Monday, January 3, 2011

21 Weeks

21 Weeks!!!

Pregnancy Highlights:
(I know, how can someone be this big already and only be half-way!?!)

How far along: 21 weeks
Size of baby: Baby S is the length of a carrot, about 11 inches long and almost 1lb
Total weight gain/loss: Gained 8lbs...oops, guess the holidays treated me well!
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all my clothes are maternity. I'm still wearing a lot of regular shirts if they are long enough. I'm LOVING dresses this time around!
Gender: Not sure. We could have found out and it was SO hard because it was right there, but we are excited for the surprise.
Movements: I'm feeling lots of pokes and nudges. I think I'm about to the point where someone on the outside could feel them.
Sleep: Sleeping much better than 1st trimester!!!! I wake up every 4 or so hours to readjust.
What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach!!!! Crazy I know. With Cole I never even desired a drink but sometimes a cold beer sounds SOOOOO good!
Cravings: Nothing as crazy as my 1st trimester. Still liking a lot of fish (once a week), AND, some exciting news....I ate a hamburger yesterday!!!! Normally any kind of meat is repulsive to me when I'm pregnant but it sounded and tasted so good yesterday and today I'm wanting another one. Maybe my food aversions are diminishing.
Symptoms: Up until a couple days ago, food was still extremely gross to me, but the last couple days I've been able to pretty much eat anything, yay!!! The bad taste in my mouth is WAY better and I really have no complaints other than that. Feeling SO much better.
Best moment of the week: Finally seeing our baby on the sonogram and knowing he/she is completely healthy and one week ahead of schedule.

When I was home over Christmas my mom came back from her hair appointment and told me about this chiropractor/acupuncturist that her hair lady has been going to and she deals a lot with prenatal stuff. I was very reluctant to go at first because what was I going to say? "Uh yeah, I'm pregnant and I don't feel good and I hate food". Yeah that's like ALL pregnant women, I can just suck it up and deal for the next 4 months. BUT, my mom insisted, she even made the appointment for me! So, I went and was very pleased that I did!!! The chiropractor was pregnant herself so we were able to talk a lot about that and she understood my complaints. She said my food aversions and bad taste in my mouth were a lack of vitamins. I have been taking prenatal vitamins but she got me on some Metagenics and they make me feel amazing, so much more energy AND the taste in my mouth is pretty much gone. She also said I need to be drinking way more water or drinks with electrolytes.
Then, she did some acupuncture on me (my first time) and it was awesome! I totally loved it! She said that if you continue with acupuncture it's shown to cut off hours of labor/delivery, heck yeah! It didn't hurt at all, except one that she put in my hand. I made her take it out it hurt so bad.
She gave me the name of some chiro/acupuncturists in my area that I'm going to check out and hopefully start that up soon. I guess mom was right, mom's are so smart sometimes :) I just assumed that I'd have to feel like this the rest of the pregnancy but there is a lot women can do to help the symptoms! I'm so excited! :)


Him and Her said...

you're not big at all, you look just right! Interesting about the bad taste being due to lack of viatimins. I had that yucky taste too and took prenatals(although the always came up 20 min later, sorry TMI) Glad the acupuncture worked for you!

maren said...

Glad you're feeling better! And you look super cute!!! :o) Also... awesome about the acupuncture- anything to make you feel better AND take time off labor! Sweet!