Weight Gain: Â I think about 5 lbs. now. Â I now weigh 122.4.
How Iâ€™m Feeling: Iâ€™m feeling good this week. The headaches are gone and there have been no unfortunate puking sessions. Â I have more energy too. Â I have been studying a ton for my last board which I take at the beginning of week 18. Â I had this sharp pain in my left lower abdomen that Iâ€™m assuming is round ligament pain. Â My doctor told me I should start feeling that anytime and I think that day I started feeling it. Â Itâ€™s uncomfortable for sure. Â Itâ€™s sharp and feels like Iâ€™m tearing something in there. Â I still occasionally have period-like cramps in my lower abdomen which Iâ€™m told is normal throughout the entire pregnancy.When I wake up, I feel like I need to do upward dog for 10 minutes. Â My abs feel like extremely tight muscles. Â I foam rolled my hips, glutes and lower back one day and thatâ€™s never hurt so bad in my life. Â I havenâ€™t done it for 4 months and man did I feel it.
Another pretty pregnancy symptom that Iâ€™ve noticed is hairiness. Â My stomach now has peach fuzz! Â Itâ€™s not dark but definitely thicker than ever before.
My boobs are forever sore. Â They are huge now and just as sore as they were in week 5-ish.
Iâ€™ve been meaning to write that I have major pregnancy brain, but I forgot (no pun intended). Â I feel like Iâ€™m getting dementia or something. Â I canâ€™t remember anything these days. Â There are times that I canâ€™t think of words when Iâ€™m having a conversation. Â Itâ€™s a little frustrating. Â Pregnancy brain is definitely a real thing.
I also have shortness of breath after any activity and have for weeks; Iâ€™ve just forgotten to mention it.
Iâ€™m still waiting to feel the baby. Â I think it should be anytime now. Â I was told I have an anterior placenta, so that might mean that itâ€™ll take longer to feel him, but Iâ€™ll be protected later in pregnancy too.
Doctorâ€™s Appointment: Â No appointment this week, but next week is the 20 week ultrasound:) Â We obviously already know itâ€™s a boy, but weâ€™re excited to see him again and make sure everything is going well in there.
What Iâ€™m Eating: My appetite is continuing to get back to normal. Â I loved my turkey sandwiches from last week although I didnâ€™t eat them again. Â I want a plain olâ€™ peanut butter and jelly sandwich so bad, but Iâ€™m trying to avoid peanut products because Iâ€™ve heard that when pregnant women consume peanut products, the chance of a peanut allergy in the baby increases. Â There isnâ€™t really any conclusive evidence, but in the event that is true, I feel like I can go without peanuts for a while. Â As Iâ€™m typing this, I want a cheeseburger made on the grill really bad. Â I definitely have cravings, but I am able to say no to them (much better than 1st trimester). Â I know that I need to eat healthy for both myself and the baby, so I canâ€™t be giving into every craving that I have. Â Mexican food sounds fine still, but I no longer need it. Â At this point, pretty much all food sounds good.
Exercise: No new news here… just walking all the time.
What I Miss: I miss feeling non-pregnant. Â I want to work up a good sweat and run to my little heartâ€™s desire. Â I wish I wouldnâ€™t have listened to my doctor about not getting my heart rate above 140 bpm. Â I was really active before I got pregnant and my body was used to this. Â Iâ€™m sad that I have to wait until the end to run again because I feel good and I have a huge urge to run. Â I think Iâ€™m going to talk to my doctor about this again next week because itâ€™s really bothering me. Â I need my endorphins back.
Only 4 more weeks until we move to Denver. Â Next week is big. Â I take my last board test, we have an ultrasound and we close on our house. Â Fingers crossed everything goes well.