It’s time for another bumpdate! As of Sunday, Baby E hit 29 weeks. The pace of life keeps speeding up, and November is going to be here before I know it.
Baby’s size? Approximately 2.5 lbs and 15 inches from head to heel
Total Weight Gain: About 20 lbs (as Homer Simpson would say, the big two-doh!)
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleep wasn’t so great, but it was better than last week. Since Kevin and I had separate beds (thus giving me five pillows all to myself) and a cranked up air conditioner in our hotel, I slept pretty darn well on Saturday night!
Best moment this week: Beach trip!
Miss Anything? I missed beer on Friday.
Movement: Yup! Baby E has traded in his cute little flutters for uppercuts to my ribcage and dropkicks to my bladder.
Food cravings: Though I’m still loving ice cream, I’ve kind of been on a cereal kick. Okay… that was actually just yesterday, but it was quite a kick!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Symptoms: the return of fatigue and severe ligament pain. The pelvic pain I described last week let up a bit from rest, but it’s definitely still there – a reminder to rest often and take it easy!
Belly Button in or out? Flat, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it pops out soon
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: My baby shower this weekend
What’s the big deal? You’re supposed to get big, so don’t worry about it – right??? Well… sort of. It’s more than just wanting to get back to that pre-baby body. Too much weight gain can lead to gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, an overweight baby, miscarriage, stillbirth, a baby with diabetes, and a need for an emergency c-section. Does gaining a few extra pounds mean this will definitely happen to you? Heck no!!! But it’s a pretty good motivator to not eat the entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s… at least not in one night.
What’s recommended? In the early 20th century, docs recommended a gain of 15-20 lbs. In the 1960s, docs recommended about 25 lbs. Later, in 1990, docs changed it to 25-35 lbs, which was an across-the-board recommendation for women of all sizes. This was modified in 2009 to better fit different female bodies. Underweight women should gain 28-40 lbs; normal women should gain 25-35 lbs. Overweight women should gain 15-25 lbs, and obese women should gain 15 lbs. Those carrying twins can expect weight gain closer to 35-45 lbs. Ladies can expect to gain 0-5 lbs in the first trimester and approximately 1 lb per week up to 40 weeks. These are ONLY guidelines!!!
What’s normal? This is hard to say. Some ladies have trouble gaining due to morning sickness and other such issues. Yeah… I haven’t had any trouble gaining! 1 in 5 women gain over 40 lbs, which is more than docs recommend for anyone. Women’s bodies vary so much that even finding a “normal” number wouldn’t really tell you much, at least in my opinion.
Where does it all go? We’re not giving birth to 30-lb babies. You obviously have the baby in there, but aside from that, the placenta, amniotic fluid, and breast tissue can all weigh 2-3 lbs each. Blood volume is about 4 lbs, and the uterus is 2-5 lbs. Ladies, you can also expect about 5-9 lbs of fat. Why that fat has to go to my thighs instead of my boobs is still a mystery to me…???
What’s not normal? Pregorexia. Yup. It’s a thing. There’s a lot of pressure on ladies to “be all belly” or get their “pre-baby body” back as fast as celebrities. If you notice yourself getting upset when you weigh-in at your doc’s office, start getting on the scale backwards so that you don’t see it. If eating only the recommended extra calories extra per day isn’t filling you up, eat more! Numbers are just that – numbers. Only your doctor can tell you if you’re on the right track or not.
How am I managing? In the first trimester, it’s recommended that pregnant women not increase their caloric intake, but I definitely did. I tried to count calories early on, but always going over was upsetting – so I quit! I often found myself totally ravenous, even in the middle of the night. Ladies “should” increase their calories by 300 per day in the second trimester, but that didn’t quite cut it either. I should note that these numbers increase if you’re active. Now that I’m in the third trimester, docs recommend 300-450 extra per day. That’s still not “eating for two.” I mean, 300 is like a cup of low-ish fat ice cream or two slices of toast. I definitely need a little more than that to keep me going. I’m not counting calories, but I’m still closely tracking my weight.
The preg comparison trap is hard too. I fell in to that myself. Just know that every woman gains differently, carries differently, eats differently, and has her own stuff going on. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to focus on your and your baby’s health.
Wow… that was a mouthful. If you read all that and made it to the end, you deserve a cookie.