What is Baby K up to? At 28 weeks she is almost 2.5lbs and can be up to 15” long! She is also gaining more fat every day now.
How I am doing? Good. I get anxious when she has a quiet day and then worry but as soon as I get a kick that goes away. The only annoying symptom I really have right now is heartburn. I get it 3-4 evenings a week pretty bad in my back. The other thing I just started experiencing is a sore tummy. By sore I mean it feel bruised almost and just plain uncomfortable some days.
A little about restrictions in pregnancy…
This is only my opinion and I am not wanting to offend anyone here, everyone is different!
Even from before I was pregnant I was shocked at the number of restriction people had for when you are pregnant, while the list could go on forever here are some of the common ones: no caffeine, no lunch meats, no sushi, no soft serve ice cream, only low intensity exercise, no soft cheese, no unwashed vegetables, no airport scanners… and on and on… I am here to tell you that I have broke these all and Baby K is just perfect and I know she will be at birth too and if not, if certainly would not be related to any of the above restrictions I did not follow.
I do not want this to sound like a rant, but I have looked into every restriction I have chosen not to follow to find out the reasoning then make my own educated decision on if I will or will not do it. I eat sushi. I do stay away from most uncooked seafood but there are many types of sushi I can still eat. I eat lunch meat, I have had a Subway obsession this pregnancy and would not give that up. I drink coffee – hello caffeine, drink pop and eat chocolate. Baby K just wiggles more on these days 😉 I eat goat cheese – and have been double asked in restaurants if I really want it – heck yes I love it! Then exercise… I believe a healthy pregnancy includes physical activity – especially if you were physically active before. I do not think pregnancy is the time to start an exercise program though. However, being fairly active the last 5 plus years I knew this was something I would not give up and in the end it would only benefit me and baby. At 28 weeks I still can (kinda) run, I lift weights that are no lighter than before, and I even did the Mud Hero Race (with extreme caution of course). In my first trimester at 5pm I would be so tired and nauseous and yes it would have been easy to lay on my couch but would have it helped me? Nope. However going to the gym did. Never did I feel worse when I left there – 95% of the time I felt better. There are a small amount of people due to medical conditions that may not be able to workout but that is something different. From all my research and reading the benefits are endless to keeping active in pregnancy, this article lists quite a few.
I do not judge anyone that chooses to follow these restrictions, that is their choice just like it is mine not to. Like I said everyone needs to do their own research, not believe everything they hear (or even what a Dr says) and decide for themselves. My Dr. has actually encouraged me to run until the end as long as no symptoms appear. He told me do as you did before just more carefully. I know my Mom never had these restrictions when she had me or my brothers and we are all a-okay – or think we are 😉 I also feel there are way more children with allergies, birth problems etc now – not saying there is a correlation but just putting it out there.
There are things I have 100% avoided in pregnancy – alcohol – though studies are saying some wine might not be bad thing, smoking and certain medications – ie) Motrin. Though I was told by my Dr. that if I was desperate when I was getting bad migraines one will not hurt and probably do me more good than being in pain.
Weight gained: 12.5lbs
Workouts: Again no huge change. I did run for part of the Mud Hero race and had no problems, however I do see a end in sight with running. I might have another couple weeks in me we will see. Cardio on the elliptical, spin bike and walking might be all for the last 10 weeks. I have one more week of prenatal yoga for this session, then start my last session mid September which takes me right to my due date! Crazy.
Movement: Well she loves to kick her Mom, just after 9pm and before 5am. During the day she is usually pretty quiet. We gotta change things A few nights ago she spent over an hour rolling back and forth, pretty crazy to feel now that she is bigger.
Sleep: On holidays I had a couple bad sleeps, then another one our first night back home. But typically sleep is good, 8 hours a night with 2 pee breaks.
Stretch marks? No change here, just the couple I mentioned a few weeks ago. They have always been there just a tad more noticeable.
Miss Anything? My pants! haha. I have 3 pairs of maternity ones plus leggings so my options these days are limited.
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: We ran the MudHero race! Baby’s first race
Baby Items Purchased: This is getting hard to remember… a few decor items for the nursery, some clothes for her for when we go to Arizona, a bottle drying rack, plate set, a fleece snowsuit, and the cutest little pink Converse runners.
Nursery Update: The crib is set-up, her bedding is in it, the rug is down, the dresser is slowly coming along, we picked up the rocking chair (from when I was a baby!), bought a side table and lamp and some decor… I am pretty happy with the progress.
Looking Forward To: Working on her nursery more.