Second Trimester Weeks 21-23

Hey everyone! I am way overdue on posting in my weekly prego journal updates. I wrote this this post in real time during weeks 21-23 of my pregnancy even though at the time of posting I am currently 28 weeks pregolicious (more on that to come). In this post, I talk about sleeping issues and what to do if you are in a car accident while pregnant.

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 21, 22 and 23

Baby’s Growth:

Week 21: Baby is the size of a pomegranate!

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My doggies have to be in every photo! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 22: Baby is the length of a papaya!

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Hi everyone!! I’m 21.5 weeks old today! 😀

Week 23:  Baby is the size of grapefruit!

No photo for week 23….I’m sorry 😦

How am I feeling emotionally?

Sleep is still a challenge for me. I am having a hard time getting comfortable at night. My body feels like a furnace and I can’t find a comfortable position. I finally bought myself a snoogle and let me tell you that is the best thing in the world!! I should’ve picked one up before I knew I needed it. It supports my back, belly, hips, neck, head and legs and I’ve been able to sleep so much better since. It truly is a lifesaver. I bought one for $40 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I sleep with it every night. Although there are other people in my house who think that I bought it for them 😉

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Sometimes I take a half a Unisom sleeping pill each night so I can get a full night’s sleep. It’s an OTC and the doctor said it was OK but it makes me feel groggy the next day so I only take it when I’m feeling very sleep deprived and need a full night’s sleep.

I still get a little nauseous sometimes but only throw up once a week which is pretty good.

Other than the occasional nausea and sleep depravity (which are normal), I feel pretty good overall.

Weight Gained:

I’ve finally put on some weight and my pregnancy is very obvious. So far I have gained 13 pounds. However, we just got through Thanksgiving and a road trip (where I indulged in some fast food while traveling) so I haven’t been eating the way I normally do.

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I think my diet is back to normal except I can’t eat pork or meat. It just doesn’t digest well with me and I immediately have to throw up when I eat it. I wasn’t a big meat eater to begin with so that is fine with me. I am trying to eat one salad a day and get lots of protein through yogurt, hemp and chia seeds, eggs, peanut butter, spinach and any other plant based protein.

Milestones:

Hitting the 20 week mark and receiving my first anatomy scan!!

Thoughts about my baby:

So far I think of him as a little being that’s growing inside my belly. I daydream about what he will look like and what kind of person he will grow up to be.

Top concerns:

I worry sometimes that I am not doing enough for my growing baby and hope that I am not eating or drinking anything that could hurt him. Should I be drinking coffee? Am I indulging in too many sweets? Am I getting enough sleep and exercise? Should I not be taking antacids?  (I think I know the answer to those questions but I will post more on that later).

My husband I decided to drive up to Frederick, Maryland for Thanksgiving to be with our best friends, Mikey and Annie. The trip went well except we got into a minor accident on the way up while we were driving through Jacksonville. Someone rear-ended us while we were stopped in traffic. The impact caused me to tense up and it pushed me forward against my seat belt. It was a minor event really (although a PITA to deal with). I felt fine so we decided to keep going and not delay our trip any further. We had a long way to go to in order to reach our first over-night stop in North Carolina. But on the way, I felt some light cramping and wondered if it had to with the accident and started to worry about my baby. What if he’s hurt? Should I have gone to the hospital? I called my OB/GYN the next morning and they told me that I should go the ER. But I couldn’t go because we were on the road and we had our dogs with us. So we decided to wait until we got to Maryland.

Thankfully it was only a five-hour drive from the place we stayed the night before but it was nerve wracking to be on the road and not have any peace of mind. Fortunately, I could feel baby moving so I decided to wait. However, as soon as we arrived in Maryland, we dropped off our dogs with our friends and visited the ER immediately to make sure that baby was OK. They did an ultrasound and a blood test and everything was A-OK. Phew!

While I was in the ER, I kept thinking to myself…This is me doing my best. I am doing everything I can to ensure the health and safety of my baby. I really shouldn’t get too down on myself or fall down the path of thinking that I’m not doing enough.

We were very fortunate that the accident wasn’t worse. We were not moving when we were hit and the car that hit us couldn’t have been going faster than 10 mph. Otherwise, I would have went to the hospital immediately. I learned that a baby has so much cushioning that early on in pregnancy but you just never know and I would rather be safe than sorry!

From that experience, I decided to change my thinking around. I am going to be more positive and continue to take the best possible care of myself, to be safe, and make this period of my life the most healthiest I have ever been mentally and physically!

Joys:

Hearing my son’s heartbeat! And feeling him move!! It feels like little flutters inside my tummy.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

When we got back from our Maryland trip, I visited my OB for my 20 week check-up and full anatomy scan. It was really cool seeing all the growth and development my son went through and to see more of his features like his hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes and head. I saw his little legs kicking away!! It was incredible and made my eyes water.

