26 Weeks & Practice Contractions

by tinysneakers

The final 2 weeks of the 2nd trimester…if you told me a month ago this day would be here this soon, I wouldn’t have believed you. A pregnancy that slowly crawled through each day early on has suddenly transformed into one that is absolutely flying.

26 weeks pregnant

What Baby’s Up To

baby at 26 weeks

At 14 inches and 1 2/3 pound, this baby’s starting to run out of room. That means I can feel tons of kicks and squirms but without feeling like a punching bag yet. This week baby’s eyes have opened and he or she has started giving those little lungs a workout with some practice breathing.

What’s Going On Inside

The baby’s lungs aren’t the only thing practicing- so is my uterus. For the past few weeks I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions, which are painless practice contractions to condition the uterus. Before I was pregnant I thought they were a bad thing, but apparently it’s just a way to get the muscle in shape- a lot of women have them and don’t feel them at all. I didn’t even realize what they were until the only word I could come up with to describe the sensation in my lower abdomen was that it felt “contracted”… *lightbulb*. If it were grammatically correct, I’d rather call them Braxton Hick contractions since they only seem to come one at a time. {If they were really frequent it could be a bad thing, but they’re not.}

While they’re not painful, they do give me an indication of how uncomfortable real contractions are going to be. At least I’m getting a little warning. Winking smile

26 week belly bump26 week belly shot

How I’m Changing

My belly’s making up for lost time. This is the part of gestation when the baby starts gaining a lot of weight, and it’s reflected in my quickly growing belly. I keep forgetting it’s there until I try to bend over and something’s in my way.

The rest of me is also catching up- I gained 5 pounds this week. The recommendation for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters is to gain 1lb per week, so I was a little surprised by the jump. It doesn’t worry me- unless it keeps happening. My body doesn’t necessarily know it’s supposed to gain a pound a week, so it gets a chance to balance it out over the weeks. I completely trust my body to figure out what it needs to do, so it’s not a big deal. {To an extent of course; my body certainly won’t do the right thing if I don’t get off my butt once in awhile or if I don’t share at least a few pumpkin cupcakes.}

I’m not telling you this because it bothers me {I’m growing a human!}, but since most people read these updates because they either want to know what pregnancy is like, or they’re pregnant themselves and want to see how it’s going for other people, I’m just going to be honest: the weight gain is uncomfortable. Gaining 5 or 10 pounds over a year isn’t a big deal; it comes on so gradually that you have time to adjust and you barely notice. Gaining that much in just a few weeks {or week}, however, is anything but hard to notice. Your clothes fit differently every day, moving around gets harder and harder, and you just don’t feel yourself. I’m constantly surprised by how much harder it is just to move.

An added bonus though? You get stronger- push-ups are a lot harder when you’re lifting 20 more pounds than you used to!

Exercise

I’m over my fear of exercise & hurting the baby, and back to working out. It feels great. I know I just told you I felt uncomfortable, but that’s physically. Mentally, exercising feels great- I’m doing something good for my baby. I may not be in training for a race, but I certainly feel like I’m in training for something- labor! {And carrying a baby around…}

Other Things

The nursery’s painted and has it’s first piece of furniture, thanks to a generous gift from my momma.

modern nursery glider

I love sitting in my new glider reading and can’t wait to do it with a tiny baby. I’m waiting for fabric to come to get started on decorating, and now we just need to get around to picking the rest of the furniture.

 

Catching up?

25 weeks

24 weeks

23 weeks

22 weeks

21 weeks

20 weeks

19 weeks

18 weeks

17 weeks

{That list is getting long…}

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Love the glider!!

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Jen October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You look great! My weight gain has been all over the place, too. And I can definitely feel it when I have a week of more weight gain- it just must be shocking to our bodies.

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Caitlyn October 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

You look so cute!

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sarah (the SHU box) October 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

i wouldn’t worry at all — clearly you still look gorgeous! i think our bodies are so crazy and definitely don’t always follow ‘the curve’. after all, there must have been a REASON i was STARVVVVING earlier in the 1st tri and not as much now, right? it’s got to know better than some random guideline or chart from babycenter.

ahhh 26!!!!! that’s amazing!

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Beth October 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

So, if they were called “Braxton Hick” would you be having Hick-ups?

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