26 Week Pregnancy Update

It’s time for another pregnancy update! I’m 26 weeks now, and earlier this week for the first time I had someone get up and offer me their seat on the metro! So apparently it’s official – I legit look pregnant. 🙂 Check out the previous posts first if you missed them:

  • Sharing our big news
  • 1st trimester recap/Q&A post
  • Boy or girl?!
  • 16 Week Pregnancy Update (all the emotions, all the carbs)
  • 18 Week Pregnancy Update (all the sandwiches, not feeling the snoogle)
  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update (in the sweet spot + starting to feel movement flutters!)
  • 22 Week Pregnancy Update (still in the sweet spot!)
  • 24 Week Pregnancy Update (emotional roller coaster)

26 Week Pregnancy Update

Baby Size: A large zucchini! She’s almost 2 pounds now.

Symptoms: I’m starting to depart the sweet spot 2nd trimester phase where you feel mostly good physically… I mentioned earlier this week that I’ve been having some hip/lower back/glute pain (mostly dull, but with some sharp twinges). Thank you for all the helpful tips! I have reached out to both a PT and a chiropractor in the area who specialize in prenatal/women’s health… hoping one of them can help!

Other than that, though, physically I’m slowing down a lot but mostly still feeling good, so hoping it continues!

Currently Missing: Fun trips. I’ve had to turn down a lot of invitations to cool events/trips in the fall/winter… obviously it’s very well worth it, but it’s still hard not to have some FOMO feelings. I also get a lot of my work-related energy and enthusiasm on trips/from networking with others, and I haven’t been out and about much lately, so that’s made me less pumped about work stuff, too. My summer/fall is usually INSANE with travel, and while it’s exhausting at times, I thrive on that! Trying to embrace slowing down… but when I have too much time on my hands, instead of getting more done, I ironically tend to be less inspired and get LESS done. Is anyone else like this?

Sleep: Still needing lots of sleep, which is challenging with the dogs and also because sleep is getting more uncomfortable and seems to exacerbate my hip pain. I reintroduced the snoogle this week… I still don’t like the head part (I’d rather use my own pillow) and I hate how MASSIVE it is, but it did seem to prop up my hips better so I’m not really tilted like I was with just a normal thin pillow between my legs. That said, any recs for leg pillows that are much smaller/more maneuverable than the snoogle but still good for pregnancy? I’d love one about half the length so I can just use it for my legs.

Cravings and favorite foods: Still loving fresh, summery stuff – the juicier the better! Peaches are so good right now… as are summer tomatoes. Still loving raw veggies too. I’ve also been craving savory comfort foods – these homemade BBQ wings with waffle sweet potato fries (I forget what brand they were, but I bought them at Mom’s Organic Market) we had last week were delicious!

Food aversions: Nothing too intense right now – I do seem to go through phases where I’m really into something, though, and then I don’t want it again for awhile.

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 1 to 2 strength boot camps and 1 yoga class) plus lots of walking (with occasional brief jogging spurts – although now that it’s really humid and warm again I’m not feeling the jogging anymore), a swim here and there, and hiking. Exercise doesn’t seem to hurt the hip pain situation, and it definitely improves my mood, so I figure I might as well keep it up. The exception is too much walking with my heavy work backpack, which does not seem to be my hip’s friend right now. On days I work downtown I end up walking about 4 to 5 miles between commuting, meeting friends for lunch, walking the dogs, etc. I may have to start taking cabs home to skip the final walk (uphill and with the heavy backpack) because I end up getting home so exhausted I’m worthless the rest of the night.

Mood: Hit or miss. I’m feeling better than I was when I wrote my last update, but in general still feeling a little blah. As I mentioned, I’m at kind of a weird place with work right now where I don’t feel super motivated or inspired because I don’t have any interesting side projects going on, but then I also don’t want to start up anything new/time consuming only to have to pause it in a few months. So… yeah. Meh.

Maternity clothes: I bought myself some new Brooks tanks for workouts, but they are just regular ones in larger sizes. So nothing new here really!

Reading: Still working my way through Bringing Up Bebe!

Buying: Nothing quite yet, but we are currently in the process of turning Matt’s office into the baby’s room! (The guest room downstairs has been turned into his new office, and we put our guest room bed in the attic for now.) We are going to start looking at baby furniture and decorations this weekend – it will be fun to start getting things set up. I think it might make all of this feel more real!

Excited about: The fact that Matt can now feel the baby move!! He felt her for the first time earlier this week. Such a cool, special moment. 🙂

I’m also excited because it appears I passed my glucose screening test (for gestational diabetes) because it was last week and I still haven’t heard anything from my doctors. They said no news was good news, so hooray!

Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with us! My next update will be at 28 weeks. Until then!


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