Wow, week 17 was a short week. Seriously, it only lasted FOUR days.
Why? Because my doctor moved my due date up! We can now expect our little miracle around December 11.
I told my doctor I was concerned that since my baby was measuring so far ahead- and was double the weight she "should" be in the last ultrasound- that my due date would get moved up too much. I've heard of women who've had their due dates moved up 2- 3 weeks based on baby's measurements. Since I know the exact day I ovulated, moving up my due date too much could mean my baby would be taken out too early. The best place for my baby is in my uterus until about 40 weeks. I really don't want her coming out even a few weeks sooner unless she wants to or unless it becomes dangerous for either of us.
Most due dates are based on how the baby measured during the first ultrasound. But since we know my ovulation date, we're going off that instead of baby's possibly unreliable measurements. 12/11/11 can't get here soon enough
Is growing! And I could not be happier.
I feel like I finally look pregnant instead of bloated.
After the scale didn't budge last week, I'm delighted to say I'm up a full pound this week. My total weight gain so far is 7-8 lbs.
The abdominal pain and pressure that my doctor thinks is bladder spasms is still there. Sitting on the couch with my feet up relieves it a bit. I'm trying not to be nervous about it. But the ultrasound tech told me when I was in the hospital that my placenta is a little low so this isn't exactly easing my fears. My next ultrasound is a week from today and I'm praying my placenta moves up.
My knees and ankles have been popping non-stop. After they crack, they burn. I'm assuming this is caused by relaxin, the hormone that relaxes the joints in my pelvis so baby can grow. It just happens to be affecting other joints in my body right now. I don't mind; it just means the hormone is doing its job well.
I said the other day I was going to cut back on running, but instead I tried something new: I ran on the treadmill. I had not been on the treadmill in months, and my first two runs back felt great! I started to think maybe the discomfort during my runs was just weather-related.
I want to move.
Then yesterday happened. I had abdominal pressure during my treadmill run and it was only eased by walking, running very slowly, or going to the bathroom (which I did twice in 37 minutes, a new personal record). It made me seriously question continuing to run during pregnancy. Since I had two good runs in the days before, I'm going to give it another shot. Maybe I just need to switch to walk/runs?
One thing's for sure, I need to get in the pool. I've been so scared to enter the chlorine since it made me super nauseated and dizzy in week 6. Fear is holding me back, but I'll never know if the pool still makes me sick unless I try. I will go this week.
Weekly run down:
- W: 30 min elliptical, upper body weight machines
- Th: 3.75 mi run (outdoor) at 9:26 pace
- F: OFF
- S: 4.5 mi run (treadmill) at 9:04 pace
- S: 20 min kayaking, 22 min lake swim
- M: 4 mi run (treadmill) at 9:06 pace
- Tu: 3.75 mi run (treadmill) at 9:54 pace
Mileage: 16 mi.
As explained above, I'm still nervous about my abdominal pain.
On the other hand, I'm eager to get things moving! I have not allowed myself to buy anything for baby and won't until we have the anatomy scan next Wednesday. After that, it's only going to be about 20 weeks before she's here. Yikes! That does not seem like a lot of time for all we have to do.
I think I'm starting to feel the baby move! I'm trying not to get too excited because I'm not sure if it's her or gas. It feels like bubbles or popcorn popping and I can only feel it when I'm sitting or laying still. My hubby put his hand on my abdomen the other night and said he felt something right when I felt a "pop" So cool!