Whoa. I literally had to go into my blog archives to make sure I’m really at 27 weeks already. Yesterday a co-worker asked what my due date was. After I replied with, July 4th, she said “Oh my god, that’s in exactly three months!”.
…Why yes it is!
“This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on.” (Source.)
As I mentioned last week, the baby’s been super active as of late – squirming and kicking and poking like never before. This week I’ve been feeling a bit of a quivering sensation more often, which makes me wonder if it’s the baby hiccupping. My mom says I had the hiccups all the time when I was in utero, so I feel like it’s a definite possibility.
Also, although I try my hardest, I can’t figure out how the baby’s positioned in my belly… I try to guess based on where I feel movement + kicking, but I truthfully have no idea. I can tell the baby’s getting much longer, too, because I can feel movements up by my ribs and down by my pelvis at the same time… it’s incredible!
Babycenter.com says: “the second trimester is drawing to a close, but as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Along with an aching back, for example, you may find that your leg muscles cramp up now and then. They’re carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.”
They couldn’t be more correct. Although my lower back has been feeling much better lately, I’ve definitely been getting calf cramps during the night. I had just chalked it up to not stretching or getting enough electrolytes after workouts, but apparently it’s pregnancy-related [who knew?].
Yesterday was a fun milestone for me: it was the first time people recognized I was pregnant everywhere I went. Coworkers, students, classmates, friends and clients alike took time to tell me how I’m really showing now. And – surprisingly – I loved it! Everyone says I still seem “small” for being almost 7 months, but I don’t feel small anymore.
I’ve definitely been feeling more emotional than usual lately [I sulked and cried when my mom left for a conference last week], which worries me a little since it’s finals time in grad school and I need to be productive. But my energy levels are still feeling really good [as long as I get a nap in] and exercise and teaching still energizes me rather than wearing me out.
Even with less sleep, an aching back and leg cramps, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so purposeful and in love with life as I am now.
Fun facts for Week 27:
- Cravings: the ocean, sleeping with the windows open, being near family.
- Next midwife appointment: next Tuesday, the 10th. I’m so excited to have her check in on our little one, hear the heartbeat again, and get more of an idea of how he/she is positioned!
- Current decision: Ben and I are currently trying to decide whether a childbirth class is necessary or not at this point since our options are quite limited and ultimately, when the time comes, chances are everything will go out the window anyway. Our midwife will be offering an informal overview class, which may just be totally up our alley. I do know that I want to take a breastfeeding class, though.
- Weight gained: still up 10 lbs. since conception, but feeling like that number is going to start growing exponentially any minute now…
- Self-care routine: chiropractic once a week, hapai lomi lomi massage once every two weeks or so.
Next week marks my entrance into the third trimester and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m hoping it’s just as wonderful to me as the second trimester has been…
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