Double digits! Woohoo!
The baby is now the size of a prune, measuring in at around 1 1/4 inches long, and has limbs that are bending and flexing. It’s hard to believe that so much is already happening inside of me!
Afternoon sickness: I have to be 100% honest and say that the past couple of days have been rough on me [get ready for a whine-fest]. I’ve never been able to vomit [that’s a story for another day], but I have been experiencing nausea since about week six. While the nausea comes in waves throughout the day, the worst time for me is the afternoons/evenings. For a few days I felt like it was easing up, but it is now back with a vengeance. Exercise helps a lot for me, but there are some days where all I can do is lay in the fetal position and focus on breathing.
Speaking of exercise, while doing a modified kettlebell workout the other day I felt my lower back go out of place. It had been tender for weeks, but I never expected it to actually give out on me while doing a simple clean and press. Apparently there are some major changes happening in the lower back as the vertebrae attached to the uterus are dealing with all the new input, so I have to take it a bit easier right now.
To add to the joy, I also caught a cold yesterday, which makes me (1) grouchy and nauseous, (2) in pain and unable to do much, and (3) a snotty, tired mess.
When Ben and I went to take the progress shots this morning, he said, “show us how you’re really feeling today”:
[That’s the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-work-or-face-anyone-feeling-like-this crabby look. Amazing what a little mascara will do.]
Each day I wake up hoping to feel like myself again, but by the end of the day it’s all I can do to remind myself that my body is just expressing sensations that seem foreign to me right now, and that this too shall pass. I want this – every single feeling that comes with pregnancy – so I just have to stay present and be patient with myself right now.
At this point, though, I’m wondering if I’ll be this uncomfortable during the whole pregnancy.
I got a chiropractic adjustment and a massage yesterday, but other than that I’ve been laying really low trying to let my body heal and my cold pass through. I’m really focusing on being kinder to myself right now. Part of me is upset because I feel like I’ve been irresponsible by letting myself get sick and sore [what kind of Mom-to-be pushes herself that hard?], but then again, it’s the end of the semester and I haven’t been sick in quite some time. These things happen. I am human, after all.
Other than that, some stats for this week:
Current aversions: ginger, orange + cranberry anything, Subway.
Current cravings: biscuits, cornbread, saltines with sunflower butter, salads [!!] with fruit [we’re talking veggie salads with grapes/strawberries, not fruit salad], grilled cheese with tomato, soups, pickles [?], fresh coconut water, eggs with brown rice and shoyu.
Number of eggs eaten since becoming hapai: two per day… so by now a few dozen!
Average hours of sleep per night: 8.5… plus a half-hour nap in the afternoon.
Number of bowel movements per day: 2-3, but small. [I know, TMI, but my digestion has been crazy!]
Total weight gained so far: Still down about 2.5 lbs since conceiving, but the bloat makes it feel like I’ve gained about 15.
Workouts in the past 7 days: Five. Taught TurboKick twice [got a sub for class yesterday], practiced yoga twice, walked once, and did one kettlebell workout.
Best thing about this week: I got back in the kitchen! I had a craving for stuffed acorn squash, so I got to cooking… but once the filling started to smell herby, I knew it was all over for me. I ate my salad, but Ben wound up eating both halves of the squash while I sat across the room with a bowl of gluten-free cereal and almond milk.
[Someday soon I will enjoy you again, cooked veggies!]
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