23 Weeks Bump Update

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How far along: 23 weeks.

Had a doctor’s appointment today. Nothing new, I am measuring perfectly for 23 weeks, which is good, because I go back and forth thinking I am not showing enough or that I am too big lol
Speaking of my OB, I love him! He’s really amazing- sweet, nice, caring, funny. He takes FOREVER with us, answers all the questions, tells stories, jokes around. We never feel rushed, or like our questions are silly. Today he went and brought a medical reference to see why Tums are category C, simply because I was curious. Then paged through the whole thing, looking up benadryl and claritin. I am just soooo glad we found him!

Total weight gain: “1 pound (150lb) this week, for a total of approximately 14 pounds from the start of the pregnancy” That’s what I wrote yesterday. And today I woke up, weighed myself and was +1.5lbs at 151.5 lb. Assuming it’s water weight, since there no way I could have gained 1.5 lb of actual weight in 24 hours, while eating normally. We’ll know for sure next week.

Sleep: I think I’m starting to get uncomfortable enough that sleep is becoming more of a problem. I fall asleep no problem but wake up very sore, and toss and turn all night. For some reason, both hubby and I have been waking up at 4-5 am unable to go back to sleep.

Maternity Clothes: Yoga pants, maternity jeans on occasion

Best moment of the week:

Finding out my friend is pregnant again and we’ll have babies within a few months from each other

Food cravings : None really.

Food aversions: None


Heartburn – Dang it! It’s stubborn and I am stubborn. I don’t like the idea of taking anything for it. It’s very strange really. After talking to my doc, I am a bit more inclined to take Tums, but something keep stopping me. Silly me!
Rash – Ugh! It’s itchy, it’s everywhere, it annoys me. I continue trying to ignore it- the less I scratch, the better it gets. Still haven’t figured out why I have it.  Doc says could be PUPPS, could be contact dermatitis, which is what I think too. Hoping it’s not really PUPPS, since it looks different from everyone’s description and pictures. Going to try to wash all my clothes and sheets again with hypoallergenic detergent and switch to a different soap.
Bladder- need to pee all the freaking time, especially when Alexis is dancing on my bladder. Oh, boy I can see this being “a lot of fun” once she gets really strong.


All the time, and she’s strong. She definitely interacts with us and our voices. AND I WAS SHOCKED to see that she really likes Blink 182. She kicks every time I play it.

Gender: GIRL!

What I’m looking forward to:
My glucose test at my next appointment. I want it done and over with.
Hitting the 3rd trimester mark next week
Viability next week.

What I miss:
Having energy. It seems my 2nd trimester energy spurt is over a few weeks after it began. 🙁 I spent the first trimester feeling sick and tired. The nausea went away around week 16 and it took me till week 18 to feel more or less normal. 5 weeks later I am more tired than before.  That’s not a very long run, I gotta tell you.

Next appt: October 28th

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  • Reply
    September 30, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    I had the getting sore at night thing too, more with Garrett than this time. At the end I would get so sore, I woke up every hour to roll over. I was the size of a small house though, so hopefully it won’t get that bad for you. ; ) I didn’t really have any 2nd trimester energy spurt last time either. I wonder if the first pregnancy is to get your body used to it and then the next ones are a little easier. The peeing all the time, OH MY GOODNESS!! If I make it a half an hour that’s good! I’m really looking forward to that ending soon!

    A great OB is wonderful to have! I really love mine too! He has the lowest c-section rate of any doctor around here, so I can totally trust him not to send me to surgery just because he’s in a hurry. He will deliver a breech baby vaginally, and comes in for all of his patients unless he’s on vacation! I love him!

    Your belly is so cute!!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      September 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      At this point I wake up about 3-4 times a night because I’m either uncomfortable or need to pee. And I’m only in my 2nd.
      And yeah that’s strange about the energy spurt.

      My OB said the same thing: he delivers all his babies unless he’s on vacation.

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    September 30, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    I know you hate the idea of taking anything, but if you end up taking something – what worked for the insane heartburn for me was Zantac 150, twice daily, religiously. And my heartburn disappeared pretty much the minute I delivered, and Austin has had no reflux at all or other side effects from it. I started taking it right at the beginning of my 2nd trimester. It did not work unless I kept taking it though – so it’s not one of those “use it as needed” things.

