Somehow I’m 19 weeks, it’s pretty amazing really!
I was getting some strong kicks last week, but over the last 3-4 days he’s really calmed down in there. I hardly ever feel him, I get maybe 4 episodes of movement a day as opposed to almost constant movement. I wonder if he’s lying in a different position, or if I’m keeping better control of my diabetes, I know if my numbers are too high he tends to be hyper in there. I miss the strong kicks and flips though. I was worried, but I have my doppler and I can hear him kicking around in there, so I know he’s OK.
I have my 20 week anatomy scan next Monday. Then that’s the last time I see him until the third trimester. Well I sure hope so anyway, I’d rather not meet him in person for many more weeks. I’m actually over half way now, as induction is 37-38 weeks (for my gestational diabetes) so in another 18 weeks I’ll be getting ready for this little one. Or earlier, I don’t feel as if I’m going to make 37 weeks, I don’t know.
Still knitting, I made a hat for a 20-21 weeker. It is so small, because it’s ribbed it will fit probably from about 17 weeks up to about 24 weeks.
So adorable, but I hope never to have to use it. I’ll hopefully give it to the hospital when I do deliver – in the third trimester. I just sent my husband out for more wool and wool related paraphernalia. I hope to make many hats of all sizes.
I also have some side effects to this bedrest malarchy. Never have I spent so much time (7.5 weeks now!!) doing nothing. I mean, I hate exercise as a rule, being lazy by nature, but I usually at least walk around, take the stairs, go shopping. And doing nothing at all apart from walking to the loo and back, is giving me asthma, I remember I started getting it around this time last pregnancy, but it was exercise related asthma, when I went for a walk, I wheezed or when I took the stairs too much, I wheezed. These days I wake up to asthma, I have to carefully breathe in the morning, any big breaths result in a coughing fit, I also get terrible lung pain on my left back and side. I’d go to the doctors but they are useless, and I already know what I’m dealing with. Over the day it seems to improve somewhat, but it’s uncomfortable. I wonder what state my body will be in by the time I’m done. I’m hoping to have at least 3-6 weeks after I finish bedrest to try and help myself back into semblance of fitness so I can get through the birth. From 30 weeks, I’ll increase how much I do, at 32 weeks I’m off bedrest completely – unless I start going into preterm labour of course.
Last pregnancy, I was on bedrest for only 4 weeks and was quite weak afterwards, but I easily built up my fitness because it was quite a walk to the special care unit from where we stayed and we frequently either ran it (desperately) or walked briskly, so by the time I left I was in OK shape.
What with the asthma, the pale, sun-deprived skin, and the fact that whenever I smile my lip splits (last pregnancy too?) I’m beginning to look like a zombie, pale, wheezy and bloody mouthed. Brainnnnnnnssss! And might I add, that it’s worth every second, and I’m happy to do it. I really, honestly love being pregnant. Even if it’s very complicated.
Who knew that doing nothing could be so exhausting?