18.5 weeks - a little update

5/21/2013

wearing - striped dress from H and M maternity, chambray shirt from Old Navy, wrap belt from Joe Fresh

I'm getting bigger every day, and while I am absolutely thrilled by that, it's also a little bit strange. Most women, myself included, typically worry about gaining weight. I am definitely not obsessive about it - I tend to gain or lose five pounds here or there. But there is something unsettling about seeing the number on the scale climb, and climb, even though I know there is a perfectly wonderful reason for it.

During my first pregnancy I gained between 30-35 pounds, which I would say is in the healthy range. I was lucky to lose it all quickly, without much effort (thanks to all the burned calories from marathon nursing sessions!). For some reason this time around I have a goal to gain under 30 pounds. There is no particular reason for this - it's just a number I came up with. I know I should forget about the silly scale and focus on eating well and getting more exercise, but I read all these stories of beautiful mamas who barely look like they gained an once anywhere other than their bellies, and I start to worry about my arms, my legs, my face, etc. It's silly, I know that in my head. The second time around I started to look pregnant so much sooner, so I think I'm worried that by the end I will be massive!

But really, what does it matter if I gain 30 or even 40 pounds? If that's what it takes to create a perfect little human, then that is what it takes. I'm 18.5 weeks along and have gained around 7 or 8 pounds so far. I'm starting to get a little back pain, which is a new symptom from my first pregnancy. My biggest complaint is sleep. Lately I've been tossing and turning more than I've been sleeping, and this is definitely a symptom I recognize all too well. My first trimester nausea is gone for which I am thrilled! It's so wonderful to once again enjoy cooking and baking. Bring on another 18.5 weeks...or 22 weeks...

6 comments:

Marta Vodrey said...

You look GREAT! I can ramble on about how this is the time not to worry, but whenever someone said that to me, really it never made me feel better. Just know as the outsider looking in, you look fabulous.
And holy ... you're almost HALF WAY!? When did that happen!?
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Melanie B said...

awww, congrats! I am about 31 weeks and I too gained about 30lbs in my first pregnancy. This one I have only gained about 13, not trying! I think it has alot to do w/chasing around my 1 year old and still breastfeeding her. So glad to have come across your blog, look forward to reading more. You can check me out at www.mommymentionables.com

Crystal Zacharias said...

Looking good!

Katie said...

what a cute outfit! You look adorable! i think the same thing - i read updates of woman you've gained hardly anything! but i don't think that is normal AND i'm trying to remind myself that my body is doing what it needs to to take care of my baby!

Jovana {TasteofAugust} said...

You look great! Your newest follower and a Canadian blogger too! :)