Monday, August 22, 2016

Pregnancy #4

I'm currently twenty-four weeks along in this pregnancy with Baby Davidson #3. In case you missed it, it's a BOY! In case you're confused because this is Baby Davidson #3, but my fourth pregnancy, I placed my first child for adoption when she was born.  I talk about that a lot here, here (tears!), and here.

Pregnancy symptoms I'm experiencing this go-round:

-Nasal stuffiness. I do not even know why some things happen in pregnancy the way they do. What has nasal stuffiness got to do with being pregnant?!  Who knows.  But I've got it.  The only time it's an issue is at night.  I can't really breathe through my nose very well, so I breathe through my mouth.  And, apparently, sometimes snore.  SO SEXY.  And I wake up with a ridiculously dry mouth.

-Round ligament pain. I don't know how I've escaped this one in my previous pregnancies, but this is the first time I've felt such. Thanks to the interwebs:

Round ligament pain is a sharp pain or jabbing feeling often felt in the lower belly or groin area on one or both sides. It is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy and is considered a normal part of pregnancy. It is most often felt during the second trimester.


-Nausea. In the first trimester, I had the stoopid tired phase coupled with mild-moderate nausea. In my previous experiences, I had moderate-severe nausea.  I threw up multiple times per day, lost weight, hardly ate anything.  The nausea from those days did not respond to meds, keeping something on my stomach, certain foods, etc.  This time, however, it really and truly helped to keep a little something on my stomach at all times.  If I started to get hungry, that's when I would throw up. So I ate. Frequently.  I'm sure you noted the world supply of Ritz crackers taking a hit during my first trimester. I gained 20 lbs by thirteen weeks. WOW.  I've never gained weight in the first trimester before!  First time for everything, I guess! Since the beginning of the second trimester, I haven't had any nausea.  Very, very grateful for that.

-Sweating. So much sweating.  Granted, it is South Carolina in the summertime, but I'm usually a cold natured person.  Except when pregnant.

-A few of the symptoms I've experienced I won't elaborate on (ew), I'll just leave links here and here and here that you can check out if you'd like.

Of note, I've had little to no heartburn at all.  That is amazing to me! That particular symptom is something I've experienced a whole lot of in previous pregnancies.  It's notably lacking this go-round and I'm loving it!  I'm speculating that I don't have any heartburn because all my inside girl parts are threatening to fall out of my outside girl parts (#fourthpregnancy), so there's really NOT a lot of pressure on my stomach to cause acid reflux and heartburn.

Thankfully my weight gain has slowed tremendously from the 20 lbs in the first trimester.  I could probably get it to slow even more if I could drop the daily Dr. Pepper and multiple-times-a-week ice cream habit.  But it's so hot out! (go ahead! Call DSS because I'm drinking SODA while pregnant!!)

24+4 weeks, super dark picture, sorry

Mental-health-wise, I haven't noticed any depression or high level anxiety.  Both of which I've experienced postpartum and will be on the look out for. I will say, as a NICU nurse, being 23-24 weeks pregnant makes me a little bit nervous.  At this point in gestation you still have a choice as a parent whether you want them to perform life-saving measures for your baby. That's such a difficult decision, I don't want to have to make it!

I've been grateful for some second-trimester energy and motivation to work on things around the house.  Organizing files and papers and keeping up *slightly* more with routine cleaning and laundry. Good stuff.

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