Week 10 Update

Week 10: Baby is the size of a strawberry!

Since we made our announcement on Facebook, I decided to try and remember to change my cover photo to show how big baby is every week. I’ll also post those here 🙂

I realized recently that I haven’t taken a bump photo in a few weeks! Time has been flying! I’ll try to remember to post one later today, and every week after that. Maybe when I change my cover photo on Facebook that will be my reminder to take a photo.

Anyway, my “night sickness” is starting to fade, which is awesome. It is still there, but it isn’t as bad and I seem to be able to just power through it. My boobs aren’t as sore, but they are definitely way bigger than they were before. Luckily, one of the things I didn’t give away when I lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers were my bras, so I’m all set in that category for awhile.

The worst part this week is that I’m extremely tired. I feel like my body has probably adjusted to the fact that I gave up caffeine by now, so this is just pregnancy related. It feels like I’m hitting a wall. I have actually been falling asleep on the couch every night, which is sort of annoying because when I wake up to get into bed I can’t fall asleep again. It is almost like my body just wants a lot of tiny naps throughout the day.

Luckily, I’m not experiencing the symptoms described below in the What to Expect section. At least not yet. Maybe I’m eating all the right foods and drinking enough water to avoid that… Let’s hope it stays that way!

Did you have pregnancy fatigue? What helped you stay awake?

This week according to What to Expect:

On your baby’s to-do list this week: Build bones and cartilage. On your agenda, increase your fiber intake to cope with constipation.

Your Baby in Week 10 of Pregnancy

Your baby (now the size of a prune) has small indentations on his legs (soon to be knees and ankles!), and his tiny arms even have elbows that bend (how is that for magical?). Inside that little mouth, tiny buds of baby teeth are forming under the gums. His stomach and kidneys are kicking into gear, producing digestive juices and urine, and if it’s a boy, his testes are making testosterone (how manly!).

Your Body in Week 10 of Pregnancy

All clogged up? For many moms-to-be, those pesky pregnancy hormones cause the smooth muscles of the large bowel to fall down on the job — they get sluggish and you get constipated. Whole grains and veggies can help, as can drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. You might also be coping with headaches and newly visible veins as your body’s blood supply ramps up (it’ll increase by 20 to 40 percent over the course of your pregnancy!).

Week 8 Update

Week 8: Baby is the size of a raspberry!

Week 8: Baby is the size of a raspberry!

Since our ultrasound looked good/normal, we decided we could tell a few more people our good news. We decided to let our parents tell a few of their friends, and we decided to tell a few of ours.

We have a group of really close friends here, and most of them play on our beach volleyball team. We had a game last night, so afterwards I sort of made an announcement. It was something like, “I’m not going to be able to play anymore after this session because…” and before I even finished people were flying at us with hugs and congratulations. It was so much fun to finally spill the beans (at least a little bit). We are having them keep it to themselves for a little longer until we hit the 12-week mark, which I know is super hard because I’ve been doing it myself!

Anyway, everyone was so excited for us, and made me laugh because I mentioned that they shouldn’t throw balls at me on purpose, and they said they would dive in front of me to protect me like a bodyguard. I love my friends.

Our Volleyball Team

How cute are we? This was for “rainbow” theme night (I’m purple and Geoff is red).

Then earlier today I got a call from the doctor’s office. They just wanted to confirm with me that everything was good with the ultrasound, and that they estimated the baby’s age that day to be 8 weeks, 1 day. That means that they moved my due date to November 27 (it was November 30 before, but based on the information I had, I was thinking it was going to be November 28).

So now I have a better idea of my due date, which is awesome! That also means that I’m farther into week 8 than I thought I was (I’m 8 weeks, 5 days today) so I thought I better post an update before I’m into week 9!

Besides a couple of awful days last week when I was nauseous all day long, I have mainly been experiencing what I’m calling “night sickness.” Other than feeling tired and slightly more annoyed than normal, I usually feel pretty good in the morning and throughout the day while I’m at work. Then when I get home, right around 6:30, I hit a wall and I get so nauseous that I just curl up in a ball on the couch and eventually fall asleep. It is not fun. I actually wish I could throw up sometimes because then maybe it would make me feel a little better.

I think I may have found a solution: Luigi’s Real Italian Lemon Ice Cups. They are seriously the best thing ever. I have no idea why they work for me, but if you are having the same issues I am having you should try them to see if they work for you! They have other flavors besides lemon, but none of them sounded as good to me.

This week according to What to Expect:

As your baby starts moving in the womb, morning sickness (which doesn’t just strike in the morning) may have you moving to the bathroom.

Your Baby in Week 8 of Pregnancy

Your baby is growing at an amazing rate — about a millimeter every day — and now is the size of a large raspberry. Your little berry is looking a lot less reptilian (even though she has webbed fingers and toes, her tail is just about gone) and a lot more baby-like these days, as her lips, nose, eyelids, legs, and back continue to take shape. Her heart is beating at the incredible rate of 150 times per minute — about twice as fast as yours! And even though you can’t yet feel it, she’s now making spontaneous movements as she twitches her tiny trunk and limb buds.

Your Body in Week 8 of Pregnancy

While your raspberry-sized babe isn’t exactly causing you to show yet, chances are your clothes are feeling a little tight around the tummy and you might need a bigger bra. You may also be feeling perpetually queasy. But take heart — your baby feels just fine even while you’re hugging the bowl with morning sickness. Try to eat often, but only a little at a time. That should also help your body battle another stubborn woe coming your way soon: pregnancy heartburn. Most likely, you’ll find relief as you move into your second trimester, but for now, try to focus on the positive: Morning sickness is usually a sign that your pregnancy is going well.