16 down… 24 to go! Its really weird to me that in 4 weeks I’ll be halfway done with my pregnancy, and in 8 weeks we’ll hit the age of viability mark if the baby were to come early. Did you know that babies have a 50% survival rate if born at 24-25 weeks? And a 90% chance if born at 26-27 weeks? It amazes me how creating a human works. For those who believe that we’re all on this earth by chance? Think again. Nothing this intricate could ever have been an accident. We are God’s perfect creation. We may not be perfect creatures, but this space He has made for us is.
Whats going on with baby this week? The heartbeat clocked in at a strong 155 at our appointment yesterday. He/she’s the size of an avocado! Whats super funny to me is that a website states that “she’s big enough so the doctor might hear her heartbeat”. Haha, really?! We heard the heartbeat 8 weeks ago at the ultrasound, and 4 weeks ago on the doppler. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone not hearing the heartbeat until this late in the pregnancy. I know if I hadn’t heard it yet, I’d have demanded multiple ultrasounds to see inside. Speaking of hearing things, baby can now hear my voice! He/she’s growing hair, lashes and eyebrows. I wonder if baby will take after me — fine, blonde hair, with not a whole lot on my body, or if it’ll take after Joe — thicker, dark hair and a very hairy body? We’ll find out in 24ish weeks! Also, baby is forming taste buds! My goal is to make sure this kid isn’t picky like Joe and I are.
And whats going on with mom this week? Oh well… a lot. My hyperemesis isn’t resolving still, so we’re adding on another medication. I am happy to report that I have gained 3lbs though… yay! I have even moved into the big leagues, maternity clothes. Its nice to wear shirts that don’t look 2 sizes to small. I’m still getting 3-4 migraines a week, as well as heavy bloody noses just as often. My blood pressure at my check-up was 100/78 so I’m not concerned about it anymore! I am however being referred to a specialist to check me out for my migraines and make sure everything is ok. Migraines have always been cyclical for me, so considering there are tons of hormones running thru my system right now, I’m not concerned. I am also being referred to another specialist to check out my heart. Its been having some funny rhythms lately, and my OB just wants to make sure everything checks out ok. I’m not concerned. I’m thinking my body just isn’t adjusting well to being pregnant, and all these little things are over exaggerated pregnancy symptoms. I’m keeping my attitude positive about these things 🙂 Because of everything thats happening with me, my doctor has pulled me out of work for the time being. I plan on using this time to rest up and relax, and hopefully get these things resolved!
My wonderful husband has made it up to Alaska! They’re keeping him busy so far which is perfect for him! He says its beautiful up there, and he loves to tell me about his bald eagle sitings. If he ever takes any pictures, I’ll share them. So, Joe… get on that!!!
Prego Tip of the Week
Write things down! I’m finding I’m forgetting things all the time! Just yesterday I was walking to my car and I told myself “Ok, Rachel, you can’t forget to tell the doctor about _____”. By the time I was down the street, I had already forgotten. I now carry a pad and pen with me where ever I go.
Exercise of the Week
My back and hips have been killing me lately! Being up on my feet for longer than an hour just destroys the lower half of my body. I purchased a prenatal yoga video called ‘Yoga Booty Ballet: Baby On The Way’. Its awesome! If you’re interested in purchasing a copy for yourself, you can click:
here > then go to Shop > Fitness Program > Yoga Booty Ballet > scroll down and you’ll find it! Only $20. Not too shabby.
But for now, here’s a video for a little yoga to help with that pesky back pain 🙂