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20 Week Pregnancy Update

Hi friends! It’s time for another pregnancy update as I am officially 20 weeks as of yesterday – half way through! Crazy. Time is going both quickly and slowly, if that makes sense. :) Check out the previous posts first if you missed them:

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20 Week Pregnancy Update

Baby Size: A banana!

Symptoms: Officially in the sweet spot – still more tired/slow than usual, but definitely feeling the most like my normal, non-pregnant self that I’ve felt since getting pregnant. Enjoying this time while it lasts! That said, I have been having some gastrointestinal issues… meh. Anyone else deal with that while pregnant? I’m going to ask our doctor about it today!

Currently Missing: Lying on my stomach, having a closet full of clothes that actually fit

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Sleep: It’s been a bit better lately – slightly less restless. I’m looking forward to some good sleeping while at the beach on vacation next week hopefully – no dog or cat to wake us up! :)

Cravings and favorite foods: Still loving anything juicy, like smoothies and fruit – especially watermelon! I’m also really into coconut water lately now that it’s so hot out. Typical BBQ foods are also a win – loving burgers, fries, hot dogs, etc. Anything with ketchup. :) I’m also still into sandwiches, although not quite as much as when I posted my last update. Here’s a yummy salmon salad sandwich I had earlier this week – made with canned salmon + mayo + dijon mustard + sauerkraut + artichoke hearts!

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Food aversions: Raw veggies and I are cool, but cooked veggies and I are still not great friends. I’m also still not super into anything too fancy/super sauced or spicy. But for the most part I’m getting back on the more normal eating bandwagon, which is a nice change from only wanting cereal for dinner every night! I still have to force myself to eat/have a hard time figuring out what I want on occasion, but it’s getting better.

Exercise: I’ve decided that pregnancy + running for me don’t really mix, especially in this heat and humidity. I’m still doing some jog/walks on occasion (maybe once a week) but for the most part I’m loving boot camps, yoga, swimming, and walking/hiking! Having a dog has been even bigger motivation to get out and hike pretty much every weekend – Matt and I have been doing a fun hike overlooking the Potomac pretty frequently because it’s close and convenient. So fun! Here’s a picture from the holiday on Tuesday – we were out there enjoying the day for a couple hours with Ashe!

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I finally got back on the swimming bandwagon as well and it’s been feeling amazing. I’m excited to do a ton of swimming while at the beach on vacation!

I stopped doing power yoga since my last update and have been doing more low key yoga classes (regular vinyasa flow, but just lower level classes or those with instructors I know are more low key) – planning to switch to prenatal yoga sometime in the next month. But for now, the non crazy power yoga variety of yoga has been feeling really good, and I’m not really sore afterwards anymore so my body is liking it better, too. :)

I’m getting in some sort of movement or class pretty much every day of the week (some days are more low key/just walks with Ashe) – it keeps me feeling good physically and mentally so I’ll keep it up as long as it feels good!

Mood: Upbeat and positive! The past month has been good on the mood front – no mood swings or feeling super weepy like I was briefly earlier on. I think I’m starting to feel the baby move a tiny bit, too – mostly little fluttery feelings at night when I lie down to go to bed. It’s hard to tell if it’s definitely her or not, but I think so! It’s making it feel so much more exciting/real – I can’t wait until the movements are big enough for Matt to feel her move! For my mom readers, at what point were the baby’s movements big enough for you guys that your partner could feel them from the outside?

Maternity clothes: I finally bought myself a bunch of new maternity clothes – having approximately 3 dresses that fit was getting pretty old. I did some serious damage on thredUP (they had tons of my new fave Liz Lange for Target dresses in like new condition, as well as a bunch of other well known pregnancy brands like Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity) – and right after I ordered a big box thredUP actually reached out to me about doing a partnership post with them – so I got to order a few more things! I didn’t hate it. ;) Stay tuned for more on what I got!

At the suggestion of a reader, I also bought some Target maternity workout tights that I’m loving – pretty much all my workout tights now are smushing my stomach, so it was time. I have 3 pairs right now (1 long tight pictured below + 1 crop + 1 capris) but I’m going to need to get more because of how often I work out! I just tried to order more online but of course they aren’t available anymore… arg. I really like how those have a low dip in the back so your lower back isn’t aggressively sweaty, either. Thanks for the tip Colleen!

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Next up is buying some new workout shorts… about half of mine still fit, but with how often I wear them it’s time for some more options! I’m thinking I’ll just buy normal workout shorts but in a size up or two. I am probably going to need some new sports bras soon, too… the cleavage situation is getting a little intense and some of them are getting pretty tight.

Reading: Nothing pregnancy-related right now… enjoying some “for fun” books instead. :)

Buying: Nothing baby-related yet! In mid-August once we have our last visitor for awhile we are going to start transitioning our guest room into Matt’s office, though, and then his office into the nursery! So I’ll share pictures as we get that going.

