28 weeks! We’ve hit the third trimester! Hallelujah amen.
I’m going to attempt a quick pregnancy update that hopefully will not morph into a long-winded tale of the gritty details of my gestation thus far.
From the beginning, this pregnancy was quite different from my other two. Mostly I just had more, and different, symptoms. I was quite a bit sicker but that passed a while ago. I still throw up a few times a week, but the episodes are brief and barely an inconvenience. I taught the boys to rub my back while I’m throwing up (rather than staring over my shoulder, commenting and asking questions the entire time) which I highly recommend to all other expectant moms.
I started showing pretty early, and got big really quickly, as I did the last two times–and then it stalled. It looks/feels like I haven’t gained any belly girth in the last month or two (although I have already surpassed my previous pregnancies in the weight gain department). I don’t know if this is just a really small baby or I’m carrying differently or what. Fun facts. Moving on.
Throughout the past few months, I’ve been thinking back to my first pregnancy and how different this third one has been–specifically my attitude and feelings about my body. In both of my other pregnancies, I spent the first trimester exercising (which is unusual for me, ha) and restricting; I think somehow hoping that if I could create a weight deficit it would help me come out on top, in control of the numbers and what was happening to me. (By the middle of the second trimester I had pretty much given up and settled in for the ride–although not without a lot of mental anguish over my changing physique and the appearance of many many many stretch marks.)
This time, I am proud to say that I did not restrict. I did not panic and do dumb things like go on daily 2 hour walks with only a carefully counted out 12 almonds and 8 apple slices to sustain me. I’ve just felt so much more comfortable this time–it helps that I’ve gone through this before, and it helps that I am no longer in the throes of bulimia. For the most part, I feel pretty relaxed about everything (and let me tell you, that is a very nice mental space to be in). I mentioned that I’ve gained a very decent amount of weight. That is the truth. I’ve already hit the amount I had gained by the time I delivered Tesla at 40 weeks.
A few years ago, this would have devastated me, panicked me. But now? I am proud to say that I feel really okay. I mean, I’m hoping not to gain a ton more, because I know each extra pound that creeps on now is one I have to lose later, but for the most part I feel pretty comfortable in my body and I have no intention of freaking out or banning nachos and donut runs.
We can all share a knowing chuckle when I come crashing face-first off of my little body confidence soapbox after I get my postpartum reality check during that first post-delivery glance in the mirror…but for now, the ol’ bod and I are on good terms.
Also, my cats are in love with the belly. It’s hard to despise something that brings you tons of extra kitty snuggles.