24 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

24 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

We are 24 weeks pregnant and filled up with kicking and dancing eggplants of love in our bellies! The eggplant one really got me because eggplants are huge! Like… huge! Our babies are getting nice and plump! This milestone isn’t a fun one to think of, but it’s one worth noting… we’ve officially made it to the point of viability – meaning that 50%-70% of babies born at 24 and 25 weeks survive! Now we want them in there cooking for AT LEAST another 13 to 16 weeks, but if something were to happen [God forbid] that meant that your little one had to exit to womb now, the road will not be easy for that sweet baby, but their chances of survival are MUCH better than they were in the weeks before.

24 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Low back pain in pregnancy- called lumbago-is very common. As your baby bump grows, your lower back can get strained from all the weight of the growing uterus. Your abdominal muscles, which are getting weekend over the course of pregnancy, normally help to support the lower back as well. Regular stretching exercises and movements to support and strengthen your lower back and lateral abdominal muscles, can help to reduce these pains. Heating and cooling pads are safe during pregnancy as well. Pregnancy belts help to re-establish your center of gravity, to reduce low back strain. Ask your doctor for recommendations as well for chiropractic or physical therapy care.

24 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

This is a bad week for me. A bad bad bad bad week. I’m having a bad week, OKAY? I’m allowed to have one!

I’m not sleeping, my back hurts, my older babe is causing me some emotional fallout [terrible two’s are the real deal], I’m still not fully recovered from last week when we all had that virus, and I’m just plain tired.

Good news, though. I’m through with the glucose tolerance test. It’s wasn’t too terrible and my appointment went well! I’ve now made it to the point in pregnancy where I get to visit the doctor every other week instead of monthly and since my belly is measuring 3 weeks ahead [I told y’all it’s huge!] I get to have another sonogram in two weeks, so I’m doing my happy dance!

But this week was hard. Read more to find out why!

Bump photos by Kristen Dee Photography

What are you feeling?

Exhaustion…

I’m tired. I’m run down. My body hurts. I haven’t fully recovered from that virus we all had and my toddler has officially graduated from the terrible two’s to the trying threes. I’m admitting defeat and I need to lie down. Husband… I’m going to have to ask you to take over because I’m in need of a nap that lasts until Christmas.

The point of the matter is that we can’t do it all and it’s okay to admit that you need to rest or relax or simply lock yourself in the bathroom while your toddler bangs on the door. Our bodies are growing a human and our hormones are all over the place.

Anxiety…

My already emotionally-fragile state was tossed over the edge with the phone call from my doctor’s office that told me I had failed my glucose tolerance test and needed to come back for a 4 hour, fasting glucose test to determine if I have the dreaded gestational diabetes. I scheduled the appointment, told her thank you, hung up and cried my eyes out. This happened as I was parking to go into my chiropractic appointment. She confirmed that I was carrying a lot of stress and she, so kindly, talked me through it. Pregnancy is full of so many physical and emotional changes. I came home from her appointment feeling better.

Back Pain…

Over the past week, I have experienced some pretty bad back pain. I think it’s hurting because this belly of mine is getting so big that I’m losing the control I used to have in my core so my back is picking up the slack. This is normal in pregnancy and one way to combat it is to make sure you squat instead of bending over – especially when lifting anything. Sleeping in funny side positions can cause back pain in pregnancy, too, so you may want to pick up a pregnancy pillow. Both this pregnancy and last, I’ve opted for my king-sized, feather pillow instead and it’s served me just fine.

How to Survive this week:

Wednesday was the meltdown day. It was so bad that my husband sent me to get my nails done and to get a blow out. I took that moment for myself and decided I couldn’t worry myself into a frenzy about what I can’t control. I’m going to watch my diet and celebrate this pregnancy and wait for the second round of testing next week. After all, I’m thankful that I can even BE pregnant. I’m thankful for this baby and my sweet husband and our crazy, trying and precious all-in-one toddler. I’m thankful for modern medicine and if I do have gestational diabetes, I honestly want to know so I can take the best care of my baby girl as possible. So my pity party was over as quickly as it happened and now I’m preparing myself for a ketogenic diet so I can love my baby through the foods I eat!

The point I’m trying to make is this. Sometimes you just need to remove yourself from the emotional storm you’re in. A little pampering is a great way to do this. If you can get away for an hour… just to sit in your car and drink a latte alone in the quiet, do it. Anxiety isn’t good for baby either and, in this day and age, it’s impossible to avoid it. Breathe, relax and love yourself. Give yourself some grace. Say your prayers. give it to God. Tomorrow’s a new day.

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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