25 Week Pregnancy Update

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According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a Napa cabbage.

It’s beginning to seem like one terrible pregnancy symptom can’t be resolved without another one taking its place. Almost immediately after I started sleeping better, I started experiencing horrible gas pains after most meals. Once again, this is a common pregnancy symptom. As the uterus/baby grow, they start to displace your internal organs, and your stomach and bowels become squished, so things don’t move through your system as well as they usually do. As you can imagine, this is incredibly uncomfortable, not to mention anxiety-inducing. Any abdominal pain is scary for a pregnant lady.

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Other than that, not much has changed since last week. I guess the only thing I can say is to reiterate what I said during a recent Weekend Update post: I just FEEL pregnant all the time now. My belly is getting larger, and is starting to make certain movements or activities a lot more difficult. I have to remind myself that bending over from the waist is NOT a good choice anymore, and that squatting to pick stuff up is the way to go. I’m more tired, moving more slowly, and just starting to accept that this is my new normal.

I’ve always had a hard time just relaxing. I always feel like I should be doing this or that, being somehow productive. Pregnancy is forcing me to slow down and chill out. It’s a hard lesson, but I’m finding more and more that I just can’t keep going at my pre-pregnancy pace.

I was proud of myself this week for socializing, though. Ever since I hit the second trimester, I have been pretty hermit-y. After a long day at work, I just want to go home and put on PJs. And after a long WEEK at work, I don’t wanna leave the house on weekends. But this week, I went out not one, not two, but THREE times! I had dinner with a friend on Tuesday (we went to an actual restaurant!), went over to a friend’s house on Friday night, and went to a St. Paddy’s Day party on Saturday. Crazypants! While it felt good to get out a bit and see my friends, I was more than ready for a quiet day at home by Sunday.

We still haven’t bought much, but continue to get hand-me-downs from friends and coworkers. I’m waiting on Ben to coordinate picking up the crib his coworker has for us, and I feel like that’s going to make this whole thing a lot more real. Having a crib in her room will make it more like a nursery and less like a storage closet. We also desperately need to get a dresser/bureau type thing for all the clothing we’ve already got/will continue to get.

Do you have a hard time slowing down and relaxing even when you have a good excuse?

 

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11 thoughts on “25 Week Pregnancy Update

  1. txa1265 says:

    Love all of these updates – made me think back to last fall having coffee with a work friend who was at about the same point, and chuckling how since the last time we’d gotten together a month earlier she very much ‘moved pregnant’ – every little thing she did swung around this new center of mass … and she and I had a laugh about it. But as you say, there is more than enough discomfort to last a lifetime!

    One of the worst things I have heard is how people feel the need to share all of their negative experiences with you … and as I am sure you can attest: NOW IS NOT THE TIME! :D. When Lisa and I struggled for years with infertility and miscarriage before having Danny, we got all kinds of unsolicited (and I am sure well meaning) advice. Sometimes it is just better to listen …

    My only ‘advice’ is the same as for anyone seeing a doctor – assume nothing and question everything. If you don’t know, ask. If you don’t understand – ask again. If someone rolls their eyes at you, who cares.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Rae says:

      Love, love, love the advice, and fully agree. Pregnancy and all of the attendant BS is scary, confusing, and not necessarily the “beautiful and natural” journey that many people assume it to be. There’s a lot of fear and misinformation out there, and it’s amazing to me how often people turn to the internet for answers rather than a healthcare professional or other qualified person.

  2. SuzLyfe says:

    You’re at the same point I was when I went on crutches, and if nothing else, they forced me to slow down. Haven’t really picked back up, lol.
    I lived in winter boots as I got furthalong because I didn’t have to lean over as far to tie them lol

    • Rae says:

      Mine tie or zip, which are equally problematic. I actually said to Ben this morning that one of the main reasons I’m excited for spring is because warm weather = slip on shoes!

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