27 Weeks

Gettin’ up there! I think next week will be the official start of my third trimester? It’s a little unclear when it starts. Previously pregnant ladies, can you confirm? Does the third trimester start at week 28?

How I’m feeling:

Still ridiculously tired. I actually took a nap today, which is unheard of for me. I’ve basically decided that I’m going to do nothing that involves leaving the house on Sundays for the rest of my pregnancy, with the exception of my prenatal yoga class. Having the day to rest and recharge is vital. Obviously, this won’t work out every Sunday, but I’m going to make it a priority.

Round ligament pain is back! The midwife said I’m in prime growing time, so all of my ligaments are stretched to the max. Now that I know what it is and what to expect, I’m not really freaked out about it like I was when it happened early on. Unfortunately, walking (and sometimes yoga) triggers it, which makes exercising difficult.

Mentally, I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve been reading a book on breastfeeding and that’s forcing me to think about the future in a positive way. Instead of obsessing about what might go wrong in the pregnancy, I’m looking forward to taking care of my healthy baby when she gets here.

How I look:

Oh man. During the second trimester I’ve been gaining about 2 pounds a week. This is double the average amount. Double! So far I’ve gained 22 pounds. Some women only gain 25 pounds their entire pregnancy and I still have 13 weeks left to go. Obviously, I’m going to skyrocket over that figure. I was lamenting about my weight gain to the midwife at my last appointment and she didn’t seem concerned. She said it usually tapers off at some point. Let’s hope, otherwise I’m looking at gaining upwards of 50 mother-effing pounds.

I mean, I shouldn’t really be surprised. I was so careful about everything I put in my mouth before I got pregnant. Even when I was trying to add more fat to my diet, I shifted everything else I ate around to try and avoid gaining any weight.

And now? Well, now I’m not counting calories at all. So I don’t know what I expected. You can’t go from being a total psycho about what you eat to not really caring, and not expect to gain more weight than the average pregnant lady who has been eating consistently all along.

Am I making sure I get my vegetables and proteins and grains every day? Yup. But did I eat a chicken cheesesteak on Friday and ice cream on Saturday? Why, yes, yes I did.

Basically, I just wish I could own my weight gain. I’m not really ready to stop eating the occassional cheeseteak and ice cream cone, so if I’m not going to change anything, feeling bad about it is doing me no good. And it’s like, who the hell cares? Why am I even focusing on this? It’s such a dumb, self-centered thing to get all hot and bothered about. As long as the baby is healthy, I should be content as a clam, right? But old issues die hard, I guess.

Ok, whew. Rant over. Anyway, here’s the latest belly shot, with special cameo appearances by Gretel and Beaker. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone!

8 thoughts on “27 Weeks

  1. You look great! First off, most women slow down weight gain at the third trimester. I was thinking the same thing at this point and like a switch, I stablized weight. My doctor said this would happen. Second, you are gaining weight but not bad weight. It is not like you have been eating like a fat bastard and gain 22 lbs of fat. A lot of it is water weight, blood volume, and swelling. As your baby grows like crazy this last tri, their weight seems to counter this earlier weight and replace it with healthy baby. I gained 35 lbs and lost 30 in one week after the baby. So do not stress about the weight just yet 🙂 I counted 28 weeks as the start of the third tri…it made me happy to know that she had a higher chance of living if I went into labor early. Each week from here on out was more and more comforting. Enjoy the third tri and I am excited for you!

  2. you look great! happy and healthy and glad you are just rolling with it all. I never knew when the first trimester started 🙂
    enjoy the last stretch- she will be here before you know it!

  3. Babies make Mamas crave fat b/c they actually need it for their brain development. You will crave fatty foods all through breastfeeding as well, and indulging every once in a while will help you make that brain-boosting fatty milk as well! So awesome that you are reading a book on breastfeeding. And yes, you will lose all your baby weight — it took me 6 months but it did come off, without any dieting. However, your body will never be the same so do your best to let go of your old vision of what your bod is and embrace the new. It’s not easy, but you are strong!

  4. Eat, eat, eat! Breastfeeding will melt the pounds away.
    From my recollection I think the third trimester begins around week 30 or 31… and I agree with Julie- I gained 40 and I was down 30 very shortly after giving birth. So much baby, water, and other junk!

    xoxoxoxo!! Enjoy the quiet!

  5. I just wanted to drop in and say hi! You look fantastic, try not to worry about the weight gain unless your midwife is worried. I’m glad everything is going well and I’ll be following you!

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