My Pregnancy: 21 Weeks

I’m actually 22 weeks today, so here’s a look back at last week.

21 weeks pregnant

It’s become increasingly difficult to remember to take these photos, so I’m just going with when I remember to do them, which means I’ll be skipping a few weeks here and there.  Time really is flying by.

Symptoms:
It really is true when they tell you that you’ll have a lot more energy during the second trimester, but it’s still possible to over-do it.  We had a big cookout for Brad’s 30th birthday this past Saturday (his birthday was actually on April 8) and going and going all day must have been a little too much.  I still felt exhausted when I woke up on Sunday and after church, a coffee date with Brad, and brunch with friends, I crashed and didn’t get up for the rest of the day. I napped only to wake up to a headache, a neck ache, a lot of sneezing, and my nose bled every time I blowed my nose.

We googled the nose bleeding and it turns out that this is common in pregnancy when allergies.  From Baby Center:

Pregnancy can cause the blood vessels in your nose to expand, and your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those delicate vessels, causing them to rupture more easily

It can also be a sign of high blood pressure but I’m not concerned of that in the least.  When you’re pregnant, you get your blood pressure checked monthly and mine has always been very healthy (like 107/60) during and before my pregnancy.  It’s more likely that my nose is just very dry.

Cravings:
My sweet-tooth has been on overdrive this past week and the opportunities to satisfy it has been a contributing factor.  In my Bradley Childbirth Class, we have to record what we’re eating and our protein intake for four weeks.  This is SO hard for me! Ever since I stopped extreme dieting in college, it’s really hard for me to write down everything I eat which has been kind of a good thing, until now.

My 30th birthday is coming up on Sunday and I’m vowing to not eat any dessert until then.  I went to Amelie’s yesterday and didn’t eat a single macaroon (pats self on the back).

Fun Stuff:
This may fit appropriately under “Symptoms” but I prefer to put it under “Fun Stuff”.  I’ve felt the baby flutter a couple of times weeks ago, but this past week, I finally felt him kick.  I woke up at 3 am on Tuesday night and couldn’t go back to sleep.  Then Baby E started kicking gently (or maybe punching?) and kept it up for the next four hours.  I woke Brad up because I knew he would want to feel him.  It was such an amazing feeling that I didn’t mind that I couldn’t sleep at all.  It was more because of the excitement than the baby keeping me awake.

Since then, I’ve felt him kick and move around here and there, at least a couple of times everyday. But it hasn’t been anything like that first time when he kept it up for so long.  It was wonderful!

The other fun thing that has been going on this past week is ordering things for the nursery.  I’ll do a follow-up post on planning our nursery.  But for now, I’ll just say it has been both a little nerve-racking and a lot of fun.

 

13 Responses to My Pregnancy: 21 Weeks

  1. Katie McKiever

    Yay for feeling him kick. I can’t wait for that feeling. You’re looking great!

  2. Enjoy 2nd trimester! I loved the surge of energy. I am near the end of my third trimester and I have to say I am getting more energy than I had earlier in third trimester.
    I have also had a lot of bloody noses- very normal.
    Hope you keep feeling good! :)

    • Thanks so much! That gives me so much hope. So many people I know said they were miserable in the third trimester so it’s great hearing that you’re feeling good!

  3. Yes, I definitely miss the 2nd trimester! You look adorable – love that shirt — and yay for movement!!

    I’ve had nosebleeds with all 3 of my pregnancies and the first time I got one I was SO freaked out (mainly b/c I had never had a nosebleed in my life – ever!). Gotta love the weird things that pregnancy “helps” you experience.

    Happy early birthday!

    • Thanks! I got the shirt for $2 at a consignment sale. It’s actually prettier in the back because it’s lacy. :)

      I’ve never had nosebleeds either, but I nonchalantly attribute everything to pregnancy nowadays. Brad finally googled it after I complained about it for the 5th time. haha. Hope you’re feeling good!

  4. Awwww, you look adorable. I see the glow! :) Happy Early Birthday! Hopefully you can satisfy that sweet tooth with a slice of cake.

  5. You look fantastic! I had a nosebleed during pregnancy, too, and was interested to hear it can be a symptom. Also, leg cramps! They surprised me big time, but I think they didn’t come until later on. Love seeing your updates!

  6. Danielle

    I think around 19 weeks I had a nosebleed for 3 mornings in a row. I thought I was going to be late for work one day, it was awful! I have just started to feel the baby more too but my placenta is anterior (in the front) so the movements are lighter and not as frequent. I am 21 weeks tomorrow so reading these updates are really fun for me!!!!

  7. Feeling that little angel kicking inside is such a lovely feeling. I can still remember the day my first little angel started to kick and move inside my tummy. It was really such a wonderful feeling! It was really priceless. It’s such a reminder that there is a life inside and he’s just waiting for the perfect moment to see the real world. I know you’re feeling this and I am just really happy and excited for you!

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