Good evening! Hope you guys all had a great Thursday! I’m popping in this evening to share another pregnancy update. Now that I have made it to my second trimester I feel like I can finally breathe again. I still have a natural mama bear type of concern for our little one, but overall I feel much more confident as each day passes. So, let me tell you all about weeks 14 and 15.
14 Weeks: Baby is the size of a lemon.
15 Weeks: Baby is the size of an apple.
I seem to look more pregnant during week 14 rather than in week 15. I’m thinking this was because I took week 14’s picture right after eating. I still feel I look most pregnant towards the end of the day. My doctor urged me to be patient with my growing belly since I likely won’t show as soon as others due to my tilted uterus and height.
14 Weeks: 1 pound.
15 Weeks: Lost two pounds. I’ve been weighing myself at the gym every Wednesday for accuracy, but I would like to note that my weight gain was up at my third doctor’s visit.
14 Weeks: Three workouts: a 40 minute walk, 1400 meter swim, and a Body Pump class. This week’s swim workout was completed with two of my swim friends and it was incredibly challenging. I was a little behind the others since I’ve stopped doing flip turns, but my friends were encouraging and also commented that I swam really strong that day. I’m looking forward to more swims as my pregnancy progresses as it is by far my favorite way to exercise lately.
15 Weeks: One Body Pump class and one 1500 meter swim. My real estate license was activated this week which involved a few meetings and running around town more than usual. Needless to say, I did not make it to the gym as often as I had hoped this week. The good news is that I felt like I was constantly on the go and always on my feet. My energy definitely made a come back.
14 Weeks: I’m almost completely out of the woods with my nausea spells. I still feel a bit icky in the morning, but breakfast seems to make it disappear. Dizziness continues (see fun stories below). This week I’ve definitely noticed frequent trips to the bathroom. It seems like I make a trip every 30 minutes to an hour. And acne has improved thankfully!
15 Weeks: Nausea only seems to hit me first thing in the morning due to an empty stomach. Eating right away helps. As I mentioned above, my energy levels were amazing this week. It seems that I only get really tired when it is time for bed. I still do not have a noticeable bump, but I’m noticing changes to my body as each day passes. Urination continues to be frequent this week. I have a feeling this will only worsen as my pregnancy progresses.
14 Weeks: Cooked vegetables are still an issue for me, but I’m eating them anyway.
15 Weeks: Not much this week. I think the worse has passed. It certainly feels fantastic to have my appetite back.
14 Weeks: Wine (oh how I miss thee), McDonald’s Big Mac (YIKES), pizza, salads, sandwiches, apples, water (have been extremely thirsty lately), popsicles, oatmeal, hot tea.
15 Weeks: Baked potato soup, Hope’s yummy salad that I mentioned in my last update (see picture below), oatmeal, sunflower seeds, popsicles, coffee, wine, king cake (need to satisfy this one soon), chips and salsa.
14 Weeks: Waking up way too much to urinate. Thankful that I’m returning to sleep quickly.
15 Weeks: Same as week 14.
Looking Forward To…
14 Weeks: My doctor’s visit next week and feeling the baby move for the first time.
15 Weeks: Finding out whether we’re having a boy or a girl.
14 Weeks: No idea, but excited to find out soon.
15 Weeks: I feel like I’m having a girl one day, then a boy the next. Also, Brett and I found out that we will be able to find out the gender of our baby at our next ultrasound – which will be during week 20.
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases
14 Weeks: None. We are trying to hold off since we don’t have much room for anything in our smaller home. We’re hoping to only buy the things we absolutely need when we do start purchasing.
15 Weeks: Burt’s Bees’ Mama Bee Belly Butter. I’ve started applying this belly butter to my belly, hips and breast every night in hopes of preventing stretch marks. Brett and I both researched creams and oils for stretch marks and this certain product seems to have the best reviews at a reasonable price. I conveniently keep the tub of cream on top of my toilet in my bathroom to make it easier to remember to apply right after I step out of the shower each night.
Week 14: This really isn’t a fun story, but I thought I’d share for any mamas out there that may have had a similar experience. While in church this week, during the blessing of the eucharist, I started to sweat and feel faint out of nowhere. Fortunately, I had a few jelly beans in my purse and a few scrap pieces of paper to fan myself. After about five minutes I felt fine but a little embarrassed. Brett seemed to think that my blood sugar was low. Thank goodness for my emergency stash of jelly beans!
Week 15: Our third doctor’s visit was this week, and we were able to listen to our baby’s heartbeat once again. Our doctor was finally able to locate the baby with no trouble at all since my uterus is finally moving forward. She then explained to Brett and I the difference between the sound of the baby’s heart and the sound of the baby moving. Our baby seemed to move quite a bit the entire time we listened. I couldn’t help but laugh since it made me so incredibly happy. It’s so unbelievable that there is life within me since my symptoms are slowly disappearing and I’m unable to feel the baby just yet. Checking in on our baby just really makes me happy, and I can’t help but give thanks to the good Lord above for this miraculous experience.