25 weeks today. Baby in 15 weeks seems like no time at all. My Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy book tells me this is the first week of my seventh month of pregnancy. That is crazy.
25 WEEKS PREGNANCY UPDATE
Here’s what’s going on with my little pound and a half cauliflower this week.
- He now knows which way is up and down
- Hands are fully formed complete with mini fingernails and baby might already be sucking his thumb
- He’s exploring his environment and reaching around for things both on his body and inside the uterus
- Testes are moving down into the lower abdomen descending into the scrotom
HOW I’M FEELING AT 25 WEEKS PREGNANT
Overall, really good. I’m FINALLY over the month-long sickness I endured. Thank god for those antibiotics. It’s been amazing to have energy again and to want to workout!
Weight Gain/Body Changes: right around 15 pounds although with how rapidly he’s growing now, I think I’m about to enter the rapid growth stage as well!
Workouts/Workout Modifications: WOO for workouts being back in action because they make me feel about a thousand times better and more energized/like myself. Here is what I’ve done since the last update…
- two hot yoga practices
- taught two strength classes
- two 3.5 mile walks
- one 3.1 mile run
- two FlyWheel classes
- two FULL rest days
You guys know I’m so on and off with FlyWheel but I think it’s going to become a thing for these last few months of pregnancy. Running just puts SO much pressure on my bladder and FlyWheel is much more comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to get runs in here and there but FlyWheel is a great sub for that cardio fix I get from running.
Today I took my first ever 60-minute FlyWheel class (most are 45) and boy was it ever hard. Those last 15 minutes were definitely super challenging mentally and physically.
(PS…I’m going to be in NYC next week. Should I try to sign up for a SoulCycle class? I’ve never taken one.)
Regarding workout modifications, I’ve been so very lucky to be able to keep things pretty normal through this point. I’m definitely skipping crunching/abs and anything laying on my stomach but other than that I’m feeling good. I have noticed in the last few weeks that my average heart rate is up across the board for all workouts that I do whether it’s FlyWheel or walking.
Symptoms: I really don’t have a lot to mention or complain about. I am just so grateful not to be sick and to feel like myself again.
Sleep: all I can say is thank god for my body pillow. Sleep is a bit hit or miss for me right now but the pillow is so comfy and snuggly. I did take a Unisom one night (safe for pregnancy) and it was magical. I slept hard for a full eight hours.
Also, guided meditations have been very helpful for me when it comes to sleep. I use the Insight Timer app.
Food Aversions/Cravings: nothing new to report here. I am happy as can be eating frozen pizza for dinner. Haha.
Maternity Clothes: well, I have mostly been living in stretchy active wear but I’m going to be in NYC for a conference next week so I’m going to have to get creative! I am absolutely LOVING the maternity pieces that I do have. They are so comfy and make the bump look super cute.
Movement: baby boy is moving like crazy these days. I think I felt him get the hiccups for the first time yesterday morning! He’s most active between 10 p.m.-midnight and early in the morning but I also feel him sometimes throughout the day.
Fun Shares: Doula is hired! This is a huge relief for me. She is available from now through a few months after delivery to answer any and all questions that I have. She will also support me through labor and delivery as I am hoping for an unmedicated birth.
Birth Hopes/Plans: Well, I haven’t really discussed this here yet but my wish is for an unmedicated birth if that is in the cards for me. I used to be VERY in the camp of “if the science exists to reduce the pain, give it to me” until I did my prenatal yoga teacher training. Once I learned a lot more about labor, birth and women’s bodies in general, my perspective shifted quite a bit.
I am not going to go crazy preparing (for example, 12 weeks of Bradley classes seems intense) and I am going to go into it with a super open mind. Obviously, I’ve never given birth before so in the event that I end up with an epidural or something happens that warrants a C-section, I won’t beat myself up about it whatsoever.
My hope with hiring a doula is that she will be able to support and coach me through labor and help me understand and trust what my body is doing. Hoping all that yoga comes in handy. We shall see! 🙂
That’s all for today. One quick note to say THANK YOU for all of the car seat and stroller advice that you gave me last week. It was incredibly helpful and I’m so lucky to have so many amazing moms to lean on through this process.
Talk to me now about picking out a crib! Is it better to go with the convertible cribs that will become toddler beds or just a standard infant crib?
Did you go into labor with a birth plan? Was it loose or were you really set one way or the other?
How did you prepare for labor and childbirth? Did you take classes? Read books? Wing it?