20 Weeks!

Twenty Weeks!

Our black lab, Cooper, already loving on his baby sister!

Halfway there at 20 weeks :-). And although I cannot wait to meet our baby girl, I am loving every moment of this pregnancy…especially the constant kicks and flips I am feeling lately! I just wish time could slow down because it’s going by WAY too fast! It’s a weird feeling to want to meet her and know her so bad, but at the same time want to stay pregnant forever.
Here is what is going on this week thanks to Baby Center:

Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How your life’s changing:

Congratulations! You’ve hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you’ve likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. (If you started your pregnancy underweight, you may need to gain a bit more; if you were overweight, perhaps a bit less.) Make sure you’re getting enough iron, a mineral that’s used primarily to make hemoglobin (the part of your red blood cells that carries oxygen).

During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta. Red meat is one of the best sources of iron for pregnant women. Poultry (especially the dark meat) also contains iron. Some common non-meat sources of iron include legumes, soy-based products, spinach, prune juice, raisins, and iron-fortified cereals.

If you haven’t already signed up for a childbirth education class, you may want to look into one, especially if you’re a first-timer. A structured class will help prepare you and your partner for the rigors of labor and delivery. Most hospitals and birth centers offer classes, either as weekly meetings or as a single
intensive, one-day session. Many communities have independent instructors as well. Ask your friends, family members, or caregiver for recommendations

How far along?  20 weeks
Total weight gain:  6 lbs
Maternity clothes? The few maternity that I own clothes have now become WAY more comfortable than my regular clothes. Although, with the warmerweather upon us, I have been finding myself wearing lots of sundresses…which don’t have to necessarily be maternity.
Stretch marks?  No.
Sleep:  I got up to pee 4 x last night. Hoping that isn’t going to become the norm for the last 20 weeks. Other than that, sleeping great.
Best moment this week: Feeling baby girl not only kick (which I have felt for a few weeks now) but do flips. It was the strangest, coolest, rolling type of feeling.
Miss Anything? Nothing at all!
Movement:  Yes, I feel movement at least a few times everyday now!
Food cravings:  Mexican food, pizza, fruit, orange juice and milk.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Gender prediction: It’s a girl!
Labor Signs:  Nope.
Symptoms: Headaches, round ligament pain.
Belly Button in or out?  In.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy!
Looking forward to: OB appt next wednesday. I haven’t seen my OB in 3 months now (I have either been seen by a midwife or the perinatologist). I LOVE my OB so I am excited to see her again!

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