26 Weeks Baby Update
Average size: 13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.2 lb.
Eyes are forming and will soon start to open
Total weight gain: 25 lbs. Ugh. I feel huge. They told me to workout more at my last doctors appointment. They suggested that I get some more exercise in now before it gets too uncomfortable in the coming weeks. I only wanted to gain 30 total… that is seeming impossible now that I’m getting so big in the belly.
How I’m feeling: I feel okay. During the work week I feel pretty good on the train ride into work and okay when I get there. I don’t start getting cranky and achy until about 3pm.
For the first time though this morning, I’m a little sore. I think little man is getting stronger and his ninja kicks beat me up a little last night. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a regular sore in the mornings thing.
Most major issue: Severe rib pain on my upper right side. One day I thought one of my ribs must have been broken. It’s this terrible pinching sensation. I’ve actually cried about it. Now it’s a weird burning sensation. Almost feels like I have really bad sunburn in that area.
Only one thing helps, an ice pack. I now ice my ribs about 3-5 times a day. It’s a must before I go to bed or before I ride the train home.
Other annoying things: Severe heartburn (thank God for Zantac). No matter what I eat (no matter how mild) it’s there. Numb hands. This happens most frequently at night and but for the past 3-4 days my ring finger has been numb at the tip.
Sleep: Sleep could be better. I’m still taking Unisom everynight and then on top of that this sleeping on my side thing really sucks. It hurts my ribs to sleep on my side. Tonight I am going to try propping myself up with 5 or more pillows so I can try sleeping on my back (even though I’ll really be sitting up).
Exercise: I’ve been making it down to the gym about 2 times a week to walk (briskly) for 45 mins and then do some arm weights. I also count my long walks to work Monday-Friday as exercise.
I need to really try to do 3 times a week at the gym though.
Best moment this week: Cuddling with my hubby in the morning. Sounds cheesy but it’s true.
Miss Anything? Raw tuna, brie cheese, sangria…. Did I mention raw tuna? … and sleeping on my back.
Movement: Tons. He is getting bigger I can tell. His kicks just started to feel stronger.
Food cravings: Everything I am not allowed to have and also a hot dog from Super Duper Weenie in my home town (Fairfield, CT).
Rings are off btw. My fingers are definitly swollen, and so are my calfs. I can’t wear any of my boots