Tuesday, October 13, 2009

19 Weeks

Today is the last day of my 19th week of pregnancy.

Overall, Im feeling great. I still haven't had any bleeding or other complications in 5 weeks. At this point, all my nausea is pretty much gone and I have a decent amount of energy.

While I haven't been running or really even working out, I have been pretty active, especially on the weekends. Jeremy and I have spent any free time we have either walking around the city or hosting get-togethers at our new place, which leaves me little time to be lazy. This is good since I sit on my butt all day at work.

For the most part, I feel great walking around, but after a few hours I am spent. It's an odd feeling to have to take a nap after walking around for 2-3 hours when a few months ago I could get up at 5am, run that much, then walk another 4-5 hours in the city and feel fine.

I have also noticed that the steep stairs I have to climb to get up to my train after work have been taking their toll on me. I have never actually counted them, but I would guess there are over 40-50 and they are really steep. I used to be able to race up them to catch my train. Now I have to take each step pretty slowly, then spend about 5 minutes catching my breath when I get to the top.

It's odd how this little creature takes over your entire body.

Eating has been fine. I haven't had any weird cravings or anything like that, although I am loving anything salty (soy sauce, green olives, baby dill pickles, etc). I have been trying to eat well, even if tonight I had a croissant with dill dip and some chips and salsa for dinner. Sigh.

I haven't been overeating at all, which is actually a change from when I am not pregnant. I just get so full so fast. But I need to incorporate more veggies into my diet. I have been really good about eating fruits and salads. But with the colder weather coming in, I am craving soups and comfort foods, not salads.

But as of today, I have only gained 10lbs which is right on schedule for my height/weight, so I'm feeling really good about that.

I had another appointment with my midwife last Monday and all was good. We heard a really strong heartbeat this time which was great. J couldn't be there again because he had class, but he stepped out for a few minutes and called us so he could hear the heartbeat on speakerphone while we were listening on the doppler. My midwife gets a kick out of it every time :)

She also told me to just come in every two weeks for appointments for peace of mind. She said she doesn't care how many times she sees me, if I want to come in for a quick checkup and heartbeat check, I can. I think I am gong to take her up on it. With everything we have been through, there is something reassuring about hearing that "woosh, woosh, woosh" every couple of weeks.

So, tomorrow I will officially be 20 weeks pregnant. I know I say this every week, but I seriously never thought I would get this far.

We actually have our 20 week full anatomy scan on Thursday. Since we haven't had any other genetic testing done this time (besides the five ultrasounds in the first trimester) we are anxiously awaiting this day.

I have actually suddenly been overwhelmed with scary thoughts about losing this baby in the past week. I know this is directly due to this ultrasound which just makes me glad I never did any of the testing earlier. I would have been a wreck the entire pregnancy. No matter what happens now, at least we had a few weeks of stress-free happiness. But I am trying not to be negative since I know that is not going to help or change anything. I'm just staying positive and going in with happy thoughts about seeing Butterbean and hopefully finding out we have a perfectly healthy baby boy or girl.

Yes, as long as the Bean cooperates, we will be finding out the sex. I have no real feelings one way or the other about which one it might be. At first I was thinking girl, but since seeing the Bean on the ultrasounds, I have been slightly leaning towards feeling it's a boy. All my friends and family are split 50/50 with their thoughts. Jeremy and Dakota both said if they "had to chose" they would probably want a girl, which totally shocked me about Dakota. I thought he wanted a brother for sure, so that was a nice surprise.

Every random online quiz or old-wives gender test I have taken have literally come up 50/50 as well, so I guess we will just have to wait and see in a day and a half!!!!

Anyone want to place any bets???


Christie said...

I'm so happy for you. Boy or girl, I just hope the baby is healthy.

Jolene said...

I want to say that the nausea and smaller tummy space meant I ate less, but ha ha ha. That would just be funny. I do remember that as Ry got bigger, I was shocked by how much less lung capacity I had! I had such empathy for asthmatics because I imagine having such a short, shallow breath is something that they just have to learn to live with. But for me, it was just bizarrely unpleasant. Glad to hear the energy is back, I think it only gets better (energy level) from here! Don't pressure yourself to hit the gym again though...just continue to not overeat and try to enjoy this very special, hard fought after time and you'll be wonderfully healthy!

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures!!!! Your midwife sounds so awesome. Glad to hear things are going well. Keep on enjoying things.

joyRuN said...

I love the pics, and the fact that your midwife is having you come in for peace of mind!!

I was nuts when I was preggo & rented one of those home doppler things so I can listen to the baby's heartbeat anytime. Psycho, I tell you.

Like Diana says - ENJOY!

Denise said...

I'm going to go with boy because you look so good. They say girls steal the beauty from the mother...

I'm glad you're feeling good!! I think I know what steps you are talking about and those are a doozy!!! I'd probably be out of breath going up them without being pregnant!!

Is J running Philly this year?

Marlene said...

So glad you are feeling great and baby is healthy! Good luck with the anatomy scan. Can't wait to find out!

You look wonderful. :) Happy 20 weeks!

Felice Devine said...

You look great!

I was a salty/savory eater when I was preg, and everyone said that meant a boy. And that's what I had. But, I also felt it was a boy from the get-go.

Good luck with the u/s!!

Heather said...

You look fantastic!

Glad everything is going well for you. I felt full a lot too when I was preggo, but still managed to eat alot. :)

Ali said...

You look amazing!

I know lots of friends who felt they knew what they were having without actually finding out, and almost all were right.

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X-Country2 said...

I'm going with boy. Good luck!

N.D. said...

Yes a boy - good luck on THursday :) You look great !

MCM Mama said...

You look awesome! Good luck on Thursday!

Soon that baby will be moving so much and so NOT gently that you won't need a heartbeat check - you'll just need to drink a glass of OJ and let the baby go to town.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You look great and awesome that you have those pictures. My Littlest is 15 months (he wil be the last) and I never really took pictures of me while I was carry any of my children. (probably because I was always the one behind the camera.)
Enjoy this amazing time!

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