I am just about at 20 weeks pregnant after IVF and had another doctor’s visit today. Things are going great and I am feeling wonderful. The doctor checked weight, blood pressure and the baby’s heartbeat, which is at 140 bpm which is perfect! I began feeling little movements the night after my last ultrasound, which was about a week and a half ago. It wasn’t the feeling that I expected. It felt more like a little bubble. I am noticing it more and more, especially after a meal. My appetite has been hearty and I have to be very careful of what I am eating, because I could easily put away more calories that I really need. I am very conscious of my diet and I really am counting fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. The doctor said I am at the lower end of the scale in terms of weight gain because I have only gained 7 pounds so far. Hey, the more weight I put on means the more weight I have to lose after the baby is born! I still have 20 weeks to go, which could easily mean 20 pounds.
At my last doctor visit, she said to stop sleeping on my back and try my sides instead. As I understand it, sleeping on my back isn’t good because of major blood vessels. I am trying to best to stay on my sides; I think a body pillow is in my near future!
I have been looking at cribs this past week and really need to make a decision. Some of the cribs can take up to 12-16 weeks for delivery! I think it really just comes down to picking one and going with it, if there weren’t so many choices it wouldn’t be so hard!
I am not quite in maternity clothes yet, although much of my current wardrobe isn’t fitting quite right. I think in another week of two, I’ll be able to pull off some of my maternity outfits.
All in all, I am feeling fantastic. I seem to have more energy than the first trimester, but I do get tired in the afternoons (which very well could be due to the summer heat). I look forward to seeing my baby bump increase. Mike and I have a lot to do in the few weeks to month; begin our registry, order furniture, and clean out the “soon to be” nursery.
What an exciting and happy time!