21 Weeks

 21 weeks
Elissa and Ryder
Lots to talk about this week!
How far along? 21 weeks
Baby’s size: about the length of a carrot (around 11 inches) and weighs about a pound.
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Clothes: I got my maxi dress on clearance from Belly Dance Maternity back in December before they went out of business. The maker is Cotton Glam. It’s actually a tube dress and I knew it would be perfect for a summer pregnancy. I can wear it after the baby but will most likely have to get the tube part taken in! My sweater is from Loft. Flip flops are Reef.
Workouts – Last week (Mar 10 – Mar 16):
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 2 different days I walked over 3 miles
Symptoms: So last Wednesday I had a scary moment. I was just sitting in the passenger seat of the car waiting for Travis to come outside and my feet and legs went numb and I felt dizzy. Instead of sitting still and maybe seeing if the feeling would pass, I thought it would be a good idea to go inside and lay down. By the time I got to the kitchen I was seeing black spots and had to hold on to the counter to keep from falling down. Travis helped me to the sofa and opened a window so I could get some air. I was better within a few minutes but was scared enough to call the doctor and see what they thought. After asking several questions and talking to a doctor the nurse said I didn’t need to come in but to call right away if it happened again because they might want to check my blood pressure and iron.
I also had 2 days in a row last week that my face and fingers were swollen when I woke up. Even after eating breakfast, showering and washing my face my face was still so puffy it was awkward putting eyeliner on. But I still did! Hello vanity!
Apparently I can no longer exercise AND have a really active day or I get really tired, cranky and therefore fussy. If I know I’ll be doing some planting/yardwork/housework or going on a long walk in the evening I need to skip spin class!
What I’m eating: Avocado toast. Avocados in taco salad. My sister Angela made her homemade mac-n-cheese and a salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, carrots and cucumbers when visited Saturday (pictured above). Breakfast is my favorite meal though and I shop in the yogurt section at Whole Foods like I’m looking for new shoes!
Drinking: La Croix sparkling water (I currently have the coconut and the orange flavors). Zevia Ginger Ale. Decaf coffee; I bought some soy french vanilla creamer last week…yum! All the water.
Looking forward to: We are getting estimates for new hardwood floors to be installed on our first floor and having our entire house painted (interior). Can’t wait for that to get started!
Funny: I feel the baby move all the time now, especially when I sit down after being active, anytime while I eating or after I eat or when I lay down on my back. Travis hasn’t been able to feel the bumps and kicks from the outside yet. Recently he probably sat with his hand on my belly for about 10 minutes while the baby was being super active. He said that he couldn’t feel the baby but he could feel my heartbeat. Oh my gosh, I laughed for the longest! He was confused and didn’t know what was so funny and I finally got it together to remind him where my heart is 🙂
Ultrasound results: I had my anatomy ultrasound last Friday. The baby was moving all around and kicking me while tech was checking all the parts out. We had to turn away twice so as not to ruin the gender surprise. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have known what I was looking at anyway but I obeyed and turned my head. She estimated the baby to be about 13 ounces and 10 inches long. Healthy and happy in there! Near the end of the ultrasound the tech told us that I had a low lying placenta or “partial placenta previa”. She warned me that I would have to have a follow up ultrasound in 8 weeks to see if it will move up. A lot of times if the placenta is low at this time in pregnancy it will move as the uterus grows but once you get around 28 weeks the odds are that will stay that way. If the placenta stays where it is I’ll have to have a c-section! Not in my plans at all (will talk more about birth plans later). I didn’t see the doctor until Monday (for my normal prenatal checkup and to go over the ultrasound) and she confirmed they are doing another ultrasound at 28 weeks but said that other than my uterus growing and the placenta moving out of the way by itself there’s nothing that can be done about it. She also prescribed me with pelvic rest which means until my next ultrasound 8 WEEKS FROM NOW no sex, no baths and no swimming!! Bleeding is a huge risk with placenta previa but I’ve had zero bleeding during my pregnancy. Since she said no sex I assumed that would also mean no work outs but when I asked the doctor she seemed to think spin class is fine but not sex…weird to me. The doctor was nice but I could tell she was rushed and I didn’t get to talk it like I wanted to. I’m still not convinced spin is ok or that abstaining from sex is necessary. From what I read doctors usually only suggest pelvic rest and restricted activities if the placenta is still low on the follow up ultrasound at 28 weeks in the 3rd trimester or if you’ve have other complications (which I haven’t). I plan to call the office back in the next day or 2 to talk about it.
Risks due to placenta previa include:
  • having to get a c-section because the placenta can bled as your cervix dilates in labor. My doctor said that usually they schedule the c-section for 37 0r 38 weeks to prevent you from going into labor by yourself
  • more at risk for also having placenta accreta which means the placenta doesn’t separate easily after the baby comes and it can cause massive bleeding. I’m going to stop now…

