Weekly Pregnancy Update – 21 Weeks

How far along: 21w0d – the start of the 6th month!

Baby’s size: 10.9 in. (crown to heel), 15.2 oz., about the size of an eggplant.

Total weight gain: I gained 1.4 lbs. last week so up 8.6 lbs. from egg retrieval.  I’m off today so took this picture after my very late afternoon shower, hence the wet, undone hair, no makeup, and glasses.  Oh, and I’d just eaten a fairly impressively sized lunch as well!

21 weeks

Stretch marks: I noticed a few on my hips, but I believe they are from early last year, when I gained quite quickly from the fertility meds.

Sleep: Really depends on the night.  And even with a pillow between my knees I wake with terrible hip pain.

Symptoms/Feeling: Honestly, the last week I’ve felt kind of crappy, but I blame the progesterone I started last Tuesday evening.  My heartburn is much worse this week, and I’m peeing more than ever, even more than I was last week!  And I realize I need to get a lot bigger, but from someone who was used to their flat stomach, this is quite a change for me!  Bending over is difficult, which I just didn’t imagine at this stage.

Best moment of this week: I think sleeping in today, as my work is off for Martin Luther King Day.  I woke several times during the night, peeing and Eric’s snoring, but I slept great from 7am when Eric left for work until almost 10am when Kona woke me to go outside.

Miss anything: Moving however I want!  Although I know this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better!  Even doing laundry seems more difficult.

Movement: When I get in bed at night I definitely feel ‘things’.  It was comforting my doctor told me not to worry since my placenta is in the front.  I’m looking forward to feeling more and more as the days and weeks pass.

Food cravings: Still stuck on oranges and apples now too.  I guess there are worse things to crave than fruit!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, feeling good in this department lately!

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: Is this where I mention my shortened cervix?  I’m assuming, or perhaps really praying, it’s still at 2cm.  I haven’t noticed much of a mess from the progesterone but I could certainly do without the heightened heartburn and peeing.  If it keeps baby girl in longer though, it will all be worth it.  Recheck is still two weeks away…

Belly button in or out: In but I’m getting scared.  Eric likes to tease me about it!

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but getting more anxious.  I’m still telling myself my cervix will be fine, but the more I read online the more scared I become.  I’ve noticed some cramping and definitely tightness of my stomach from time to time, but my pregnancy books say this is normal as the uterus prepares for delivery.  Did the rest of you notice this as well?

Looking forward to: Is it too soon to say her birth?  I don’t have much going on this week, aside from work.  I have been making a point to see friends more, and there is one in particular I’d really like to see, so hopefully her and I can meet up for breakfast or lunch this weekend 🙂

Purchases for baby:  The Baby Jogger Summit X3 arrived again, in green, again?  I know, this shit only happens to me, right?  I’m giving up on Kohl’s.  I’ll spend more to get what I ordered from another store.  I actually didn’t reorder it from anywhere yet.  It’s not like I need it right now, and besides, we are scheduled to close on our lot/construction loan the end of this month, and thus we need the cash for that.  Also, I better stop buying clothing.  I think I have enough of small sizes right now, and it is way too hard to try to guess what size she’ll be in which season.

Eric’s reactions:  Eric surprised me last night.  We were lying on the couch watching TV and all the sudden he started talking to my belly.  It was really cute actually.  He’s going to be an awesome father!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Pregnancy Update – 21 Weeks

  1. yup been getting the cramps and tightness off and on as well! so long as they pass after several minutes and drinking some water, i don’t stress. it’s like practice and conditioning for the uterus 🙂 hope everything looks great at the recheck!

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