I've been pretty fortunate with the pregnancy symptoms, mainly by dodging the morning sickness bullet. My weight gain has been kept within reason. There's the standard round ligament pain and now that I'm getting bigger I have some back pain by the end of the day. I've had some cravings, but not too many. The weirdest one being meat sauce. For a while there we had spaghetti or some other meat sauce based dish at least twice a week. Honestly, I could have just eaten a bowl of meat sauce, hold the pasta! Then it was on to fruit. I'm not much of a fruit person (I prefer veggies), but I would eat at least 3 pieces of fresh fruit a day. That one too has passed (but I still try to eat at least two pieces). Right now I don't think I'm craving much of anything in particular.
Actually, I do have a craving...I crave the day I can eat a black bean and not worry that I'll be up all night with trapped wind! I heard that pregnant women fart more, but really that hasn't been an issue with me. It's the stuff that never comes out, just moving around my belly causing me major pain. I learned the hard way that cabbage is out for the rest of this pregnancy. I'm afraid to eat Brussels sprouts, which I love. On our anniversary we went out for a late dinner (problem number 1). I had a plate of carby pasta (problem number 2) with spicy sauce (problem number what-the-heck-was-I-thinking!). It took TWO DAYS until I finally felt better after that meal! Another problem is that a meal that's perfectly fine one night, will have me up all night the next time I make it. If this baby comes out with even half the gas that I've been having we're in for some long days and nights.
Oh, and I told Wes if this is a boy we're probably going to want to name him Steven Gerrard since it seems he already has his shootin' boots on! I've been feeling the baby move since about 17 weeks. It was funny because at an earlier appointment, before I could feel the baby, the doctor had the doppler on to hear the heartbeat. She had a slightly horrified look on her face when she told us those noises we were hearing were the baby kicking. I think she was nervous for me! So far no karate chops to the bladder, but I know they're in my future. Last night was the first time I could actually see my stomach move when the baby kicked which was pretty cool. :)
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