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I’m so excited that I finally get to share the news with all of you. I’m PREGNANT!!
No matter how much you think you’re prepared for that positive test, it truly feels like all the questions and insecurities arise at that moment. Am I going to be a good mom? How will my life change? Am I ready to be responsible for this new human being? Endless questions and emotions stir up. On the other hand, I feel incredibly blessed to have a little baby growing inside of me and I’m so excited for what’s to come.

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How cute is my little niece? :)

I’m currently 16 weeks and let’s just say I’m feeling much better lately. From weeks 4-14, I felt incredibly sick, nausea 24/7 (so much for morning sickness, I’ll call it all-day sickness haha) which got significantly worse at night time. I would be in bed after brushing my teeth, and fighting this overpowering need to vomit, most times unsuccessfully. In addition, I felt exhaustion levels like I’ve never experience before. I would come home from work and take 3 hour naps, and still be able to sleep for 8 hours at night. My emotional state was also very out of whack, I felt very down, unmotivated and emotionally drained, which I believe was a result of hormones, sickness and not being able to leave the house, or do anything. At times, I felt very depressed, and wondered if that was how I would feel for the entire pregnancy. Now keep in mind that my thyroid levels were also having to be adjusted weekly to the baby which affects your metabolism and psychological state very much.

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Now onto the present…

How far along?  16 weeks
Total weight gain:  7#. I was 110# pre-pregnancy and gained 5# in my first trimester. I am now 117# which is in range according to the pregnancy weight gain tracker that I’m using.
Maternity clothes: No. However, my super skinny jeans are no longer comfortable to wear. So I’m wearing my other jeans/pants with the belly bandit and loose fitting tops.
Stretch marks: None so far! But I think my belly hasn’t grown to the extent that would cause that much stretching yet. I use Palmer’s cocoa butter on my breasts and belly in the morning, and Bio Oil at night.
Sleep: Sleep is much better now. Up until week 14, the nausea itself would wake me up and I would stay awake for hours. Currently, I’m getting up often to pee and still getting used to sleeping on my right side (I’m usually a belly sleeper). One cool thing about sleep recently, is how crazy and creative my dreams have been. It’s like I’m in a movie every night.
Best moment of the week: Announcing the pregnancy! 🙂
Miss anything? Having my usual energy and drive to get things done.
Movement: Nope
Food cravings: I wouldn’t call them cravings because I don’t get this insane urge to eat anything in specific, it’s more so foods that I’m tolerating more. Homemade ice cream from a local farm, meat (not usually a big meat eater but maybe it’s my iron levels) and greek yogurt.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Yes!! Coffee (just the smell alone, ah!), scrambled eggs, chipotle, sweet potatoes. My gummy pre-natal vitamins are also making me nauseous so I’m taking them before I got to sleep.
Gender: We don’t know yet, but I’m thinking boy.
Labour signs: No.
Symptoms: Heartburn at times; fatigue; constipation; very emotional (a lot of crying around here, ahah).
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Both.
Looking forward to: Being able to finally speak about the pregnancy and sharing the news with everyone!
xo Kristen