Hi friends! Time for another pregnancy update – our baby has been growing for 22 weeks now! 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
Baby Size: A papaya! Mmm… papaya. She’s about 1 pound now, and 11 inches long!
Symptoms: Still officially in the sweet spot and enjoying this time while it lasts! Feeling normal besides just slower/less nimble, although putting on shoes is starting to get more awkward… (I know, you guys are like, that’s hilarious, wait until you are 38 weeks and trying to put on your shoes)! I have also randomly been getting some nosebleeds in the morning though – just my left nostril, and it doesn’t last long. It’s generally only if I make the mistake of blowing my nose. Ah, pregnancy. Fun times!
Currently Missing: Cool weather – it’s sooooo hot right now. In the high 90’s but “feels like” over 100 with the humidity. Brutal for everyone, but especially brutal when pregnant! Dog walks have had to happen early and late – no more midday adventures for now!
Sleep: Still a bit restless, mostly due to getting the dogs settled and into a routine. I also always wake up once to go to the bathroom and sometimes have a hard time falling back asleep after that.
Cravings and favorite foods: Still really into juicy stuff – coconut water, fruit, yogurt, smoothies, raw veggies like peppers, cucumber, etc. Hummus + pretzel crisps and I are also having a serious moment. The baby is basically 50% hummus at this point… and after writing that I’m really craving hummus now.
I’m happy to report that I’m feeling pretty much normal now though in terms of food, in the sense that I mostly enjoy dinners again/don’t find food in the evenings totally off-putting. This is super exciting, and also means I can actually cook dinner again without wanting to throw up, which is good news for Matt!
Food aversions: I don’t really have any right now. Hizzah! (crosses fingers I don’t jinx myself.) Super heavy/fancy food is still not my fave, but in general nothing is crazy nauseating anymore.
Exercise: As I mentioned yesterday in my “thoughts on running and pregnancy” post (thank you for all your kind and helpful comments on that post!), running just doesn’t feel great right now between the heat and the pounding on my bladder/pelvis, so my cardio has been walking and hiking!
I am also still loving strength boot camps, yoga, and swimming! At the beach I did a ton of jumping around/playing in the waves – the cold water felt great. And I’m happy to report my pool volleyball game is still strong despite my “condition”. 😉
Basically, I’m getting in some sort of movement pretty much every day of the week – generally a few classes (boot camp or yoga) each week plus lots of walking and the occasional swim. It keeps me feeling good physically and mentally so I’ll keep it up as long as it feels good! I’m definitely modifying more in classes now, though (especially jumping moves in boot camp classes – no bueno), and keeping the pace slower!
Mood: Still pretty upbeat and positive right now. I do have the occasional “oh crap, I’m so overwhelmed that we have two dogs now and are going to have a baby soon too WHAT HAVE WE DONE” moments, but that’s normal I know. 🙂
I’m also officially feeling the baby move around now which is both super cool and super weird. It’s still not visible from the outside yet, but I’m hoping it is soon so Matt can join in on the experience!
Maternity clothes: I got a ton of hand me down maternity clothes from my friend Jess and my sister-in-law (also named Jess!), so I’m pretty set now with warm weather maternity clothes. I still need more workout shorts and more workout pants, though… that will happen soon. The dress below is a hand me down from Old Navy!
Reading: I just ordered Bringing Up Bebe which I’ve heard good things about. Any other recs for realistic, practical, and not insanely long/overwhelming parenting books? I’m also planning to do a little reading on the delivery/labor process so I know what to expect, and Matt and I are going to sign up for some prenatal classes at our hospital, too, so I’m sure those will help.
In related news, I’m looking into potentially getting a doula after rave reviews from friends who have used doulas. I don’t know what approach I want to take with the delivery (aka epidural or not – I’ll probably just go into it with an open mind since I know it’s hard to plan for something you have no clue about/haven’t done before), but I figure having a coach on board to support us throughout the process either way is not a bad idea, right? For those of you who had doulas – are they mostly recommended for non-epidural births, or can they be for anyone? Was it worth the money? I’d love recs for doulas from those of you that are local that had a good experience with one, too!
Buying: After reading my friend Kylie’s recent pregnancy update post I took her lead and applied to order a breast pump through Aeroflow. You put in your insurance info and they let you know what pumps you’re approved for (both free and “upgrade” options); you can order the pump directly though them, too. Thanks for the tip, Kylie! What breast pump do you guys recommend?! It seems there are a ton of options that I’m approved for and I have no idea what’s best. I am planning on breastfeeding if I’m able to, but I’m sure having a pump on hand will be really helpful for when I start thinking about getting back to work outside of the home – and for others to be able to feed the baby using a bottle on occasion.
Excited for: In a few weeks we are going to start planning out the baby’s room and reorganizing everything. It will be a lot of work to get everything moved around and set up (we need to get rid of a bunch of stuff in the process), but I’m excited to see it all come together! I’ll share updates as we get moving on this. 🙂 Basically, we’re going to swap out our guest room bed for a pull out couch (or futon maybe for now), and move Matt’s guitar/dude room down to the former guest room. His previous dude room/office, which is upstairs across the hall from where our bedroom is, will be the baby’s room.
Thank you for reading and sharing in this special time with me! My next update will be at 24 weeks. Until then!
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