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!

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