This week has been good. I got to hear my baby’s heart during our last appointment on January 9th. I’m feeling better about the bronchitis (in case you want to know what’s like to be pregnant and have bronchitis, you can read My Pregnancy Week 17). I’m still recovering, but I can say I’m a 90% recovered (thank goodness!).
How far along? 18 Weeks
Baby’s size: she is the size of a cucumber
This week’s video: Week 18
Total weight gained: -3 lbs
Sleep: Just as I was staring to feel more energized and I felt like I could survive without a nap, things took a sudden turn. I can’t be on my back at all. Which means, now I can only sleep on my side and is it difficult. I usually sleep facing up, so waking up with a whole side numb is not fun at all. This leads me to wake up every hour or two, just to change positions. I haven’t gotten one of those awesome maternity pillows, but I’ve come up with an awesome plan B. I use my son’s Boppy Pillow to rest my head, neck and upper back and my regular pillow inside my legs and now, at least, I can sleep! I’m back to taking naps. I need to put an alarm to not spend the whole day sleeping and sometimes I don’t even hear it.
Best moment of the week: When I received a call from the doctor and she told me everything was fine with my baby girl. The test to check on chromosomal abnormalities came normal, thank goodness!! Another great thing that happened is that on Friday my son an I walked to the Outlets that are about 2 miles away from home, and then some more around the stores. This is huge for me because my 3 years old boy walked between 4 and 5 miles. I love that he’s learning to see exercise as movement, and not as a punishment or to lose weight. I felt so proud of him!
Movement: she’s a little feisty one (if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll get it). If I lean over and press my belly, I feel a kick; then I forget, lean over again and she kicks again. She’s really letting me know who’s the boss…already!
Food cravings: more citruses (seriously, check this picture), sweets and fruits
Food aversions: nuts, hummus, meat
Symptoms. Morning sickness: it’s freaking back. Probably not as bad as it was in the beginning, but it’s back. I have noticed I do get hungry when I smell food, otherwise, I can feel sick for a long time. Circulation: my circulation is bad, I can’t cross my legs anymore, I can’t bend over for more than 2 seconds. This is the reason why I’ve really committed myself to walk, as much as I can, specially now that I can. Pregnant brain: my memory, reactions and concentration are somewhere, probably on vacation; but definitely not here. It’s like I’m casting for the show called Bloopers!
Gender: it’s a little girl 🙂 Look what we got her the other day here
What I’m looking forward to: starting a new job on January 20th as a translator!
What I miss: sleeping on my back at nights
Next appointment: February 4th
In this picture: We went to an outdoor shopping center called Washingtonian Center, in Gaithersburg. We took the dogs and walked about 2.5 miles. Taking this picture was challenging since we had to make sure that neither my son or the doggies got in trouble while taking it.
As of now, at 18 weeks of pregnancy, I’m just starting to realize my life will change forever, once again. In less than 5 months there will be a little mini-me in the house. I’m trying it to sink in and to figure out how are we going to do it. After my first pregnancy, I only had to take care of my son, now my time and energy will be divided, and I’m trying to not freak out! I consciously know everything will be fine; I also know that if we did it once, we can do it twice; and I bet this is a normal fear for any mom-to-be. On the other hand, emotionally, I’m just trying to stay calm and not let my anxiety take over. I’m just trying to figure out what’s going to happen once our baby arrives.
More about my pregnancy
Great articles for future moms
- How do I know if I’m having a boy or a girl?
- Essential Oils for the First Trimester
- Essential Oils for the Second & Third Trimester
Until next week my friends,