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20 weeks! Join up when you reach your halfway point!

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 

Ok, so I am a day early, but I am so pleased to be halfway :)

 

Feeling so many pop pop pop kicks and movement these last few days in particular, so good.

 

Big U/S on Monday , 16th.  Excited and anxious a bit I guess, my forth babe but I opted out of scans with the others, so I am first timer with them really.

 

Had a terribly weird dream that my baby kicked a foot right through my belly, and it was tiny and sticking out and I went to the hospital.  I remember stroking this tiny foot and wondering why it wouldn't move.  Scary and strange dream.  I woke up to kicks though and felt a whole lot better.

 

Ate out last Friday and was gluten contaminated, remembered why we hardly eat out any more out when I had a headache for four days, puffy face, flu ache body and brain fog like I was drugged.  have been super careful with my diet this week and stepped up the omega 3 intake to try and combat the inflammation caused by the gluten.  Feeling way better today.  But tired-ish still.

 

Finally handed in my notice at work (i home educate so only work on a Saturday at my local delicatessen).  It was a 8.5 hour on my feet-athon and have been having major Braxton Hicks when at work.  Just not a good time really.  So exhausting.  Only a couple more Saturdays to work and then I can leave without feeling I am leaving them in the lurch.  

 

Bought myself two new preg. dvd's, a yoga one and a more general exercise one.  Plus am doing these light weights every couple of days.   I have been remembering how wiped out I was after my dd's birth, like utterly on the floor, and too exhausted even to go gah-gah over her.  I could have stayed in bed a week (and I had a nice quiet home birth).

 

So want to be fitter this time around and feel so good about doing these dvd's.  Plus my usual hour or so of walking with the dog daily.

 

Really don't look all that pregnant yet either, just rounder around the middle.  But can feel that melon uterus when I lie down pop up to my navel :)

 

Have a beef and veggie stew slow cooking and want to go and make some coconut flour muffins so best go :)

 

Lets all leave a lovely detailed 20-week-how-you-are-doing post for everyone to share and mark as their halfway point heartbeat.gif

 

Claire

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 48

I will be 20 weeks in 2 days (Saturday)! But I wonder if I'm counting wrong... my due date is September 1st. When is yours Claire? Are you actually "due" in August?

 

I feel pretty great. My bump has definitely popped in the past week. The punches, kicks, rolls, flips, etc. never stop. I hope this isn't a glimpse into what it's like to have a boy. LOL My energy level is NOT that high. However, I'm so excited to be having my first boy after two daughters. I went out and bought a bunch of adorable boy clothes and ordered the crib bedding. Although I don't even think he'll sleep in his crib much. I think I'll get DH to paint the nursery next weekend.

 

I am craving bananas. Bananas in fruit form, in pie form, in bread and muffin form, in Slurpee form... in any form. Yum. I want a banana right now.

 

I can't believe I'm half way already! This pregnancy is flying by. Being this will be the last baby leaving my uterus, I am trying to savour and appreciate every minute. So far, the 2nd trimester has been fabulous.

post #3 of 48
Thread Starter 

Duh!  There goes my pregnancy brain, when I wrote that I was thinking it was already Friday (I am ahead here by many hours in the UK but not by that much) but it was still Thursday.  No you are right, I am also due on the 1st of Septemebr :)  :lol  Fourth babies are hard to keep track o,f even womb side it seems.  It is nice we have the same birth dates.

 

I dare not buy anything yet.... hmmmm, I am not sure why.  Well I guess I am always kind of worried about counting my chickens before they hatch type of thing.  I usually go mad in the last 2/3 months getting the stuff I need.

 

Although these lovely kicks make it all seem much more real.  Perhaps after my scan on Monday I shall feel like it is more real.  Miscarriage does that I think, even this far along, I still feel some hesitation to fully accept what* might* not happen.  

 

Although I have been knitting like a crazy.  Honestly this baby has the knitted clothes already for triplets or quads and will have more than any human child can possibly wear :)  I am mamauk on ravelry if any other knitting fiends are interested. I will post some pics here, perhaps we can start a new knitting/sewing thread....

 

Oh!  I did bid on a new sling on ebay.  That's a commitment to positivity right?  I sold/gave away the 13 slings I did have so am starting my collection afresh!  same with cloth nappies.  These are all such happy exciting things for me, fourth time around and I still get excitement over a little cloth nappy :)  I always did though, all three of my babies/toddlers wore cloth and I really liked the laundry care of it all.  Guess I am odd.

