Oh my goodness! It feels like I just turned 20 weeks, and now I’m 25 weeks?? These last 15 weeks (or so) are going to fly by! I started reading the Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth sample on my nook, and even the few pages that I was able to read have me hooked. It’s definitely on my list of required reading before Lily gets here, right beside Mayim Bialik’s Beyond the Sling. Any other books that you would recommend? Hit me up!
Lily is definitely rockin and rollin in there. She moved so much in the last ultrasound that my doctor couldn’t get a good picture of her face! But we do have a sweet picture of her feet. I feel Lily a lot more than I felt Abby at this point, and I’m not sure if it’s that I’m more used to it, my stomach muscles are already relaxed, or that Lily is really just more active than Abby was! I really think it’s a combination of all 3. Drew has felt her move a couple more times, and Abby definitely hasn’t, even though Lily has kicked her when she’s laying on top of her.
No more nausea or morning sickness. Yay! But I have had more “fun” with my blood pressure dropping too quickly. I have times when I feel like I’m going to pass out every now and then, but it’s usually gone within a couple of minutes. I’m also keeping my energy up better without relying so much on sugar. That makes me very happy. I’ve started having some sciatic nerve pain, but it hasn’t bothered me in a week or so now. And it’s not nearly as bad (yet!) as it was when I was pregnant with Abby. Then again, my sciatic nerve pain started at 28 weeks, not 22/23.
I went from gaining 7 pounds last month to gaining on 3 this month. This makes a total of 10 pounds gained since Thanksgiving last year…and after losing 2-3 pounds from breastfeeding and being pregnant. With Abby, I was already past 157 at this point…and I started off at 124!! Now, I did need a good deal of that weight because I had lost so much the few months before I got pregnant while stressing over my final semester of college. But. I’m glad that I haven’t gained that much this time around.
I still love having red meat, but I think I have had enough lately that it isn’t a craving. The same goes for fruit. Instead, I’ve been craving sugar (especially because I’ve been cutting back). I’m eating a spoonful of peanut butter or drinking water when I do crave it, and it has helped keep me from eating too much or pigging out. I don’t always do well with it, but it’s getting better!