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Pregnancy Journey: Week 24

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Size of Baby: Rutabaga… I think.  He is supposed to weigh around 1.5 lbs.

Weight Gain:
1 lb. for a total of 134 lbs.  I have gained 17 lbs. thus far!  That number sounds so big to me.  I can definitely feel it on my body.

How I’m Feeling: I had a much better week this week being at home.  It was David’s birthday and my mom was in town for a couple of days.  We cooked a birthday dinner for him and then he, Otis and I drove up to the mountains for the weekend.  We also painted the baby’s room!

I have felt the anemia a couple of times.  I have been very tired and needed to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon.  I found (or rather David found) that I wasn’t eating substantial meals on those days though.  I need to eat some form of protein with every meal and get enough to eat (duh!).  Due to the weight gain roller coaster, I was trying to make sure I only gained 1 lb. and was eating a little slight.  When I eat well, I feel much better.  The iron tablets are causing some stomach discomfort and possibly high blood pressure.  I haven’t had terrible constipation yet, but the stomach ache feels like I have a big rock right under my sternum.  I am going to look for a different brand.

I researched the symptoms of anemia and one of them is irritability.  I have definitely felt this symptom this week.  I feel annoyed at the slightest thing and more “touchy” than normal.  I constantly think people are either mad at me or I’m annoyed at them.  I feel better as I’m writing this though… I think I need to do yoga.

Doctor’s Appointment:  
I went to an internist who specializes in conditions that complicate pregnancy this week.  I was really nervous to go to him and hear what he was going to say, but he was really nice and thorough with me.  He sat and answered every question I had and went through my blood work with me.  I had to give blood one more time to determine if I had a false positive on my low S protein and it turns out I did.  I only have factor V leidan and a slightly low protein C, which they tell me is common in pregnancy, so they aren’t concerned.  I don’t have to go on Lovenox until after the baby is born, which was good news.  

What I’m Eating:  I tried to clean up my diet from last week.  Like I mentioned earlier, there were a couple of days that I didn’t eat substantial enough meals and felt really fatigued.  We didn’t eat the best for David’s birthday.  Nothing really else to report here.

Exercise:
Still walking every day.  I’m getting too big to walk Otis on a leash because he pulls me too much, so we’ve been sticking to the off-leash dog park, which works perfectly.

What I Miss: I miss not having my hormones make me feel slightly crazy!  Other than that, I’m feeling happy about the baby.

We bought a crib, glider, decal for the wall and painted the baby’s room this week.  This was the first big items we’ve bought for Aiden… so exciting:) I’m getting excited to get the room together and start getting more for him.  I’m really feeling him kick a lot, so I know he’s doing well in there.

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My name is Ali Damron & this is my home for sharing my chaotic motherhood lifestyle, attempts at newfound recipes, & how I stay fit out here in Denver, Colorado. Thanks for stopping by!



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