16 weeks: I have a lot to say.
I’m starting to feel a lot better, and in feeling better I’ve been more social, and in being more social I’m receiving more pregnancy advice than ever.
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After weeks of horrible nausea it is starting to pass. I’ve also come up with the best way to handle the lingering queasiness that sometimes shows up: I eat every 2 hours. If my belly is never empty and never full I seem to feel good, maybe even great.
Now I really like pregnancy!
I’ve had some major cravings over the last few weeks and I finally indulged. In my latest Babycenter post I share my dirty little secrets, but aside from those treats, I also received the royal treatment with homemade french toast made by PB. I love being spoiled by him. I’m a lucky girl.
This week we visited the doctor, and our baby’s heartbeat is still in the 160s. Some say that means we are having a girl, I just say it means we have a nice healthy and strong baby. I still get nervous before our appointments, especially since I haven’t felt movement yet.
Bambino is now officially the size of an avocado! Here is the 16 week Babycenter update:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length . Right now, he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too.
Nonna’s latest advice has been to eat red meat every day since my baby and my blood need the iron. I haven’t been doing that, but since she mentioned it I’ve been paying more attention to my overall iron intake. She said when she was pregnant, even though they couldn’t really afford it, they bought red meat just for her to eat every single night.
I went on my first official walk for exercise this week, and it felt really good. I don’t know how some people keep up their prior exercise routines because even a slow walk makes me get really winded. My doc advised that I should be able to maintain a conversation while exercising, and it was almost hard to do that even just walking. I am constantly fascinated at these changes in my body.
Despite eating fairly well (with normal indulgences like cinnamon rolls!), I have put on 5 lbs in the last month. It is crazy to know that there is nothing I can do to stop weight gain. I am listening to my body, and the amount of weight I gain while pregnant is not in my control. In my opinion you need to gain what your body wants to gain and that is that. I am up to a 7 lb overall weight gain which is right on target for where my doctor wants me to be. The weird part is that it happened seemingly overnight even though my diet didn’t change much. It’s nice to finally be showing!
I’m going to keep the weight gain real with you even if it gets ugly. It is reality and I am excited and very accepting of these changes- the prize is a beautiful baby at the end!
16 week belly pic:
Previous belly pics.
As my belly and chest get bigger my bum seems to be disappearing. I promise you it is just an illusion. Same with my arms! They have not changed, they just look thinner because my belly is bigger. Hilarious.
Random facts of the week:
Number of weeks until we find out the gender: 2.5
Exact number of days pregnant I am today: 16 weeks 6 days
Total weight gained: 7 lbs!
Total weight gained in the last month: 5
Current cravings: honey mustard. I want Ken’s honey mustard with baked fries constantly. I’m also really thirsty and have been drinking a ton of water- but it still has to be bottled since the filtered doesn’t taste right. I am also still craving all of the foods of my childhood.
Amount of jealousy I have that Emily already knows she’s having a boy: intense. A LOT. I’m so jealous! I want to know if we’re having a bambino or a bambina!
For more pregnancy posts, check out the PhillyBaby tab on the left sidebar of my home page! And for some more pregnancy talk, visit my blog on Babycenter!