Originally Posted by hyde
It basically just looks as if I'd gained that much more weight. Logically I know I haven't- other than my belly I'm the same, my face isn't heavier, etc., but it was still an unpleasant surprise to see how I look to people, most of whom probably don't imagine that I'm pregnant.
The first place I gain weight is in my face! I swear, I gain 1/2 a pound and it's all in my cheeks/chin. I smile a lot, though, so in my mind it makes it better -- a big fat smiling face -- seriously, I have some impressive cheeks. ANYWHO - Even if you don't *need* them, it might be worth busting out some maternity tops. I know that I felt better and looked pregnant-er when wearing maternity clothes. It's a small thing, but if you're not waiting to tell (and there are cheap options -- I bought 2 great big bins of awesome stuff on Craig's List for next to nothing) I think it would make you feel better -- and it's a signal to everyone else. I kind of look pregnant sometimes even when not pregnant (I've been asked when the baby is due so many times I don't even want to get into it) so I just capitalized on that in the early-ish days. Those clothes are a signal: "Hey, ya'll! Maternity top here with a stinking bow! I'm pregnant!!"
Originally Posted by MadiMamacita
I have so far not gained any weight (which is fine by me- I'm not reducing calories or anything like that but I am trying to eat more healthy choices and be consistant about walking etc) and I have read both arguments- in healthy plus sized pregnancies you can gain a "normal" amount of weight or none (as long as you're not being restrictive) and you're fine.
I say trust your body here -- and since you're not restricting yourself it sounds great to me
I got way healthier during my first pregnancy and didn't gain weight until the second half. It sounds like I did some of the things you're doing -- I started taking a great big walk every day, going to water aerobics 2x a week, and eating a lot more whole foods.
Originally Posted by Jend1002
So in other news, I am starting to stress about something. Perhaps it's unfounded. I don't feel any movement. Really none. This is my second so I know what to expect and I don't have an anterior placenta. I am 18w1d so I guess it's ok. I am just ready to feel something. I also don't have much of a belly. I don't have an ultrasound until May 15th and that feels like a really long time away right now.
I'm really anxiously looking forward to my U/S. I've felt movement, but not a lot, and it's not consistent at all. I keep reminding myself that I didn't feel any with DD until 20-21 weeks, but in a way that was more reassuring, since when I did start to feel it, it was consistent from then on out.
Originally Posted by mole
I read in one of my books that at some point in the pregnancy, it is no longer healthy to sleep on your back because of reduced blood flow to the fetus.
Just one more vote to trust your body
If you're uncomfortable, that's a signal to move, but I just can't see worrying too much about sleeping comfortably during pregnancy!
Originally Posted by MissE
My hormones have been a lot better lately, even though we did have some family drama, I'm trying not to let it get to me. It hurts my heart everytime DD asks for Oma or Opa on the computer but I cannot talk to my parents right now. Maybe on the weekend, I have to figure stuff out first.
I hope the weekend brings some peace & clarity.