 

Good hearing your update mama Fran :)

 

 

post #4 of 48
I'm still about 3 days from 20 weeks but that is close enough! Your dream reminded me of a dream I had with my first pg. The baby fell out of my belly button and I was trying to push it back in and keep it a secret. I kept saying no baby not yet!
I will update when I am officially 20 w
post #5 of 48

I'm 20 weeks with the twins and I'm HUGE. I'm about the size I was at 7 months with DS. Feeling lots of movement from both babies too love.gif

post #6 of 48
I'm 20 weeks. My due date is actually August 30th, but my last two I was late, so I'm saying September. I have popped out since Easter. Before that I was hardly showing, but now....
I have bought two muslin swaddling blankets and a babywearing hoodie. I really don't need anything. I'm not even setting up the crib this time because neither of my other kids ever slept in it anyways! I still have most of my birth supplies, so I'm set there.
I had my ultrasound yesterday and while everything seemed normal to me it took a loooong time. I'm freaking out a bit about how many times she seemed to measure the facial bones, but the radiologist didn't come in or anything, so who knows.
I still feel nausea most days, but it's not overwhelming like it was and the dizziness/fainting seems to have settled. I am taking Zantac once a day for my heartburn which seems to be helping.
post #7 of 48

I'm 20 weeks today! But my fetus's estimated birth date as calculated by my doctor's wheel is later than you all's, and I really don't understand how counting weeks can produce inconsistent results. I'm counting 20 weeks from my last menstrual period which was 27 Nov. My doctor's wheel sets the birth date at 5 September.

 

I feel fine. I am not naseous anymore. I'm working, excersising, sleeping, hanging out with friends, cleaning the house, everything like normal. The changes to my palate are that I still don't particularly care for tea and I like sugar way more than normal. Last night a friend had some vegan gummy bears, and yes, everyone enjoyed them, but I REALLY enjoyed them! Usually I can only eat one or two pieces of candy, now it's like there's no upper limit to my sweets intake! Sometimes the fetus is kicking me very hard now, so hard that it hurts. I've found that doing handstands helps the fetus find more room in my stomach and not kick so hard, so I'm working handstands into my daily routine. My squatting routine (I'm squatting while brushing my teeth) has not gotten easier. I've been doing that for a couple months now and it is still a very painful position for me. I hope that when the time comes, I feel comfortable and enjoy laboring and birthing in water, because I don't know how I will be able to squat otherwise. My cheeks are quite pink now, which I think looks nice. I am bigger than my mom was at this time with me, and I'm starting to feel self conscious about my body size. I've started wearing maternity jeans, mostly because it's comfortable, I'm not sure I really "need" to yet. Our friends are giving us most of the things we (think we) need for the newborn, so our shopping list is quite small, the main things left are we still need some diapers in the size after the newborn size (which I have read the baby will outgrow in about 6 weeks) and a stroller. Since the stroller is our only expensive purchase, I'm really fixating on it and feeling very nervous about making the "right" choice. There are so many options, and it is such an important piece of equipment (we live in a snowy city, no car, multiple types of public transportation with varying ease of getting strollers on board). We have talked about not getting a stroller for the first 6 months, because if we don't need the infant insert the strollers are a lot cheaper, but we just aren't sure we will be able to carry the baby 'n' stuff and do all our grocery shopping without a stroller. We bike and walk everywhere now.  Now I am going to bake some muffins, I'm meeting a friend in two hours to go hiking. Happy 20 weeks everyone.    

post #8 of 48

I am so jealous of you ladies. I am just turning 16 weeks. I have a long ways to go! 16+1 today. Time really is dragging. I must be one of the last ladies due in our DDC. eyesroll.gif

post #9 of 48

I'm 20 weeks as of yesterday! Feeling rather large--I started out a bit overweight, and I've still gained like I normally do, so that's not the best :-) AND I keep hurting the ball of my foot---it feels bruised all the time, so that makes exercising a bit more of a challenge.   The baby has finally started kicking on a more regular basis (YAY!) and I'm starting to feel like I have energy (double yay!), but my mood swings are far from over (not yay!).  I'm really enjoying the nicer weather. We keep finding out more of our friends and family are pregnant with us, and will be having fall babies so that has been really fun.  And I'm HALF WAY!!!! Still a bit nervous though. . . and I've never had a miscarriage, I'm just always that way.  Keep wiggling, baby!

post #10 of 48

I'm 20 weeks, 4 days today! We had our big ultrasound at just over 18 weeks and little man was doing just great and cute as can be! Since this is our first, I'm just reveling in how incredible it feels having all of those little kicks and squirms inside me. Every time he gives me a good thump, I can't help but let out a little, "Ooo, son! You kicked me!" My placenta is in the front which means I may not feel him as much as some do, but I love his soft little tickles and sometimes he's just squirming around in there. I talk to him a lot already :D

 

We haven't bought a thing yet either, and there's so much that needs to be done around the house but I haven't been the best about feeling motivated about it. I figure I'll just see what hand-me-downs we end up with and what kinds of things we get at the baby shower before we make any big purchases.

