And, as promised, I’ll be sharing some big news this afternoon! According to your survey results you guys think we’re having a…
We shall see! I’ll fill you in later today!
14 Weeks: Baby is the size of a lemon!
15 Weeks: Baby is the size of an apple!
This pic wasn’t meant to be a bump pic, so I apologize that it’s not a very good one. It’s the closest thing to a tummy pic I had from week 15 though and wanted to share something!
16 Weeks: Baby is the size of an avocado!
Another crappy bump pic… Sorry!! It was the only one I had from 16 weeks and I snapped it at the gym right after I taught PiYo. I clearly didn’t snap many bump pics at all at first! I promise to get better now that I’ve shared the news with you guys and will be posting weekly updates.
14 Weeks: Didn’t weigh myself.
15 Weeks: Didn’t weigh myself.
16 Weeks: 8 pounds.
14 Weeks: Workouts fell to the wayside a bit this week, thanks mostly to a family vacation to Sanibel Island. I was still able to remain fairly active with lots of bike riding, one strength workout and long beach walks! Moving my body definitely makes me feel better!
15 Weeks: With more travel this week (Florida and Minnesota), I didn’t focus too much on traditional workouts and looked to lots of walking as my main form of exercise. (I wore my Polar Loop and just made it my goal to hit 10,000 steps each day.) Once I returned to North Carolina, the latter half of the week was active again, thanks to teaching Spinning, barbell strength and PiYo and a weekend Pure Barre class.
16 Weeks: I made it to the gym for 5 workouts this week (including the classes I taught) and felt great! Spinning continues to be a favorite way to work up a sweat and I’m still loving barre workouts and strength training.
14 Weeks: This week I experienced my first all day battle with nausea and fatigue. It totally knocked me out and the only thing I could stomach was whole bananas, banana smoothies, ice cream and noodle soup (with the chicken removed because it made me want to gag). I want to hug all of the women who battle with all-day nausea and fatigue through a greater part of their pregnancy because it was awful.
I’m also experiencing some serious breakouts this week (not just on my face, but also on my chest and upper back which has never happened to me before outside of pregnancy – not so fun). And, to be 100 percent candid, I’m struggling a bit with self esteem this week. I don’t feel like my belly is there yet, but I joke with my friends and Ryan that I’m pregnant everywhere other than my stomach! My arms and thighs feel thicker and softer and I feel like my hips are getting wider. I told my girlfriends that I have a baby in my biceps! Haha! Thinking back to my ultrasound appointments and hearing our baby’s heartbeat puts everything into perspective though and makes me feel better and very grateful my body is changing for such a wonderful reason.
I also tried to go for a run this week and experienced some uncomfortable feelings down there (almost like a heavy feeling – sorry if this is TMI) and wanted to share it on the blog because after I texted some of my pregnant or formerly pregnant friends and talked to my mom who is a nurse, I felt much better knowing this is something many women experience! Once I realized I wasn’t just experiencing sore crotch from Spinning, I made sure to listen to my body and switch from running to walking and felt better.
15 Weeks: I learned something this week: My usual motion sickness on a plane is apparently exacerbated during pregnancy. The little one does not like to fly. I ended up throwing up on two separate flights this week (unfortunately during the decent, so I was unable to excuse myself to the bathroom and had to use the air sick bag – so embarrassing and I felt awful for the people next to me, though they were very sweet and understanding). Nausea was the worse it’s been for me during pregnancy so far. Eating constantly can usually keep nausea at bay and I need a layer of food in my belly at all times, or I will feel pukey.
16 Weeks: Feeling much better during the day this week, but a little off during the evening hours. My skin is still far from clear, but breakouts diminished a little bit this week (thank goodness).
14 Weeks: Tomato-based soups, chili, most cooked vegetables
15 Weeks: Same as the above, though I can handle cooked vegetables in things (not alone)
16 Weeks: Same as the above plus anything made with cumin
14 Weeks: Sandwiches!!! As advised by my doctor, I am making sure to heat any lunchmeat before eating it, but I’m also loving double cheese and raw veggie sandwiches. Eggs, fruit, sparkling water, cheeseburgers and gummy candy are also very appealing!
15 Weeks: Sandwiches, chips, fruit, cheeseburgers
16 Weeks: Sandwiches, gummy candy, pasta, grapes
14 Weeks: Sleeping much better. Feeling super tired by 8:30 p.m. almost every night though.
15 Weeks: Improved sleep!
16 Weeks: Sleeping better, but having a hard time falling back to sleep when I wake up to go to the bathroom sometimes.
Looking Forward To…
14 Weeks: Our 3D ultrasound appointment… And hopefully finding out whether we’re having a boy or a girl!
15 Weeks: Hopefully feeling better soon. I heard from many people that nausea can often fade around 17 weeks and I’m ready to wake up in the morning not feeling like I have a horrible hangover all the time. I’m also looking forward to my 16 week appointment so I can make sure everything looks okay! I’ve been experiencing more and more anxiety and really, really look forward to all of my appointments with our doctor.
16 Weeks: Telling my best friends from high school that we’re expecting! It has been so hard to keep the big news from them, but I’ve done my best because I really want to tell them in person when I see them in Chicago next weekend.
14 Weeks: I’ll elaborate more on this in a separate post because Ryan and I had a really strong feeling one way during the 3D ultrasound and when we found out this week, it ended up being right!
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
14 Weeks: Nope.
15 Weeks: My first purchase for the baby happened this week!! I bought a pair of tinny TOMS during the Zulily sale! I couldn’t help myself. Too cute! I also bought a long, blousy tank two sizes bigger than my normal size at Target when I was in Minnesota during the General Mills trip and have been wearing it non-stop! It’s been great for layering.
Any Fun Stories?
14 Weeks: After our miscommunication with the doctor issue during week 11 of my pregnancy, Ryan was super bummed he missed the ultrasound where I saw the baby move for the first time, so we scheduled a 3D ultrasound so he could see our baby dance around. An added bonus? We found out the sex of our little one several weeks early! The ultrasound technician said our baby was in the perfect place to see whether it is a boy or a girl! I’ll share more about how we found out what we were having later today!