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My Second Pregnancy: 17 Weeks

So I had my second trimester screening on Wednesday and everything looked good. Before the ultrasound, I had my checkup at my normal clinic. When I had my blood drawn, the nurse punctured through my vein! I damn near passed out. He had to switch to my other arm and poke me again. It was awful. After that ordeal I was feeling pretty faint. Other than that, according to the doctor’s scale, I’ve gained 5lbs since the beginning of my pregnancy, but I don’t really trust public scales (plus I had already eaten a bunch of food and was wearing different clothes than last time) so I’m going to continue to base my weight on my digital scale at home. Whichever is right, I’m okay with, really. It’s pretty clear that my body is changing, though. My arms have lost muscle and my belly and butt have expanded.
After the checkup I had to anxiously wait 2 hours for my ultrasound appointment. Apparently the rest of my ultrasounds can be done at a local clinic here in Tanzania (including the anatomy scan) so I won’t  have to fly to South Africa for that. I was just stoked to have another ultrasound done this week. I never had a second trimester screening done in Hawaii with my first pregnancy. (I think they only do them there if they notice something potentially wrong during the first trimester screening.) I was SO nervous, though. I was eager to find out whether the baby’s sex. Of course I wanted to know that it was healthy and everything as well, but I couldn’t help but wonder. When the ultrasound tech said, “Do you want to know what the sex is?” my heart started pounding. “YES!” I felt like I was shouting. She turned to my husband and asked the same question. “YES!” I answered for him. “Looks like… {insert pause that felt like an eternity} … a boy.” ARE YOU SURE? “Yes. You see that? That’s the willy.” IT CAN’T BE THE CORD, CAN IT? “No, it’s definitely not the cord. The cord is up here. That’s the willy.” She kept calling it a “willy” which made me want to giggle. I looked at my husband with pure joy. I still can’t believe it. I’m so, so stoked and I cant wait to meet him. ♥
I have to scan all the pictures, so I probably won’t post them until next week.
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My Second Pregnancy: 16 Weeks

Hello, bump! Everything seems to have gotten bigger this week- belly, boobs, butt… but my weight has still managed to stay the same. That can only mean one thing. Muscle atrophy. Wah wah wah wah. I can’t complain too much, though, because at this point in my last pregnancy I was already up about 10lbs. I know I’m eating enough food (overindulging if anything) and I am (for the most part) sticking with my workouts, so I’m not too concerned with the lack of weight gain, for now. I’m not particularly happy about it, though. I always think it’s weird/creepy when thin/normal girls don’t gain enough weight during pregnancy. Everybody is different, though, I guess. And every pregnancy is different, that’s for sure. Some mild heartburn finally arrived yesterday. I had it early on with Eva (starting at about 8 weeks) and it got so bad that it kept me up at night. Hopefully the fact that it has started much later this time is a good sign. Other than that, I’ve been feeling pretty fatigued again this week but it may just be that my body is still recovering from last week’s illness. (I was better by Sunday/Monday, in case you’re wondering). My next doctor’s appointment is next week so hopefully I’ll have a more interesting update then!
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My Second Pregnancy: 15 Weeks

The past couple of days have been hard for me. I seem to have come down with some sort of illness… probably the flu. On Tuesday I started getting some pretty terrible body aches. I thought it was from Monday’s leg workout, but it got worse on Wednesday and by Thursday I was in agony. I went to the doctor that morning and got a Malaria and CBC test, which measures your blood count and proportions to check for viruses or infections. Everything looked normal, so I figured it had to just be pregnancy-related; but that evening I came down with a fever and some pretty nasty stomach issues. Today I’m still feeling pretty crappy, but got some reassuring news (sort of). My friend Marisa, who returned to the United States this week, seems to have the same thing I do. So hopefully it’s just a virus and not anything serious. I’ve been taking Tylenol to keep my fever down and body aches at bay and I’m hoping this all passes soon. I don’t even remember the last time I had a flu… I feel like I must have been a kid or something. As I’m writing this, I just got a message from my husband saying the doctor wants to see me before the weekend just in case. Off I go!
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My Second Pregnancy: 14 Weeks


Lately I’ve been thinking I’ve been feeling the baby move, but in the past few days “maybe” has turned into “definitely.” It’s no longer just a soft butterfly feeling that could easily be mistaken for gas. Now it’s more of a pressing and shifting… a feeling I distinctly remember from my first pregnancy. I can only feel it when I’m lying very still on my back, and it helps when I put my hand on my belly.
The best part of pregnancy has begun.
Anyway… I don’t have much to update other than that. My friend is still visiting and we’ve been busy exploring this beautiful country I live in.
I’ll be back to my normal blogging routine next week.
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