Monday, August 26, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 20

I'm officially halfway there!  If you can't tell by these pictures, I'm feeling great.  While my energy isn't fully there, I feel like I'm getting much more done these days.  Which is actually quite the blessing because work has been insane lately.  I don't know how many more months I'll be able to work at this pace but I can say that I'm looking forward to maternity leave!

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There's no mistaking whether or not I'm pregnant.  My belly has grown with every week and I'm steadily gaining weight.  Studies show that the second trimester is where I should be gaining most of my weight, about a pound a week!  It sounds a little daunting but I'm keeping track every week to make sure I don't gain too much.  Not only is it unhealthy for me and my daughter, but it gaining too much can actually cause problems after the delivery.

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I started feeling her kick at about 18 weeks.  It was the most wonderful feeling!  It seems like they get stronger everyday.  She likes to kick and move around a few minutes after I eat a meal and especially in the middle of the night.  Kevin has also had the pleasure of feeling her kick as well.  When it first started it was only internal so he felt a little left out.  Now that it's been a few weeks he can feel it from the outside.  She's quite an active little girl, I can't imagine what she's going to be like when she's actually here.

Baby is doing just fine as well.  At our 20 week appointment we got to see her again.  Unfortunately, my doctor's ultrasound machine is really old.  She couldn't even fully confirm the sex ("It's most likely girl parts")!  I'm more than grateful that I went to an ultrasound center at 16 weeks to get some great pictures.  Kevin and I plan to go again when I'm closer to 30 weeks so we can get another set of great pictures.  Until then I'm happy knowing that her measurements are on point and that she's happy in there.

I'll be updating again next month at 24 weeks.  Hopefully by then I'll have some more baby pictures to show you.  Maybe I'll even give you a sneak peek into her nursery?!  You'll just have to wait and see!

xoxo

Ashley


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