Second trimester: Weeks 26 – 27

Week 26 (September 9)
We spent the week exploring Washington, D.C. So much walking, even with the convenient metro system. Normally when we travel I can handle all the walking, but this time it really took its toll on me! We stopped as often as possible so I could rest on a bench and for the most part I had a water bottle with me to keep hydrated. The heat was very bad, at least 34°C plus humidity every day. I felt the worst on the day we went to the National Zoo; it’s all outdoors and I was very tired and light-headed from the constant sun. A few times we ducked into an air-conditioned exhibition (birds, etc) to cool off. Usually by the end of each day, my lower belly was starting to hurt, my hips would grind, and I would get quite a bit of sciatica pain. But I’m still glad we took this “babymoon” and we both enjoyed our time at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and the zoo and National Mall in Washington. By the time we returned home, I gained only 1 lb! I figured after all the fast food and restaurants that it would have been more, so I was pleasantly surprized!


Weeks 26-27

Weeks 26-27


Week 27 (September 16)
This particular week I spent recovering from vacation! My belly definitely feels larger and rounder. Baby K is very active and I love to sit and watch all the crazy movements going on. Not much else to report, other than my next midwife appointment is coming up.

Second trimester: Weeks 22 – 25

Week 22 (August 12)
Lately I’ve been feeling a lot of movement. Her kicks were very strong this week; even Jordan felt them. She seems to be most active in the morning, after breakfast, and then of course at night when I’m falling asleep. Picked up supplies to paint Baby K’s first name in wood letters for the nursery. I also printed “thank you” notes onto white cardstock and made colourful envelopes with scrapbook paper (for the baby shower). I have so many decorating ideas!


Weeks 22-23

Weeks 22-23


Week 23 (August 19)
Sometimes when Baby K kicks, it’s so hard that I jump! Getting closer to my next midwife appointment.

In other news, I finished painting the wood letters, sealed them with a clear coat, and glued on pink silk flowers and silver pearls. They look amazing! I used turquoise and pink for the paint. I also framed some 12×12 fairy tale scrapbook paper, embellished with flowers and rhinestones, for the nursery.

Week 24 (August 26)
My midwife appointment on August 30th went well. I met Suki for the first time and immediately felt comfortable with her. This time my husband came with me, as he was available. We discussed a little about what I wanted for pain relief at the hospital. I explained that I originally wanted an epidural as soon as possible, but now I’m not so sure. The hospital only has one anesthesiologist on staff who works specific daytime hours and I cannot be guaranteed he won’t be needed elsewhere for emergencies. Even if I wanted an epidural, I may not get one (which happened to a friend a few weeks ago). Suki mentioned that, although they no longer use Demerol for pain relief, there is a similar opiate, Dilaudid, that is safer that can be offered if I’m looking to take the edge off. She said we would talk more about pain relief later; she just wanted to get me thinking about it. I really like that she will tell me my options and then let me decide; nothing will be pushed on me at the hospital. I also mentioned that I wanted to avoid an induction unless it was absolutely necessary.

Baby K’s heart rate this time was 146 bpm. My blood pressure was excellent. Fundal height was at 23 cm (on the good side of normal for 24 weeks).

Suki gave me the option of either doing the glucose tolerance test in a couple weeks or close monitoring of weight gain and growth of baby. Since I’m not at risk for gestational diabetes, I chose to keep an eye on my weight gain and be careful with eating sugars. This means less bloodwork for me to do! Next appointment is September 27th.


Weeks 24-25

Weeks 24-25


Week 25 (September 2)
We had a natural gas furnace installed this week. The city will be extending gas lines in October and then we will be all set for winter. I missed my Prenatal Nutrition group this week because of the installation. I’ll miss it again next week as we will be away on vacation. Allergies really bothered me the past two weeks, especially at night when I’m trying to sleep. I hate itchy eyes.

I’m at maximum stretchability with some of my tank tops (like in Week 25 picture). I can’t believe how large and round my belly is now! Total weight gain is at 21.5 lbs!

Second trimester: Weeks 18 – 21

Week 18 (July 15)
The cold was gone by this week, but I was left with a persistent cough that kept me up at night. I have had a craving for peanut butter on toast. Mid-week, while I was sitting at my computer, I had a sharp pain at the top of my belly (right side) that lasted maybe 20 seconds. It spread to my back and was quite painful. I was a little concerned but it only happened the one time that day. For the rest of the week I would get that pain a couple times throughout the day but it would be very quick and not leave me breathless like that first one.

On the 19th, while sitting on the couch, I felt something poking behind my belly button. It happened 3 times in the span of 15 minutes so I believe I finally felt the baby kick! A storm rolled in that afternoon and I lost power and water for 2 days, which wasn’t fun.

I also dropped off urine sample at the end of the week. Next midwife appointment is August 1st.


Weeks 18-19

Weeks 18-19


Week 19 (July 22)
The pains at the top of my belly continued so I left a message on the non-urgent line. I just wanted to make sure that what I was feeling was normal. Suki called me back and said it’s probably just muscles stretching and organs moving around. No other symptoms to report. I’ve gained 11 lbs total.

Week 20 (July 29)
The anatomy scan ultrasound! Drove to the big hospital early as instructed. They were behind so we had a bit of a wait. I didn’t drink as much liquid as last time, but rather than water I drank orange juice. I think the scan lasted a good 45 minutes. The technician was super nice. She told me that the baby’s head is pointing down and the bum is upward, with the feet out to the right. At the end of the ultrasound, she brought Jordan in and showed him the baby and pointed out that we are having a baby GIRL!

At the end of the week I saw the substitute midwife again. She explained that everything looked great with the ultrasound. Placenta is in the front and there’s a normal amount of amniotic fluid. We heard the heartbeat again (140 bpm) and Baby Girl is in the right spot. My urine sample showed no UTI. Blood pressure normal. Up 12 lbs total. Next appointment I will see Suki, on August 30th.


Weeks 20-21

Weeks 20-21


Week 21 (August 5)
So far this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful. Nothing new or weird to report for this week, other than gaining a total of 14 lbs so far. My belly seems to have popped out!