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Pregnancy Update: Week 24

24 weeks pregnant

This pregnancy has absolutely drained me of my energy and all motivation. I have all intentions to be productive but when the I have a free moment all I want to do is lay down and watch Bones. Between the exhaustion and my hip pain I find myself sitting or lying down a lot.

Thankfully I have an amazing husband who helps take care of crazy kids and his overly emotional, pregnant wife. I feel that with each pregnancy it gets a little more difficult.

Other than my aches, pains and sleepiness, Baby 4 and I are doing great. I took my 1 hour glucose test the other day so that was disgusting. I really can’t stand that nasty drink, it’s so hard to get down and keep down. After I drink that stuff I feel like crap for the rest of the day. But the good news is that I got my test results back and I passed so I don’t have to take the 3 hour glucose test.

I’ve started having weird and very vivid pregnancy dreams. I already have weird dreams when I’m not pregnant so you can imagine how strange they get when I am pregnant. I feel a little more anxious about this pregnancy (no logical reason) so I’m sure that has an impact on my dreams.

I’m typically pretty busy keeping up with my busy boys, work and other household duties that I rarely have the opportunity to really think about being pregnant with another boy. The reality probably won’t set in until a few days have this little guy is here.

Pregnancy Hip Pain and Prenatal Yoga

With each pregnancy I find that my hip pain increases exponentially. In the past I only experienced pain during the last few weeks of pregnancy when the extra weight of the baby weighed on my hips but this time around I started feeling hip and pelvic pain during the 1st trimester. Pretty much any position in which I sat, stood or laid caused me discomfort. I sought aid from a chiropractor but I learned that loosening my muscles was key to relieving the pain so I decided to try some at home remedies like prenatal yoga.

I enjoy doing yoga when I’m not pregnant but being pregnant somewhat limits my ability to do the yoga I was used to, so I searched YouTube for some easy prenatal yoga videos and gave it a try. Thanks to our Roku I was able to stream the YouTube videos right on my television, this gave me plenty of room to spread out my yoga mat and enjoy the full stretch.

I also have this Yoga Pregnancy: Pre and Post Natal Workouts DVD which Joe bought for me when I was pregnant with Jude. It’s a great low-impact yoga video.

I’ve only tried a few YouTube videos but so far I really like Body Talk Daily Pregnancy Yoga:

And Ohana Prenatal Yoga:

Over the weekend I had horrible hip pain and spent a good portion of my day really working to stretch my legs, hips and lower back. Before I began my stretch I applied some heat for about 20 minutes and then after my stretch I applied ice for another 20 minutes. The next day I felt a thousand times better so now I do a bit of stretching each day to prevent major flare ups.

Even if you don’t have hip pain I recommend trying prenatal yoga, it really helps you relax and enjoy this brief time you have carrying your baby.

tip: You may also want to invest in a Yoga Block to help lift your bum off the floor.

Occasionally I convince Joe to do my prenatal yoga workouts with me, he enjoys yoga but it’s really funny to watch him respond when the instructor says things like, “wrap your arms around your belly and just enjoy bonding with your baby.”

FYI: I’m not a doctor or chiropractor but this is essentially what the chiropractor did for me at his office. However, if anything feels wrong don’t do it. It’s a good idea to consult your OB as well.

15 week pregnancy update

I’m horrible about documenting my pregnancies, life is just too busy, especially with 3 busy little boys. But here is what’s happening with baby 4 at 15 weeks.

15 weeks

I’ve finally switched out my regular clothes for maternity clothes. I specifically needed the elastic waist pants now that my mid-section is getting wider. I have a pretty decent collection of maternity clothes but like any article of clothing they are starting to get worn out not to mention a little dated. So I’m planning to invest a little money into a few new clothing items, especially for the upcoming fall season.

I’m officially in the 2nd trimester which means I feel a lot better. My first trimester with this pregnancy was rough. I had a little nausea but mostly I felt extremely exhausted and battled almost constant headaches. My exhaustion was so extreme it was difficult for me to just walk across the house without feeling completely worn out. So Joe bought me some new prenatal vitamins along with Floradix which is a plant-based iron supplement. The only other time I’ve felt this exhausted was after labor when my iron levels where extremely low. It’s amazing how much better I felt after just taking a half dose of Floradix. (FYI – I’m not a doctor so please consult your physician or midwife before taking supplements)

The most exciting thing the 2nd trimester has brought is Joe has felt the baby move. I’ve been feeling the baby move for a few weeks, usually in the early morning or late evening. After a couple pregnancies it become a little more evident what’s going on inside your uterus and many women can feel the baby move much sooner than their first pregnancy.

Overall, I’m feeling pretty good and have my next prenatal appointment next Monday afternoon. I’m not sure when we’ll find out the baby’s gender but Jude is very interested in this pregnancy and I’m considering taking him to the ultrasound appointment where we find out if we’re having a boy or girl.

pregnancy 4

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Why we waited to annouce our 4th pregnancy.

waiting to annouce pregnancy

Everyone has their opinion as to when to announce their pregnancy. Some people tell everyone as soon as possible while others wait until their growing bump gives them away. I tend to fall into the early announcement camp. I like to have support from my friends and family with any of the possible symptoms, challenges or complications. But with this pregnancy, our 4th pregnancy, I was very hesitant to share our big news.

