Here I am with another week under my belt! Baby and I are moving right along on to Week 11.
As you can see, I have a little more of a noticeable shape to my stomach region this week. I was even sucking in for this picture! I’ve noticed this past week that no matter what time of day it is, I’m always rockin’ this little bump. Since baby is only the size of a lime, I’m thinking that water retention and my uterus are causing the more rounded shape. (I read that my uterus is now that size of a grapefruit!) I am kind of surprised I have any “round-age” at all so far since I have a fairly long torso, but I’m just going with it!
Today I wanted to go over my thoughts relating to pregnancy weight gain. I think this is a topic that most women can admit to being a little anxious about (maybe I’m wrong?), but I know for certain that I have had my mixed emotions about the topic.
Although I know deep down that a healthy amount of weight gain is crucial to grow and develop a healthy baby, it’s not always easy to see and feel your body changing by the week. Even though I haven’t gained a significant amount of weight since I found out I was pregnant, there have been plenty of days that I’ve felt uncomfortable in my skin. My body isn’t as toned as it used to be and the one area I’ve always been proud of (my abs/stomach region) is starting to round out.
My experience with hypothalamic amenorrhea was probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever faced, but I would also say it was one of the best blessings God could’ve sent my way. Weird, right? Let me explain. Not only did it prepare my body physically for a baby, but it prepared me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. It taught me patience, faithfulness, trust, perseverance, and selflessness – all things I needed to learn more of before becoming a parent.
The ten or so pounds I gained within the past several months taught me to appreciate my body in ways that I never thought I would. Yes, I have more cellulite now; yes, I weigh more now than I think I ever have; no, I’m not as toned as I was before… But you know what? All of those things don’t matter to me when compared to having a beautiful baby.
I guess what I’m trying to get at here is that even though the thought of gaining even more weight makes me feel a little uneasy, I continue to remind myself of the most precious gift I’ll have at the end of it all. And that is worth everything in the world to me.
I hope and plan to stay within the healthy pregnancy weight gain range (25-35 pounds), as I know that will help me get back in shape faster post pregnancy. However, I’m not going to overstress about it. Initially I didn’t plan on weighing myself at all at home throughout my pregnancy, but ultimately decided to weigh myself once a week to help me stay on track. So far, it’s worked well for me. I don’t find myself feeling obsessed about it, but it helps me stay on top of things.
My plan to stay healthy throughout my pregnancy is pretty simple:
- Stay as active as possible while listening to my body.
- Don’t eat for two… Eat what I normally do (about 2000 calories) plus about 300 calories in the 2nd & 3rd trimesters.
- Eat to nourish both the baby and me. This means listening to my body, limiting my sugar intake, and eating nutrient dense foods.
Of course with my first trimester fatigue, morning sickness, and food aversions, the above hasn’t always been easy so far, but I am trying my best! God willing, I’m hoping to step up my activity levels and increase my produce intake in the next few weeks.
Week 11 Itty Bitty Details
Weight gained: 1 pound
Babe is the size of a: LIME
Morning sickness status: it returned this week, but is nothing like Weeks 6-8
My current bed time: 8:30 – 9:00 PM
My old bed time: 10:30 – 10:45 PM
Approximate number of times I wake up to pee & get a drink: 3-4
Days until my next prenatal appointment: 7