According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a bunch of grapes.
The biggest and most exciting change/development this week is that Baby Girl is DEFINITELY moving around in there. I didn’t feel the first few movements until week 21, and even then they were very small and sporadic. Seemingly overnight, at 23 weeks to the day, she started having a dance party in my belly. Feeling her wiggle and kick in there so much is immensely reassuring, not to mention amazing and cool. Ben also got to feel her for the first time this week, which was a lovely moment.
As far as workouts go, prenatal yoga is still my jam. I’ve tried a few more walks, but the motion really seems to irritate my round ligament. I’m planning to pick up a belly support band to see if that helps, but I’m not holding my breath. I need to get back to the gym and see if I can ride a stationary bike without pain. However, I’m also concerned about the post-exercise lightheadedness, so I’m being pretty cautious with workouts right now.
Symptom-wise, there’s not much new happening. The morning sickness that came back during week 20 has thankfully passed. My belly button is still an innie, but it’s definitely starting to push out. I haven’t gotten any stretch marks yet (knock on wood!). And I’m still not having any true food cravings or aversions, I’m just a bit pickier than normal. Oh, and I had my first ocular migraine since the first trimester. Thankfully I was just home watching TV so it wasn’t hugely inconvenient, just annoying.
The toughest thing for me right now is sleep. I’m simply not sleeping well at all. Pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their sides, as sleeping on your belly is out for obvious reasons, and the weight of your baby/uterus can pinch blood vessels if you sleep flat on your back. I sleep on my side 75% of the time anyway, but CONSTANTLY sleeping on my sides is causing me a significant amount of hip discomfort. Even with a fancy body-hugging pregnancy pillow, I spend a significant amount of time every night tossing and turning. Every time someone says “Oh, you’d better get lots of sleep now, because once the baby comes, forget it!” I want to stab them in the eye.
As far as preparations go, I have mostly completed our Amazon Baby Registry. We’re trying to keep it fairly simple and not go crazy putting a ton of clothes and toys on there, because we know we’re going to get them anyway (I pointed my family toward the Zutano warehouse sale link this week and I think they bought one of everything). We’re mostly focused on the essentials like car seats and strollers. We still haven’t bought anything of note, but with a crib secured from one of Ben’s colleagues, and the hand-me-downs continuing to roll in, we can start actually putting her room together, which will be really nice.
Have you ever had to make a baby registry? Did you find it easy or overwhelming?