For probably selfish reasons I am really excited to bringing you my pregnancy week-by-week. I am already noticing differences between my first pregnancy (read about it here) and this one. Having a toddler and being pregnant is a whole different journey! So bare with me … it is seriously the most amazing thing to be able to look back on my pregnancy with Em and I look forward to having the memories from this one as well.
What is baby up to at 12 weeks?
- Baby is the size of a lime. They are measuring around 2 inches long and weight half an ounce.
- Baby is developing reflexes! Their fingers and toes will start to open and close and more.
- Baby is looking more like a baby and less like an alligator 😉
How is mama doing?
Weight Gain: First, I want to be clear that I am monitoring my weight gain out of pure curiosity and to be well-informed. I am not worrying about the weight gain because I know how to take it off later. I did it once before 😉 That being said, dealing with hyperemesis had me lose 9 pounds in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Right now, I am sitting at minus 7 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. My goal is to gain back what I lost and stay on track for a healthy weight gain.
Pregnancy Fitness: BAHAHAHA … none to be heard of. Exercise for me is trying to pick up my house at this point 😉 Again, it’s not something I am worried about quite yet. I had a lapse in workouts when pregnant with Emmalyne and was able to pick them back up in the second trimester. Gym … I am coming for you!
Symptoms: The most obvious symptoms I am dealing with are nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. I can’t remember I day where I haven’t thrown up since being 5 weeks pregnant. It’s getting old. Luckily the nausea is becoming more manageable and I am finding myself having some good days. Like clockwork though by the evening I am sick to my stomach. But I will take that over the all day sickness. Other symptoms:
- Weird taste in my mouth. This also happened with Em and went away in the second tri. I battle it with watermelon gum and Altoids.
- Food aversions to everything. Nothing sounds good. Chris makes our dining choices and I manage to eat.
- Vivid dreams. I definitely didn’t miss the pregnant dreams! They are so real and so weird.
Sleep: One thing I can’t get enough of 😉 The constant fatigue is starting to abate a bit but I do find myself laying down when Em naps. Bedtime is also promptly by 9PM. Sleeping pretty well through the night with sometimes waking up to use the bathroom.
Looking Forward To: We have our 12-week NT screening ultrasound today! The nuchal translucency screening can help determine your risk for different chromosomal abnormalities. We opted out of this test for Emmalyne but decided for it this time. While results wouldn’t change our thoughts on our baby (we will keep and love whatever child God grants us with), I do want to be well informed and prepared. Plus I get to see the jellybean again 😉
Whew … that should do it! If there is anything you’d like me to address specifically, leave a comment or email me! I have a lot to do on post this morning for our family readiness group, laundry needs doing, and packing must commence! Two days until we are Phoenix bound …. weeeeee!!!!!
Mamas – did you notice a big difference with your second pregnancy? Non-mamas – how do you get motivated to work out when your energy levels are nill?