Pregnancy Update: Week 16

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I got a little behind on my pregnancy updates! I’m really thankful to be past the 14th and 15th week. With our second child I started bleeding really heavily with him for a week, starting at 14 weeks. Emotionally I always hold my breath as I get through those weeks and hope everything will go ok. So far, so good!

16 Weeks Pregnant!

I’m starting to feel the baby move more, which is always such a special feeling! My energy level is slowly rising (I feel like I say this every week!). I can make it through some days without a nap, so that is a huge improvement. I’ve been doing a little more housework as well.

Right now the baby is about the size of an avocado, and is 4 ½” long and 3 ½ ounces! I can’t say I have huge cravings right now, I’m just hungry a lot! I’m eating lots of cheese sticks and apples and peanut butter for snacks. I’ll eat a meal and then be hungry shortly afterwards.

I’m still in between clothing. I’m wearing more maternity shirts because they are longer. The dress in this picture is maternity. But I’m still wearing some regular skirts, and lots of regular maxi skirts. I have to admit, I have been ordering lots of maternity clothes off ThredUP, I have credit there and have found some really nice things (like the dress I’m wearing!). But it’s probably time to slow down on the cute green boxes coming in the mail. :)

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Pregnancy Update: Week 14

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Relief is finally in sight! This week I’ve had some more energy, even though I did spend several days back in bed, thankfully it was just for a cold. I’m still taking afternoon naps and going to bed earlier then normal, but I’m loving the fact that I’m out of bed and back into running the house more!

The baby is almost the size of a large lemon, and while I’m not feeling tons of baby flittering movements, I definitely feel something. It’s like a round ball that presses up on my stomach sometimes, so I’m not sure if it’s just my uterus up high or the baby.  It’s so hard to believe that the internal organs of the baby is already formed, and that so much happens when the mom can be so sick! Only God can truly form a baby together perfectly.

Pregnancy Update week 14!This is the only picture I took this week of my baby bump. Sorry for the background mess! I was able to spend the afternoon and finally got our room clean. Some days I feel larger then others, and this was definitely a day I was feeling huge!

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6 Ways to Survive the First Trimester {And a Giveaway!}

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6 Ways to Survive the First Trimester! | themodestmomblog.com

Now that I’m just coming out of the first trimester of pregnancy I can clearly look back and see what was essential to surviving through this time. Enduring the weeks of the first trimester is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to go through, but here are 6 things that definitely helped along the way.

Praying through the first trimester helps!

1. Prayer

There were several times when I was so sick and so discouraged that I asked Sean to stop and pray for me. It was very hard to stay cheerful and upbeat when I was so fatigued that I could barely move. I was given the strength to keep enduring through those prayers, and could feel the love of my husband when he prayed for me. I also knew that my church family was praying hard for me, and that was a strength to me.

2. Letting go of Expectations 

Seriously, I had to just let go of everything. The house, the meals, homeschooling, how I looked, what people thought. Most days I looked really horrible, the house looked horrible, and honestly…it’s still that way! My children have pitched in and helped a lot, our 10 year old does all the dishes, our 8 year old sweeps the floors, helps tidy up and set the table, our 6 year old has been doing a light bathroom cleaning and keeping her room clean. But with five children in a small house, it all goes back to messy very fast! When you are sick and extremely fatigued you can’t keep it up. It’s as simple as that. Making yourself feel guilty about it isn’t going to help.

It is hard for me to look run down for weeks on end. Sean bought two pairs of yoga pants for me to wear in bed. I was determined to get dressed in a skirt everyday, but after awhile I stopped caring. Being comfortable is the most important thing, and soft, stretchy yoga pants were wonderful. When I actually do go out, Maxi skirts are what I reach for the most.

3. Using a body pillow

You might think it’s strange that this made my list, but I’m so glad I have one of these. While body pillows and pregnancy are associated with the later stages of pregnancy, I’ve found that using a body pillow helps me sleep better. Sean bought me one at Costco and it is really soft and fluffy. When I was sick and fatigued, just being able to snuggle up to this pillow helped somehow.

Essential Oils that Help During the First Trimester!

4. Essential Oils

There is no miracle cure for morning sickness. At least not for me. Essential oils helped me during certain times, but I’m not going to tell you that they transformed my morning sickness. Peppermint has been a great help for headaches (actually headaches in my neck) and is safe for pregnancy.

