Six Months Preggo!

I'm officially six months pregnant! The belly button continues on it's journey to an outie . . .

The most exciting development is that Babykins is now considered viable, meaning if he was born right now he could survive outside the womb! Granted, he'd have to stay in the NICU for quite a while, but he could survive. That's really exciting to me!

This little munchkin is 8.5 inches long from the head to rump, or almost 12 inches long head-to-toe. He weighs about a pound and a half. He'll gain about 6 ounces per week now (my goodness!), and he'll start to build up more body fat.

He stretches and kicks me all the time right now, and I'm loving it! Many of the kicks are above my belly button, and I've even felt some movement just under my rib cage - we're certainly growing! Sometimes I feel him on both sides of my stomach at once, or up high and down low at once, so I think he likes to stretch his little legs!

I had a very odd experience this past weekend. I was sitting in my car and I couldn't breath all of a sudden. It lasted about 20 seconds or so, and my heart was pounding, then it went away and I was fine. Anyone have any idea what that might have been? I'm going to ask my doctor about it at my next visit. It was kind of scary, and there's been a couple other times since being pregnant when I felt like my heart was fluttering funny. You know I always appreciate your prayers.

I have to call the lab and set up my blood test for gestational diabetes. Hopefully I'll pass with flying colors - I'll keep you all posted.

I have been freaking out a bit about the weight I've gained. I don't know what's normal for six months in, but I've gained about 11-12 pounds. My weight gain goal is 25 pounds. I've been told that you should gain about a pound per week at this point. That means that if I gain a pound per week for the rest of this pregnancy, I'll go over my weight gain goal! So I need to slow it down a bit and try to improve my diet. I'm not going to beat myself up over it if I go over, but I really don't want to go over. I want to gain a healthy amount of weight. The little boy always measures big, so I'm holding on to the hope that it's not me, it's him!

I've been working on the baby quilt that I talked about making - I think it will turn out really cute! I'll show you all soon, I just need to get the front completed first. Then the hard part will be adding the backing and batting - I'm a little nervous about that.

I'm also debating on whether to paint the nursery or not. I want to paint it blue, but if we have a girl next, then I'll have to repaint it a more gender-neutral color, because our babies will probably share the same room for a while. I don't think my sweet little toddler will want to sleep in an upstairs room all by himself when we have another baby. And I wouldn't want him to have to come all the way downstairs if he has a bad dream, hence why they would share a room. So the question is, to paint, or not to paint? Or to paint in a neutral color instead of blue? Opinions?

Ever since finding out we were having a boy, Derek and I have been getting asked about baby names. There's a post coming up about that, but I'll just say right now that we have no idea. More on that later.

Oh, and I found some stretch marks. This was very depressing to me at first, but thankfully they are placed so that they'll still be hidden by my swimsuit after pregnancy. I was a little surprised, because I really haven't gained much weight - I can still fit into my skinny jeans (except they can't be buttoned because of the belly). But I guess I grew just enough - rats!

Here are the belly pictures for this week. I feel like I look so much bigger - am I really that large in person? I guess it's not bad, it's just weird to see pictures of myself with that big 'ole belly! I'm unmistakably pregnant now - except when I'm wearing my scrubs. Most of my patients still can't tell I'm pregnant unless I tell them.







Let's compare to a picture of me at 10 weeks pregnant, shall we?



Yes, my friends, that really was only 3 1/2 months ago. Oh my. I'm not going to worry about it though, because it means our baby is growing well!


P.S. I just went to this website with a Pregnancy Weight Gain Estimator to determine how much I should weigh at this point in my pregnancy - and it made me feel so much better. It told me I was two pounds under what I should weight right now.

Of course, it also thought I should gain 28-40 pounds, as opposed to the 25 pounds my doctor and I agreed upon, but still. It makes me feel better. Here are my stats:

Pre-Pregnancy

Weight: 120 lbs.
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
BMI (Body Mass Index): 18
Weight Status: Underweight (here's where that 28-40 pound recommendation comes in, but my doctor and I agreed that I was at a healthy weight before we got pregnant, not underweight - I just have delicate bones).

Current

Weight: 132 lbs.
BMI (Body Mass Index): 20
Weeks Pregnant: 24
Total Weight Gained: 12 lbs.

That's not so bad, really. Here's the end-of-pregnancy weight break-down, which makes me feel alot better too:

Baby: 7-8 pounds
Placenta: 1-2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
Uterus: 2 pounds
Maternal tissue: 2 pounds
Maternal blood: 4 pounds
Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 7 pounds

I can handle 7-8 pounds of fat to lose - and the rest should probably take care of itself within a couple months after the baby is born. Right?






P.S. Congrats to Brittany Ann at Living In The Moment - she just announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby! I know it wasn't easy for her to get pregnant, just like it wasn't easy for me, so it makes me so happy to hear the news!
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Ashley said...

you look so cute and as hard and scary as it might be I wouldn't worry too much about the weight gain. It seems that you have a good metabolism pre-pregnancy so I am sure you will loose it quickly. I have to admidt that I would be feeling the exact same way. But I go back to my first comment..you look adorable! I am so happy everything is going well..I am praying for you both :)

Emily P. said...

it looks like you've only gained a baby! Don't worry about it!

Kara @ KSS said...

You look so great Callie!!! Couple comments:

1) For the not being able to breathe all of a sudden, that didn't happen to me but I heard of it happening to other people and it was normal. So don't freak out, just mention it to your doc next time you're in.