Looking forward to:

I am looking forward to the holidays and visiting with friends and family and them seeing me pregnant for the first time. I am going to relax and stay home and have a low-key Christmas this year but I know that next year will be VERY different 🙂

That’s all folks! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 18, 19 and 20

Baby’s Growth:

Week 18: Baby is the size of a bell pepper!

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Week 19: Baby is the size of an heirloom tomato!

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Week 20:  Baby is the length of a banana!

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It’s amazing to me how different each week is when it comes to all of the growth spurts happening inside of my belly. In week 18, baby can yawn and hiccup, and his nervous system is developing. During week 19, my baby has developed his protective varnish called vernix caseosa which is a greasy white skin protectant that protects my baby’s skin from getting wrinkly from the all the amniotic fluid surrounding him in his sac. In Week 20, my baby is developing meconium which is a black, sticky by-product that aids in my baby’s digestion.

How am I feeling?

I love it when my friends, family and co-workers ask me how I’m feeling. I truly appreciate their thoughtfulness and caring about my well-being and it makes me so loved. I always say that I am doing fine and that I feel great because that is the truth. Unless I need some advice, I try not share all of the details about my trouble sleeping or that I’m constipated and gassy, tired, and forgetful because despite all of those common discomforts of pregnancy, I really do feel great and extremely blessed to be going through this experience and that is the message that I want to convey to my loved ones.

Weight Gained:

I have gained a total of 10 pounds so far and should be gaining a half pound to a pound each week. I remember how worried I used to be about getting pregnant and gaining a ton of weight. However, this morning when I stepped on the scale and noticed my weight gain, I found it reassuring and normal and it didn’t bother me one bit. 🙂

 Food Aversions and Cravings:

Pork! Pork loin, pork chops, and pulled pork are just not agreeing with me these days. As soon as I eat it, my body rejects it immediately by throwing it up. So I will be avoiding any pork even (bacon and sausage) for a while since I don’t think baby likes it. Oh well 😦

Milestones:

Now that I have reached the halfway point in my pregnancy, it’s time to start taking some birthing classes. I also get to in for my next ultrasound in a week and see and hear my baby!! 😀

Looking forward to:

The holidays! I am so excited to be pregnant during this time of year!
My husband and I and our dogs are going to drive up to Maryland to spend Thanksgiving with our good friends Mikey and Annie and their family and then I have friends coming in from all over for Christmas. I can’t wait to see everyone and show them my big ever growing belly! 😀

Pregnancy Faves:

  • Spin class work outs and yoga
  • Green Smoothies
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Soothing music
  • Getting sweet texts from my husband and family
  • Stitch Fix Maternity Wear!

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 15, 16 and 17

Week 15: Baby is the size of an orange!

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Week 16: Baby is the size of an avocado!

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Week 17:  Baby is the size of a lemon!

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Symptoms and Body Changes:

Although during weeks 16 and 17 my nausea came back with a vengeance, I am happy to report that I am feeling more back to normal. I’m feeling more energetic and my appetite is going back to normal. I no longer crave carbs and bland food and am switching to more protein and fiber. Yaayyy!!

Weight Gained:

I haven’t checked the scale really :/

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I have an aversion to my Fresh Market Pumpkin Spice Coffee! The smell of it makes me so nauseated. I had to have my husband put it in a ziploc bag for me so I could give it away. I don’t want the smell of it in the house. I do enjoy canned pumpkin and I use pumpkin spice, I just don’t care for the pumpkin flavored products or pumpkin scented candles right now. It really sucks because this is the season of pumpkin everything and I love me so some pumpkin. Oh well…womp womp 😦

Milestones:

We made our big announcement to the world….aka Facebook 🙂

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He or She…What will it be????

It’s a BOY!!!!

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Looking forward to:

Working out again. I joined the gym and have been attending spin classes 🙂

Pregnancy Faves:

  • Salads…finally some veggies!!
  • Bagels
  • Maternity Underwear
  • Maternity shorts
  • Fall weather!!

 

 

 

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 6,7 and 8

And so the fun begins!!! I’m pregnant! Oscar and I are over the moon excited!!!

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I discovered that I was pregnant back in early August and have been writing weekly updates to post on my blog once I was ready to tell the world.  I consolidated my post for each week into groups of three and am beginning with weeks 6-8.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 6: Baby is the size of a lentil!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 8:  Baby is the size of a kidney bean!

During these weeks, baby is growing limbs, eyes and ears, fingers and toes!! Your baby is an embryo and although he/she be little there is some fierce growing and hormonal changes that are happening in your body.