Excited for: Our 20 week appointment later today! I hear the 20 week ultrasound is a really cool experience… it will be fun to see her for longer. :) Hopefully everything is looking good!

Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with me! My next update will be at 22 weeks. Until then!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Woo a banana! Love the comparisons to fruit, hah! Interesting that you like juicy things- guess that baby is thirsty in there, hah!

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    I started feeling the baby kick right after the 20 week ultrasound! I figured it out once I saw him moving on the screen and could feel it at the same time – so cool :) I’m 24 weeks now and my husband has been able to feel him kick for a week or so. Glad you’re starting to feel good again!!

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    My husband could start to feel our baby when I was 22-23 weeks. I found out at my 20 week ultrasound that my placenta was in the front which muffles the movements a bit, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel consistent movement all the time! It’s fun that as you progress, the little flutters turn into kicks which turn into really big movements that can be seen and felt almost all day. :)

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    Thank you for sharing the workout pants! I have two pairs of workout pants and two pairs of shorts right now that fit and I’ve been going crazy not having enough clothes. I snatched up a couple-so glad they still had my size :)
    Your baby bump is adorable! I’m about 5 days ahead of you and am so glad it’s finally starting to look like a baby and not like I ate too much.

  5. 8

    Feeling the baby move is the absolute best! My husband felt the baby kick I think at 21 weeks – we were sitting on a plane and I looked down and realized I could see him kicking from the outside – it was very surprising lol!

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    Charlsie N says:

    Old Navy has some really good maternity workout pants. I loved mine all through my pregnancy!

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    For maternity clothes, you might try LeTote. It’s a rental service that I checked out for work clothes. I was so bored with my wardrobe and really hated buying anything since my tastes changes often. I think they’re very affordable and the turn around time for ordering and shipment is super fast! I get a new box every week! They DO have maternity clothes, too. Check it out!

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    I went to TJ Maxx and Marshall’s when I was pregnant! I think it’s Marshall’s that carries the 90 degree brand tanks that are super long, so I sized up to a small (normally I’m XS) and they fit lengthwise my whole pregnancy. I also bought sports bras from there for cheap! I just did a lot more laundry so I didn’t have to invest in too much!

  9. 16

    I had the WORST heartburn when I was pregnant. I was told to take Prilosec, which I took religiously, and it made a big difference. The baby really smashes your stomach/intestines!

  10. 18

    Yay! So exciting! Glad you’re feeling a bit better :)

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    Courtney says:

    Look online at old navy for maternity workout wear. They don’t carry any in stores but had a decent selection online. I also bought non maternity shorts/tanks in a larger size from Marshalls/Tj Maxx!

  12. 21

    Yeah, half way! Glad you are feeling good!

  13. 22
    Erin M. says:

    I love these updates! I’ve never been pregnant but they’re so much fun to read!

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    I think it was around 24 weeks when my husband could feel our baby kick. I also just sized up in workout shorts instead of buying maternity ones, it worked fine. And I hated the belly band support things over my belly so the non-maternity ones were great as they fit under the belly.

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    Sarah Evans says:

    Don’t waste your time reading any books pregnancy related, since it’s such a short time period in the grand scheme of life with kids! Much better to spend time on reading things like sleep books (I loosely followed BabyWise) or developmental books (I liked Wonder Weeks to help explain where baby was the first year+) and eventually discipline books! (No Bad Kids is one I’m reading now). I was told, you have doctors and so much help by your side during pregnancy/ birth but there’s no one holding your hand raising your baby/ kid, so the balls in your court to figure it out :)

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    Caroline says:

    I’m 28 weeks and my husband could feel the baby move around 22 weeks, it was such an awesome moment! Enjoy it :-) At first it was just faint kicks and now I can see him moving all around and wonder if he will ever relax! I’m so happy for you and your husband and love reading your updates!

  17. 30

    The GI issues are normal- your system slows down during pregnancy!

    • 31

      It’s more GI upset vs. slow down… but yeah, the doctor wasn’t concerned. She said I could try cutting out coffee to see if that helped… or just deal with it, because… coffee is amazing.

  18. 32
    Roadrunner says:

    Enjoying the updates very much, thanks! And enjoy the beach!

  19. 34

    The 20 week ultrasound was the coolest! I’ve been at the beach all of this week and it has been so nice to relax and float in the water. Enjoy your vacation :D

  20. 36

    I loved Targets maternity workout pants!! As for sports bras, I’m loving Brookes sports bras because they have adjustable velcro straps so it’s great for nursing or to adjust as needed.

  21. 38

    Hello! I’ve followed your blog for awhile and I love it! I am due January 30th and have loved reading all of your updates. We are not going to find out if its a boy or girl, but we both think its a boy. However, some of my symptoms have been very similar to yours. Cereal and fruit is some of the only stuff that sounds good and the low-grade nausea is always there. The food aversions and exhaustion are much worse for me than the nausea though. I’m 12 weeks now, so reading your posts gives me hope for at least mild improvements soon.
    Congratulations and have a great weekend!

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