7:00 AM: 3-Mile Run – COMPLETED
I’m 23-weeks today. Let’s see what’s going on this week, shall we? Again, this is taken from baby center.
How your baby’s growing: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.
How your life’s changing: You may notice that your ankles and feet start to swell a bit in the coming weeks or months, especially at the end of the day or during the heat of summer. Sluggish circulation in your legs — coupled with changes in your blood chemistry that may cause some water retention — may result in swelling, also known as edema. Your body will get rid of the extra fluid after you have your baby, which is why you’ll pee frequently and sweat a lot for a few days after delivery. In the meantime, lie on your left side or put your feet up when you can, stretch out your legs when you sit, and avoid sitting — or standing — in one place for long periods. Also, try to exercise regularly to increase circulation, and wear support stockings (put them on first thing in the morning) and roomy, comfortable shoes. You may be tempted to skimp on liquids to combat swelling, but you need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. While a certain amount of edema in your lower extremities is normal during pregnancy, excessive swelling may be a sign of a serious condition called preeclampsia. Be sure to call your midwife or doctor if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your hands, swelling in your face, or puffiness around your eyes.
In other news, my morning sickness came back to haunt me yesterday. I can officially say that this baby dislikes pizza. Since Pedro and I had the day off from work, we decided to order pizza for lunch. After getting a good session of weight training in, I was famished. I showered and the pizza was here. I devoured three average slices and washed them down with an Entenmann’s chocolate doughnut. After, I got really drowsy. I laid down on the couch, and half an hour later, had some sharp pains. I knew immediately that it had to be gas. I went to the bathroom, laid down again, and still, it was so painful. I kept moaning and groaning. Pedro of course thought I was being over dramatic. He does make me ginger tea, and I wait for that to ease in.
Two hours pass, and still… painful as can be. I use the bathroom again, but still, it doesn’t help. After another hour, I feel like I’m going to hurl. I run to the bathroom, open my mouth, and throw everything up. I mean, everything. It was not pretty (or pleasant smelling, TMI). I flush, brush my teeth and gargle. I go back to the couch and sit up, and the pain is still there. Finally, after another hour, I feel like I’m going to hurl again… So I go to the bathroom and sure enough, it’s the ginger tea and all my water. Hello dehydration.
The pain finally subsided. I felt so good. I knew I needed to eat something, so I ate a bowl of cereal for dinner. I didn’t want to eat anything that would upset my stomach, again… I felt like cereal was the safest route to go. I fell asleep shortly after that and felt so much better. I did have to pee quite a few times, but that’s normal. Also, the baby was kicking a lot, so I knew that he/she was okay. I did call my doctor this morning to let them know, so the receptionist said she would call me to confirm that all is well with my doctor.
So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot eat pizza. Baby does not like pizza. I can probably have one slice, but not more than a slice. Or maybe it was the combination of junk? Just know, that a pregnant woman can’t eat whatever she wants because she’s pregnant.
I did wake up this morning and I lost two solid pounds from my puking feast. Yikes. I am feeling baby kick right now though, so I’m sure he/she is just fine. I’ll let you know what my doc says.
And, my Week 23 Bump: