Pregnancy

29 Week Update

How Far Along
29 weeks 2 days

Size of Babe
2.54 lbs. Baby is the size of an acorn squash.

Symptoms
Persistent heartburn, leaky boobs, constant burping (still!).

Loving
The shape my belly is taking on, kickboxing workouts, stretchy yoga pants (yep, still rocking them!).

Loathing
Packing for our move, heartburn, my awesome cold sore (gift from Satan).

Belly Button
Still just a stretched out innie.

Movement
Baby boy is still preparing for his professional soccer career and is kicking around at all hours of the day. I started doing kick counts for the lolz and he busted out his 10 in about 30 seconds. This morning he was kind enough to wake me up by jamming his head into my cervix. Lord help me if this is a sign of things to come…

Maternity Clothes
No changes here. I’m still wearing my usual mix of maternity and regular-sized clothing and plan to do so until it becomes physically impossible to squeeze my fat ass into them.

Best Part of the Week
I was able to schedule with my first choice of doctor in our new city without any issues. I also passed my glucose test!

Worst Part of the Week
Packing for our move.

Missing Most
I really miss not having dry nasal passages. If you read my “Unpleasant Pregnancy Symptoms I Wasn’t Expecting” post you’ll know I’ve been dealing with this unholy symptom since day one!

Can’t Wait For
4D ultrasound!

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Pregnancy

Unpleasant Pregnancy Symptoms I Wasn’t Expecting

In coordination with a previous post I made about unexpected, positive pregnancy symptoms, I wanted to make a dedicated post about some of the symptoms I’ve experienced that are unexpected but also unpleasant.

1. Dry nasal passages

Seriously, this can fuck right off. I’ve been dealing with this since day one and it’s probably one of the most frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms I’ve had this whole pregnancy. I also already live in an extremely dry area so I feel like I’m really doubling down on my poor sinuses. I have a humidifier that I’m heavily dependent on at night and I occasionally resort to shoving globs of Vaseline up my nose or sticking my head under the sheets to create a mini sauna with my breath to help moisten things up. I’ll admit, it has forced me to get creative with problem solving.

2. Leg cramps

These bastards are the product of Satan. Being woken up at the crack of dawn to your calf muscle trying to obliterate itself is something I can honestly say I did not expect to experience this pregnancy but, none-the-less, here we are.

3. Relentless and uncontrollable burping

Don’t get me wrong, I burped quite a lot before I was pregnant (my husband can attest to that), but we’re on a whole other level now. Sure it was kind of humorous at first but now it’s just ridiculous.

4. Throat tickles

I honestly have no idea if this is pregnancy related but it sure as hell has been a much bigger issue since I found out I was pregnant. Every few days I get random throat tickles that send me into coughing fits or, at the very least, cause me a lot of discomfort. In fact, I’m hacking my way through one as I write this.

5. Blotchy patches of skin

I mentioned in my “When Pregnancy Decides To Throw You A Bone” post that my acne has cleared up and my skin is fantastic. This is still true and I’m stoked about it, however, I have developed some really awesome, blotchy, skin patches underneath both armpits. Fortunately they’re not painful or uncomfortable but they are unsightly and I wouldn’t mind if they just went away.

Pregnancy

28 Week Update

How Far Along
28 weeks 3 days

Size of Babe
2.20 lbs. Baby is the size of an eggplant.

Symptoms
Mild heartburn, occasional achy hip (my legs are slightly disproportioned and gave me grief pre-pregnancy so this was pretty unavoidable), a lot of burping!

Loving
Comfy, stretchy clothes (“athleisure” if you will), watching baby boy break it down in my womb, baby gear shopping, junk food (although that’s pretty par for the course for me).

Loathing
Wearing actual clothes, getting out of bed (damn hip!), relentless heartburn, preparing to move out of state and finding a new doctor.

Belly Button
Large and stretched but still very much an innie.

Movement
Baby boy loves breaking it down all day, every day. His movements are much more varied now and range from kicking and punching to rolling and “vibrating.” I love all of his little (and huge!) movements except when he decides to jam his foot up into my rib cage. I could do without that.

Maternity Clothes
I’m currently wearing a mixture of maternity and non-maternity clothes. My shorts are all maternity now, however, I’ve been living in yoga capris and sweatpants that are normal size. I seem to be rotating pretty evenly between my maternity and non-maternity tops however.

Best Part of the Week
My husband was offered a really great job!

Worst Part of the Week
I had my glucose test on Wednesday and I’ve been waiting anxiously for the results. They’re really taking their time getting back to me! I also now have the added stress of finding a new doctor late in the game because we’re moving due to husband’s new, awesome job. We’ll make it work though!

Missing Most
Not having heartburn. Seriously, it’s getting old.

Can’t Wait For
Our 4D ultrasound and getting my glucose test results.

Credit for this update layout goes to oliveandtate.com. I may have stolen it from her and modified it ever so slightly.

Pregnancy

When Pregnancy Decides To Throw You A Bone

Pregnancy isn’t all bad! I’ve learned during my pregnancy that mother nature isn’t a total bitch and, every now and then, she’ll do ya a solid. Of course most of these things are specific to myself but here are a few things that I would consider pregnancy perks.

1. No periods!

Let’s be real, periods are a giant pain in the ass. I’ll admit, mine was probably more on the mild side, but I’m still very grateful that I don’t have to see it or deal with it for 9+ months.

2. Unusual hair growth (or lack there of)

Since becoming pregnant I’ve noticed a dramatic decline in hair growth, to the point where my leg hair is almost non-existent. I can easily go weeks without shaving and that, my friends, is a glorious thing. To top it off, the hair on my head is healthier than ever. Pre-pregnancy, I would have handfuls of loose hair after showering but not anymore! I’m soaking it all up while I can because I’ve heard that postpartum hair can be a real bitch.

3. Perfect skin!

Ok so maybe it’s not perfect but it’s pretty damn good as far as I’m concerned. I’ve struggled with acne since puberty and I can’t even begin to describe how elated I am that I can wake up and not have a fresh, new pimple on my face. It’s the little things in life!

4. Stabilized moods

Not gonna lie, this one took me by surprise. I still have the occasional mood swing (although surprisingly not often) that one would equate with pregnancy, but I’ve definitely noticed a big change in my temper and ability to remain level-headed. Pre-pregnancy I had quite the temper and when my husband pissed me off, I was quick to get angry and slow to bring myself back down. I don’t get bothered as much anymore and I can let things go much more easily. This one’s a win-win for everyone!

5. My marriage is flourishing

Ok, this one is a little strange but just go with it. By no means was my marriage struggling before (a baby definitely wouldn’t have been on the table if that were the case) but it’s undeniable that my husband and I’s relationship is better than ever. Maybe I shouldn’t give all the credit to pregnancy but I definitely think it’s made an honorable contribution.