I’m 12 weeks pregnant (almost past the 1st trimester) and we just made the news public. In the past we’ve shared the news right away (around 6weeks) but this time we waited. There are three reason why we kept the news to ourselves for so long.

1. The Kids – The kids are very sensitive to life changes but aren’t really old enough to understand the complexity of the situation. I know there are circumstances that can’t always be predicted or avoided but I want to protect them from hurt or confusion if something were to happen early on in pregnancy. Also, they are horrible at keeping secrets so they were the last to know.

2. Other People’s Opinion – I don’t really care too much about what other people think but snide comments sting and are generally unwelcome. There’s something about having more than 2 children that open you up to comments from others about why you would choose to have a “large” family. I was actually really surprised that we didn’t get too many comments like, “Haven’t you figured out what causes it yet?”although I really shouldn’t be surprised because we have awesome friends and family. But part of me avoided telling people because I didn’t want the comments.

And in case you were wondering….
No. we aren’t trying for a girl.
Yes, we know what causes it.
No, It wasn’t planned by us but God has a plan that’s bigger than ours.
And we’ll work out the details as they come along.

3. I Wasn’t Ready – I think the main reason I waited to announce this pregnancy was I just wasn’t ready. It was very much a surprise (I actually had an appointment scheduled to get an IUD when we got pregnant) and it took me awhile for it to really sink it. I had to accept this new reality, freak out a little bit and figure out the details on my own before I was ready to talk about it to anyone else.

Now the cat is out of the bag I feel pretty excited about baby 4. But unlike my other pregnancies I have nothing planned out nor do I plan to do much preparation. I won’t be reading any birth books or taking any birth classes. I put off my 1st prenatal appointment until 11weeks because I know the drill and unless something seems unusual there isn’t too much I can do until this baby decides to come out (which will probably be around 41-42 weeks).

When did you announce your pregnancy(ies)?

Post Pregnancy Fitness Fashion

Post Pregnancy Fitness Fashion

I’ve just started to get back into workout post-Simon. Having already lost almost 15lbs since his birth I know that exercise it important if I want to wear my old pre-pregnancy clothes. (And when I say pre-pregnancy I mean before I ever had ANY kids.)

I’m currently going to the gym 3 days a week and trying to fit in a few at home fitness routines on the other days. Weather I’m going to the gym or working out in my living room having supportive and fitting workout clothes are a must. Here are a few of my favorite post-baby exercise items.

Shoes
I like to start with a good pair of shoes. Personally, I’m a big fan of Asics but you should choose a shoe that is designed for whatever exercise you intend to do regularly and one that fits your foot well.

Sport Bra
Sports Bras are a biggie and I’m not just saying that because I’m well endowed. Your ladies need support when your running, walking, doing Zumba or lifting weights. There are even Nursing Sports Bras available so you can easily stop to feed baby if needed.

Tank Top
I sweat when I run. Weird, I know right? I have to either wear a lightweight shirt or tank top so I don’t become a hot sweaty mess before I’ve even hit the halfway mark of my exercise.

Compression Pants
Compression workout pants prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and wick sweat away from the body to prevent chafing and rashes. I prefer higher waist workout pants to hold in my post-baby tummy while I workout.

Jacket
You know for the walk from your car to the gym, so you can stay warm but still look sporty. Plus if you want to exercise outside you won’t freeze.

Water Bottle
I love my Camelbak water bottle but really any water bottle will do. You will need to stay hydrated, especially if you are breastfeeding.

Other
It’s always nice to have a good bag, yoga mat (if you’re into yoga), sports watch, athletic socks (compression socks are great if you want to run) and headband.

The main key to selecting clothes to wear when exercising is to try them on before you buy. You want to make sure they are comfortable and offer you a full range of motion. Looking stylish is just an added bonus.

Pregnancy Update: Wednesday Should be a Good Day

I have an induction scheduled for this coming Tuesday morning, election day.

So hopefully by Wednesday I will be holding my sweet little babe in my arms… and all the election campaigning will be over!

I went to my 41 week appointment this week, they did a non-stress test on baby 3 and he appears to be doing 100% fine so they are letting me go another week. However, they won’t let me go past 42 weeks so we have an induction scheduled for Tuesday. Ideally, I will go into labor naturally before then.

So far I’m 3 cm dilated and ready to go but baby hasn’t given my body the signal yet. I’ve had my membranes stripped twice but it didn’t help much. I have many contractions on a daily basis. Some are pretty strong and sometimes they are even consistent but they always die off.

In addition to all of the regular discomfort of being pregnant, including major lack of sleep, I’ve had both a stomach virus and a chest cold these last few weeks. Talk about hitting you when you’re down. Hopefully this chest cold will clear up soon and the baby will come before Tuesday.

So this time next week expect to see a lot of pictures of sweet baby 3.