18 Week Bumpdate
It’s been awhile since my last pregnancy update! The weeks have been flying by and now I am five weeks into my second trimester. I try to do this little bump board every week, mostly for myself, so I can look back and remember how I was feeling/what was going on with baby. I can’t believe it’s so big now! Different apps say different things, but it’s roughly the size of an artichoke/sweet potato/bell pepper. I went to the dentist this week and my dentist asked me what vegetable the baby was this week, haha!! It’s fun to think about.
HOW I’M FEELING
Overall, I’m feeling great and still can’t complain. Some feelings that are still there (getting slightly worse) are my stuffy nose and hunger. I have to blow my nose all the time and I still feel like I can never breathe through it anymore. I am hungry every 3-6 hours, no matter how much I ate before. At work it is so bad that I always keep an apple, banana, goldfish, and juice close by in case of emergency. I don’t know if I used to be able to just ignore hunger pains, but now I feel like I can’t ignore it and my stomach starts hurting so bad from hunger! I have to eat within like 5 minutes of the pains striking and even a little snack will make me feel so much better. The baby is growing more and more lately, so I guess that’s why the hunger is getting more intense!
I’m still waiting to feel the baby move…it could be anytime starting now through week 22 or so that I should be able to feel it. I can’t wait!! Luke still feels my belly a lot because he wants to feel the first movement hah.
One weird sensation is a couple times a day I get a lightning bolt sensation going downward where it doesn’t feel so pleasant… maybe that’s TMI, but it’s the craziest thing! I’m not sure why that happens, but I’ve heard a lot of other moms say they feel this and it could be the baby kicking down on a nerve. So maybe I have felt movement in a way! Apparently this can get worse closer to delivery, but hopefully mine doesn’t.
The bump feels huge, especially by the end of the day. This weekend Luke and I went to dinner and I asked him if he thought my bump looked big before we left and he said no, but when we got home he looked at my belly and said he was shocked at how much it grew haha!! The baby itself is not that big, but I feel like my stomach is tight and like it’s pushing all of my insides up and out of the way.
We have our anatomy scan next week and I am so anxious to see the baby again and find out all of the details we’ve been waiting for!!