Friday, May 11, 2007

Pregnant Me


Ok friends. Here you go. A new pregnant picture of Lauren and me. This was taken about a week ago at 30 weeks. I feel farther along if I think of that as almost 7 months, but I also prefer to remember that I only have 8 weeks left (instead of 2 months) -- it sounds shorter somehow!
Things are going well for baby and me. I have little to nothing to complain about when I think of the trials some women go through during pregnancy. I have gotten to that point where I just "feel big"and awkward. My lower back sometimes really bothers me and I have definitely reached that place where comfortable sleep is often very elusive. I am definitely a back sleeper when not pregnant, and even with about 6 pillows strategically placed, I still occasionally wake in the middle of the night and find myself on my back.
I had a diagnosis of placenta previa early on in the second trimester, but several weeks ago another ultrasound showed that my uterus had grown enough that the placenta had moved up. That was good news! I had a small scare after having blood drawn to test for gestational diabetes. They called the next day and when I finally got a nurse on the line it was nothing serious - I just need to take an iron supplement.
In the spirit of openness I will share that my total weight gain so far is at 18 pounds. Depending on which midwife I see, my weight gain is either "really great" or cause for concern to "be careful not to continue gain at this rate." Out of the 4 midwives in this practice, the one that is sort of my "primary" midwife seems to be the most insensitive and blunt. It has been one of the "other three" every time that either a) sympathized with me early on and told me to eat whatever sounded good - even if it was french fries and ice cream b) had mercy and prescribed medicine for nausea when nothing else I tried was working c) has looked positively on my weight gain. Oh well!
In other news, some household projects are finally "in progress." I wish I could say they were completed...hopefully that will be soon. I am really feeling the push to get some paint on the walls of several rooms before baby comes. Lydia's "new room" (as she calls it) is finally painted and now ready for her big girl bed and her toys. I'm not really sure if she gets that it is her "new room" yet, but hopefully she will understand and be excited once her things go in there.
Gotta run! Now, fair is fair - I want to see some pregnant pics of the rest of you mommies!!

9 comments:

Kelley said...

I think an 18 pound weight gain is perfectly fine. From my recollection you have always had a very healthy weight when not pregnant and I think 18lbs at 7 months is hardly cause for concern. You've gotta gain enough to help baby grow. When I read on other blogs of women gaining upwards of 70lbs - yeah that's probably a problem (unless you're having quads or something!). I know I've mentioned that for the longest time I gained nothing (and even lost) but during the past month I gained 8lbs with no change in diet. It must just be my metabolism changing to give baby the things she needs. I'm just hoping that I don't gain 8 pounds from each month forward!

Amy said...

Oh hey...I gained 50+ lbs with Emma. You're doing great!

Elizabeth said...

18 lbs in 7 mo and one of the midwives mentioned it? Crazy. You know you can request who you see -- :-) I always asked to see the "Grandma" midwife. Also, it seemed that the times and days I wanted to go in were not in synch with my primary. Bravo on the weight gain! In my mind, you still look smaller than you were with Lydia. Is it just my imagination? I can't wait to see Lydia's new room. Do you have only one more week of work left? Yippeee!

Stephanie said...

I have often wondered IF you were gaining! You look wonderful! I think 18 pounds with 8 weeks left is great. Supposedly you lose a few at the end, but I can't remember if that happened to me with the girls or not. I am afraid to go for my next "weigh in" =) next week. I have been eating quite freely on vacation. Your 8 weeks is going to fly by!

Rebecca said...

18 lbs at 7 months!? I can't believe the midwife said anything! That is such a normal and healthy rate of weight gain from what I've read. With Emily, by 7 months I think I had gained at least 2 or 3 times that much!

And you really look fantastic! I love cute pregnant mommy pictures. :)

JM said...

They say 25-35 pounds is good weight gain. I was at 17 at 7 months and ended up at 29. Right on track. I think you're just fine!

Thanks for the picture!

Patrick & Rachel said...

You look awesome and are doing great with your weight gain - what was she thinking? I am starting to look massive and get the "When are you due?" I have only gained around 15lbs, but started with a few extra lbs. Our little/big guy is already weighing over 5lbs. I am glad to hear that your placenta moved up!! Only 8 weeks to go!! Yippee!!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I will also chime in to say "Your weight is fine." But why does it matter what I think on this subject?
I also feel on the comments page here that I am breaking in on a women's tea or something! :)
Rob

Kathy said...

Back in the dark ages when I was having babies, they thought 20 lbs. total gain was the ideal. Maybe your mid-wive is back from then...