It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything pregnancy-related, so I figure an update is in order. Hard as it is to believe, I’ve already made it to 27 weeks — the tail end of the second trimester — and passed an important milestone somewhere along the way: according to BabyCenter, Baby Hart is now developed enough that she could survive (with a lot of medical help) if she were to be born today. The following is an artist’s depiction of how she’s growing:
She’s also kicking so hard these days that I swear I can see my whole belly shake — must be a sure sign of a strong, healthy baby! Of course, there have been some fun new pregnancy symptoms popping up these past few weeks. In no particular order:
Unruly Ligaments – According to the internet, it seems like pretty much every minor ache can be blamed on these pesky things. The latest development has involved my hips feeling all out of whack, which tends to result in me walking slower.
Swollen Feet – I’ve noticed my feet and ankles looking a little puffy, especially at the end of the day. This particular symptom isn’t causing me much discomfort — if anything, it just makes my abnormally long and bony Olive Oyl feet look more like normal human feet.
The only downside is that the cute strappy sandals I bought last summer don’t fit so comfortably these days, so I’ve been forced to upgrade to a pair of average everyday flip-flops.
Heartburn – I’ve never been one to get heartburn much, so when it started up a week or two back, it was almost an unfamiliar sensation. Apparently it’s common enough during pregnancy, and it seems to be made worse by eating spicy foods, although so far this hasn’t stopped me from bingeing on jalapeño cream cheese taquitos and the like.
Weight Gain – Speaking of eating delicious unhealthy things, I suppose it’s no coincidence that I’ve gained a bit more weight than would be ideal at this stage in the pregnancy. At my last doctor’s appointment, I was up a full 28 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight — which is a bit much considering that I still have a full trimester to go, and they say you shouldn’t gain much more than 25-30 pounds total.
On the plus side, the doctor seemed more concerned about my ability to lose the weight after childbirth than she did about any adverse health risks to me or the baby at this stage. And since I figure some challenges recovering and getting back into shape are just a part of the deal with pregnancy, my current attitude is not to worry about it too much until after the baby’s born.
Anyway, all my whining about aches and weight gain may be a tad overblown. This past weekend, two of our closest friends treated us to an extended weekend at their family’s vacation house in California, and we spent four days strolling around San Francisco, touring the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and even doing some hiking on these gorgeous trails along the pacific coast. I think I was able to keep up reasonably well — and I feel pretty lucky that I’m still feeling good enough to be doing all these things.
It’ll be interesting to see how long into the third trimester that will last!