Hi friends! Time for another pregnancy update – our baby has been growing for 24 weeks now! Check out the previous posts first if you missed them:
24 Week Pregnancy Update
Baby Size: An ear of corn, or a half gallon of milk! She weighs nearly 1.5 pounds now.
Symptoms: According to my pregnancy app (I use sprout Pregnancy+), I’m in my 6th month of pregnancy now – wow! I’m still feeling pretty good, but getting a bit more tired, especially in the heat. The sun and I are not really friends right now… I can’t stand it beating down on me and have totally become that person that has an umbrella out when I have a long-ish walk to make in the sun. I was having lunch with a co-working space buddy earlier this week and I was like “omg it’s sooooo hot out I’m dying” and he was like “uh… it’s actually not that bad out today.” Lol! Apparently my perception of heat has changed as I progress in pregnancy! Also, my left hip in particular has started aching a bit, although that was mostly after sitting all day for 2 days for a workshop, and a swim the day after seemed to do the trick. A good reminder that movement makes a huge difference in how I feel, and is worth keeping it up! I’m also still getting nosebleeds a few times a week or so, which is annoying but otherwise not a big deal.
Currently Missing: The runner’s high. I love my boot camps, yoga, hiking, walking, and swimming, but nothing compares to the endorphins you get after a run (especially one spent chatting nonstop with friends). I really miss it, especially from a stress perspective, and I have a feeling this will get harder as the weather cools off and gets more running-friendly.
Sleep: I definitely need a lot of sleep right now! I’m aiming to be in bed for 9 hours each night if possible, especially since I’m usually waking up once per night for the bathroom and then it takes me a little while to fall back asleep. Lately it’s been more like 8, which is not enough right now!
Cravings and favorite foods: I’m loving really refreshing summery salads, like watermelon/feta/arugula/heirloom tomato creations. I’m also still into coconut water, smoothies, yogurt, cheese, eggs, and fruit. Besides the fruit/smoothies, I’ve mostly been on the savory train with my cravings – I currently have a hankering for nachos that needs to be acted on as soon as I have an opportunity!
Food aversions: I’m kind of over sandwiches, with the exception of breakfast egg sandwiches. I also have a bit of an aversion to leftovers, which is weird because usually I like leftovers (no work/the food is already ready – usually that’s awesome)!
Exercise: I’m still getting in some sort of movement pretty much every day of the week, and sticking with my routine of a few classes (usually 2 strength boot camps and 1 yoga class) plus lots of walking, a swim here and there, and hiking.
This weekend I’m going to hit up my first official prenatal yoga class – it will be fun to not have to worry about modifying moves/spending half the class doing something different from everyone else! That’s getting a little old. 🙂 I’ve had to modify yoga way more than my boot camp classes (for those, I just modify jumping/high impact stuff to be lower impact). I went to a great strength class this morning with the girls – the focus was slower moves with heavier weights which feels way better for me right now than fast/cardio based circuit workouts. Yay!
Mood: Ehhhhh… after a couple months of feeling really good and like normal, the past couple weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a really negative and jarring encounter with someone a little over a week ago that kind of sent me off the emotional ledge and for the days following it I found that little things were upsetting me more than they normally would. Pregnancy is weird because I’ve found it harder to regulate emotions in general – you feel things more intensely, or at least I do – but it also seems once I’m upset about something it’s harder to get back to feeling normal after that.
Anyway – this was a pretty good week and I’m feeling much better about things now, but in general the past couple weeks have felt overwhelming. We have had a lot going on behind the scenes between long work hours, lots of misadventures and issues with the dogs, etc., and that on top of pregnancy hormones has not been super fun. I’m lucky to have a kind and supportive husband, family nearby, and lots of sweet friends to help me through when I’m feeling down, though!
Maternity clothes: I haven’t gotten any new maternity clothes since my thredUP shopping spree – so just wearing what I have between the stuff I’ve purchased and the stuff I’ve been handed down! And also rocking lots of stretchy non-maternity shirts. 🙂
Reading: I’m reading Bringing Up Bebe right now and loving it! Definitely sold on the French approach to parenting and am going to do my best to follow their lead.
Buying: I haven’t purchased any baby stuff recently, but I did spend a lot of time the past couple weeks setting up our baby registry, so I’ve been doing tons of baby-product related research! My latest question for you guys is this: do you think it makes sense to have two strollers (aka a really light and easily foldable portable one that basically lives in the car for quick trips when I’m out on my own, plus a more durable/big jogging stroller for adventures), or should I just get one that’s more of an in-between? I’m not sure how much running I’ll do with the stroller, since I generally tend to like having running as my time to get out and about and catch up with friends, but I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of walking with the stroller, and I bet Matt and I might run together with the stroller on occasion (with him pushing it! heh). Thoughts? Not sure which way to go!
Excited for: Our baby shower! We’re going to have a co-ed baby shower that’s basically just a big party; I think it will be a blast and much more “us”. 🙂 Plus, this way Matt can be involved! It’s in September and is going to be outside (fingers crossed for good weather) and we’re renting a super cool wood-fired pizza truck (that also serves gelato – YES! – and has beer on tap) for the occasion. So excited!
I’m also really excited for Matt to hopefully feel the baby move soon! She’s gotten a lot more active lately – I think he should be able to feel her from the outside sometime in the next week!
Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with us! My next update will be at 26 weeks. Until then!
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