Am I really half way already? I guess so since today I’m officially 20 weeks along with my pregnancy. Maybe it’s because you’re already a month into being pregnant before you even find out, but I’ve heard the first half goes by much faster than the second half of pregnancy. My last update was at 13 weeks, and so I thought it was about time for another one.
Once I got into my second trimester, I instantly started to feel better. Did any of you mamas feel the same as me? I wasn’t quite as tired and had enough energy to get throughout the day. My morning sickness disappeared as well, which was amazing.
I started working out again at around 14 weeks and I’ve been averaging 3-4 workouts a week. I want to workout 5 days a week, but that hasn’t happened.
My body has changed quite a bit as you can see from the photos. My tummy has grown a good three inches and I’ve noticed my chest and hips have grown a bit too. As far as weight goes, as of today, I’ve gained 9 lbs which puts me at 127 lbs. I ended up buying my first pair of maternity jeans last week because all my jeans were getting way too tight. The maternity jeans are so much more comfortable than my normal ones.
I had a checkup at 19 weeks. Every time I go and hear my baby’s little heartbeat, it just amazes me. It’s one of the best sounds in the world. The heartbeat and everything else was normal for my checkup, which was good to hear.
Baby Prep and Planning
We’ve been looking into different baby names. Our top three are Alivia, Claire, and Daphne. I’m glad we’re having a girl because I think girl names are way easier than boy names. Who’s with me?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what my birth plan should be like. My sister in law let me borrow a few pregnancy books that I’ve been reading. One is a hypnobirthing book. I also got another hypnobirthing book that my other sister in law recommended. Since I’ve been reading them, I’ve been thinking I might want to go the natural route. What are your guy’s thoughts? Should I just get the epidural or try to go all natural?
Chris and I got a bunch of baby stuff this December including most of the nursery furniture, a car seat, bumbo, and pack n play. I started working on the nursery design too. I think it could be fun to do a safari themed nursery with pink, gray, and white as the main colors. This is what I’ve come up with so far.
Pink Blanket // Elephant Rocker // Safari Animal Paintings // Rug // Rocking Chair // Dresser // Crib // Paint Color // Pink Pillow // Sheets // Crib Skirt // Toy Basket // White Curtains // Jungle Animal Toys // Pouf
Pregnancy Side effects
Feeling kicks! I don’t know if this would be called a side effect or not, but at around 16 to 17 weeks I started feeling little movements in my tummy. At first, I wasn’t sure if they were kicks or not. It’s been one of the most incredible things being able to feel my little girl moving around. She especially loves moving after I eat a meal.
Major Gag Reflex & Smell Sensitivity. I feel like a have super smell now. Smells that didn’t ever bother me, now totally gross me out. I have the most sensitive gag reflex too. I can’t even brush my teeth without gagging and I’ve given up eating bananas for now. I just can’t take the texture.
So Many Emotions. All of my emotions have been heightened lately. I literally started to tear up when I was listening to a song on the radio the other day.
Food Cravings. I think the only craving that’s been out of the ordinary so far is ketchup. Lately, I’ve been wanting ketchup on everything.
Lastly, I just wanted to point out how sweet Chris has been to me. If I ever feel like a certain food, he’ll pick it up for me. He’s been helping out a bunch around the house, and whenever I’m being emotional he’s so patient. Talk about winning the best husband award.