15 Week Bump and Update

15 weeks is such a nice number, somehow it’s being divisible by 5 makes it seem so much more substantial than those silly in between numbers… Seriously, what am I saying? I guess I was trying to say being 15 weeks feels special, but for absolutely no good reason other than that it sounds good. The starred paragraphs are a huge explanation and rant about eating while pregnant, marked so you can skip that if you’re not a pregnant woman wanting some damn real talk.

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Total Weight Gain: 3.5 lbs This Week: 0.0 lbs
**I was a bottomless pit of hunger this week and I swear I’m not exaggerating when I say that the only days this past week when I wasn’t physically hungry all the time (like hunger pangs, uncomfortable hungry!) was on the days when I ate MORE than 2400 calories. I honestly didn’t even want to include my little calorie count picture this week, because all over the Internet everyone says you only need 300 extra calories per day in your second trimester. I believed this and at first aimed for 2200 calories, that was a miserable failure, so I upped it to 2400. Was still hungry, but tried to stick to it because I believed the Internet over my own body. Well, my body was right and whoever picked “300 calories” was wrong because not only was i miserably hungry on those days, but I also didn’t gain a single ounce despite eating a ton more than usual this week.

**So the reason I risk embarassing myself with how much I ate this week is because I needed it, and I actually really needed more! I didn’t dare to trust my body because nowhere did i find anything saying that if you are 14 weeks or 15 weeks pregnant and so hungry despite eating “enough” then maybe you need to just eat more. I mean everyone says, “eat when you’re hungry, as long as it’s healthy and you really don’t need as much extra as you think”. Well, if I don’t need more than 300 extra calories, i CAN’T eat when I’m hungry, healthy or otherwise. Did some male non-pregnant doctor come up with that number? Where did it even come from? I am now going to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, I’ll keep track of everything as I have been (in large part i do it to track nutrients and the carb/fat/protein ratio) and I’ll report it here. I want someone who is actually pregnant to talk about how much they are eating in an honest way, with numbers and corresponding weight gain instead of vague talk and contradictory statements about eating when hungry but also in moderation and also only healthy blah blah blah. So, I’ll be that person. As long as I’m gaining an appropriate amount of weight, I will eat when I’m hungry no matter how scary the calorie count looks. It’s been crazy to see what a difference there is between what “they” say I need and what im finding my body actually needs.

Okay, other things. I was so wrong when I said I might have felt round ligament pain before. Yesterday morning I had real round ligament pain and it was like scary painful and spanned an area of 6-8 inches! It was almost excruciating while moving, still painful while laying still and even hours later it was still tender to the touch. If I hadn’t read other people freaking out about the pain and wondering if they were losing the baby, I might have panicked myself. Except that it lessened over time, that’s a good sign that it’s not bad/serious. But yeah, RLP is no joke, holy painful!! Just another sign that baby is growing big time in there this week.

I experienced quickening this week, or baby’s first movements noticeable to me. I felt it at night before bed Wednesday and again while sipping coffee the next morning. It lasted longer than I expected and felt like bubbles popping against my uterus about two inches below and to the left of my belly button. I asked some of my pregnant and formerly pregnant friends and they confirmed my suspicions that it was the baby moving around! Some people mistake it for gas, or will tell you it’s gas, but I found it to be a more pronounced sensation than a gas bubble and the popping was way more frequent than you’d ever feel with gas unless you were in deep trouble. Also, I didn’t have gas before during or after the feeling (even in the 15 hrs in between the two occasions) so, hello baby!

More Symptoms (all long-standing, some never mentioned)I still need coffee to avoid headaches, my nose has been bloody for 8 weeks with no sign of letting up, and for about the same amount of time I burp so much. I burp when hungry, nauseous or full, it’s so much that C banned me from saying excuse me a long time ago. Luckily (I guess?)they’re just annoying little burps that I can almost hide, not big ole belches, but yeah, pregnancy is not sexy. Aside from the giant boob thing, I mean.

Less than two weeks and I’ll have my quad screening and hear the heartbeat again. The Fetal Doppler is still not allowed back in this house, so I’m anxious to hear baby again. I feel like Im not growing and was worried, but C says my belly IS bigger than it was two weeks ago, so I guess it is all starting to look the same to me, that’s why pictures for comparison are cool. Plus Ive seen with other people that it’ll look almost the same for weeks and then bam, big difference in a week’s time. I want to catch those times!

This has been so, so long. I won’t even apologize though because then I’ll just seem insincere the next time I ramble on for paragraph after paragraph.

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