During Weeks 17, 18 and 19 is when I noticed my bump has changed the most. When I went to the doctor for my checkup during week 17, I had a slight bump that was noticeable, but wasn’t over the top. I still think my pregnancy could have been mistaken for just a big dinner!
However, by the time week 19 came around and we were getting ready to go out to dinner, I realized just how much expansion the bump had made in three weeks…
Along with this growing also came some pretty expected stretching and cramping in my sides and abdomen. I think anytime you have cramping during pregnancy it can make you a little cautious, but once I noticed my bump getting larger and larger, I realized the growth had to be the main source of the cramping. I have been feeling a little pain directly under the bump where my hip bones and pelvis are located. Honestly though, my stomach just feels really heavy and I think it is a lot of new pressure on that area for it to support.
I purchased a Snoogle during this time after hearing so many pregnant women going crazy for these sleep aids. However, I decided to go with the Snoogle Mini Compact Side Sleeper Pillow since I honestly did not think both myself and my husband could fit in our Queen size bed comfortable with the massive full size Snoogle taking up room as well.
So far I really like it and think it has helped me to sleep more sound. I have found that turning over during the night is kind of rough and the Snoogle helps me to stay in place, which is great. I probably wouldn’t suggest the mini Snoogle for someone taller than me (I am barely 5′ 3″), but I think for women my height and below it could work well as an alternative to the traditional size.
At our 17 week appointment, (which was actually supposed to be the 16 week appointment, but our doctor was out of town so we decided to wait), we were able to hear the heartbeat again. Hearing that little heartbeat always gives me a bit of reassurance that things are moving in the right direction. We haven’t had an ultrasound since week 8, so I am really looking forward to our 20 week appointment (Today!!!) to see how much our baby has changed and grown. I am a little nervous about this as I just want everything to look good and healthy, but I am trying to calm my nerves by just giving it to God and trusting that He is in control. If there is anything I have learned about pregnancy it’s that worry does nothing but cause more worry!
I have been clinging to Bible verses throughout this pregnancy, especially this one:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your
hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
I just love that verse for so many areas in life, but it is also spot on for pregnancy too. Knowing that I am not the one in control has really helped me to relax a bit and not worry so much about every little thing. All I can do is pray and do the best I can to have a healthy pregnancy. The rest is up to The Lord’s plan. 🙂
My cravings and aversions have finally let up during these weeks and I am back to eating pretty much ‘normal’ again. I have been liking sweets a little more than the early weeks, but am still not really craving them. As someone who could rarely finish a meal without a little sweet bite at the end, it is still strange to me how easily I can now pass by a dessert tray!
- Mexican Food – especially chicken quesadillas and taco salads
- Egg sandwiches with Canadian Bacon
- Cheese of all kinds, but it has to be from the specialty cheese section of the grocery store. Sharp cheddar, gouda, fresh mozzarella, and Colby Longhorn are some of my favorites.
- Diet Pop – I know this isn’t the best craving ever, but it could also be a lot worse. I just limit myself to one a day and move on with my life!
- Pizza – I think it is all the delicious cheese, carbs and sauce all in one bite!
- Hot Coffee – I have had iced coffee a few times and liked it okay, so I think the temperature still has something to do with it.
- Too much sweet of any kind. I am liking chocolate again, but I just need a bite. Anything more gets to be too much.