Pregnancy Update – 27 weeks

Heaps of people have been asking how the pregnancy is going, so I thought I’d do a quick post on it, seeing as a lot of my friends and family are overseas… always good to keep everyone in the loop.

27 weeks pregnant

The last few weeks

So… here’s the the main news: Everything has been bobbing along just fine.

The only thing that has been not so great is acid reflux, which I think is called “heartburn” in pregnancy.  In actuality, it’s not exactly my heart that’s burning, but higher up- like in my esophagus and throat region, especially when I lie down.

The closest thing I can compare it to is when you have a shot of hard alcohol and you get that warm, burning sensation as it goes down… except this is really unpleasant, and it’s on its way up, not down.

The midwife said to drink some milk for it, but I hate milk, so that’s a no-go.  The naturopath said to try slippery elm bark powder and apple cider vinegar (not mixed together), both of which haven’t helped so far.

At 27 weeks I’m finally showing… actually have been for the past 3 or 4 weeks, so that’s good.

We haven’t bought anything for the baby yet, mainly because we don’t have a lot of space to store stuff… we’ll have to do a major closet clean-out and organize stuff soon.

Let’s see, what else?  Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about baby vaccinations and whether or not they’re all necessary and healthy, so I’ve been committing a LOT of time to researching that.  I know it’s a contentious issue, so I’ve been taking lots of notes and will post my findings here, if that would be helpful to anyone.

I’ve been working out still, but definitely not to the level I was at before the pregnancy… not that I’m slack, but I just can’t.  Running is out, and so is doing most abs exercises (which you’re not supposed to do in your 2nd and 3 trimester anyways).  You can see a bit more about that on the last pregnancy workout video I did.

So, fitness-wise it’s been a lot of power-walking and some weight training for my arms and legs using the free weights I have at home, plus my snazzy new yellow Equalizer.  I definitely feel and sleep a lot better when I work out, just like before, so trying to keep it up as much as possible, but it’s hard when you’re working lots plus feeling tired from being 6 months pregnant.  Still, no excuses, right?  Well, not quite, but that’s what I’ve been telling myself.  😉

I read a really encouraging interview with Jamie Eason, a fitness model and fitness writer, who just gave birth to her first child a couple weeks ago.  She was talking about what she did during her pregnancy, and basically how she kept pretty fit, but didn’t over-do it either.  It made me feel like I’m somewhat on the right track.  If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Two more things…

The first is a bit of a rant, which has to do with people (and by that I mean pretty much EVERYONE) asking “have you thought of any names yet?”  What the heck am I supposed to say to that?  “Yes.”?  (end of conversation, which is lame).  Or “Ya, here’s a list of our top 10.”?  Seriously people, PRIVATE.  As in none-of-your-business.

I know people are probably just excited and don’t know what else to ask about a pregnancy, so I’m not getting all bent out of shape about it, but it just gets me every time someone asks.

So now you’re probably wondering if we have thought of any names?  😉  The answer is yes, we’ve spent lots of time looking online, and almost every name is either a) weird,  b) the name of a bad boy we’ve taught, or c) a good name for a dog.  We’ve got a shortlist of about 5 names that are possibilities, but nothing concrete, and probably won’t be till we get a good look at him after he’s born.

The other thing… and this is minor, is that I’m sorta mourning the loss of my cute iny belly button.  It’s now sticking half-out as my stomach gets bigger… hoping that’ll all fold itself back in after he’s born.

Anyways, there you have it… 27 weeks down, 13 to go.  Kind of scary how fast it’ll go when you think of it like that.  Super excited though.

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