I'm so horrible with surprises. I absolutely 100% do not like them. I think part of it this time is that I'm still emotionally recovering from the feelings of my body letting me down, when we lost our last pregnancy.
I am really looking forward to seeing the baby one more time, and of coarse finding out the gender!
I'm not so sure my bump has changed much since last week. I do have a feeling some things are about to change a bit though...
I've been feeling some aching in my round ligaments the past night and day. Baby must be growing!
Baby Size: Avocado
Weight Gain: I have a midwife appointment next week where I can get an accurate number. Either way, I'm not all to worried about it. I feel good and I'm giving my body what it needs each day.
Cravings: I had one craving this week and I completely regret giving into it.
I usually eat very clean. Don't get me wrong, I do have a stash of Justine's Peanut Butter Cups hidden in my freezer that I'll kill anyone if they touch. But on the reg I eat fresh, whole, nutrient dense foods, because my body loves them...and I love my body.
This week I wanted fries with vinegar. Baaaad! So I got them. I mean, how bad could it be. I eat well. I deserved them! I'm growing a person who I carry on runs every day! Give me the damn fries!
I ate them. They tasted so good. Dreamy.
About an hour later, the grumbles started. Then the stomach pains. Bad stomach pains. My eyes started to water. I spent the next 4 hours in and out of the bathroom (mostly in), losing about 15 pounds. Oh the horror.
Aversions: Well, now...french fries. Other than that I still can't get on board with meat.
Symptoms: Luckily my emotions have taken a break this week. They're relatively even. As I mentioned before, I'm having some round ligament pain...but that's normal.
Missing: I wouldn't mind a glass of wine.
Planning: I am starting to do some planning. With Aria I was so focused on the pregnancy and birth that I didn't decorate her nursery like I had hoped to. We did the big things like paint and get furniture and cute bedding, but I left out a lot of small and not so small details that I wish I hadn't. Then when she was born, we co-slept for so long that we didn't finish the plans since we didn't spent much time in there. Then once she moved into her room it was such a busy time that again, we didn't do it.
This past week Aria and I went to pick everything out to redecorate her room now that she's older. It was a lot of fun to see her express what she likes. It looks lovely and it feels so special in there now.
I think this time around it's important for us to really prepare all the details of the baby's room. Even if he or she won't be sleeping in there for a while, I think having a place that we created just for him or her is special and meaningful. I think it'll also be fun for Aria to help.
Dreams: I had a dream 2 nights ago that I was trained to be a bad ass assassin. And my first mission was to kill Donald Trump. How strange.
I haven't had any dreams about the baby this past week.
Exercise: Running and strength training still feels great. I have also been keeping up with my squats and doing some awesome pelvic floor work.
The pelvic floor is so often forgotten about until after the baby is born. But a strong healthy pelvic floor can really benefit you during pregnancy and during birth! When the baby's head is pushing down onto it during labor, having the control to tighten as well as relax your pelvic floor can help tremendously with moving baby down the birth canal and to prevent tearing.
Your pelvic floor is also a part of your core. The "core box" is made up of your pelvic floor, your transverse abdominus and your diaphragm. Keeping those strong and functioning harmoniously can be your best friend during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
As you can see, I'm quite passionate about the pelvic floor.
Enjoy your weekend friends!