20 Weeks

Sunday was amazing. Our days got longer. The high was 68! We worked in the yard and house and ended our day with a sunset cruise!
Sunday boating
daylight savings sunset
I posted this masterpiece on Instagram last week for #tbt. It’s something I drew when I was 4 years old…my mom expecting my younger sister Angela!
My mom expecting my sister Angela
12 weeks versus 20 weeks. I took the 20 week pic yesterday after spin class. What a change!
12 weeks vs 20 weeks
How far along? 20 weeks
Baby’s size: about the size of a banana and about 10 1/2 inches long from head to toes
Total weight gain: 10 pounds
Symptoms: I had the strangest thing happen today. I was sitting in the passenger seat of the car waiting for my fiance to come outside and my feet and legs got extremely tingly and right after noticing that I got very dizzy and lightheaded. For some reason instead of sitting still and relaxing I felt like I should go inside and lay down. I made it to the kitchen and almost fainted. Luckily Travis caught me and helped me to the sofa. I felt better after shutting my eyes for a few minutes but I still called my doctor’s office to see what they thought. They asked about how much water I had been drinking and what I had for breakfast. They mentioned that maybe my blood pressure and iron needed to be checked. Because I have had a healthy, normal pregnancy so far they decided that I didn’t need to come in and asked me just to monitor it and call back if/when it happens again. I have an appointment Friday for an ultrasound and next Monday for my regular check up so I’m not bothered about not being seen like I would be if my next appointment were a couple weeks away.
Clothes: I didn’t take my regular weekly pic today because I haven’t felt well since the almost fainting episode. I’ll tell you about my clothes from my Sunday boat trip. My plaid button up is Superdry brand (non-maternity). My tank is the same from last weeks update, a maternity ribbed knit jersey tank from Old Navy. My shorts are Target (non-maternity) and in case you wondered they aren’t buttoned or zipped…thanks belly band!
Workouts – Last week (Mar 3 – Mar 9):
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga class
  • 4 miles on the elliptical
  • and another 1 hour spin class
Last week: We bought our current home last November knowing that it needed some updating. Our first 2 projects are getting hardwood floors installed and having the entire house painted. Last week we had 3 different contractors out to measure and quote for flooring. We’re excited to make a decision and get started with the reno! Also, as of Saturday we are finally experiencing constant spring whether. I’ve been digging old plants out of my potting containers outside, picking up sticks, trimming dead palm tree branches and just enjoying being in flip flops.
Cravings: Whole Foods brand of “cheerios” with milk or almond milk and best with banana and granola. Lemon hummus…I accidentally bought it but it was a good accident….it’s delish and SO good with rice crackers. Any kind of yogurt. After grocery shopping, I usually have 6-8 different flavors in the fridge. Avocados on toast. Avocados on chicken. Avocados in general. Stoneyfield organic creme caramel frozen yogurt. I’m proud that I can make a pint last 3 nights 🙂
Drinking: Decaf. Water. Zevia Ginger Ale. Coconut water. Unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemon.
Looking forward to: My ultrasound on Friday is top of the list. We also ordered our crib today to celebrate the 20 week mark. We decided on the Babyletto Hudson crib in white. I also got an organic crib mattress to go with it. Both are from All Modern. Free shipping and they will be here by Monday!