Am I feeling kicks? I don’t know! Help me!
Week 17 came and went, and here’s some updates…
For all the moms out there, what do baby kicks feel like? I obviously googled it frantically, and those terms everyone uses are really confusing. “Popcorn popping,” “butterflies,” “little swimming fish,”….. how can someone know what that feels like? Like I ever had popcorn pop inside of me before! To me, I can only describe it as vibrations. I really only feel my baby while I am sitting or laying down on my side. I tried my hardest a few times to feel the baby while I’m standing in line somewhere, but I got nothing. I know it’s pretty early, so hopefully I get to feel the little peanut more and more.
At times, it’s so hard to remember that there is a human being growing inside of me. I especially feel like this in between appointments. Its soooo long between ultrasounds. July 9th is “find out the sex” day, and its taking forever to get here! I want to see my baby move on the screen!
Growing Belly and Wardrobe Changes
I have been experiencing some posterior pelvic pain for a few days. It is probably because my belly is growing at an exponential pace. According to my My Pregnancy App updates, there’s lots of development going on during the beginning of the second trimester. I believe it. Baby went from the size of a lime to a bell pepper in a flash.
As far as wardrobe, I can still wear my usual tops. Fortunately, I’ve never had form fitting shirts in my closet. Everything is stretching or flowing over my belly. This is the first time I feel absolute joy in letting it all hang out. No more sucking it in! So freeing! Maxi dresses are my go to staple. In case I need to wear pants, I purchased a bunch of Belly Bands from Amazon that are working like a charm. Luckily, I’m all belly right now so everything still fits everywhere else.
There is a big debate about heels. I still wear them. I figure that if it makes you feel good and you can rock your waddle in a 3-inch, go for it. The only caveat is to try to stick to non-stilletto type heels. Your center of balance is so all over the place right now. Your cute waddle can land you on the floor. I suggest wedges. They are the perfect solution for support and height.
Speaking about strutting your stuff, I now have started to “waddle.” Apparently, my husband pointed it out while we were doing errands one day. He caught me waddling in a store while going ahead of him to try to find an item off the shelf. It made him happy.
So what’s a waddle? A waddle is a wide leg shuffle strategy that you use to prevent inner thigh friction rash and ease hip and lower back pain. As annoying at that sounds, it can be very sexy. Own it. Waddle it out.
I never had allergies. Until now. I have been sneezing dozens of times a day. Some sneezes come by themselves, some come in a slew of threes or fours. They say that your membranes become extra sensitive, so it doesn’t take much to make you sneeze. I have to tell people that they don’t have to say God Bless You every time I sneeze, because it will be coming all day.
I am not taking anything for it. It’s not too smart to take medications while pregnant. I had to get used to Tylenol for my migraine headaches (which do NOTHING compared to Motrin). It’s a sacrifice I have to make. For this reason, among others, is the reason why I emphasize being stress free (read my previous article here). No stress = no migraines = no need for medications. On the off chance I have one, I don’t feel too bad about taking the meds. This whole experience might force me into healthier habits so I don’t get migraines as much in the future. Woot woot!
What are YOUR thoughts on waddling, sneezing, and baby kicks? Comment below!