How far along: 17 weeks
Symptoms: No major symptoms that I’ve noticed…just getting fatter by the day :) Oh, I am having some crazy sinus problems! I went to my 16 week appointment and the doc prescribed me something that I was hoping would help. It helped with the sneezing, but not so much with the congestion. I still have massive congestion issues but it’s because the membranes in your sinus cavities swell during pregnancy. This didn’t happen with Carter.
Maternity Clothes: Depends on the day really. I can still wear the size 6 jeans with the rubber band tied around the button. I hate being specific about the size, but because of the weight loss I had with Advocare I went from a size 8 to a size 4 so I have jeans from all sizes in that range. So it’s not as simple as saying “normal jeans” vs. “maternity jeans” because I can’t wear my true normal jeans anymore (the 4’s) but I can wear the 6’s or 8’s with a rubber band tied around them. I can also still wear most of my normal dresses. If I wear shorts it’s usually maternity shorts. Shirts are about 75% normal/25% maternity at this point.
Weight Gain: Up 9 pounds….YIKES. I’m not overly worried though. It’s my fault…I had a bad couple of weeks of eating. Justin and I had a date night one night, we had a few birthday parties Carter was invited to and then we went to an annual crawfish boil that had TONS of food and there’s several other things within the last 3 weeks that called for unhealthy eating. I’m not 100% sure where I was with Carter at this point because I didn’t do a 17 week post with him, but I did a 16 week post and my weight was up 7 1/2 pounds with him at that time, and I also did an 18 week post and my weight with him was up 10 pounds. So 9lbs at 17 weeks with this pregnancy is probably right about where I was with Carter too.
Sleep: Normal minus the sinus infections that sometimes keep me awake. Actually, I’m sleeping significantly longer than I was previously. I’m probably clocking about 9 hours of sleep every night. Waking up to workout before Carter gets up is starting to be a struggle.
Cravings/Aversions: Man I love an egg. That’s all. I loved eggs when I was pregnant with Carter too. I could eat them all day everyday. These days I love eating eggs with strawberries and grapes. Yummy!
Exercise Routine: The past couple of weeks was back to normal for me. After numerous trips to the hospital for my dad and our trip to Vegas in the past three weeks, the exercise routine suffered! But I got back on track about two weeks ago and am back to working out about 5-6 days a week.
Baby Size: At the beginning of week 17, baby was the size of an onion. Limbs keep growing and now the neck is strong enough for the head to be upright instead of having his/her chin tucked into their chest. This week starts when some first time moms begin feeling movements. With Carter, I didn’t feel movements until about 21 weeks. At our 18 week ultrasound with Carter, our doc told us that the placenta was in front of my uterus and when that happens, it takes most moms longer to feel the kicks. With subsequent pregnancies, you supposedly feel kicks sooner (mainly because you’re experienced and know the difference between a kick and gas). I’m fairly certain I’ve already felt baby move. It’s only happened a handful of times and only when I’m laying completely still, but I will never forget that feeling and will never confuse it with any other bodily issues. LOVE feeling a baby move inside you.
Gender: ONE WEEK!!! Our appointment is Friday, May 30th and our gender reveal party is May 31st. Justin and I won’t find out until until the party so even though the ultrasound is next Friday, we won’t find out until Saturday night. CANNOT WAIT!
What I’m Looking Forward To: The ultrasound. Not even just for the gender (since we won’t find out the gender until the next day) but just to make sure the spine looks good and that sweet boy/girl is growing on track.
Bump Pic for Week 15:
Bump Pic for Week 16 (technically this was 16 weeks 5 days):
I haven’t taken a 17 week picture yet so I may throw that it in with next post whenever that may be. Also, can I just say that this pregnancy is FLYING by so fast?!?!!? It goes so much faster when you have another child you’re busy chasing around!