Here’s the latest image of our baby! The ultrasound was taken at 18 weeks and 4 days. We’re now at 19 weeks and 3 days in our pregnancy.
So far the baby is very healthy and growing the way it should. All our pre-screen tests came up normal, so that was good to hear. We don’t yet know the gender of our baby. During our last ultrasound, the baby had its legs up high but the umbilical cord was running right between them, covering any chance of seeing if we’re having a boy or girl!
Since there’s no “medical” reason to get another ultrasound, we’ve decided to get the “entertainment” ultrasound. Basically they call any ultrasound that just looks for gender an “entertainment ultrasound.” This is one you need to pay for yourself. Given that, we decided to have fun and get the 3D option. We’ve booked a 3D ultrasound on June 22nd (23 weeks in) to see the gender of our baby.
Right now, I’m feeling pretty good. Some of the pain and discomfort I had during the first trimester has passed. I still have difficulty sleeping, not being used to sleeping on my side plus the added weight of the baby causing some pain in my hips. I get very uncomfortable sitting and working through the day, so that’s been a challenge too. I’m growing more quickly now, so we’ll see how that changes as I get bigger!
Most of my clothes don’t fit already, and I *hate* wearing pants, but the second trimester has been a little easier than the first. Though I didn’t have horrible morning sickness, the feeling of nausea triggered the nerve pain in my neck and that made me rather miserable. Now that that has passed (unless I get too hungry), things are going more smoothly.
Speaking of hungry, that “eating for 2″ thing finally kicked in. Whereas before I was simply hungry more often, I’m now able to polish off more per meal too. Trying to be careful with that.
My body has undergone a lot of changes with being pregnant, and they take getting used to. From my asthma getting worse to how easily my low back gets f*d up. Some things are great, like feeling the baby move. Every day is different and yet the time is flying by. My “nesting” urge is crazy, so we’re trying to wrap up renovations so we can prep the baby room.
I think everyone undergoes challenges when they’re pregnant, and it’s different for everybody. I knew that my injuries and pain would pose a challenge to the pregnancy, and so far that’s been true. In some ways, I’m doing better than I expected. I can sleep on my side without being in agony from neck pain, so that’s a plus! It’s still a challenge, but we’re working on it.
It’s crazy to think we’re nearly half way through the pregnancy. Time flies!