The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Pregnancy: 20 Weeks, The Halfway Mark – Blogging From The Couch
20 weeks is an interesting point in pregnancy. I am now “halfway” to meeting this baby. But who really delivers at 40 weeks? Certainly not me.
We are thrilled to announce that our family will be welcoming, with very open arms, a baby GIRL into this world sometime around late March. My instinct said girl so glad to know I’m not losing too much in that realm. Either way, we would have of course been elated, but we are more at ease knowing that this is another girl. Why? Well, if she’s anything like our Tavia was as a baby, we are all set. We are completely assuming gender plays a big role in demeanor & really, really hoping we have an ‘easy’ baby on our hands. That is hilarious, isn’t it?!
Forgive me for the lack of photos. I am blogging from my cell phone on the couch. My body has had it today. We’ve been going, going, going for months now. Between the late nights & early mornings, I’m definitely overly fatigued. I have good days and bad days, this just happens to be a bad day. This morning, I woke up to vomiting. Actually, I’m assuming I’ve torn my esophagus, since there were streaks of blood and I have some abdominal pain & soreness. Leave it to my body to have some bizarre pregnancy-related blech symptom. I’m not overly concerned, as there is some pain but I trust it’s all related. I’ll give it a few days & go from there.
We will look forward to a second ultrasound next week to get some more angles of the heart. The tech says everything looks great. We know that if it wasnt great, we would have met with my midwife by now. Last time, while pregnant with Marsden, we were called into speak with her about the possibility of him having Down Syndrome. His nuchal folds were very thick and they had to tell us that DS was a concern. Initially, we were a little shocked but I was accepting of after a few short minutes. I knew I loved him regardless of his genetic differences if that were indeed the case. It turned out he was just a very large baby squished into my womb, standing on his head. We are grateful for that. So now we are grateful for good news so far through this pregnancy. There is always that little bit of worry at each appointment, especially in the beginning.
I can feel the baby’s movement frequently at this point. The kicks & stretches are stronger now, though I have been feeling them for 8 or more weeks this time around. My husband can feel a kick here and there but I’m still trying to catch a moment for the kids to feel. I know they will find it very neat!
Food-wise, I’m still having trouble stomaching real meals. I have many aversions but no real cravings. Hopefully this nausea goes away once and for all & I can get into a more well-rounded diet.
I guess that’s about it for now. I will attempt to post again soon with a belly shot. They will be fun to look back on & see how ‘small’ I was 🙂 !