Hey sweet friends!
I am now officially 20 weeks pregnant and I thought it would be fun to update you all on how I’m feeling and what symptoms I am experiencing. This is obviously not my first pregnancy, but each pregnancy is different and it is fun to connect with others who understand.
We found out via bloodwork some weeks back that this baby is a GIRL!
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Ultrasound: We had our anatomy ultrasound last week, which is always fun. I took the four oldest kids with me and they loved it. It was really special to see how excited they all were and to hear their exclamations every time they saw different things on the screen. The baby looks great, everything checked out well and we got some cute little pictures! She cooperated quite well for us!
Baby Size and Development: According to the ultrasound, the baby weighs about 11 ounces now. She’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel – about the length of a small banana. Gotta love those pregnancy fruit images!
Baby’s Heartrate: the baby’s heart rate has been around 147 bpm. Now the old wives tale says that when the heart rate is under 140 beats, it means you are having a boy and over 140 means a girl. Yes, I am having a girl, but I have my own predictions about heart rate! Keep in mind this is my 7th baby. My first child was a boy and his heart rate was always in the 160’s. My girls have ranged between 170 and 140 bpm. I have noticed that when my babies have the higher heart rates in the womb, they tend to be the more active children out of the womb. And by active, I mean physically and… personality wise. So, this baby has a lower heart rate for my babies, and I am predicting that she will be a pretty calm baby.
Baby Movement: I have been feeling movement! It started around 16 weeks for me, with those little nudges that are so dear to us mamas. This little one seems pretty calm so far (notice my heart rate prediction!), but I am still feeling pretty regular movement every day. It is not strong enough for anyone else to feel yet, so I am just enjoying it on my own.
Pregnancy Symptoms at 20 Weeks: Thankfully, most of my symptoms have abated for now. I am occasionally breathless, and still have some heartburn. But my all day nausea has been gone for awhile and I do have more energy. My skin has been pretty clear this time, which is a nice change from previous pregnancies.
Weight Gain: I have gained somewhere around the 6-8 pound range so far, which is pretty low for me at this point. I’m pretty happy with that. I do not normally worry about weight gain during my pregnancies. That doesn’t mean I go crazy, that just means I am more concerned with the type of weight I gain than with the number on the scale. I eat as healthy as possible and try to workout 4-5 times a week. My goal is to feel good and keep my energy up. My goal this time is to keep my weight gain around 15 pounds, but I am fine with 20 pounds.
Pregnancy Sleep: Ahhh, sleep. Sleeping is a bit funny for me right now. In a way, I am sleeping better than I was. I wake up once a night to go to the bathroom and that’s it. However, I am waking up much earlier in the mornings- Like, 4:30- 5:00 am early! My typically wake up time is around 6 am, so this is new to me. I don’t know why it’s happening or how long it will last, but I do like to wake up before my children for many reasons, so I am making the best of it for now. The only thing is that I get tired in the mid afternoon now and it is rare that I get to take a nap. I’ve been going to bed pretty early so I can still get about 7 hours of sleep.
Pregnancy Cravings: Thankfully, I haven’t had a lot of cravings in this pregnancy. The first trimester is always rough for me, so we won’t go there. But lately the one thing I have been craving is root beer. I find that annoying as I normally don’t drink soda. I tried buying a root beer extract and adding it to sparkling water, but that didn’t quite do it for me. I’m letting myself indulge in a glass or two a week and hoping that craving will go away. The only other thing I am loving is banana peppers…I put them on everything!
Hormone and Emotional Changes: I am not a very emotional person in general so when pregnancy hormones hit, I am not really a fan. I have definitely been more weepy and my patience level is lower. My children and my husband look at me like I am crazy sometimes, but that’s ok! It’s for a good reason!
Clothing: I am completely in maternity clothing now. I like to wear clothes that are comfortable and breathable, yet cute and trendy. I am thankful to Mommylicious Maternity for sending me this cute shirt that I can wear with almost anything. It is so comfortable and lightweight and will stretch throughout my pregnancy. If you are looking for some affordable maternity clothes, check out their site and browse until your heart’s content.
Products I’m Using Now: This one is tough, because I seem to use less and less with each pregnancy. I do drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, starting around 15 weeks, in all my pregnancies. I encourage you to do your own research on this, but I firmly believe it has helped me in numerous ways during pregnancy and delivery, and even newly postpartum. The other thing I use on a daily basis is my pregnancy pillow. I highly recommend getting a pregnancy pillow so your changing body is supported throughout your pregnancy. It makes my sleep so much better! I suffer from sciatica, so the support I get from my pregnancy pillow is imperative.
I am being monitored a bit more closely this pregnancy. As many of you know, I had a miscarriage at about 13 weeks last fall. That miscarriage was due to Trisomy 21, so we were able to get some special testing done this time. The bloodwork and all testing came back all normal, and this baby appears to be very healthy so far, so we are very thankful. I will be having monthly ultrasounds, as one of my daughters always measured small in the womb, so they are monitoring this baby’s growth. I am just leaving this pregnancy in God’s hands and trusting in His will because ultimately, my babies belong to Him.
AND…WE HAVE A NAME! It actually wasn’t a hard decision at all, especially considering this is our 6th girl (no, we have not been trying for a boy. The only thing we wanted was a healthy baby, especially after my miscarriage). We had a backup name picked out for our last daughter, but I was convinced that God told me what to name her instead. So, that backup name is now going to be this little girl’s name and I am thrilled with it! We don’t announce until the baby is here, so you’ll have to wait and see!