24 Week Pregnancy Update

Also titled, “Needing to Reign it In.”

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Me and my bug after nap time yesterday. My cuddle bug ❤

I like how the pregnancy updates I’ve been sharing on here coincide with my prenatal appointments. My next appointment is at 28 weeks (also when I get to do the glucose test) and from there my appointments go to every 2 weeks. As long as there’s something to discuss I figure I may as well keep up with how things have flowed so far.

How far along? 24 weeks!

Total weight gain/loss? Ok here we go. Guys, yikes. I went to my appointment this week and weighed in at 149 which is a total of 25 lbs gained so far and 8 lbs gained in the last 4 weeks. Ummm. Yeah. For my pre-pregnancy weight it’s recommended to have a total weight gain of 25-30 lbs. I think with Julian I gained a total of 30 lbs. I am only 24 weeks! Thinking I need to reign it in and start working out and walking again/more. And maybe not eat a pan of brownies, some ice cream, lattes, cookies and bagels a week, perhaps.

                What I Really Think About It: I care but I don’t. It’s shocking to see the scale go up so quickly in such a short time. That’s never fun even when you’re pregnant and there’s a 100% acceptable reason for it to do that. But then again, I’m so hungry! What am I going to do? Not eat? No. I’ve been better about upping my protein intake but I suppose there’s always room for improvement. In fact, I came home yesterday from my appoinment and had a tomato, basil and mozzarella sandwich on whole wheat bread, an apple and wheat thins and not even 2 hours later I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter. Then I took a nice nap :). Ok, that’s a LOT of carbs and not a whole lot of protein, even for me, and you know carbs make you more hungry thanks to the sugar. So I kinda did that to myself. But this level of hunger is pretty normal even on lots of veggie and high protein days.

Last thought on this topic, I remember with Julian my second trimester is when I gained the most weight and I gained maybe 5 lbs during the third so maybe that’s just what’s happening here? Hopefully?? I don’t want to give my baby or myself diabetes so thats really the only reason I’m worried. Ok that and trying to lose the extra weight after the baby is born is up there, too.

Left: 24 weeks pregnant with Julian. Right: 24 weeks pregnant with Baby #2. In both cases, belly is measuring right on track with where I am in the pregnancy. So that extra weight is going elsewhere.

Maternity Clothes? Oh yeah. Still almost busting the seams of my stretchy yoga pants and tops but any other clothes have to be maternity. Also finding my sports bras really confining these days but I’m kinda iffy if I should go out and buy some bigger ones or not. I’m thinking I probably should since I doubt my chest is shrinking anytime too soon.

Stretch marks? No and I am using both coconut oil and shea butter regularly but my belly seems pretty stretched as it is, so if I make it all the way to term with no stretch marks its going to be a miracle.

Sleep? Some nights are great other nights I am awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep. It’s pretty sad to me when this happens since I spent so many nights during Julian’s first year and more desperately wishing he’d sleep so I could get a solid night sleep. Now he sleeps great (knock on wood) and I still find myself awake sometimes. Worst.

Best moment? This has nothing to do with the pregnancy but just watching how affectionate and sensitive Julian is becoming. He’s learning the sad emotion now and I watch him as he sees other kids get upset and how he looks concerned then he tells me about it later (in his own broken words that only I can understand). It’s so amazing and I pretty much don’t want him to go to school, ever haha.

Miss anything? Still missing a nice glass of red wine although I did treat myself to a small glass this past weekend when I was at my dad’s for dinner. I was on my own with Julian that day, he was bouncing off the walls and the sip I took of my sister’s glass was so delicious I said What the hell. Definitely not an every night or week or even month thing but I feel pretty comfortable with this. I had a few half glasses when I was pregnant with Julian and in Italy and I was fine with it too. Italian wine has a lot less alcohol, generally speaking. Also still missing sushi and fall beers.

Movement? Yes! Lots of kicks and jabs. This baby moves a lot. Julian moved a ton too, but this baby seems even more active, if that’s possible. Don’t know what that means for when he’s born but I’m thinking I need to quash all my hopes of having a baby who likes to sleep and just sit in one place contentedly.

Craving? Oh you know, Brownies. Cake. Muffins. Basically carbs and sugar.

Anything making you sick or queasy? Thankfully no.

Labor signs? None.

Bellybutton status? Flat, borderline becoming an outie? Help!

Wedding ring status? On and still comfortable. Not much swelling here yet.

Looking forward to? Now that we have the crib and dresser set up in the new baby’s room I am looking forward to going through all Julian’s clothes and sorting out what I can keep and figuring out the (probably very few) things I’ll need to buy.

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Julian helping with the set up!

Xoxo

Liz

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