20 week 2 day Ultrasound!!
It's a boy for sure! The doctor placed the tranducer on my belly and as soon as he did it was clear that we were having a baby for for sure! He had his butt facing us and we had a clear view of his man parts. If you are a person that does not want to know the sex, I advise that you look away as they are doing your ultrasound.
I will be honest with you and say it wasn't very eventful through those weeks. My eating was on and off, I never had any cravings, and still don't, I was seeing my doctor every 2 weeks, and steadily gaining weight, in an apporpriate way. I didn't really start showing until I was 28-30 weeks in. Infact at 6 months I even participated in a photoshoot and you could not tell at all that I was pregnant. I was excited for that!
Also at 28 weeks was my first baby shower and the same weekend I got married! I traveled from Philadelphia to North Carolina for my baby shower and small wedding ceremony. It was a beautiful weekend and I'm so pleased at my dear friend that pulled it all off for me. Of course our trip was not complete without being delayed one day due to a blown out tire just as we were getting on the highway.
Again, up until this point the most things that changed were just the weight gain, being able to feel the baby move more, finally some belly growth, and I've continued working as a vet tech. I was moved off the night shift close to 6 months pregnant and placed on day shift as I could not be in radiology or be around for gas anesthesia procedures. Now on day shift I handle in/out patient things, in house treatments, and training. It works for me, but there are days I feel like a beach ball rolling around the clinic getting things done.
I woke up one morning and suddenly my belly had changed?! I walked up to my husband and he looked and agreed something had changed with my belly. I had no pain, no fluid leaks, nothing like that going on just a dropped sort of look. I called my dr's office and was asked to come in that afternoon, but I would have to see a different doctor. She stated that I'd only dropped to (-4), the scale starts at (-5), but that I measured smaller than she would like.
I went in for a growth ultrasound and the baby measured just fine. There was plenty of fluid around him and he was appropriate weight for how far along we were, which was about 4lbs.
The following day I went in for my doctor visit. He was okay with my pregnancy progress, did a routine check, and everything was good. That day I did start to have some of my swelling start early in the morning and both my legs were super swollen. He was not concerned becuase the swelling was even in both legs lol. My doctor is so funny at times. He's very open, matter of fact, not an alarmest, answers my husbands silly questions, wants pregnancy to progress without help unless there is a real risk to mom and/or baby, and always willing to teach. At this point he feels as though my baby is going to be about 7lbs give or take a little, but not much bigger than that. Thank goodess for my vagina!
Now we are up to date. I keep gaining steady weight and it's very hard on me. I've gone from 175 to 200lbs and it's rough. I don't know how people can carry around so much weight on a regular basis. After long 12-14 hour shifts at work My legs are swollen, my feet feel sore and even my knees hurt. Sleeping at night is very hard now. Up to maybe 3 weeks ago I could sleep on my back with no problem and now sleeping on my back takes my breath away. I sleep on my side, but my hips begin to burn and I rotate sides about every hour. The baby stays on my right side so imagine what my shifting uterus feels like when i switch back to my left. Painful! I'm also up just as often to pee. I swear I hate running to the bathroom. Getting up and down is such a chore and so is getting in and out of the car and jeep. I feel like a rollie-pollie. My breasts have also started to grow AGAIN! How is this possible?! I'm at the point where I'm over being pregnant and ready to just have this baby already. I'm also very tired all the time again. Where is this nesting energy people talk about? Hasn't happened over here. Thankfully, knock on wood, I haven't gotten any stretch marks anywhere. I lube up daily with coconut oil and palmers cocoa butter. I'm not sure if that saved me or not because according to my genetics I should have had a crap load of them by now. I've even gone out and sported a bikini several times at the pool.
Other changes- Now that the baby is super head down he presses on the nerves in my vagina quite frequently and I like to compare this to sciatica of the vagina. It sends sharp shooting pains down there and wills top you in your tracks! He also has a great way of rolling up under my rib cage on the right side constantly. Seems like we are both running out of room here. Of course my stomach is displaced so the heartburn is horrible! Tums are my best friend at this point. Eating isn't as easy becuase I can only eat but so much at once. Most of the time my pasta order for lunch lasts for 3 meals for me. Oh, how could I forget.....I walk around frequently with my right hip out of place. This is a feeling that I know for sure because I caused this injury when I was younger in gymnastics. Not fun at all when it's out. I can also hear it pop when that never used to happen. I would have thought that I'd have rip roaring sciatica at this point due to my back problems, but thankfully my lower back has felt pretty good over the last several months. It's my mid back that hurts now due to proper posture and every growing boobs!