20 Week Pregnancy Update
Welcome to 20 weeks pregnant, where yoga pants and hubby’s t-shirts are the only form of survival.
I can’t believe I’m already half way through this pregnancy. Honestly, being in the moment I feel like time is dragging, but looking back it feels like it’s gone by fast. I think the truth is, I’m just ready for baby to be here already! We are anxiously awaiting next week until we find out what baby will be. I’m thinking a boy, but everyone else is convinced baby will be a girl.
I’ve been terrible about taking bump pictures, which I intend on getting better at this second half of pregnancy. I definitely have a belly now, as you can tell from the picture below. I’m loving being in the stage where I know I look pregnant, not like I’ve gained a few and just have a food baby.
Speaking of gaining a few, I’ve been gaining weight at a pretty regular rate. So far I’ve gained about 10 pounds, which I’m happy with. My goal is to only gain around 20 pounds, which the doctor says is a healthy range. I’ve finally had to invest in some maternity pants because the hair tie holding my jean buttons together while my sides are squeezing out isn’t exactly a fashion trend I see coming around anytime soon.
I’ve also been blessed with the motherhood tiger stripes, or as some people call them, stretchmarks. Calling them tiger stripes helps me cope with the fact that my body is changing in ways I never really imagined.
Symptoms and Side Effects
Sickness: I was one of the lucky pregnant mama’s that didn’t experience any morning sickness. However, in the beginning I had little to no appetite and a lot of food aversions. Once I began the second trimester, I got my appetite back and now I’ll basically eat anything.
Cravings: The only thing that I’ve been consistently craving is iced lemon water. I can’t complain though, I could be craving worse things.
Emotions: Like it or not, the emotions are in full in effect. I’m blessed with an amazing husband for putting up with me – I know it can’t be easy. He’s been so patient and loving and I couldn’t ask for a better support during this time. I get moody and annoyed for no reason and I cry over the simplest things that a normal person shouldn’t cry over. Last week at work they were having a meeting in the only room with drinkable water and my Yeti was empty; I called my husband crying. Being pregnant is hard (a blessing, but hard), okay?
Movement: At about 18-19 weeks I started to feel baby move, and the movements are finally starting to get more prominent. I have to say, feeling the baby move is probably the best part about pregnancy.
Decor: We are slowly starting to get things together for the nursery. We’re waiting for our gender reveal next week to start buying decor, but I can’t wait to put it all together.
Names: We have names picked out already for either boy or girl that we love, but once again, we’re just waiting on the gender reveal.
Birth Plan: I know it’s still fairly early, but we have been starting to think about our birth plan. The thought of my lower half being completely numb from an epidural kind of freaks me out, so I’m leaning on the side of a natural birth. But, the contraction pain may very well change my mind, so I’m not completely opposed to it. What are your thoughts and experiences on an epidural?