In making my way through weeks 19-21 of pregnancy, baby has been the size of a mango (19 weeks), a banana (20 weeks), and … endive (21 weeks). A very strange list of ingredients if you were to combine them into, say, a salad.
You might be thinking that a banana doesn’t seem as big as a mango and that was my first thought as well, but, interestingly enough, at 20 weeks babies are measured from crown (head) to heel, instead of crown to rump since their legs have developed more and now give a better indication of growth over the duration of the pregnancy. Therefore, a banana is longer than a mango and that is why it follows in the produce journey that is pregnancy-mapping.
Don’t say I never taught you anything.
You may have noticed that I have been a tad M.I.A the last few weeks and that is because I was back home in Ontario, Canada visiting with my family and friends. I opted not to write while I away because A) I was very busy and B) I wanted to enjoy my time there without the pressure to write and post frequent updates. The beauty is that you now get a lovely roundup of the last few weeks of pregnancy stuff PLUS some details about my trip. How exciting.
So, let’s get to it. From a symptoms standpoint, I have been feeling really great the last few weeks, which is a blessing. Everyone says the second trimester is the best one (no morning sickness and you’re not as big as a house … yet) and I can attest to that. However, I have been feeling a variety of pregnancy-related symptoms (I always want to call these side effects instead of symptoms …) some good and some bad, so here is a brief list just for fun:
- Back Pain. Yikes. I really did not expect this kind of pain at only ~20 weeks, but I have to admit, this has been the worst part of my pregnancy so far. I am a very petite person, and gaining ~15 pounds in less than four months has done a number on my poor back. The pain is really in my mid-to-lower back and I can tell it’s largely due to my body trying to compensate for this beautiful belly. My sister-in-law, who is a physiotherapist, has recommended I see a chiropractor due to some misalignment in my lower back, so I will be talking to my OB about that this Friday at my check-up appointment. I also had a 60-minute prenatal massage this morning, which helped immensely. However, it became very obvious that the muscles that are in so much pain in my mid-back line up pretty closely to the apex of my baby bump, so these poor guys will need to be taken care of well over the next few months. Between these two services, and my regular prenatal yoga, I am hoping I can keep this pain at bay because I have another 4 months and likely another ~20 pounds to go. Pray for me.
- Earwax. I promised I would be real with you about pregnancy, so here is a not-so-fun and kind of odd side effect of pregnancy: increased earwax. I was noticing this for a little while (as an avid Q-Tip user) and decided to consult Dr. Google to see if it was related to pregnancy. Turns out, pretty much everything happening in my body is related to pregnancy so that’s fun. Another thing to blame hormones for.
- Sweet Tooth. Still going strong. I just want all the desserts and treats. During my visit back home, I attended the beautiful wedding of a dear friend of mine and unbeknownst to me (I’ve always wanted to use that word and bang, it just felt so right right there) she had a MASSIVE dessert bar set up at the end of the evening. However, had I known this in advance, I would NOT have eaten any dinner and just opted to eat one of everything on that table instead. Bless her heart, she even offered to let me take a full cake home with me. I didn’t, but would you really judge if I did? To bring this point home, here is a snapshot of some of the delicious treats I managed to consume while I was home in Canada:
- Baby Movements. Hands down the best part of pregnancy is feeling your baby move around inside you. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced, which would make sense, because when have I ever had another human being doing summersaults and karate chops in my belly? But in all seriousness, the initial flutters I felt a few weeks ago have grown both in force and in frequency. I found out during my 20-week anatomical scan that I have an anterior placenta (my placenta is on the front size of my uterus, meaning it is between me and the baby) which means it may take a little longer to feel those movements from the outside, but we are eagerly waiting for that moment when the kicks become noticeable to someone other than me. My husband is going to lose his mind, I can’t even wait. Here are a few photos from my 20-week ultrasound (note that my baby is amazing and is already waving to us and how friggin cute his/her little face is):
Warning: The next bullet is going to be TMI for family members so you may want to just skip it and move right along. But, in the interest of being truthful and honest, I am including it. Mom/Dad/Aunt Dar/Mama Evans … seriously. Just move along.
- Sex. Guys, you can’t have all this crazy stuff going on with your body and expect that sex isn’t going to be a little different and since most bloggers don’t go there, I am going to. Sex while pregnant is just kind of weird. I don’t really know how else to say it. It’s not a bad weird, it’s just … well, different. For one, my body now includes a watermelon-sized belly that it did not just a few short weeks ago. So, that makes certain movements difficult or downright impossible. Getting off the couch is a struggle, so not sure how you think other things go down, but … let’s just be real. Like, I ran into a postcard rack in a store the other day because I was completely unaware of my new diameter. Range of motion is limiting by the minute here. Also, while you’re pregnant, there is a lot of swelling and blood flow and god knows what else happening so that means there is some not-so-lovely added pressure and … (I can’t believe I am writing this) extra lubrication. All of this just makes this beautiful act that got us into this situation in the first place just a little funny. Luckily, my husband is amazing and we can laugh a little about the whole thing.
Moving on … family you can pick back up here.
My trip home was amazing. I usually end up back home during the winter months, so it was really nice to be back at the start of fall, even though it was insanely hot for September. The leaves were starting to change, which makes my parents’ home even more gorgeous. See for yourself:
I spent time with my closest friends and my family, which makes my heart feel so full and warm. It was fun celebrating my pregnancy with everyone since no one had seen me and the baby bump yet. I think it became more real when they could see the changes I have been going through physically and everyone was very excited to say their first hellos to Baby Evans. I am also proud to say I have family and friends that respect personal space and ask before touching the baby bump. Take note random lady on the subway who decided to come right into my space and touch my belly.
My time was spent largely eating everything, shopping for me and for baby, and visiting people everywhere in between Hamilton and Toronto. I was even able to squeeze in a visit with my 85-year-old Grandma, who recently moved into a pretty swanky retirement home. Nothing like being pregnant in a retirement home … the quintessential symbol of youth.
My friends and I suck at remembering and then following through with taking photos, so I don’t have any to share from our chic night out on the town, but I did manage to capture this really great shot of me and my mom, who is stunning and cannot wait to be a Grandma.
Well, that’s all from me for now. I am in suspense waiting to see what the produce gods offer up for Week 22. Needless to say I will not be jamming three weeks into one post again because this was exhausting to write and finding a photo that has all 3 of those ingredients in it was nearly impossible. Just don’t look closely for the banana …