29 Weeks

navy and white stripes
29 weeks
How far along? 29 weeks
Baby’s size: around 15.25 inches long (compared to a butternut squash) and about 2.5 pounds. At my ultrasound the tech said that the baby is between 2.5 and 3 pounds right now!
Total weight gain: 22 pounds. I’m happier about my weight now that I’m almost to 30 weeks. It’s average to gain about a pound per week in the third trimester and if I follow that trend I’ll be at a total of about 33 pounds at 40 weeks. We’ll see what happens…
Clothes: My striped tee is from Motherhood maternity. The gray tank is Old Navy. White shorts are from Target.
Workouts – Last week (May 5 – May 11). We went to Richmond 3 days in the last week and I also couldn’t work out the day that I had the 3 hour doctors appointment in the morning so there’s less gym class activity here than normal:
  • 2 hours cleaning house
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 3.6 miles on elliptical
  • 3 mile walk
  • 2 mile easy bike ride to Bay and back home
29 week doctor visit: I am happy to report that the placenta has moved up so its no longer covering my cervix! I don’t have to worry about the possibility of having to have a c-section! I want to go into labor and be rushed to the hospital and experience what happens on my own terms, not be scheduled to go in for surgery and know when my babies birthday will be in advance. This is such a relief! In related placenta news, it’s attached to the front part of my stomach (called an anterior placenta). Most of the time the placenta is attached to the part closest to your spine. The baby doesn’t care where it is and it poses no risks it just makes it harder for other people to feel kicks! This is probaby why Travis just felt the baby kick for a first time a little over a week ago. They look at the placenta by ultrasound so we also got to peek at the baby yesterday. He or she was in the proper head down position but was covering its face the whole time so we didn’t get a single good picture. The tech also said that the baby was having the hiccups and showed us how its stomach was jumping up and down. I could feel the movements and have felt them before. Travis was surprised that the baby could have hiccups while still in my belly! So cute! The glucose tolerance test was grueling. I chose the fruit punch flavor which was like a slightly carbonated version of the sweetest kool-aid ever. They drew my blood before I drank it, then an hour later and two hours later (for a total of 3 times drawing blood). I had to fast after midnight to prepare for the test and by the time I left the office at 12:30 pm I was feeling dizzy, had a slight headache and was so hot that I sweating everywhere (legs, arms, back). I felt better after lunch (which I ate slowly per their recommendation) but I was worn out and slept for an hour and a half after eating. Luckily the results came back all within normal limits. I start going to the doctor every 2 weeks now, until 36 weeks when I go once per week.
Symptoms: I still have discomfort in my tailbone area when I sit but it’s not as bad as last week.
Movement: Getting so much stronger by the day! It’s so weird to feel the baby kick while I walking around or bending over. Sometimes it takes my breath away.
What I’m eating: Seared salmon with mango salsa, sauteed snap peas and brown rice/quinoa blend on the side. Seared  salmon, roasted asparagus and a mexican quinoa with black beans mix that I made. Cooked salmon in sushi with avocado and cucumber. I was loving the a salmon again last week! Yogurt, granola and fruit bowls. Smoothies…for breakfast and sometimes for a snack. I bought the yummiest black pepper feta and had it on a salad twice and in scrambled eggs once.
Drinking: Back to the Zevia Ginger Ale. My water needs to have lots of ice and now when the water is gone I eat the ice before I get my refill. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Looking forward to: I have a few more pictures to take and edit and then I can share my post on our house before and after renovations. I’ll be sharing all but the nursery sometime this week…because the nursery will have its own separate post. Travis and I are getting married on May 30th in our backyard so that’s the next BIG thing before the baby gets here!

