Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

A few days ago, on Friday I hit 24 weeks, which seems really crazy to me! Time is flying, and I know that September is going to be here before we know it. With everything creeping up on us, I like to take some time every now and then to reflect on everything so that it doesn’t fly by too fast!

24 week bump

Here I am! Looking a little tired, but feeling pretty good. Baby has moved up finally so she’s not sitting quite so low.

Baby is a… Girl! In case you missed it. 🙂

Baby is the size of… an ear of corn or a cantaloupe depending on which app I look at. Seems vastly different to me, but the point is, she’s getting pretty darn big in there!

How am I feeling overall? Still feeling pretty great at this point. I’ve definitely noticed some changes in my low back/pelvis that have made me slow down a little bit, but other than that my energy is great and I’m still sleeping well. No major aches or pains to report, although on our recent trip to the West Coast I finally saw the dreaded foot swelling that so many pregnant ladies complain about. After our return flight direct from LAX to Boston, I had swollen feet and ankles for 2 days! Luckily they’ve gone back to normal, but I’m sure my days of permanently swollen feet due to the summer heat and water retention are coming before I know it.

Cravings? Nothing out of this world to report here. I’ve still been loving fruit, but that’s also because there is so much yummy fruit in season at the farmer’s market right now. I’m starting to think these crazy pregnant cravings are a myth, but who knows what’s yet to come…

Aversions? None. In fact, I find my appetite to still be quite normal. I always hear about women who become ravenous during pregnancy, but I haven’t experienced that yet. I know, I know, I still have lots of time and lots of baby growth to get through!

Progress on the nursery? Nope. Nada. None. Does that make me a bad mom? The crib is here, it’s just not set up. As for anything else…well..we’ll get there, I promise. 🙂

Workouts? And here is where things have finally started to change big time. I’ve finally slowed down at this point in terms of cardio and higher intensity training. My pelvis is starting to really feel the effects of a human body growing inside me, and let me know quite loudly during a run a few days ago! It was the first run that has been very uncomfortable, with lots of pelvic pain during and after. I’m not sure if that’s my new norm or just a bad day, so I’ll probably give another easy paced run a whirl and see how it goes. That being said, I’m sure my running days are severely limited at this point, at least extended running. Hill intervals still seem to feel pretty good, so maybe I’ll have to stick with those for now.

As far as weight training goes, this is where my focus has been lately. In contrast to higher intensity cardio, I can still push myself a little bit with weight training and feel like I’m making progress. I’m only lifting a fraction of the weight I was before pregnancy (in lower body lifts; upper body have continued to progress), but I’m feeling strong and very good when going through full body lift days. These have been my favorite training days by far, and don’t seem to take quite as much out of me as a cardio session will. Good thing that strength training will be, I think, one of the most important things that will help me through labor, delivery, and recovery, so I’m feeling pretty good on that front!

Worries? Fears? Concerns? Other than the fact that I have NO IDEA WHAT IM DOING, I have not a worry in the world! 🙂

Anything else new? Baby kicks have become an all day occurrence, which is truly amazing. I love being able to feel her moving around in there, and she’s started to have some movements so big that they can be felt on the outside, so Will can feel them too!

I think that’s it for now. Baby girl is growing and healthy, and that’s all I can ask for at this time. One thing I feel like I need to get my hands on are some good books to read about the first year with a new baby. I’ve heard a lot about The Happiest Baby On The Block, so I’ll probably order that soon. Does anyone else have any good recommendations of must reads that really helped them out with their first? Thanks in advance for any recs! Anything else you want to know? Ask away! 🙂

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

  1. Sounds like things are going well! As a pregnant mom to be, my favorite books so far have been The Happiest Baby on the Block (like you mentioned), Eat Sleep Poop and The Science of Mom. We’ll see what it is like when baby arrives. Happy reading!

  2. You look wonderful! Keep up the good work. I know it will help in your labor and delivery. As for books to read, I felt baby books were overwhelming with information. Each baby is different, and most of the time I felt the books weren’t much help. For me, it was just added mental stress! But enjoy whatever you read and take the information with a grain of salt. 🙂

    • Well thank you!! I feel pretty lucky to be feeling so good at this point, because I know many are not so fortunate. I definitely can see what you mean about the information overload — that’s why I want to just focus on one or two.

      • You’re welcome. And that is smart on the book choices. I felt really great with my first one until about two weeks before he was due. Then my blood pressure shot up, they hospitalized me and I had preclamsia. They had to induce labor for 5 days before I finally had him! It was awful, but they wouldn’t do a c-section because of the high blood pressure. However, when I got pregnant with my daughter a year or so later, I was put on bedrest the last month or so but nothing happened with her. In fact I almost didn’t make it to the hospital in time because the labor came on quickly and I hadn’t felt the same with my son because of all the drugs they had to give me. Pregnancy/childbirth is an adventure. Enjoy it!

  3. Loving catching up on these updates, Steph! So happy for you guys. And it’s great you are still lifting. I 100% agree that your years of strength training are going to help with your delivery. For sure!

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