Pregnancy: Week 20

>> Thursday, February 11, 2016

I'm solidly in week 20 of my pregnancy, so I think it's safe to safe I'm halfway there. With Ada, I went into (fast) labor just a couple days over 38 weeks. I'm wondering what that means for this time around. I'd love to know how your delivery date changed from kid one to kid two! Of course, I'll be happy to keep this baby in until she is fully cooked.

Special guest in my photo this week:

My midwife appointment went well last Friday. I have been concerned about weight gain since I'm still only up 4.5 pounds, but I guess everything is looking well. With Ada, I was around the same weight gain. I took a lot of questions to my appointment with me, and my midwife is awesome. I couldn't be happier with the care and attention I'm receiving.

Since a few days after ovulation, I was taking progesterone and aspirin. I stopped the progesterone in week 15, but the baby aspirin was supposed to continue on until week 22. The thing is, I was concerned with stopping it so soon because I was never formally diagnosed with a clotting issue. A lot of women take baby aspirin for a variety of things until 32-36 weeks, so I asked if I could either get testing for a clotting issue or just keep taking it to be "safe" -- and we agreed that I will take it until week 36.

I have started getting Braxton Hicks contractions more regularly, but it's nothing like when I was pregnant with Ada (fingers and toes crossed!). Still, it's almost like I have PTSD. If I feel one or two, I freak out. So, I'm really watching my water intake. I also asked if I could take a magnesium supplement to see if it helps -- and my midwife said yes. I am now taking about a half dose of the Natural Calm throughout the day in my drinking water. We'll see if it helps. I tend to get them when I am sitting working versus when I'm running or up and about.

I can't remember if I've written about this before, but I keep coming across blog posts and articles written by seasoned moms about how the second pregnancy (or third, etc.) just flies by and isn't as special. Or that they aren't concerned with as much, etc. This hasn't been the case for me for obvious reasons. I think due to the number of years between my pregnancies and the difficulty it took to get to this point, I'm celebrating and cherishing every single moment. In some ways more than with Ada because this might be my last pregnancy. Photos, baby clothes, nursery decorations, and all.

I'm getting stir-crazy for spring. This winter has been mild, but I'm really craving some long outdoor walks for my mind more than anything else. Today the windchill is in the negative digits, so I don't think I'll be getting those walks for some time. For exercise, I've been doing jogs and walks on the treadmill. I jog 3 miles, 4 times a week. I walk on the days when I don't jog. I always take one full day off from exercise a week. I've also been sticking with Barre3 online about 4 times a week between 20 and 45 minutes. I feel strong and centered.

As far as a birth plan goes, I'd love to try and do things drug-free this time around like I did with Ada. But I'm also recognizing that, like with conception and pregnancy itself, so much of having babies just isn't under our control. I'm going to prepare as if I'm doing everything naturally this time around, but I won't fret about it. I won't be taking a birth class this time, but I do hope to brush up on some things just so I can remember everything that happens with my body.

With Ada, I was only in labor (that I really knew) from about 7:30 AM till 12:00 PM, after that it was the pushing that took a while. I worry I will go really fast this time around, honestly. I guess that's another question I have for moms of more than one. How did your births differ?

Other stuff:

Middle name: Picked
Cravings: Ultimate Vegan Brownies -- everything I crave is sweet
Days till due date: 136
Most excited for: Taking walks on summer evenings together as a family
Most worried about: Nursing working out this time around
Currently obsessed with: Aden + Anais clothing!
Upcoming test: Gestational diabetes draw around week 24. Last time I failed by 1 point and had to do the 3 hour test!

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