I am also sixteen and a half weeks. I hate this limbo period of pregnancy.......I'm not nauseous and sick anymore (which is nice) but I'm not big and obviously pregnant and not feeling huge movements constantly....I have to remind myself that I'm pregnant. I do feel the baby move probably once a day or so....but really, really light movements that I can't be totally sure about. Every few days I'll feel a definite, bigger baby movement..so I mostly wait and anticipate those moments.
After having months of feeling like "I can hardly deal with the three kids I've got....what happens when this fourth baby is a toddler!!!!" I am starting to feel SUPER excited about this baby coming....I can't wait to cuddle and nurse a fresh, tiny baby....I can't wait to tote the baby around in the sling.....
I am still dealing with some apprehension about labor because of my last birth ....which was long and hard (although drug and intervention free) and SUPER painful....all mostly due to the fact that I was not working with my body. But I am getting over that and am determined to make this labor and delivery a good one.
I just heard the heart beat yesterday for the first time. It was actually a scary experience....she couldn't find the heart beat right away and had to search for a few minutes and then when she finally found it it was really faint and quiet....but it was there. I know this baby is fine and will be born healthy....but it was still scary. This happend at the clinic orientation. I can't wait for my real appointment next week with the midwife to hear it again and get some reasurrance, etc.
We have sort of decided to do another hospital birth with a CNM. All our kids have been born that way. In my heart I want a homebirth, though. We are poor and on medicaid which completly covers a hospital birth, and homebirths in our area are at least two thousand dollars....so we really can't afford a homebirth. Plus, I have to admit that with my last baby I REALLY enjoyed the two days alone with my baby in teh hospital.....I still think I am going to call around to see if there are any midwives in my area who are feeling really giving and will do my birth for cheap...we'll see.
I've been wearing maternity pants for almost a month now....anyone else? I feel obviously pregnant...but probably am not totally to a lot of people because I am also overweight....any other overweight mammas who can't wait for their bellies to be sticking way out for the right reason?
I am about a size 14. I actually lost 40 pounds before this pregnancy and plan on restarting my exercise regime in the next few days (during first trimester I did NOT feel like exercising at ALL!) and plan on building more muscle and loosing more fat even though I am pregnant. I did this with my ds#2 and I had the most wonderful labor and delivery becuase my body was healthier.