Healthy + Hapai–12 Weeks

I knew this vacation would keep me from writing so much, but I didn’t think an entire week would fly by without me writing a single post.  Yikes.  Needless to say, a lot has been happening in the GPD household in the past week!  Ben’s winter break started, the holidays seem to be in full swing, and Ben’s sister Heather and her partner Jason are out here on vacation! 


Heather + Jason got here last Monday and will be leaving in a couple of days.  It’s been so nice to be able to relax, soak up the sun, and adventure with them! 

Hosting guests while pregnant has been a bit of a challenge for me this week as my energy levels are nowhere near what they used to be and I’m often opting out on trips that would make me even more nauseous than I already am [like sunrise at Haleakala crater].  I’ve also become quite reclusive in the past few weeks – which I attribute to the pregnancy but could totally just be anti-social tendencies – and have been craving simple days cuddled up with a good book.  Either way, Heather and Jason have been more than accommodating, and it’s been good to get out and explore even when I’m not feeling the greatest.  


This week the baby is just over two inches long from crown to rump, which measures to be about the size of a lime [!!]. 

The biggest development for baby this week: “Reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.” (Source). 


I honestly can’t tell if it’s been all the eating out [which includes wheat, dairy, salt and sugar!] or if my body’s finally starting to finally show, but I am most definitely feeling bigger this week. 


It may not seem like too big of a difference from last week, but when you put the 8 week photo next to 12 weeks, you can tell how much more bloated my face is and how much thicker my waist has gotten.  Oh, and you can’t miss the expansion in the chest area, either: 

Week 8 - frontWeek 12 - front

[8 Weeks / 12 Weeks]

This week I’m dealing with heartburn like it’s nobody’s business [which could definitely be from eating out so much], but I almost had a full day without debilitating nausea, which I call a win [I’ll take what I can get].  My energy levels have been slowly creeping back up lately – when 3pm rolls around I’m not a complete zombie – but I definitely still have aversions to smells and foods at this point. I keep hearing that I’ll be feeling much better in just a couple of weeks and I’m excited to be nearing the end of the first trimester! 

Random fact time:

  • Current aversions: Strong perfume and car rides. 
  • Current cravings: Spaghetti, dark leafy greens [!!], pineapple-ginger vinaigrette salad dressing from Flatbread Pizza Co.
  • Biggest nausea/heartburn tamer: Apple cider vinegar drinks have been my savior.  We’re talking three times a day when it gets really bad.   
  • Funniest advice of the week: “Don’t lift anything heavier than a tissue box” –Lady at the Farmer’s Market.
  • Total weight gained so far: I’m a pound up from last week, but still down about 1.5 lbs since conception.  Still, the bloat is kicking my ass and I miss my muscle tone. 
  • Favorite memory of the week: Hiking the Bamboo Forest with the ‘ohana.  I’m pretty sure this baby is going to love rock-hopping, just like her Momma. Winking smile
  • Current childbirth snag: The only childbirth series offered on-island has been cancelled. 

childbirth classes

Ben and I are going to talk with our midwife about other options, but we were really looking forward to this six-week series, especially since it’s our first child.  We’ve heard that Hypnobirthing classes are offered on-island, but they’re much more expensive and we don’t know many people who have taken the course.  I do hear incredible things about Hypnobirthing, though, so if you have any input, please do share! 

  • Most excited to: hopefully hear the baby’s heartbeat tomorrow at our 12-week check-up!  Smile 

We’re off to enjoy another day with the ‘ohana!  Happy Holidays! 

Aloha Pumehana.
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7 thoughts on “Healthy + Hapai–12 Weeks

  1. Abby says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile now after finding a recipe I loved here (though I can’t even remember what it’s called at the moment!). Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I love reading your updates because I am pregnant too and have almost the same due date – July 1st! This is my fifth baby and I just wanted to tell you that Hypnobirthing is WONDERFUL. I took the classes with my 2nd baby and am so glad I did. I have had some amazing births. Though it’s more expensive than the other class you were looking at, it’ll be worth it! If you want to read some Hypnobirthing stories, my instructor has a website with lots of people’s birth stories. Sadly, mine is not there…don’t know why! But I can’t praise hypnobirthing enough. And from what I know of you from reading your blog, I think you’d really get all that’s behind the Hypnobirthing philosophy. Here’s my instructor’s website too. How I’d love to still live near her…but three moves later I’m still using the things she taught me:

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Oh Abby, I can’t thank you enough for your invaluable input! Ben and I will definitely be looking into hypnobirthing and talking with our midwife about it now. Oh, I’m so grateful to you!!!

      • Abby says:

        Glad I can help! I saw Pema’s comment about water birthing too and while I’ve never had a water birth, I’ve used tubs for laboring and loved it. I’d love to have a waterbirth too! I love that we have so many options nowadays.

  2. Pema says:

    You might want to consider water birthing. Check with Robin Garrison. She even has (or had ) the birthing pool/tub.The idea that the baby comes from liquid and emerges into liquid seems pretty natural.
    Again thanks for blogging.

    • Haley Rabago says:

      Thank you, Pema! Water birthing has been something I’ve been interested in for years now… it definitely calls me, and I’ve talked with our midwife about it! =)

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