    And with the soreness – I had this horrific hip pain when I slept on my side. Either side. I would wake up crying several times a night. It felt like my hip bones were being crushed in a vice. There didn’t seem to be any cure. I did find some relief sleeping on a recliner (because I could be on my back without being flat in bed) or using LOTS of pillows, in addition to sleeping on a triple folded foam mattress pad.

    Hope this helps!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      September 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      I find it so interesting how most of suffering ends as soon as you deliver.

      And it’s really ridiculous that we can’t sleep on our backs yet sleeping on the sides is torturous. I’m not there yet painwise but it’s definitely uncomfortable.

      I looked up Zantac, it’s actually not bad. Only category B. So I’ll keep it in mind but try to control heartburn with food for now.

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        September 30, 2011 at 7:16 PM

        ditto the Zantac. I had heartburn with everything (water caused it horribly towards the end) I ended up eating Tums like they were candy and took Zantac as well (at the suggestion of my OB)

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    September 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Can I suggest that you do NOT take Tums? I was very against taking any kind of medication during my pregnancy and my midwives told me Tums were okay for my terrible heartburn. I ended up with kidney stones and in the hospital for a week. It was the worst pain of my life (even worse than labor ended up being) and I ended up having to have surgery to place a stent since the stones were too large to pass and they can’t be blasted during pregnancy!

    Trust your instincts!

    Also – our daughter is named Alexis. Good choice!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      September 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      Well, that’s interesting. Most people are all for taking meds in pregnancy. I was beginning to think that I’m going overboard by not taking tums and suffering.
      I seem to be handling heartburn well enough to continusudra ing with it without taking tums. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    September 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    I guess I should have clarified in my above reply why to not take Tums. The excessive amount calcium in them (and from taking so many) is what I was told caused the stones.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      September 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      Yeah I understood that from context. I know one Tum has 80% of daily calcium amount. I’ve taken it about 3 times in the last 5 months when it was really bad but only half a one.

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    September 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Wow On this pic the belly is REALLY obvious, so cute! 🙂
    Hope the heartburn goes away soon!

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    September 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Uh ohhh, starting to get big! 🙂 They say heartburn means your baby will have a lot of hair. Maybe you can do some cute pigtails when she comes out! ps – the third trimester isn’t til week 27.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      September 30, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      I know and I knoooow 🙂 hope I don’t grow much more too fast!

      P.S. That’s what I thought re:3rd trimester. But some sources say 24 weeks, viability, is when it starts. Kinda like some places end 1st trimester at 12 weeks, others at 14 weeks.

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    October 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    you look great!! and it’s so much fun to have friends that are pregnant/have new babies at the same time as you! Hope the heartburn doesn’t get too bad, I’ve been lucky to avoid it so far this pregnancy, but I definitely had it with Riley!

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    October 2, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Hang in there and try to get some rest, I know it’s hard, I feel like I have to pee even after I finish peeing, I think baby’s sitting on something in there. I don’t take any meds either, hate popping pills, it’s hard enough just taking the prenatal.

    Congrats to your friend, it’s fun having babies together. Me and my older sister are 8 weeks apart, we both go back and forth on symptoms and cravings. And you really did pop out this week, looking good.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      October 3, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Hahahah that’s exactly how it feels: like I need to pee as I am getting done peeing 🙂
      And when she bounces on my bladder- oh how fun 🙂

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    October 3, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Did you ask your doctor about Zantac? I don’t take many tums, because I take one Zantac in the morning, and it’s good for the day.
    You are totally looking pregnant- love it! You look amazing!
    And don’t worry, you will get your energy back. I am convinced there are good weeks, and bad weeks.The way I thought about it (don’t know if it’s true ahahaha) is that during the “bad” weeks where I felt like crap and was exhausted, she was simply growing more, or using my nutrients for more “important” or “hard” growing things. Once again, probably not true, but it has always made me feel better. 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      October 3, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      He didn’t tell me anything about Zantac, but many people have been saying that’s what they use. I looked it up and it’s actually category B which isn’t bad, but I just have a huge problem taking any meds during pregnancy.

      You know it’s funny, but when I am exhausted for no apparent reason I think the exact same thing: she might be growing. And almost always I get a lot bigger that week.

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