CHRONICLES OF PREGNANCY: 23 WEEKS

 

Hello everybody, this is Taylor and I am back to share with you updates on my very first pregnancy. I am currently over 5 and a half months along and my baby weighs about a pound (about the size of a large mango). Because we have just started the blog, I am having to start late in my pregnancy as opposed to  the beginning, which would be ideal, but I will take anything I can get to share some of my stories and experiences with you. To start for this week, I will do my best to sum up my first trimester: cravings, exercising, weight gain, and doctor’s appointments without running too long. If I miss any details, please ask me anything in the comments and I will respond as quickly as possible.

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First Trimester

The first 3 months seemed extremely long, and were not as enjoyable as the last few weeks. While I was blessed to not have morning sickness, fatigue basically ruled my life. What was so crazy: my body felt great, but my mind felt like mush. Throughout the beginning, I slept, ate, went to school, and slept. I was the zombie that lived in the house for weeks and, to be honest, besides the nausea and the car sickness, it was very enjoyable. The amazing things about this part of a woman’s life: no periods and nobody wants to argue with anything you do. The fact that my emotions could possibly go anywhere in no time made me seemingly invincible. Some may say cruel, I say strategic. My baby grew healthily throughout those few months, and at 14 weeks, we were able to find out we were having a boy (named Aksel) through prenatal imaging (something I highly recommend!). After the reveal party, it was on for my in-laws (I am talking clothes on top of stuffed animals on top of bottles, diapers, wipes, spoons). Overall, my first trimester contained cravings, sleep, and nausea. Although, I must warn, while I did not have morning sickness, my husband did. Mother Nature had to get somebody!20160213_163317

Exercising did not happen much for me until recently. Between exhaustion, the wedding, prom, and graduation, I was swamped and tired. Before I was pregnant, I was in fairly good shape; I could run a few miles in decent time, do a few push ups and sit ups. Now, because it has been a few months, I have started myself out with walking a mile and a half every morning with my dog. Most days, the walk will boost my energy levels and give me a great start to my day. As of last week, I had gained 12 pounds, but I am hoping that number will not jump too high. Aksel still has a lot more growing to do and I am about halfway through the recommended weight gain for pregnancy. As for cravings, they are not helping me out! Ice cream, pickles, hot dogs even though I am allowed to eat them!), popcorn, and, more recently, fresh fruits are demanding my attention when I enter the kitchen, and for the most part have stayed the same since day one.

 

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Well, wrapping up about my first trimester, this is my first pregnancy, so if you have any tips, stories, questions, anything, just comment below and I will be sure to get back with them. Keep a lookout next week where I will finish catching you up on my pregnancy, and tell some great stories, particularly one about my  last doctor’s appointment!

Comments

  1. You are going to have so many emotions and changes that you’re going to wonder who you are! But each and every one is a wonderful step to delivering a healthy baby. Enjoy them (even if you don’t want to) because they never repeat themselves, and no matter what advice you get from people the best advise is this: Do what is best for you! Congratulations!

  2. Pregnancy is tough it’s a really long waiting game with a lot of things involved, like meds and a regular visit to the doctor. But it has it’s perks too. I’m glad you’re doing well. It’s only a matter of time!

  3. Congratulations and stay healthy on your pregnancy journey! Expecting a baby is so wonderful and excited!

  4. First of all congrats on the pregnancy! I remember having my first. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Sounds like you’re doing a great job too!

  5. only 12 lbs, lucky duck you. Now I have 4 kids and the last two were both 10 pound-ers and I knew when they were coming. However the first two were earlier than expected. lol But congrats!

  6. My tip is listen to your inner voice, not what others say to you. Especially if they insist their way is the only way. Enjoy this time because it does go quickly!

  7. when i was pregnant, i can’t remember that i crave for something food or anything which is funny. my body didn’t change well, just my tummy getting so huge haha congrats and all the best for you. PS: I wake up everyday early in the morning and just walk until i get tired the whole day, I always stand when I can rather than sitting or laying on my bed. My baby just came out like heaven and no push needed. hehe

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