Digize is good for morning sickness, and there were times it really helped me a lot. Just smelling it, or infusing it is great. During a few desperate moments I put a drop in my mouth, and loved the taste of it, but my midwife has asked that I not ingest essential oils during my pregnancy.

Peppermint was another oil that I smelled and it helped clear some nausea, especially when I was riding in the car.

When I would travel 45 minutes away to go get my progesterone shots at my doctor’s office, I found myself getting anxious the closer we got. I hated getting those shots! I used Peace and Calming, breathing it in deeply from the bottle and putting it on my wrists. At night it helps me sleep, I’ve put it on my neck, shoulders (especially if I’m tense there), wrist, and put a tiny dab right under my nose to just keep smelling it while I lay there. Other times I’ve put a drop in my hand and just held it close to my nose as I go to sleep.

I want to be super safe about what oils I use during pregnancy, so the Gentle Baby book has been on my nightstand for weeks. It’s a great reference book!

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5. Eat Whatever Sounds Good

This is kind of a no brainer, but you need to eat whatever sounds good to you at the moment. This pregnancy has been quite different –  I’ve craved salads and baked potatoes! Not together mind you; they have to be separate. Sean has gone to Wendy’s countless times to get me baked potatoes, and one time I even had him get french fries, chicken nuggets, and a baked potato! Whew boy, talk about overload! :)

I struggle to eat any sort of protein when I’m sick, and while I know all the theories (bean diet, high protein/meat diet) that can help morning sickness, I just can’t do it. So I eat what I can. I learned it’s not good to stock up on food at Costco, because you might eat it once and love it, and then hate it the next day. So we got smaller quantities of different items at our regular grocery store.

Just plan that your food bill will go up during your pregnancy, but especially during your first trimester if you get really sick! You have to eat, and again let go of the guilt of eating something special while your children eat a PBJ sandwich. There is no way we can afford to get food out for every child whenever I need it.

6. Drink liquid – any liquid! 

I can’t do water in my first trimester. It’s horrible.  If I was able to drink a mug of water a day, I felt so proud of myself.  I tried lots of different things, and had to rotate through what I could get down. I tried Sierra Mist and that was ok until I threw it up (ouch!). I finally settled on whole chocolate milk from a local dairy. I still can’t believe I was able to get it down as it was rich, but somehow I could. I’m just now trying to get back into drinking liquids better, and have started making chilled Red Raspberry tea and putting it in my water bottle every day. It is tasting great!

Some other helpful posts are

How to Spiritually Survive Morning Sickness in Pregnancy 

How to Physically Survive Morning Sickness

The Ultimate Guide to Morning Sickness Resources 

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Pregnancy Update: Week 13

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I had an amazing start to week 13th! I had some energy come back and took advantage of it.

Friday I spent the afternoon in the basement and sorted through all the children’s fall and winter clothes. I’ve been ordering clothes on ThredUP for them, and I’m going to a children’s consignment sale in a few weeks to hopefully finish getting what I need for them.

After going through the clothes I made homemade chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes, with crescent rolls. It was the first time I made a big dinner since I’ve been pregnant. I went to bed really tired and haven’t recovered since then.

Week 13 Pregnancy Update! Sean said I frown all the time because I feel sick. This is my attempt at a smile. I was in bed most of the day and never put my contacts in.

I’m trying to be patient and wait for some more energy to come. I also thought I was through getting sick, but totally lost the hot chocolate I drank the other night. A few more weeks….I keep telling myself that. :) My family is being amazing and helping out a lot.

I’ve had a lot of headaches in my neck, and I’ve been trying different natural things to help. The best thing ever was putting peppermint essential oil on my neck. It was really amazing how well it helped. Peppermint is totally natural and is safe during pregnancy. I’ve learned it is best for me to wash my hands after putting it on, I made the mistake of rubbing my eye and it hurt really bad!

The baby is almost 3 inches long, is the size of a pea pod and weighs nearly an ounce! I can’t wait to start feeling a lot of movement, it is so special to feel baby kicks! Deborah talks all the time about the baby that is coming. It is really sweet to hear a 2 year old be so excited about a new baby!