21 Weeks

 21 weeks
Elissa and Ryder
Lots to talk about this week!
How far along? 21 weeks
Baby’s size: about the length of a carrot (around 11 inches) and weighs about a pound.
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Clothes: I got my maxi dress on clearance from Belly Dance Maternity back in December before they went out of business. The maker is Cotton Glam. It’s actually a tube dress and I knew it would be perfect for a summer pregnancy. I can wear it after the baby but will most likely have to get the tube part taken in! My sweater is from Loft. Flip flops are Reef.
Workouts – Last week (Mar 10 – Mar 16):
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 2 different days I walked over 3 miles
Symptoms: So last Wednesday I had a scary moment. I was just sitting in the passenger seat of the car waiting for Travis to come outside and my feet and legs went numb and I felt dizzy. Instead of sitting still and maybe seeing if the feeling would pass, I thought it would be a good idea to go inside and lay down. By the time I got to the kitchen I was seeing black spots and had to hold on to the counter to keep from falling down. Travis helped me to the sofa and opened a window so I could get some air. I was better within a few minutes but was scared enough to call the doctor and see what they thought. After asking several questions and talking to a doctor the nurse said I didn’t need to come in but to call right away if it happened again because they might want to check my blood pressure and iron.
I also had 2 days in a row last week that my face and fingers were swollen when I woke up. Even after eating breakfast, showering and washing my face my face was still so puffy it was awkward putting eyeliner on. But I still did! Hello vanity!
Apparently I can no longer exercise AND have a really active day or I get really tired, cranky and therefore fussy. If I know I’ll be doing some planting/yardwork/housework or going on a long walk in the evening I need to skip spin class!
What I’m eating: Avocado toast. Avocados in taco salad. My sister Angela made her homemade mac-n-cheese and a salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, carrots and cucumbers when visited Saturday (pictured above). Breakfast is my favorite meal though and I shop in the yogurt section at Whole Foods like I’m looking for new shoes!
Drinking: La Croix sparkling water (I currently have the coconut and the orange flavors). Zevia Ginger Ale. Decaf coffee; I bought some soy french vanilla creamer last week…yum! All the water.
Looking forward to: We are getting estimates for new hardwood floors to be installed on our first floor and having our entire house painted (interior). Can’t wait for that to get started!
Funny: I feel the baby move all the time now, especially when I sit down after being active, anytime while I eating or after I eat or when I lay down on my back. Travis hasn’t been able to feel the bumps and kicks from the outside yet. Recently he probably sat with his hand on my belly for about 10 minutes while the baby was being super active. He said that he couldn’t feel the baby but he could feel my heartbeat. Oh my gosh, I laughed for the longest! He was confused and didn’t know what was so funny and I finally got it together to remind him where my heart is 🙂
Ultrasound results: I had my anatomy ultrasound last Friday. The baby was moving all around and kicking me while tech was checking all the parts out. We had to turn away twice so as not to ruin the gender surprise. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have known what I was looking at anyway but I obeyed and turned my head. She estimated the baby to be about 13 ounces and 10 inches long. Healthy and happy in there! Near the end of the ultrasound the tech told us that I had a low lying placenta or “partial placenta previa”. She warned me that I would have to have a follow up ultrasound in 8 weeks to see if it will move up. A lot of times if the placenta is low at this time in pregnancy it will move as the uterus grows but once you get around 28 weeks the odds are that will stay that way. If the placenta stays where it is I’ll have to have a c-section! Not in my plans at all (will talk more about birth plans later). I didn’t see the doctor until Monday (for my normal prenatal checkup and to go over the ultrasound) and she confirmed they are doing another ultrasound at 28 weeks but said that other than my uterus growing and the placenta moving out of the way by itself there’s nothing that can be done about it. She also prescribed me with pelvic rest which means until my next ultrasound 8 WEEKS FROM NOW no sex, no baths and no swimming!! Bleeding is a huge risk with placenta previa but I’ve had zero bleeding during my pregnancy. Since she said no sex I assumed that would also mean no work outs but when I asked the doctor she seemed to think spin class is fine but not sex…weird to me. The doctor was nice but I could tell she was rushed and I didn’t get to talk it like I wanted to. I’m still not convinced spin is ok or that abstaining from sex is necessary. From what I read doctors usually only suggest pelvic rest and restricted activities if the placenta is still low on the follow up ultrasound at 28 weeks in the 3rd trimester or if you’ve have other complications (which I haven’t). I plan to call the office back in the next day or 2 to talk about it.
Risks due to placenta previa include:
  • having to get a c-section because the placenta can bled as your cervix dilates in labor. My doctor said that usually they schedule the c-section for 37 0r 38 weeks to prevent you from going into labor by yourself
  • more at risk for also having placenta accreta which means the placenta doesn’t separate easily after the baby comes and it can cause massive bleeding. I’m going to stop now…