Hi mamas. We are now officially in the second half of the pregnancy! As you read in my last diary, we’ve been having a rough week at our house. Knowing that my husband is going through perhaps the most difficult time in his life has been weighing my heart down. I almost feel like we’re at a bit of a life standstill if that makes sense? But, there is a beautiful little life growing inside of me and I’m so grateful to have something so special to look forward to. It’s important for me at a time like this to remember all of the blessings in our lives and what amazing things are to come.
I thought this week I would just give you a really quick update about the basic pregnancy stuff. We had our 20-week anatomy scan on Monday. For those of you that don’t know, the 20-week anatomy scan is an ultrasound that looks closely at the baby’s anatomy to check for any abnormalities. As you know, I’ve been limiting my ultrasounds this pregnancy but I do believe this one is really important. I think it’s good to know if there is anything major happening so mom and dad can figure out if there is anything they can do to help the issue. I just asked the doctor to spend only the time necessary to check everything and not do any extra angles for fun. The scan overall took about 10 minutes but the doctor would pause between angles (without the ultrasound waves) to tell me what he was seeing. It was good timing that the scan fell the day after Andy’s injury because I was able to share some sweet photos of our baby boy and tell him that he was perfectly healthy. I couldn’t help getting emotional after I left. It’s amazing how closely a low point can be followed by such a high one. I am a hot mess of emotions these days.
We also found out at the anatomy scan that I have an anterior placenta, meaning my placenta is toward the back of my uterus. That means I am able to feel this baby kick a lot sooner than last time and a lot stronger! Andy was able to feel him for the first time on Wednesday night and it made my heart so happy.
I’ve gained a total of 11 pounds so far. The doctor said that between 10-15 pounds is normal right now. I feel like I’ve gained a lot and I feel like my bump is huge for only being 4 ½ months, but I need to just learn to chill and let go a little bit. I had so much trouble eating healthy the first 3 months and I think that added up a lot, but now that I’m able to eat more vegetables I’m really trying hard to stay on track. I crave junk constantly but I do my best to balance everything. If I have a bad meal, I follow it up with a ton of vegetables.
I’m working out 4-5 days a week. Every day is different depending on how I feel but I’ve been doing a lot of strength training, spinning and stair climbing. I feel alright during most of it, but I’m definitely not working out as intensely as I was before getting pregnant. I’m surprisingly sleeping pretty well at night lately and haven’t switched over to a pregnancy pillow yet! It’s hard for me to remember when I did all of this stuff with Lily, but I think by now I was really having trouble sleeping. I’m starting to get the round ligament pain and this pregnancy I have wild tailbone pain. I’m working with a chiropractor and trying to stretch & roll it out with a tennis ball.
Andy has his surgery on Tuesday, so I know the next couple of weeks will be pretty intense. Wish us luck. Just gotta keep going, mamas!