Well, tomorrow morning brings the THIRD trimester for me and Miss Lily Mae. This is nuts. Great and exciting, but nuts all the same.
So, like I did as my first trimester came to a close, I'll do a little bit of a symptom review for how weeks 14-28 have treated me. This posts contains nothing gross like the first one, though, thank goodness! But like that first one, I'll rate things on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the worst. Here goes!
Abdominal Pain: 5. I was expecting that my growing belly would feel a little bit more "natural," but it really does just feel like a tight, hard ball attached to my front. It's not always uncomfortable, but it does get achy from time to time and is one of my more common complaints. I'm still in the stage where I'm enjoying my bigger belly, but sometimes I do wish the my skin and muscles could just have a little time to relax. It kind of feels like I've been doing crunches constantly and my core muscles are just worn out. This one's obviously not going to get any better until it's over, though!
Back Pain: 4. It varies day to day and I think it has more to do with how Lily is laying in there and if she's pressing on my sciatic nerve at that particular moment. I was concerned about back pain because I had some lower back issues a couple years ago and needed a cortisone injection in my sacral iliad joint. Fortunately, it hasn't been an issue. My pain has been in short, sharp bursts as opposed to chronic achiness, and I think things are probably better that way.
Leg Cramps: 1. Haven't been bad at all! When I wake up during the night to go to the bathroom, I can feel my calves, feet, and toes being a little cranky. If I point my toes, I feel the charlie horses galloping in. So, I just don't point my toes, and I don't get any cramps. Works for me!
Heartburn: 1. I had never had heartburn before. Ever. In my whole life. Now, I've had it once. Haha! It wasn't bad (I don't think), because it was completely bearable without medicine - just a little uncomfortable. However, I could see how if that sensation was more intense it would be a horrible feeling. For those of you who get heartburn regularly, I'm sorry!
Skin Changes/Darkening: 3. No darkening, but yeah, there've been some changes on the side of more oily and I'm NOT a fan. I think this is more common in the first trimester, but things have started to heat up here in SC so that might have something to do with it. It's manageable, but I do like clear skin and I get frustrated when I don't have it.
Cravings: 0. Bummer! I thought this was a fun, quirky symptom that every pregnant woman got, but I've had any cravings for anything at all! I've had more of an appetite in general, but not for anything specific. In fact, when I'm hungry it's a frustrating process to even think of something I want to eat.
Weight Gain: yes? I think this is funny that it's listed as a "symptom" on most sites. Really? I thought weight gain was an assumed side effect of pregnancy. Anyway, I don't know how to rate this, but I have been steadily gaining weight at a healthy rate, and I'm right on track to hit the middle of my target range of 25-35 pounds.
Braxton-Hicks Contractions: 6-7. I've had these for the past few weeks. They're not really "painful," but they are slightly annoying, a little uncomfortable, and sometimes catch me off-guard and I have to stop what I'm doing and wait for it to stop. BH contractions by definition shouldn't be painful, so I think I've got them going pretty strong for what they are.
Stretch Marks: 0. I don't have any right now, and I don't want to jinx it by saying anything else!
Nasal/Gum Problems: 2. No gum bleeding and no nasal congestion. But I've had three random nosebleeds!!
Dizziness: 2. I've had a couple "sinkin' spells" as Clark would say. There have been a handful of occasions where I've gotten very lightheaded and had to lay down for a while. Nothing serious or concerning, though.
Shortness of Breath: 2. This has corresponded to the lightheaded times I just mentioned. Oh, and going up the stairs, haha!
Swelling: 3. I've still only gotten mild swelling in my feet and nowhere else. When I was up in MD with my family after my dad's accident, my toes and ankles swelled up for the first time after my plane ride. My ankles went down after about 2 days and haven't swelled again since, but my toes puff up if I've been on my feet for a good part of the day. I do what I call a "light test" to see if my toes are swollen. When they aren't, I can hold my foot up to a light and see light in between my toes. When they're swollen, no light gets through. Yeah, I'm a nerd.
Tomorrow morning I'll have my 28-week appointment and my glucose tolerance test to make sure I don't have gestational diabetes (I don't suspect I've got a problem). This is my last "monthly" appointment - after this, I'll be going to bi-weekly appointments. I never posted my 26-week picture or summary. It's a bit late for the summary, but I'll post the picture anyway, haha. Pardon my slighty-grumpy face - it was taken the day after I got back from MD and I was tired and stressed and what-have-you. Tomorrow I'll post an update about the appointment and a new, happier 28-week picture. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!