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Week 23 Pregnancy Journal



How Far Along? 23 weeks

Size of Baby: A large mango (11.5 inches).

Gender: A girl!

Weight Gain: Up a total of 6 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight -- but since I lost a few pounds in the first trimester, up 9 pounds total from that lowest point.


Maternity Clothes: YES. So thrilled on Sunday to take some clothes into Clothes Mentor (a consignment store) to sell -- only to see that they had a maternity section! I left with a few new tops and a Lilly dress. Spent more money than I made, but so worth it!

Nursery: I feel like we're taking baby steps here. Little eensy baby steps. I definitely have the vision of what I want, but we have a lot of items to store or sell before we can really start switching the rooms over. It's a bit daunting.

Movement: Loving every bit of it. My favorite way to wake up in the morning is to turn off the alarm and just lay there with my hand on my belly, feeling her wiggle.

Symptoms: Round belly. Somewhat itchy at times due to growth. No stretch marks, no hand or ankle swelling. A penchant for fun-sized Snickers. I allow myself to have three at a time. And I can't believe that I just admitted that.

Also, this week I noticed one night that one of my favorite rings was causing major discoloration on my fingers where it touched. My doctors (aka Instagram friends) diagnosed me with a possible iron deficiency? I called my (real) doctor first thing the next morning and they are going to run some more bloodwork this coming Friday. They recommended that I switch to a different prenatal with iron in it after I discovered that my gummies had no iron whatsoever in them. And the spinach smoothies have started again. Since that night I've not had this happen again with that ring.



Sleep: Still sleeping great!

Cravings: None really, a healthy appetite but no "I NEED THIS NOW" feelings about certain foods. Coming down off of the hot chocolate high that I was on for a long while.

What I Miss: Exercising without being really exhausted afterwards.

Best Moment This Week: Taking a yoga class with Ian on Friday night was a true highlight. It felt great to relax on the mat. I'd like to get back in several more times before baby girl comes. Oh, and if you are wondering about how I get Ian to go with me -- there are often about 2-4 other guys in the class, which is good for him to see, and it has been a big help for his lower back pain ... so he really enjoys it!

Looking Forward To: My doctor's appointment this week. I haven't had one in about five weeks so I'm just anxious to hear how everything is measuring and progressing along!

20 comments:

  1. April, you are glowing!!!! Have fun at your appointment, those were always the highlights of my weeks! XO

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  2. Sounds like everything is going great! I'm sure that the nursery will come together beautifully, and that's awesome about the new maternity clothes, including a Lilly dress! I'm glad that you caught the iron deficiency.

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  3. Love reading your updates! :)

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  4. Aww you look great!! So glad things are going well! Have you been thinking of names at all, or are you going to keep it a surprise like we are? :)

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  5. You look just gorgeous! I love how Instagram helped you figure out you had an iron deficiency. Smart peeps!

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  6. You look amazing and I just love your belly! Also, I couldn't find ANY prentals in gummy form with iron so I haven't been taking it either. And I have got to check out this consignment store!!!!

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  7. I'm sure you get this a lot but you are truly one of the most beautiful pregnant ladies I have seen!

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  8. You look beautiful! And that is so awesome that your husband will go to yoga with you, I don't think I could ever convince my husband to do that even if I was pregnant - ha!

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  9. I wish my husband would go exercise with me. That is so fun! You look great!

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  10. Gorgeous as always! I didn't know they even made prenatal a without iron! Good thing you figured it out now and hopefully it all gets worked out! Iron is a definite must during pregnancy!

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  11. you look great and i love the scarf and instagram for the win.
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  12. You are so cute! I have loved reading your pregnancy updates...hope I can be as stylish as you when I'm preggo!

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  13. Love that Ian went to yoga with you!

    You have such a glow!!

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  14. The yoga date sounds perfect and you are truly a glowing pregnant woman! It suits you so well! The doctors appointments are always so fun- until the end when you're there every week or more!

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  15. Glad to hear that you gaining the weight back. I went through a lack and loss of weight gain in the beginning of my first pregnancy due to severe morning sickness. I ended up having to be on medication for the duration so that I keep most of what I ate or drank down.

    You look amazing. You definitely wear your pregnancy glow well!

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  16. Came over from Make me up Mia. Only 9 pounds!? I am at 14 weeks and have gained 8! I was marathon training before hand though which knocks a few pounds off. So really about 6 maybe from non marathoning weight. I understand about the nursery too! It all is done in baby steps!

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  17. I loved mini snickers when I was pregnant, too!! Our nursey wasn't finished until about 2 weeks before our girlie came...it still wasn't complete all the way! So no worries, it will get there, just enjoy being pregnant! :)

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