On October 19th I reach 24 weeks pregnant! It was crazy to think about how fair our little one has come in just 24 weeks. At this time, most babies are about eleven-and-a-half inches long and weigh in at one-and-a-third pounds, gaining steadily at a rate of about six ounces per week. Much of that weight comes from growing organs, bones, muscle and accumulating baby fat. I have yet to gain any weigh, I have lost a total of 18lb since my 5th week. By this time I had gotten use to baby kicking many times in the day and ever more times when I was trying to fall asleep.
I noticed some outside changes to my body as well. My belly seemed to be growing steadily and my feet slowly getting swollen if I didn’t remember to take a rest.
Most people call the second trimester the “honeymoon” trimester, I am sad to report that I don’t agree. Experts say that the span between 13 – 27 weeks typically, nausea subsides, energy returns, emotions even out and sex drive returns. For me personally, my nausea subsided at about 16 weeks, however, if I am tired I still get sick first thing in the morning or after I eat. When I come to having energy, I don’t know really what to base it on. I still am tried and can easily sleep 9-12 hours a night if my alarm would let me. Already, I get up in the middle or the night a couple times to pee depending on how baby decides to move.
Here are some Old Wives Tales vs. Science questions I found interesting:
Heartburn during pregnancy, your baby is likely to be born with a full head of hair?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore found that when pregnant women reported moderate heartburn, they had hairy newborns 82 percent of the time; the majority of heartburn-free women gave birth to bald babies.
Eat your vegetables now, and your baby will like them later?
The foods and drinks you ingest flavor the amniotic fluid that the fetus starts swallowing in the second trimester. Science has shown that babies who are exposed to vegetables in utero are more likely to develop a preference for them when they begin eating solids and as they grow into adults.
If you’ve previously had Cesareans, trying for a vaginal delivery next time is risky to you and the baby?
Answer: Wives Tale
Even if you’ve had two previous c-sections, you can go ahead and try to deliver the old-fashioned way. In 2010, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists revised its guidelines on vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), determining that VBACs are a safe and appropriate option for most women. In the last few decades, doctors worried that because of their incision scar, women with previous C-sections were at a higher risk for uterine rupture, which is dangerous for both mother and baby.