Yesterday was my 22 week appointment with the doctor. Everything is going really well. I’ve been having pregnancy side effects, so she gave me some things to try to help relieve them.
Bleeding Gums: I’ve noticed since the beginning of the 2nd trimester, that my gums feel somewhat swollen and bleed every few times that I brush. It’s probably my most annoying symptom now. Apparently an extra boost of vitamin C will help with that – I guess vitamin C helps with wound healing, and technically your gums are a wound. I did not realize that – maybe I missed that day of biology?
Round Ligament Pain: I know this is a pretty common pregnancy complaint. Mine hasn’t been too bad, but you know, when your whole abdomen is stretching, sometimes its going to feel…like your whole abdomen is stretching. She suggested some exercises that could help.
Baby’s heartbeat is strong, strong, strong. She also seems to be heavily favoring the right side of my body. I feel all kinds of kicks and movements from over there!
In other news, I have now gained ten pounds since the beginning of my pregnancy. Herein lies the “oops!” in my title. At my 18 week appointment, I had gained about 2 – 2.5 pounds. Between week 18 and 22, I gained about 8 pounds. Oops!
Apparently it’s supposed to be a bit more g-r-a-d-u-a-l than that. I had been paying so much attention to watching my blood sugar, that I didn’t realize I was gaining weight that fast. By the way, my sugars are really good, and I haven’t had to go on insulin yet! Hooray!
Dr. W walks in and says, “What have you been eating for lunch? Because you gained 8 pounds in a month!”. But she was really nice about it. She asked me some questions about my eating habits, and with a little digging, we (haha — I should know this I’ve been the one eating!) discovered that I may be hitting the full-fat dairy products a b-i-t- too hard. I’ve been hardcore craving things like ice cream, yogurt, mac n cheese, and … you get the picture.
Of course dairy products are good in pregnancy because baby needs calcium, so she didn’t tell me to eat less dairy, but to switch to mostly low-fat options, especially for cheese and ice cream. She seems to think that should help my weight gain become more gradual. I can live with that. As long as I get some full fat ice cream every once in a while. 😉
All told, only having gained ten pounds by week 22 seems pretty good. Even with my little Oops! moment.
What has been your most recent oops moment? Have you ever had a pregnancy related one?