Last week was a little rough. Between the intense fatigue I experienced several days, I had some minor period cramp in the evenings. It wasn’t bad.. just very mild cramp. I didn’t know what could have caused it, according to google it could be the stretching due to baby’s growth spurt. It could also because I was so tired and still had to go to work. After the weekend rest, I still get it occasionally so I called my OB. He told me not to worry about it, but drink more water! Yes, I’ve been very thirsty lately. Sometimes when I’m in office, I forget to continue to drink, so I’ll make sure to drink more from now on. Cramping is not fun!
In addition to that, those days that I was extremely tired, the baby didn’t move as much as she used to the week before. I was first worried that something was happening to her, but then I calmed me down. She could have been growing a lot so she slept more; or because I was tired, she was tired as well, so no crazy kicks; she still moves everyday, just not strong kicks, so she must be fine. And the day that I feel more energy, she moved more and kicked more too. Her current “schedule” is movements/kicks in early morning (5-6 AM), minor movements in the afternoon if I’m lying on the couch and read, more movements at night (9-10pm). Some people says that baby moves after they eat, I haven’t noticed that yet. I wonder when she sleeps, does she sleep at night too? I’ve heard that baby doesn’t have a day/night schedule, well it makes sense if she doesn’t see any light in there.
Overall, I’m very happy in general because of her presence. Some days when I wake up from a nap or sleep, I would wonder if I’m at home alone. Apparently I am but some part of me reminds me that I’m not, someone is there too. But who is he/she? In my sleepy mind, I had to ask myself that question. And then I knew it is Sofia, she’s here with me! I’m not alone, she’s part of the family already! What a wonderful feeling!!!
Belly continued to grow, slowly. More strangers asked me when is the due day.
How I’m feeling at 27 weeks
Baby size: cauliflower. Average size: 14.5 inches long, and weighing almost 2 pounds
Sleep: 7-8 hrs average. Good!
Appetite/hunger: Not much. I can’t remember experiencing hunger. I just eat at regular meal times.
Exercise: Elliptical and incline walking, twice a week upper and lower body strength exercises.
Symptoms: Fatigue, period cramp and feeling the need to breath harder. Sometimes I feel that I need to focus on breathing so I can make sure to get enough oxygen. I’ve never been a strong breather, I don’t make any noise when I breath, but lately I’ve noticed that I do. I guess now I’m breathing for two.
Weight: No change. Still 6-7 lbs in total. It started to worry me a bit, I haven’t gained any for the last two weeks. I hope in my next appt with the doctor, he can do a ultrasound to check the size of the baby. I’ve read that not every women gain at a steady space, in some weeks you’d gain more, others you gain nothing. I hope this is the case for me. At the meantime, I’ll try to increase my food intake a bit more to see if that helps. Well… actually I tried that once last week after last week weighting. I stuffed myself for a day and felt terrible that night, because of the bloating I couldn’t sleep well. After that incident, I gave up. I guess torturing myself that way is not healthy or condusive to baby’s health either. I’ll just try to eat more nutritious and dense food this week.
Maternity cloth? Not yet. Started using dresses more because they are so comfortable.
Stretch marks? Not yet. I’m proud of my stretch mark free and clean belly.
Movement: Not big movements but still moving.
Emotions: Really happy! She’s not here yet and I’m already full of joy because of her “presence”. I start to believe those women saying that the baby is their ultimate source of happiness, that they’ve never experienced anything alike. I enjoy this pregnancy more and more everyday! The slightly joy of her response with a kick to my touching makes me happier than winning a lottery! Can’t wait to play with her for real!