Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My Pregnancy Journal | Week 22

Welcome back to the new format where I will post the ups and downs of my pregnancy as it happens. We are over halfway there (woooot!) and BIG changes are starting. And I do mean big.

Week 22

Big Ups:

#1: I am continuing to feel great, I have energy, I have focus, and mentally I am fantastic.  Physically... well, read on to the big downs below!  But I can still move, bend over, and do everything else I could do pre-pregnancy, just some things take some more time.  This week I was in LA for my forensics tournament and spent most of the day on my feet, running around, in a high stress environment and though nothing of it.  I did sleep well at night, but I didn't feel stressed or tired during the day.

22 Weeks, 2 Days
#2: I am starting to feel movement pretty much daily.  It's not consistent yet, but about 2-3 times a day I will feel a kick or a head butt or something else.  Pete's schedule is getting a little more noticeable to me.  For instance, s/he will wake up whenever I am eating something sweet, around 2PM in the afternoon, and around 9PM at night.  That, at least, is mostly consistent. 

#3: Going back to #1 a bit- I am sleeping great!  I've become a "head hits the pillow and I'm asleep" sort of person, which I have never been before.  I will awaken occasionally in the night, but can usually get right back to sleep (sometimes after going to the bathroom) and wake up feeling rested.  I know this may change in the future as I get bigger so I am enjoying it now!

Big Downs:

#1: Physically I feel like a whale.  My arms are swollen and by the evening my ankles are so swollen I literally do not recognize them as mine.  At my last doctor's appointment I learned that I have gained 25 pounds already this pregnancy.  Given, I started about 10 pounds underweight and I have gained over two cup sizes with my breasts so the gain is not concerning to anyone, but it's hard for me to get used to.  I'm not saying I don't want to be this big, I'm just not used to it!  I stand differently now, which makes my back hurt, and I find my thighs are sore by the end of the day from carrying around the extra weight.  But the ankles.  Those freak me out the most!  I drink a ton of water, avoid salty foods, and put my feet up whenever I can but after running around for the tournament all day every day my ankles look like they belong to a 500 pound person, not me!

#2: The leg cramps.  Oh, the leg cramps!  They suck.  It started actually late in week 22, but was a plague for a couple of nights!  Whenever I'd stretch my legs I'd get these horrible cramps in my calves that would wake me up.  They'd stay cramped until I got out of bed and straightened out my legs.  This happened twice in one night and once the next night.  After that I started stretching and sleeping in a slightly different position, which has helped, and I've also learned to recognize when one is coming on and quickly stretch out my leg and flex my foot to stop it, but it's still really, really annoying.

#3: Due to a lot of stresses going on at home right now C has been really, really moody.  Worse than me (and I'm pregnant!).  It's made me feel stressed out as well, and unfortunately there isn't much we can do right now to change the thing that's stressing him (and me) out.  It's one of those "just gotta live with and soon you can move past it" things.  So at least I know there's light at the end of the tunnel, but until then my poor husband is tired, cranky, exhausted, and stressed most of the time and I'm just doing my best to stay upbeat for the baby.  He's also lost a lot of weight.  I'm pretty sure that he has lost a pound for every pound I've gained, which is just horribly unfair.  Or at least I would think it would be if I didn't know it was stress induced and the poor guy just has too much on his plate right now.

So that's it for this week!  My ups are pretty good and my downs... well, they suck but are (will be) manageable.  I'm really not about to complain too much considering how well this pregnancy has been going!

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