 

In less pleasant news, my immune system has been atrocious! I used to so rarely get sick and now I've come down with a cold twice within the month. Both very different and equally miserable in their own way. I'm just now getting everything cleared from my lungs and sinuses. I haven't been the best with my gym workouts partly due to the illnesses. I'm trying to maintain a decent level of fitness because I have a goal to race the same desert race next year that I broke my wrist very badly in last year. DS will be about six months old by then and I think that will give me enough time to get back in shape for it. It will be a really big goal for me to accomplish because by then, I'll have been off my motorcycle for almost two years. The break put me in a cast for eight months and it wasn't until the day I found out I was pregnant had I ridden since the injury. (I did get in a nice brisk trail ride at 9 weeks, but I didn't want to push it so I called it quits) I really, really need to find the drive to rehab my still-so-scrawny left arm and maintain my fitness if I'm going to meet my goal!!

 

I feel like I'm not showing enough yet. I can't wait for this big ol' basketball of a belly full of my little man to be sticking out front (is that something only new moms say?) I'm very tall (5'11") and have a long torso, so I may never get that massive belly I keep envisioning. I posted a facebook picture of my uterus as I'm laying on my back because I thought it looked so cool sticking up like that and I was disappointed that I got comments about how small I looked. I was laying on my back!!!? Of course it looks smaller. It's true though that no comment about size is ever appropriate for a pregnant woman. "Your belly is so cute," is a much nicer thing to say!

 

Haha, that's about it I guess! I'm so happy to join up with this community and look forward to sharing in these pregnancies!

post #11 of 48
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I'm 20 weeks today! But my fetus's estimated birth date as calculated by my doctor's wheel is later than you all's, and I really don't understand how counting weeks can produce inconsistent results. I'm counting 20 weeks from my last menstrual period which was 27 Nov. My doctor's wheel sets the birth date at 5 September.
   

I'm counting LMP nov 30 and also getting sept 5 as an EDD!

I'm 20 weeks today! yipee! baby is kicking and rolling like crazy, DH tried to feel some yesterday but said he couldn't. Baby's heartbeat was much easier to find via doppler yesterday at the MW's office. I opted out of the GD test. MW said she'll start measuring next appt. yay for half way!
post #12 of 48
20 weeks tomorrow (EDD 9/6---Some of you are a few days off with calculations I think?). Anyway no worries, only 4% of babies come on their EDD anyway so it's all relative. U/S was great, so happy to be having another girl. This is my last pregnancy so I'm happy to think of a 2 girl family. Everything looked good on u/s, another anterior placenta so I guess that's why I don't feel much movement. But this baby is noticeablly more relaxed than DD1. During the ultrasound it didn't do somersaults like my first DD did and try to jump through my skin smile.gif. Very calm. Hope that means something for future temperament as DD1 is a nutball who never stops moving. I still don't look that pregnant but baby was 10 oz/45th percentile so growing well. I'm not worried anymore!
post #13 of 48
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I feel like I'm not showing enough yet. I can't wait for this big ol' basketball of a belly full of my little man to be sticking out front (is that something only new moms say?) I'm very tall (5'11") and have a long torso, so I may never get that massive belly I keep envisioning. I posted a facebook picture of my uterus as I'm laying on my back because I thought it looked so cool sticking up like that and I was disappointed that I got comments about how small I looked. I was laying on my back!!!? Of course it looks smaller. It's true though that no comment about size is ever appropriate for a pregnant woman. "Your belly is so cute," is a much nicer thing to say!



I'm exactly a week behind you (EDD Sept 8th... so not quite 20 weeks yet... 19w4d) and I'm also 5'11" with a long torso (always have to get Tall shirts otherwise they don't hit right).  It takes me forever and a day to show it seems -- I'm on child #5 now and still not showing much at all!  I just figure there's plenty of room to grow UP before babe has to grow OUT!

 

post #14 of 48

I don't know why but I always love meeting other tall women. There aren't many of us up in the 6 ft range! I'm sure the long torso will be nice in the third trimester comfort-wise, but I just can't help but lament that it's not blaringly obvious that I'm halfway through my pregnancy already!  

post #15 of 48

I'm here! 20 weeks today!

