26 Weeks Baby Update

 26 Weeks: Baby is the size of a head of lettuce
Average size: 13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.2 lb.
Eyes are forming and will soon start to open

Total weight gain: 25 lbs. Ugh. I feel huge. They told me to workout more at my last doctors appointment. They suggested that I get some more exercise in now before it gets too uncomfortable in the coming weeks. I only wanted to gain 30 total… that is seeming impossible now that I’m getting so big in the belly.

How I’m feeling: I feel okay. During the work week I feel pretty good on the train ride into work and okay when I get there. I don’t start getting cranky and achy until about 3pm.

For the first time though this morning, I’m a little sore. I think little man is getting stronger and his ninja kicks beat me up a little last night. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a regular sore in the mornings thing.  🙁

Most major issue: Severe rib pain on my upper right side. One day I thought one of my ribs must have been broken. It’s this terrible pinching sensation. I’ve actually cried about it. Now it’s a weird burning sensation. Almost feels like I have really bad sunburn in that area.

Only one thing helps, an ice pack. I now ice my ribs about 3-5 times a day. It’s a must before I go to bed or before I ride the train home.

Other annoying things: Severe heartburn (thank God for Zantac). No matter what I eat (no matter how mild) it’s there. Numb hands. This happens most frequently at night and but for the past 3-4 days my ring finger has been numb at the tip.

Sleep: Sleep could be better. I’m still taking Unisom everynight and then on top of that this sleeping on my side thing really sucks. It hurts my ribs to sleep on my side. Tonight I am going to try propping myself up with 5 or more pillows so I can try sleeping on my back (even though I’ll really be sitting up).

Exercise: I’ve been making it down to the gym about 2 times a week to walk (briskly) for 45 mins and then do some arm weights. I also count my long walks to work Monday-Friday as exercise.

I need to really try to do 3 times a week at the gym though.

Best moment this week: Cuddling with my hubby in the morning. Sounds cheesy but it’s true. 

Miss Anything? Raw tuna, brie cheese, sangria….  Did I mention raw tuna? … and sleeping on my back. 

Movement: Tons. He is getting bigger I can tell. His kicks just started to feel stronger.

Food cravings: Everything I am not allowed to have and also a hot dog from Super Duper Weenie in my home town (Fairfield, CT). 

Rings are off btw. My fingers are definitly swollen, and so are my calfs. I can’t wear any of my boots 🙁

5 Responses to “26 Weeks Baby Update”

  1. Sean Marie posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

    You have symptoms I didn’t even know existed in pregnant women!

    Hope little guy eases up on you! Only 14 more weeks to go, only 14 more weeks to go…!

  2. Michelle O posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#)

    I feel bad that I can’t write a post about how amazing and beautiful this process is. I tried to sound as positive as I could … not easy. Ha.

    The carpal tunnel numb hands thing just started … sigh. Yep, 14 more weeks. Im definitely counting down 🙂

  3. Katherine - Real Food Runner posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm (#)
  4. Lauren posted on February 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#)

    Michelle – I am a doula in the Baltimore area and found your blog because of your adorable jello shots! I am loving that I can follow your pregnancy through your writing!

    I know you are getting a lot of advice, but I wanted to suggest that possibly you consider seeing a chiropractor. I suffered with the same burning, painful right ribs from about 30 weeks until the end of my pregnancy with my son. Turns out that whenever I sat, I would cross my right leg over my left legs at the knees. What this does is tightens the ligaments in your belly on the right and causes the baby to “fall” to the left. My son Evan’s butt was in my rib cage and his head was in my left hip. When he was born he had infant torticullus because of how he was poorly positioned for the last few weeks of pregnancy. A lovely woman by the name of Dr. Carol Phillips (a doctor of chiropractics – google Dynamic Body Balancing) met me at a doula workshop at Special Beginnings in Annapolis and explained the issue in depth. If I’d only had a few chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy I wouldn’t have had so much pain!

    I wish you well and hope that you can find relief soon. I know how excruciating this can be. Please feel free to email me if you like!

    Lauren Agro

  5. destination262 posted on March 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm (#)

    Don’t worry too much about your weight gain, I was freaking out at 20 weeks because I had gained 10lbs in one month. I’m currently sitting at about 34lbs gained at 32 weeks. I think the boys go through a bit of growth spurt at the earlier weeks, because my little guy (and my belly) seemed to grow A LOT then, but he has since slowed down. I was also hoping to only hit 30lbs..oh well! The good news is that your baby is growing and healthy! 🙂

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