Symptoms:
I’m tired, nauseous and always have to pee! I am also dealt with interrupted sleep from having to go to the bathroom multiple times per night and would often have trouble falling back asleep. There are some other bathroom issues that I won’t mention here 😦

Food Aversions:
Cold chicken, cooked vegetables, hot coffee and anything sweet. (I had a major sweet tooth pre-pregnancy so I welcomed the break from sweets).

Milestones:
I had my first ultrasound at Week 7 and heard my baby’s heartbeat! It was surreal!! We also broke the news to our parents. I know this photo looks like grainy ultrasound but this is my first photo of my developing baby and it is absolutely priceless to me!

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Favorite Exercise and Activities:
Walking our dogs, yoga twice a week, Leah’s Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique and Tracy Anderson’s: The Pregnancy Project.

Diet:
Breakfast: Boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, and cottage cheese with fruit.

Snacks:  Multi-grain crackers, ginger snaps, nuts, cheese sticks and dried apricots. These snacks were perfect for keeping my nausea at bay.

Lunch: Soup, salad, and Amy’s frozen meals.

Dinner: Stir-fries with some veggies, chicken and brown rice, multi-grain pasta, sweet potatoes and crunchy beef tacos!!

(Tip:  I honored my body’s cravings for carbs but I would also try to include protein and veggies and ate small meals.)

Drinks:  lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, lots and lots of water, ginger ale, chocolate milk, and Perrier water.  I noticed the Perrier water and ginger ale made me gassy so I drank it sparingly.

(Note: I avoided coffee until week 8 since the doctor said that one cup a day is fine. It really helped me with my sleepiness during the day but it gave me awful heartburn….wahhh!!)

Advice from the Doctor: Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, exercise is safe but don’t do anything new or too extreme, listen to your body, and stick to small frequent meals as you do not need to eat for two at this point in your pregnancy! And take your pre-natal vitamins!!

Trick or Treat…Baby Feet!

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement! Oscar and I are expecting a new addition to the family in April 2017! I am 16 weeks to date and couldn’t be more excited 🙂

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I’m planning to share my pregnancy journey on my blog. I’m gonna share some funny stories and helpful tips while Oscar and I prepare prepare for our sweet little bundle of joy.

I absolutely love reading other pregnancy blogs and learning about what other Moms to be are going through with each trimester, comforting and nutritious meals, exercises, trendy activities, nursery inspiration, fashion tips with maternity wear, personal birth stories and child bearing.

I cannot wait to share my growing bump with you:) I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts and that they can help all expectant Mamas enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Cheers!!

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 12, 13 and 14

Coming down the home stretch with the first trimester! This is my last first trimester update.

Baby’s Growth: 

Week 12: Baby is the size of a lime!

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Baby is starting to look more human and is there is a lot of development taking place this week like reflexes. Baby can open and close his fingers and curl his toes, eye muscles can clench, and his mouth can make sucking movements.

Week 13: Baby is the length of a pea pod!

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I read that in Week 13, your baby is able to pick up external sounds! I started having morning talks with my baby and listening to some soft classical music while at work.

Week 14:  Baby is the size of a lemon!

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Baby can squint and make other facial expressions and suck his/her thumb! Baby’s kidneys are also developing so he/she can produce urine.

Symptoms and Body Changes:

Week 12 and 13 were rough. I threw up a lot and my nausea lasted all throughout the day. My doctor said it was probably because of the rapid development taking place before the next phase of pregnancy. That’s all fine with me. I’ll take whatever comes my way as long as it means baby is healthy and growing. Do your thing baby!!

By week 14 I started to feel some relief. The nausea was very light in the morning and at night. I’m also starting to feel more energetic although I do start to get short of breath while doing household chores so I take breaks and rest in between.

Weight Gained:

Although, I’ve only gained a few pounds, my belly is starting to protrude. I’ve gained 3 inches in my belly and my pants are feeling quite snug. By week 14 I broke down and purchased some cute and comfy maternity wear from Stitchfix, Amazon and Target. This momma is gonna be stylin!

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I am still sticking to bland foods but I am trying to incorporate more protein and veggies into my diet.

My new favorite meal is a baked potato! If we are out I get one topped with some chili or some broccoli and cheese. Yumm!

Milestones:

Getting our 12 week sonogram and seeing our baby suck his/her thumb and squirm when Momma poked her belly. We took a genetic test and the results came back normal. Although I wasn’t really worried, it was still a relief. We also found out the gender…..

It’s a BOY!!! I am so in love with him already it brings tears to my eyes! I just can’t stop thinking about Mama’s little man!

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Looking forward to:

Transitioning into my second trimester. I am really tired of the nausea and I’m sick of saltines!!

