wake up at least 3-6 times per night to pee!
Abdominal Pain: I had read about round ligament pain, and boy did I experience it. Mostly, it feels like mild period cramps, but occasionally I get sharper, shooting pains that last for a few seconds when I changed positions too quickly or sneeze or cough. Fortunately, it was worse at the beginning of the 2nd trimester.
Back Pain: My back pain strikes when I'm sitting at the computer or am trying to sleep. Surprisingly, at this stage, it's in the middle of my back, not my lower back.
WHAT I'M CURRENTLY LOVING ABOUT THE 2nd TRIMESTER
Baby Kicks: I know it's early, but I'm adamant I felt the first little flutters around 14 weeks. After that, though, it like forever until I was feelings kicks on a regular basis. I was told at my last ultrasound at 20 weeks, where we saw the baby moving like crazy but I couldn't feel a darn thing, that I have an anterior placenta. This means the placenta is positioned to the front, providing an extra layer of cushioning between the baby, which could explain why I wasn't feeling a ton of movement yet. Fortunately, his little kicks started to get more powerful around 21 weeks. Adam was even able to feel him kick from the outside at 22 weeks, which he was so excited about.
Finding out the sex: We found out we're having a boy, which we're thrilled about (though we would have been equally thrilled with a girl too). It has made the pregnancy feel so much more real and I love being able to refer to our baby as "he/him," or "our son" instead of "it" or "the baby," which felt so generic. I'm sure finding out after giving birth would have been special too, but I was just too impatient to wait! Plus, it has to been so fun to pick out little boy baby clothes.
Actually looking pregnant: At about 16 weeks, I finally passed the awkward phase of looking more like I overdid it on the pizza than I did pregnant. Now, though, it's unmistakable and I kind of love it. Bonus: Adam loves the bump, so I feel extra sexy.
Maternity clothing: To my surprise, I've really embraced maternity clothing. I've been trying not to over do it, as I know I won't be pregnant forever, but they really make all the difference in making me feel pulled together. I bought a few pairs of maternity jeans, by necessity, as early as 13 weeks, but I thought I could get away with oversized shirts and sweaters on top. As the bump grew, though, I found I was just looking big and frumpy in my regular clothes. Maternity tops were a lot more flattering.