I am 15 weeks pregnant today. The baby is now the size of an orange or roughly 4-5 inches from crown to rump. The baby now has functional joints! All the better to kick me with. The baby has well formed fingernails and even has his or her own unique fingerprints now! I hear the baby can make faces like squinting and frowning. If this baby is a girl her ovaries are moving into position and are getting ready to start making the billions of eggs that will some day ... very far away ... become our grandbabies!
I have been keeping track of things like blood pressure and blood sugar lately. Hypertension and diabetes are both things that I am more prone to as a plus sized mama. So I do a little check in every week to make sure things are still looking good. That way if something does start to come up I have a chance to at least attempt to nip it in the butt. Hopefully I will be able to get it back under control before it escalates to an issue that requires medication. But so far so good! Blood pressure and blood sugar are both with in the normal range.
My weight is down another pound this week for a total of 13 pounds lost since the test came back positive. I am not trying to lose weight. I am trying to keep my weight from jumping sky high as that can cause some above mentioned health issues. I have been eating better and switched from pop, pop and more pop to water, water and did I mention WATER! I love ice cold water. It is like a pregnancy craving for me. And the good side effect is that I am losing a pound or so a week instead of putting on a pound a week like most women do in this trimester and beyond. No complaints there from me or my doctor. As long as I am eating well and the baby is growing then it is safe for me to continue to lose weight. But knowing my luck the pendulum will swing the other way before I know it and I will be packing on the pounds like every other pregnant woman. But for healths sake let's hope not.
My uterus is getting bigger and I can actually feel it now. I lean up against things and go OOOPS! It kinda hurts if I am not paying attention. Laying on my stomach is starting to get uncomfortable. I start out fine but then it becomes a nagging round ball in my lower abdomen that won't let me get comfortable. So I think pretty soon I will have to give up laying on my tummy and learn to fall asleep on my side. Good practice for when my belly is to big to do anything else.
Along with my uterus popping out has come the wonderful and more frequent flutters of the baby. I have felt the baby every day, a couple of times a day for the last few days. It has been great to feel movement. It makes me feel more safe and confident that every thing is ok down there. So keep on shaking baby!!!
I have been struck by the unfortunate last dribbles of morning sickness. I for the most part feel really good. But when I wake up first thing in the morning and start moving around I have been feeling very sick. I have still managed to only throw up 1 time during this pregnancy. But this last week has really tested that status. I am usually fine after 30 minutes or so. But for that first half hour and I am gagging and burping and drinking gallons of water in attempt to keep the early morning stomach bile down. UGH! Let's hope that goes away this week.
I have a doctors appointment on Monday. I will be 15 weeks 3 days then. I am hoping to get to hear the baby's heartbeat with a doppler. I have seen the baby's heartbeat on ultrasound 3 times now. But I am really looking forward to hearing it for the first time. Then I should be able to schedule the BIG ultrasound for 18-20 weeks. We will get to see if we have a hot dog or a hamburger in there! Most of you all know that I am pretty wary of determining the sex of the baby by ultrasound. Bryan is a BOY no matter how many times they told me he was a GIRL. So unless I specifically see a twig and berries or a very obvious clam and not just a black void, I am not buying pink or blue. But I am hoping that we do get a good view of what we got baking in there. I can't wait! I can't believe I am so close to being half way through this pregnancy and so close to the big ultrasound. Sometimes it feels like this pregnancy is just crawling along and other times it feels like it is zipping by! Before you know it we will have a healthy little spud to hold. I can't wait!!!!
15 weeks down and 25 weeks left to go!