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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September Empties & Pregnancy Update

Not a lot finished in September.  What you see here is literally all that got emptied.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil
I'm in the middle of my 8th month of pregnancy and still no stretch marks!  Let's keep up the good work!

St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control
St. Ives has always been my go-to exfoliator.  I alternate between it and the Clarisonic Mia2.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
Love this stuff.  I seriously don't think I can go a day without it anymore.  

Pregnancy Update

I'm now in the 8th month of pregnancy.  I love feeling our baby move around every day.  It gives me peace of mind knowing that everything is ok on the inside.  Sometimes it feels like the baby got hiccups, everything on the inside bumps around rhythmically.  Sometimes it feels like a rolling sensation from one side to the other side.  And sometimes the baby stretches which feels like something inside is pushing outwards.  It doesn't hurt at all but sometimes it feels a little sharp.  I actually can't go to sleep unless the baby is moving around.

I love imagining our future as a family, especially with the holidays right around the corner, too!  Our baby will have a first Thanksgiving and a first Christmas this year!  

Now, all the stuff I don't particularly enjoy about being pregnant.

Weight gain
I'm at my heaviest at 174 pounds, nearing 80kg.  I know some of that is my own doing (cravings for sweet things), but a lot of it is baby, belly, boobs, and water retention.  The extra weight that I'm carrying makes movements very slow and a little difficult.  

Lower back pain
I have had a lot of lower back aches and pains from the strain of the weight I'm carrying in front.  The dull achiness sometimes gets punctuated by pinched nerves, which makes movement of any kind difficult and slow.  Washing dishes strains my back because my belly protrudes enough that it pushes the core of my body away from the kitchen sink, meaning I have to lean forward to do the dishes.  Luckily, I haven't had a lot of issues with losing my balance though.

Round ligament pain
This is the pain most pregnant woman feel in their pubic and groin area.  It's basically when the pelvic area begins to widen and open up to get ready for labor and birth.  Some days, this pain is manageable.  Some days, this pain dictates that I just slow things down even more, sometimes to the point where I have to take really small steps or just pause for a few seconds after I stand up.

Water retention
My feet and hands show the most obvious signs of retaining some water.  Luckily, it's not a lot, but it's enough to see the puffiness under the skin.  I gave up on shoes several weeks ago.  They were too tight, so I've only been wearing flip flops, even to work.   

Belly button pain
My belly button hasn't turned into an outie yet, and I actually don't think it will.  But there is some pain around my belly button.  At first, I thought it was the surface skin getting stretched to the breaking point.  But then it also felt bruised underneath the skin.  My doctor told me abdominal muscles are thinnest under the belly button and some women experience abdominal muscle separation from the growing uterus underneath.  She thinks that's what I'm feeling.... which she says is totally normal.

Exhaustion and fatigue
There are days when I get engulfed with my work and I forget to feel tired.  Then there are days (increasingly frequent) when I can't concentrate on doing what I have to do.  I just feel like closing my office door and going to sleep for xx hours.  The only other times I've felt this way were in the first trimester and whenever I was jet lagged.

Only a few weeks left.  Nothing to do but to wait!  I can't wait to see our baby!!!

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