 Pregnancy Faves:

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  • Baked potatoes
  • Belly rubs
  • Maternity clothes from Stitch Fix
  • Miralax (TMI) but seriously it’s a god send!
  • Chocolate frosty from Wendy’s!
  • Baby Apps – Ovia Pregnancy and BabyBump

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 9,10 and 11

Welcome to my Baby Dominguez update!! Below is a post about weeks 9-11. I  

Baby’s Growth: 

Week 9: Baby is the size of a green olive!

Week 10: Baby is the size of a kumquat!

Week 11:  Baby is the size of a fig!

During these weeks, your baby is continuing to grow his/her eyes, as well as their muscles, brain tissue and other vital organs, and even tiny little finger and toe nails!! Your baby enters the fetus stage at week 10 and will double in size each week! (I use exclamation points because I find all of this absolutely miraculous!)

Symptoms and Body Changes:

I am definitely feeling more pregnant. Still feeling very tired (a growing baby will leave you exhausted) and nauseous but only throwing up a few times.  Peeing a lot and always very thirsty! Interrupted sleep and mood swings. FUN!! I am also experiencing gassiness (lots of burping) and major heartburn. SO DELIGHTFUL!!

I only gained a couple of pounds during these weeks, however, I felt constantly bloated and my pants and bras are starting to feel tighter. I read that this is due to the hormone progesterone which also contributes to some of the gassiness and indigestion that I described above.

Food Aversions:

Cold chicken, cooked vegetables, hot coffee and sweets.

Cravings:

I don’t really have any strong cravings yet. Fruit is my favorite thing to eat, along with triscits and cottage cheese and my up-at-the-crack-of-dawn bowl of Special K Cereal. Italian seemed to be my go-to choice for dinner except I had to change that since my heartburn pain was through the roof! I think this photo below pretty much sums up my diet preferences so far…Haha!

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Milestones:

My major milestone this month was telling my close friends that I was pregnant. I loved seeing their faces and also finding creative ways to tell my friends who live a far.

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Boy/Girl Suspicions:

At first I thought I was having a girl but now I think I might be having a boy. I have a theory that milder pregnancy symptoms indicate that you are having a boy while extreme symptoms mean that you are having a girl. I am probably totally off the mark but we shall find out soon!!

Looking forward to:

Finding out my baby’s gender and getting my baby bump!!!

Pregnancy Purchases:

None yet, I just want to get through my first tri-mester. I started clearing out our guest room so we can start preparing the nursery. I’ve also made a lot of trips to the Goodwill. Good-bye home gym 😦 But hello sweet baby nursery 🙂

Pregnancy Faves:

  • Organic Matcha Green Tea Since I felt that iced coffee was contributing to my heart burn, I switched to matcha green tea in the mornings. It’s much healthier for you anyways since it contains theanine and doesn’t make me feel dehydrated.matcha-tea
  • Gummies!!Although I didn’t have much of a sweet tooth, I found gummy candies to be very comforting during my nauseous moments. (Note to self: Try preggie pops!)
  • Oil DiffuserMy boss gave me her oil diffuser from Young Living to try out at home and I love it!! I put some lavender oil in it and let it diffuse intermittently  by my bedside at night while I read and it’s very soothing and comforting.young-living-oil-diffuser
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil: I am IN LOVE with rose hip seed oil! I use it on my face and it makes my skin very soft. I also read that it’s good for lightening the appearance of dark spots which have started to appear on my face since I became pregnant. This is common and it’s called “the pregnancy mask”. I purchased this rose hip seed oil by from Marshall’s for $8 but you can also find it here on Amazon for $14.
  • Julia Dress from LulaRoe: I got invited to a LulaRose party by my friend Ange. Honestly, at first I thought their clothes were hideous! But my friend Ange talked me into going to a party with her and trying them out since they are very comfy and well-made. I am glad I went because I ended up purchasing the Julia dress which is super comfy and flattering. I bought a size large so I could wear as I get further into my pregnancy.
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  • Baby Apps: Ovia and The Bump

  • Cuddling with my Furry Boys

    Baxter and Guinness have been my constant companions throughout my pregnancy. They have always been pretty attached to me anyways but I’ve noticed a slight change with the way they behave around me. I really love how they cuddle beside me each night as opposed to curling up at the bottom of our bed. I also noticed that when I have my restless nights and can’t go back to sleep that they hang out with me in my living room and sleep next to me when they used to go into the formal living room and bark and growl at everything outside the window. And they even curl up on the rug next to my feet when I am putting on my make-up or they wait outside the bathroom door while I am in the shower. It’s crazy! I think they know something is up 🙂 

     

    I can’t wait to give you more Baby Dominguez updates for Weeks 12-14!