According to my app, we’re half way there! I realize everyone says they’re half way when they hit 20 weeks, but I’ve been informed that anywhere from 38-42 weeks is considered full term. I know moms who went in to labor at 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 42 weeks… so I’m going with my app and saying half way! Mostly because it makes me more excited to feel like I’m half way there. It feels so insane to even type it let alone say it. I’m so, so grateful. Anyway, here’s how 19 weeks pregnant is feeling and looking 😉
Before heading to a party (19 weeks)… because this is as dressed up as I can get right now. I need to go shopping. I proceeded to attempt to eat tacos standing up at said party and it fell apart in my hand and dropped all over the floor. I’m the only one it happened to…. lol
Man alive. So many changes in just a few weeks. I have a full on baby bump and zipping my jeans hasn’t been an option since I was 18 weeks. I could still zip them and just leave them unbuttoned until that point… but once I hit 18 weeks the zipper stopped being an option. I love it. So I just wear my jeans and don’t do them up. If I’m wearing a long shirt, I Don’t bother with the belly band, and if I’m wearing a shorter shirt, I wear the band. Works great!
I did finally get some small stretch marks right at 19 weeks but not where I expected. I just have a few on my boobs… which I FULLY realize is normal and super common and I WAS expecting them, but I was more expecting it to happen later on. I would have been less surprised by belly stretch marks but so far I have none of those. I didn’t feel like my boobs changed THAT much recently, but my belly definitely did, so that’s where the surprise came from. Honestly, 0% of me cares. I saw them, thought, ‘Oh, look a that,’ smiled to myself because it’s just another sign of things progressing and getting closer to baby’s birthday, and kept getting dressed.
General aches and pains come and go. Mostly just my lower back sometimes and some round ligament pain every so often. It’s honestly not that bad. Sleeping is the hardest because my back always gets sore in bed no matter what position I lay in, but I manage. I have specific stretches I do for my back if it’s sore and going for walks helps. Other than that, I’ve been feeling pretty good!
I’m really grateful that I’ve been able to continue exercising during my whole pregnancy so far. I know there’s a lot of people who experience more limitations on movement while pregnant, and I’m really glad I haven’t been one of those people so far. Moving my body everyday is really important for me to stay feeling well. Most days I’m walking anywhere from 40-90 minutes, unless I’m sick (I’ve had 2 sinus colds and a nasty round of gastroenteritis thanks to a lowered immune system), in which case of course I just rest. If I don’t walk that much, I typically workout in some capacity. I do whatever feels good. Sometimes nothing feels good, but that’s rare for me. I finally have my normal energy back and I’m typically a high energy person who needs to move!
Gone I think! I’ve been on meds since I was 12 weeks, but I’ve been weaning off of them for the last 2 weeks. I have another week left of the half dose and then we’ll see. So far the half dose has me feeling great so I’m optimistic for going down to nothing.
I love food. I found it so tough in the first trimester to hate eating so much since I really love going out to eat with friends/my husband/my family and I like cooking, baking and hosting people for dinner. A few weeks ago I started getting a real appetite back and probably within the last 2 weeks it sky rocketed and I’m right back to loving food, having a high appetite and hosting/going out. It’s great. There’s definitely still the odd day where eating is blah and I don’t feel like anything/food makes me feel off, but for the most part I’m eating a lot and loving it.
Notable cravings that I pretty much need to satisfy either daily or several times a week are:
Tacos. All tacos, but mostly fried fish tacos. Really, all tacos, though.
Cookies and cream ice cream. I had a moment with salted caramel chocolate ice cream bars for a bit, but I’ve been crushing hard on cookies and cream ice cream. I eat it for an afternoon snack or dessert almost everyday.
Salty mixed nuts. Sometimes trail mix style with dark chocolate + dried fruit, but mostly just the salty nuts.
Plain chips with french onion dip… or salt and vinegar kettle chips. TBH salt and vinegar are THEEEE chip craving, but I bought a costco sized bag of plain kettle chips + dip a few weeks back so it’s just been taking a while to get through it. I’m no quitter, though.
Fries. Sweet potato or regular. Usually regular with ketchup. I eat them a couple of times a week probably… usually. Anytime I go out.. which is a couple times a week. Usually paired with tacos. I’ve eaten more tacos and fries in the last month than I have in the last 4 years I think.
Homemade mac and cheese. This is more like a once a week thing, but it’s the most comforting way to end the day ever and I’m obsessed. Mark says I basically make a thick cheesy soup and add pasta to it. AKA we eat it very cheesy/saucy and it is EVERYTHING. Sometimes we eat it with salad, but lately just on it’s own (after the gastroenteritis, we weren’t eating much produce at all…)
Those are the only real cravings I can think of right now that I just eat all the time. We still eat a variety of fruits and veg (when not sick… hah), whole grains, steak, salmon, beans, lots of cheese, ETC, but those are just the normal things we’d eat anyway. I enjoy them, but they aren’t an OMG I NEED TO HAVE THIS NOW thing like the above.
A lot better. I felt like for the first… 16-17 weeks I was on a roller coaster. Wildly up or wildly down. Part of it was the fact that it was winter and I’m someone who gets SADS, and the other part was feeling like a sack of garbage 24/7, not feeling like myself and having raging hormones running through me that my body just wasn’t used to. The last couple of weeks I feel a lot more even… like myself. Most of the time I’m just really excited for baby, and I get excited about going out with friends again which is nice. For a while, I had to put an effort in to being social which was hard for me. I’m glad to go back to it being something I actively look forward to and have fun doing. Overall I’m just really happy the majority of the time. I’m still affected by weather, so if it’s really miserable for a few days, I get cranky. But as long as I get some sunshine and fresh air, I’m really happy.
FINDING OUT THE GENDER
We have our 20 week scan next week and we’re really excited. I’m just really looking forward to knowing for sure so that we can start planning for the nursery and buying some things. It’s exciting times!