2) We painted Krew's room a somewhat gender-neutral color (dark tan), partially because we just liked it and partially because in the back of our (or just my) minds we were thinking the same thing about the future.

3) Stop fretting about the weight gain. You are WAY under what I weighed at 6 months pregnant. And I weighed 121.5 when I got pregnant. I ended up gaining almost 40 lbs. I have a friend who was smaller than me and gained closer to 50 lbs. I've lost all of my weight but 1 lb and I fit into almost all of my jeans. It took about 7 months to get back down, but it all worked out fine. (My tummy looks different than it used to, but I feel like that's somewhat expected.) I'm just saying these things because I was panicked about my weight gain during my entire pregnancy (to the point of tears oftentimes), and none of it mattered in the end. He was healthy, I looked fine, and although it took 7 months, the weight all came back off. So I would say don't worry if you go over your 25 lb mark. You WILL get your pre-baby weight back. Just give it time and remember in the meantime that everyone around you EXPECTS your body to look different after a baby. :)

Becca said...

Wow, he is going to be such a big boy!
[in a good way, of course :)]

Natalie said...

oh my! i feel like you were just trying to get pregnant. how does time fly so fast?!?! Congrats on making it so far! I cannot wait until babykins is here! Your bump is so so cute!

Ashley said...

I've been using that website throughout my pregnancy too! Unfortunately I have hit the point where I am two pounds over where I'm supposed to be at this point :( I'm on a strict diet now! I hope you fair better than I have!

Laura S said...

Callie, I remember reading in the Mother of all Pregnancy Books that for a BMI of 18-19, a woman should gain 30-35 pounds. So I'm sure you're doing fine! Also, because mother's milk needs to be so fatty to help the baby grow, a lot of people have told me that breastfeeding helps them shed the weight quickly.
Btw you look so cute in those pictures!!:) He's getting so big! :D

Amber Hansen said...

So cute! I love the belly! And yes, you are definitely looking pregnant now, no doubt about that! ;) But you look great, so don't worry about your weight gain!

LeAnna said...

Do not stress about weight gain! 25 is on the LOW, low end of weight gain, 30-35 is more widely acceptable as "normal" or, you could be me, and try as you might to avoid it you still gain 45 lbs. ;) I doubt that will be you, though. If it's any consolation, I'm 3 weeks postpartum and down 22 pounds already. It doesn't stick on there forever.
And take heart, I have stretch marks on my rear. And behind my knees. Of all places...behind my knees...

Jenene said...

Yeah, I don't think your weight gain is anything to worry about. I've gained 13 pounds already, and I'm a month behind you!

And yeah, lets talk about stretch marks NOT on the belly. I was trying to think of a more subtle way to say this, but here is goes: my chest. Stretch Mark City. Population increasing every day.

Finally, your belly is so small for 6 months! I'm sure you don't FEEL small, like me, but if I saw you and didn't know you, I would never guess that you were that far along. :)

Amanda said...

you look absolutely adorable! the cutest belly! i can't believe you are already 6 months. that is so exciting. a gender neutral paint color does sound like a good idea. i don't know much since i don't have kids yet...but that sounds great! ;) you could always do a pretty shade of yellow or green.

Hannah said...

don't worry about the weight gain. don't go crazy on eating and you'll be fine! You were tiny to begin with and they say when you are little you need to gain more anyway. I have gone over my weight goal and thats ok. It does help though to keep a goal in mind so that you don't fall into the "I'm pregnant I can eat WHATEVER!" :) You look great though!!! I'm full term today:)

Rebecca Louise. said...

You look so well and your belly has grown so much I think!

My sister had that feeling of not being able to breathe. Her doctor examined her and found my nieces head to up in the ribcage which put her intercostal muscles into spasms. So when they went into spasm she had this feeling of not being able to breathe. It would only last a minute or so. It could be that?!

Brittany Ann said...

You're precious! And don't worry about the weight gain.

I train post-partum women way worse off, and they lose the weight easily. You'll be just fine.

And thanks for the congrats:) Your support and prayers are so sweet!

Jennifer said...

It all comes off! Believe me! It took awhile of course, but I actually weigh less now than I did before I was pregnant with my son. And dropped a pant size. Of course.. now I'm pregnant again, and I always hear that it doesn't come off as easy the second time. But I think if you stay off sweets and junk food, your good to go. :)
I didn't get any stretch marks, or so I thought until my hubby mentioned a few on the back of my thighs one day. Geez, couldn't he have let me keep on living in ignorance?? I wondered why it burned back there though when I took a bath! Ha!

Amanda Godin said...

What a cute baby bump you have! You look GREAT! For your nursery color dilemma: my sister turned her blue office into a blue nursery for my niece because she didn't want to repaint, so I think that blue could be used for a girl later on if it were the right shade.

Sarah Louise said...

1. You look great!
2. I had no idea you were that tall! I'm 5'8" too!
3. I hate you :) Just kidding...but you're pregnant an weight less than I do. You will weight the same as I do if you gain your goal weight. LOL...you're right on track, so I wouldn't worry too much about the weight stuff if I were you. You're well within the healthy range.

I also can't believe you 6 months pregnant!!! WOW! Time is flying!

Brittany said...

Callie,

congrats on hitting the six month mark! You look so cute! And you don't look like you've gained any weight other than baby at all! :)

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