 

I am feeling just fine. Still having peel-y nails and inconsistent sleep, but overall things are going smoothly. I'm HUNGRY all the time and have noticed some new areas of growth that have nothing to do with the baby. I'm actually not too stressed about my weight gain. I know others might be and I TOTALLY get that. But this is my fourth time around, I relish the look of my pregnant body, and I know from experience that I shed the weight quickly. Now hopefully I'm not jinxing myself on that one. If I were to KEEP the 60+ pounds that I'll likely gain, I'd be singing a different tune!

post #16 of 48

Hi!

 

I am 20 weeks tomorrow...although my MW's wheel is always a couple days behind as well, weird!  EDD is September 7.  I feel great!  Found out yesterday that we are having a boy.  I had a sneaky suspision just because I have felt so good.  Not that I felt that bad with DD, but I remember being REALLY tired and my back was so messed up that I had to go to the chiropractor and acupuncture more than I had time for.  This time I am tired at night but wide awake in the morning, my back feels awesome.  I carry small...I only gained 18 lbs with DD and they were very concerned with my lack of growth even though she was fine.  I have gained 5 lbs so far..actually lost a lb in the past week which my DH was not happy about.  We are self employed so the budget has been tight so I have not been buying as much food as normal, so basically I am not eating enough.  So, off to the store tonight to buy some high fat items!  Baby is super busy which I love.  Trying to pick out names is going alright...so far we like Brody or Logan and for a middle name Conway (North Conway, NH is one of our favorite places).  I am also dreading talking to DH about circumcision, but many ladies have given me hope that he will be more open to not circumcising than I am expecting.  I haven't bought anything.  I am going to be getting boy hand me downs from two of my friends that are done having babies.  Most things that I bought for DD (aside from clothing) was gender neutral so I really don't have much to worry about.  DD will be getting a bigger bed once baby is ready for the crib.  Really the biggest thing for me is preparing for birth, so I have been trying to do some reading/preparation.  We are also hoping to move this summer, so when that time comes things will be crazy!

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I don't know why but I always love meeting other tall women. There aren't many of us up in the 6 ft range!  

 

Me, too! I'm 6 ft tall but have a shorter torso and really long legs. LOL

 
post #18 of 48

20 weeks today! To summarize...

 

Overall things are going well, but by the end of the day my belly HURTS. The stretching and ligament and lower back pain are no joke. I've started applying stretch oil to the belly twice a day to ease some of the itchiness, and I bought a full-body pillow to hopefully help me sleep more comfortably. Leg cramps have begun, strange dreams continue, feeling movement, but it's fairly subdued. Little kicks and pops in various places. When I press on my uterus I can feel a specific area that is more rounded and hard than the rest of that- I wonder if I'm rubbing one of the babies' heads??! 

 

SO and I have started talking about names and we have one girl's name and one boy's, but if we end up with two of one sex I'm not sure what we are going to do, because we don't seem to agree on any other names :)  My big U/S is on Thursday, and I have a feeling these next 6 days are going to draaaaaaag. I can't wait to see them, know their sexes, and find out how much they've grown.

 

I got my bulk red raspberry tea the other day, so I've been drinking that, and I'm glad the taste doesn't bother me at all. I've sort of slacked on the protein intake, which is bad, but for f's sake I am so tired after work that trying to figure out what to eat is such a chore. I end up eating bowls of cereal or quesadillas some nights because I can barely lift myself from the couch. I need to get back into the protein smoothie routine to help with that. 

 

post #19 of 48

i am actually 21 weeks today. I found this a little late.

I am like most of you feeling better finally. more energy but my belly is huge so it does make getting things off the floor interesting.

I too am not so good at getting enough protein. I find it quite a chore some days but I also don't find myself as hungry now as i did.

 

I am not so great at updates but i am glad to hear everyone is doing well.
 

post #20 of 48

Ava's mama: congrats on the little boy and I love the names you're thinking about! I lucked out with the circumcision decision because my DH is intact. (HOORAY!) One thing you might add to your ammo, if you think your DH might be opposed to it based on what he think looks better: there are some youtube videos with attractive women talking about how much they love the intact penis! Also, there are some lists of very sexy male celebrities who are intact - I know that's kind of a silly argument, but in our society that can hold sway. I'm also writing something on it for my blog and I'll post a link when I finish it. My DH says that growing up intact - and that being the vast minority at the time - wasn't all that big of a deal. He hardly ever met women who even noticed he was different, and when they did, it was usually because they were well aware of the positives and happy to see that he was! Good luck with everything and just keep in mind that circumcision in this country is getting to be less and less common! 

 

Erika: How did we end up with three super tall women all due to birth within a week of each other!? I love it!

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