I actually like myself in these pictures so that’s good. By now I am definitely feeling the effects of my swollen ovaries. It’s killing me not to do squats!!! Oh I forgot to mention in week 8 that at my last ultrasound my right ovary was given the all clear. It’s back to it’s normal self but my left ovary is still swollen so I’m still on the bench. My legs literally look like a cellulite factory. I mean we’re pushing 2+ months of no leg toning exercises, no pilates, no ab work, very very little running, no strenuous cardio. I’m lucky I don’t look 6 months preggo right now. But for as much as I can complain around about it I wouldn’t change it for the world. I mean, I’m growing a human! And all that matters right now is that this baby is as safe, healthy and happy as can be. This mamma has the rest of her life to tone up those legs :)
What’s the baby up to this week? He or she is the size of a green olive and has officially graduated from an embryo to a fetus! The baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do his/her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. The baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her/his eyes are fully formed, but her/his eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She/he has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones.
What’s up for me this week? I felt absolutely awful with constant nausea until I went to acupuncture on Monday night and then I think I became a changed woman. I still get nauseous, but it’s more just like a tiny bit in the pit of my stomach than the constant “I’m going to puke” I was having before acupuncture. I still haven’t gotten that super tiredness that everyone seems to have but I do just feel like I have no energy. Like all I want to do is lay on the couch. Even getting around to writing a blog post seems like the most daunting task. As far as weight gain, I’ve probably gained about 5-6 pounds total which feels higher than normal for most women in their 1st trimester but Dr. Barbieri (in my last appt last week) assured me that it’s a good thing. In total, she thinks I should gain about 40 pounds since she felt like I was a little petite (her words) to begin with. When I had my apt last week with Women’s Heath Care Assoc (did I even write about that yet? Everything is blending together) they said I should gain 25-30 so I figure if you add that to the 5-6 pounds I’ve already gained I’m looking at a 35-40 pound gain which I’m totally fine with. I think once I start being able to eat better then things will level out.
What about food? Well, I hate most of it. Pretty much nothing sounds good to me. Eating is basically a task that I force myself to do. I keep trying to eat things like veggies, protein smoothies and salads and I get through a few bites/sips and am so grossed out I have to toss them. The one thing I can manage to eat is carbs. Load and loads of carbs. Particularly pasta. This week I have been all about the Pad Thai from Thai Cabin. I’ve always loved it but now I’m obsessed with it. We went last night and I made the mistake of not specifically saying I wanted the chicken, shrimp and tofu and they forgot the tofu. So sad. I also like grapes. Like I think about them a lot. And I get sad when I run out of them at work (I only bring a pre set amount). I still hate water but I’ve found that drinking out of small cups makes things more manageable. Oh and I am so sick of almond butter and jelly sandwiches. That is about the only thing I can stand to eat for lunch but I hate them. It’s like torture putting it in my mouth.
Workouts? I’ve managed to workout every day so far. Nothing too crazy, incline treadmill walks, elliptical and the bike but I did try the stepmill the other day which killed my hip flexors. Not sure if that was anything preggo related or just out of shape related. Oh and I tried a pregnancy fitness DVD on Tuesday morning and still had to skip all the squats and abs but eventually I feel like it could be a decent workout. She’s no Jillian but at least it’s something.
Anything else of note? Um, my jeans are now starting to feel tight when I button them. They totally fit right up until I have to squeeze that button closed and even then it’s not too uncomfortable when I’m walking around but sitting down is tough so I’ve taken to just wearing bagging shirts and leaving them unbuttoned. This weekend I think I’ll have to go research a belly band.