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It’s gotten to that point in the pregnancy…

That’s right, dear readers, I have embraced the ‘use a hair tie to expand the waistline of my pants’ phase of my pregnancy:

But soon I fear I will need to fork out the money to buy a Belly Belt (about $26 – !!! – from my local BigW). Perhaps it shall be my first purchase with my first paycheque from my new job…

22 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a:
How far along? 22w6d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +6kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I’ve divided my wardrobe into “my belly will keep fitting in this” and “not for very much longer” groupings
Sleep: happens, but not sure I’m getting ‘good’ sleep lately (feeling exhausted a lot of the time)
Best moment this week: Getting the all-clear for BabyC after we had a (really scary) car accident
Movement: Lots and often
Food cravings:protein and fresh salad… and sweets
Symptoms: getting hormonally emotional over the smallest things!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: being able to fit into some of my clothes
What I am looking forward to: really looking forward to meeting our little one (but do not want her to come earlier than she is ready!)
Milestones/News: 22 week antenatal appointments with doctor and midwives (and signed up to be ‘followed’ by a student midwife); having a car accident while pregnant (that’s news, right?)

Coping with Pregnancy Hormones as a PostGradMama

A brain dump on my current #postgradpregnancywoes

Contrary to my initial thoughts and feelings: growing a thesis and a baby IS hard. Harder than I thought it would be. Today I hit 21 weeks down and 19 to go with my pregnancy, and my postgrad/mama life balance isn’t getting any easier.

I am tired.
I am teary.
I am irritable.
I am subject to constant mood swings.
I am suffering from ‘baby brain.’
I am having trouble prioritising my life.
I am lacking in academic self-confidence.

And this lack of self-confidence means my academic productivity has slipped. Greatly. I have been avoiding my LitReview like the plague. But considering a) I want it done before Smeagol arrives and b) it won’t do itself, I need to somehow get myself out of this  rut and get my LitReview mojo back on track.

My goal is to read 2-5 articles every day (including weekends) with the average goal being to read 3 articles every day. Part of the reading includes transferring my notes to my LitReview notes document (I take notes as I read in Mendeley, but am starting to arrange them into something somewhat somehow someday structured in Word).

My other daily goal is to take time out to remember ‘Hey, I am pregnant’ and to stop stressing over the little things. The most important things are my well-being, the well-being of my little one and my husband (and my furbabies), and then worrying about academics.

Sometimes I feel like I need a similar wall mural to this infamous one by Homer Simpson:

Other PostGrad/Mamas:-
How do/did you cope with the postgrad/mama balance?

Help?!

20 Weeks & BabyC is a…

This week, BabyC is the size of a: melon (27cm)
How far along? 20w5d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I’ve divided my wardrobe into “my belly will keep fitting in this” and “not for very much longer” groupings
Sleep: is a bit rubbish – Dan ended up buying me a ‘body pillow’ so I have something to hug my legs around and rest my belly on
Best moment this week: having our 20 week scan – it all seems so real now! – and finding out BabyC is growing well and is healthy (ten fingers, ten toes, no tail)
Movement: definite kicks in my lower tummy (happening right now, probably thanks to the sugary milk drink I just had)
Food cravings:protein and fresh salad and sweets
Symptoms: getting hormonally emotional over the smallest things!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: being able to fit into some of my clothes – I keep looking at my stuff and and stuff in shops and having these mini meltdowns 😦
What I am looking forward to: upcoming appointments next week for doctor and midwife, so hopefully get to know more about our little one; continuing with our Calmbirth course; meeting our little one!
Milestones/News: finding out BabyC is a GIRL!!! Attended our first Calmbirth course on Saturday just gone; had my VitD blood test on Friday just gone


2D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL


3D ultrasound pic of our little GIRL
(NB: she kept being uncooperative and looking like Smeagol in 3D,
hence her new nickname!)

19 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 19w2d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: +2kg
Maternity clothes? yes-ish – I bought a new pair of leggings last night (from Trade Secret but Living Doll branded) simply for the wider waistband!
Sleep: is good, hasn’t been broken too much recently
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters occasionally
Food cravings: Wendy’s thickshakes
Symptoms: starting to need to pee allllll the time again – argh!!
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: showing off my baby bump to friends soon 🙂
Milestones:
News: first obstetrician/GP appointment (since moving to Albury) on Tuesday (19w6d) so hopefully that goes well!

18 Weeks

This week, BabyC is the size of a: papaya (25cm)
How far along? 18w3d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: Weighed today and I was 61.9kg (can’t remember start weight but it was 59 or 60?)
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is overpowering at times – getting up in the morning is a struggle when you do everything from home and have zero daytime commitments!
Best moment this week: I had my first Midwife Care Program visit today at Wodonga hospital. After a week or two of anxiety (having not ‘seen’ anyone since 12 weeks), I heard BabyC’s heartbeat – and kicking against the doppler (so funny)
Movement: flutters occasionally, and definitely heard kicks at my antenatal appointment 🙂
Food cravings: protein and sweets (today it’s traditional Turkish delight – thanks for putting it in my mind, Daniel!)
Symptoms: None really at the moment. I did throw up yesterday about noon for the first time in ages (I want milk, but the baby does not – dilemma!)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: Still really wanting a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob* And there was one day I really could have done with ending  the evening with an alcoholic drink 😛
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones: hearing the baby kicking the doppler
News: Yep. Still a baby in there 🙂

17 Weeks

This week, Baby is the size of a: mango (15cm)
How far along? 17w1d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: no idea
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: is happening, though a little broken – super good sleep last night though
Best moment this week:
Movement: flutters
Food cravings: protein and sweets
Symptoms: lower back pain, apparently because ligaments are moving (it makes bending, getting up, etc. harder than it should be sometimes)
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: feeling more ‘pregnant’ and less ‘fat/bloated looking’
What I miss: I realllllllllly want a milkshake from Maccas or Wendy’s but can’t because they use soft serve ice cream in their shakes *sob*
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones:
News: a bunch of baby gear is arriving today, courtesy of a family friend and via the courier service known as ‘Mum and Dad’ 🙂

16 Weeks

This week, Baby is the size of a: avocado (11-12cm)
How far along? 16w1d
Due date: 21/11/12
Total weight gain/loss: no idea
Maternity clothes? not yet
Sleep: about 7 hours a night, broken by Dan rolling around and my brain clicking ‘on’!
Best moment this week:
Movement: starting to have pretty consistent little flutters
Food cravings: protein and sweets
Symptoms: 
Labor Signs: not yet, too early
Stretch Marks? not yet
Swelling? not yet
Belly Button in or out? still in
Feeling toward Pregnancy: excitedly impatient for it to be more obvious
What I miss: not much, my life hasn’t really changed because of being pregnant (so far)
What I am looking forward to: being obviously pregnant to others
Milestones:  moving to a new town with much better facilities for pregnancy and baby
News: made my ‘booking in’ appointment at the hospital (but still need to make one with the midwives)