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Weeks: 17 tomorrow!
Appointments: group prenatal care (called "centering pregnancy") starts tomorrow. Super excited to meet the other moms in my group and hear the hb again. I had an appt last week, but I want to hear baby again!
hoping there's good chemistry between all the moms and the mw leading the group.
Symptoms: not many! I feel the need to sit and rest more, and can still feel tainted of RL pain sometimes but it's much better than it was a few weeks ago. I feel like a glow-y, pregnant goddess right now, which is fun.
Food: salt!!! Meat!!! Vinegar!! If I had my choice, my daily diet would consist of eggs over easy for breakfast, turkey burgers or turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pickles, olives, marinated artichoke hearts...Fresh blueberries and oranges...and every other day a bowl of spaghetti with very garlicky tomato sauce and grated parmegianno reggiano. Sugar sounds nice in my head but does nothing for me when I actually eat it.
Exercise: walking and today I started the ten-minute solution prenatal pilates DVD since I really need to strengthen my core. Did two segments today and they were just challenging enough. But I miss my Gaiam yoga DVD...it disappeared awhile back and I don't want to buy a new one but...i love the slow pace of yoga.
Body changes: boobs are big and pendulous and, unlike my previous pregnancies, still sore. I was nursing dd2 but my milk has dried up. She still nursing once a night. Have a definite belly...people keep asking if I'm do soon; eventually I'll just start saying "oh, I'm not pregnant. Just fat."
Thoughts: decided to not do the 20 week anatomy scan. I was on the fence, but the other night I just sort of felt calm about skipping it. I didn't do it with the first two and I sort of feel like if the only reasons my providers can give me to do it are based in fear or just curiousity...that's not worth it for me. The process of pregnancy and birth to me is so so wrapped up in stripping away fear and doubt and embracing this amazing creative work my body is doing (was made to do!), so I'm happy and at peace skipping the anatomy scan for now. If something comes up later that warrants an u/s, I'll definitely do it.
Right now I'm reading "birth matters" by Ina May Gaskin and seriously, I wish I could buy this book for every pregnant woman in America. It's fantastic. I'm a total nerd about birth and babies (will read books on both for fun, even when not pregnant, will talk at length about both happily if I find someone equally interested, etc) but this book...sigh. It's good. I got my copy from the library but I'll end up buying it, since it's so good. It makes me so excited to be going through this process again.
Have a great weekend ladies!