I realize it’s been more than a month since I shared with everyone about baby Greene coming in May. I know also some of you are curious how the pregnancy has gone so far and how baby is doing? So I’ll give you an update.
I had my first ultrasound and initial appointment at 14 weeks. We found out I was pregnant much earlier, although we suspected pregnancy at 6 weeks by 8 weeks we knew for sure. But we decided because of the move to wait until we had one hospital and doctor to work with. Everything went well at those appointments. Blood work came back fine and baby was moving around a lot in the ultrasound ( I had just eaten before we came).
First trimester I was a little nauseous (like car sick) but honey ginger drops and banana chips helped. Other than that I was exhausted, warm at night, and super hungry. I was eating like crazy, sometimes more calories at one sitting then even Luke. I think it was quite an adjustment for me since I had been following a low calorie diet. I was still teaching so I had to pack more food at lunch then I was used to and eat before and after class.
By the second trimester, after Thanksgiving, the hunger slowed down and nauseousness went away. I wouldn’t even realized I needed food until my energy level dropped. I had my first meeting with my OBGYN in December and all went well.
As of my last appointment and ultra sound at the beginning of January everything is still going well. We decided to have blood work done to check for genetic issues and all tests came back normal. At the last ultrasound (20 weeks) they did extensive pictures of baby’s organs and spine. I was surprised that they were able to use color imaging to determine the umbilical cord and other body organs. Measurements of baby’s body showed all within a week of each other in terms of development in all areas and average age lined up with the due date. We also found out gender, which I will share with all of you soon.
Overall I have been feeling pretty good, some muscle aches and pains from body shifting and growing and depending on what I eat acid re-flux and heartburn. I have learned to stretch after exercise and before I go to bed to prevent cramps in my calves in the morning and sore hips and that balancing my diet better, and with plenty of milk, sometimes I can prevent the heartburn.
Right after the holidays I started to feel baby kick and move. It was only occasional and sometimes I wasn’t sure if it was me or the baby. But now I have gotten so used to the kicking and movement that when it doesn’t happen for a while I am surprised. I am now relying on my longer stretchier clothes (like tank tops under flannel shirts), and my new maternity shirts partnered with cardigans and scarves.
Baby is 24 weeks today which means I am now steadily in the 6th month of pregnancy (eek!) We have been talking about names, looking into birth classes, our baby registry is complete, and shower dates are set.