First, I want to say that this blog isn’t going to turn into just a pregnancy blog. I have a TON of posts planned, but we’ve just been having too much fun on the weekends as a family for me to get them scheduled! Family and summer fun will always take priority, but I just wanted to let you know that I do realize my site has been very baby/pregnancy-centric lately. I promise lots of fitness-related content in the very near future!
That said, I’m 18 weeks pregnant today (Thursday, July 25), so I need to tell you all about week 17!
Baby H2.0 is growing – about the size of your palm, weighing five ounces and developing some body fat. I had a doctors appointment this week and baby’s heartbeat was 155-160 bpm. I saw one of the newer midwives and it took her longer to find the heartbeat, which panicked me briefly, but she remarked that my stomach was in really good shape, so I think the uterus vs. muscle positioning was confusing her a little.
What’s Up with Mama
Speaking of my appointment this past week, we had a little conversation about weight gain. My midwife practice likes to use the recommendation of gain 10 pounds by week 20 and gain 20 pounds by week 30. At this appointment I had gained exactly zero pounds. Whomp whomp. Hey, at least I gained backed the three pounds I lost! Anyway, we determined that my goal would be 5 pounds by week 20 since everything is looking good with the baby and there is no need for concern. If you recall, we moved to Maryland when I was six months pregnant with Xander and joined this midwife group upon arrival. This is the first time the practice has seen what my body likes to do naturally during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
Topic of the Week: Flip Flopping Due Dates
Based on my LMP my due date is 12/26/13. Based on the trans-vaginal ultrasound from my first appointment my due date is 1/2/14. Based on the NT scan my due date got moved back to the original 12/26/13. However, after this week’s appointment, my midwife said they aren’t actually moving the due date back to 12/26/13 since earlier ultrasound measurements tend to be more accurate for determining due dates. Le sigh. I’m not going to alter all the weeks again for my updates, as I thought a measure during week 12/13 would still be considered early enough for determining that the due date does in fact match the LMP estimated date. So I’m sticking with the 12/26/13 date for now and am excited to see what the measurements say during the anatomy scan in just a couple weeks!
Not much has happened this past week except for Katie incessantly staring at her belly in the mirror and trying to find the angle at which she looks pregnant. Typically she takes a lot of pride in not showing until much later in the pregnancy, so I’m not entirely sure where her obsession has come from lately. Maybe she wants to look more pregnant so she can justify talking about pregnancy? I know sometimes she feels self-conscious talking about being pregnant, when a casual observer probably wouldn’t guess that. I keep trying to tell her to relax and she’ll pop before she knows it. I guess it’s one of these things that I just can’t quite empathize with as a guy.
Hope you enjoyed the recap! If you have any questions for me or John along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! <3