Today brings 24 weeks pregnant and I celebrated it with a trip to see my parent’s primary care physician here in Florida.
Pregnancy-wise, I’m feeling great but today marks four weeks of battling various cold/respiratory ailments. My symptoms were getting worse and not better so I finally caved and saw another doctor today and started an antibiotic. Something has to give!
24 WEEKS PREGNANCY UPDATE
Can you believe that baby boy is the size of a cantaloupe!? That seems so big. He’s just under 12 inches and around a little under a pound and a half.
- baby has developed sleep and wake cycles and is even yawning in there
- this is so cool…as baby’s brain grows more complex, he’s begun developing memory and thoughts (baby is probably thinking “what is all that coughing and can you stop jostling me around mom?”)
- lashes, eyebrows and hair have grown but are white and not pigmented at this time. I am SUPER curious to see what kind of coloring this baby gets as ours couldn’t be more opposite
- face is almost fully formed
HOW I’M FEELING AT 24 WEEKS PREGNANT
Weight Gain/Body Changes: still in that 13-15 pound range. I seem to gain in spurts and then hover in that area for a few weeks. And although you guys can’t really tell because I’m always wearing sports bras in these photos…my breasts are still growing too!
Workouts/Workout Modifications: workouts have been very few and tame over the last seven days since I’ve been feeling really sick again. Since you heard from me last…
- taught three strength classes
- one prenatal yoga practice
- three one-hour walks
And that’s all. I’ve really been trying to rest my body and to be honest, for the last five days I have had ZERO desire to do much more than walk.
Symptoms: I’ve really just been dealing with being sick but when it comes to pregnancy, I have started experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions, which I have been surprised to experience so early. My doctor says they’re normal and as long as I don’t get more than 4-6 in an hour, all is okay. He did say that if I’m getting them regularly they can be a sign that I might need to slow down a bit.
I get them mostly at night and I’ve definitely been able to create the connection that I get them more on the days that I’m super active teaching/on my feet/working out so those doctors do know what they’re talking about. 😉
I’m feeling better emotionally this week. Seeing my family has been really great.
Food Aversions: mostly just averse to preparing anything that takes a lot of effort. Haha.
Food Cravings: I’ve always loved grilled cheese but I think I’ve eaten more grilled cheese sandwiches in the last few months than I have in my life! Still going strong on the kettle chips. My mom and I stopped at the grocery on the way home from the airport and she was like, “you’re getting chips!?” YES. Also loving spicy ginger ale right now mixed with unsweetened cranberry juice to make it a bit less sweet.
Sleep: mostly not great due to coughing at night again. GO AWAY!
Maternity Clothes: YAY! I have an update here. My friend Lauren loaned me a bunch of her maternity clothes and my mom and I went shopping for a few tops at Target. I still haven’t really found any maternity-specific pants I like. I squeezed myself into pre-pregnancy jeans for an event last week (that was fun…) but mostly wearing Lululemon Align pants or high-rise Wunder Unders.
I love how much the maternity tops accentuate the bump.
Speaking of the bump, I definitely have one now but I feel like it’s so hard for you guys to really see in the shirt off weekly progress pics.
Fun Shares: on the topic of the bump again…it was so much fun for my mom and grandmother to see it!
Also, baby boy has been moving like crazy lately! I’m definitely recognizing his patterns of sleep/wake and he is very active at night and early in the morning. He’s been kicking and wiggling so much since I’ve been in Florida that you can even see it from the outside. My mom got to feel him move!
I mostly feel him on my right side. He’s had his feet over there for a few weeks now it seems.
Next Up: I finally finished my Amazon registry. YAY! I also loved the doula I interviewed last week and hope to hire her. I have actively been researching nursery decor/furniture and also ideas for maximizing baby’s closet organization.
I see my OB on Friday for a check-up. Hard to believe that the next time I see him I’ll be in the third trimester. Time is flying.
Questions: I have questions about car seats. HELP. Do I need an infant car seat and probably two bases for the cars? And then two separate convertible car seats for after the infant stage? And when it comes to the BOB stroller…I need the infant car seat converter for that, right? Car seats are overwhelming.
When did you start feeling Braxton-Hicks contractions?
Stroller question…for those of you who got a jogging stroller, did you also get an umbrella stroller?