Pregnancy Diary Week 14

Week 14 of my pregnancy diary, shew! Second trimester here we come! Well, baby is growing at quite a rate; we're sitting at about 8.5cm long, and weighing in at about 30g.

Yes I know, I'm skinny and pale, but I'm working on it.

I did promise belly pics a couple of weeks ago, and I suppose every pregnancy diary should include belly pics, so here they are! Yes I know, I'm skinny and pale, but I'm working on it. And being the somewhat OCD type that I am, one picture is not enough, so I have put 3 pics up to give you an idea of what difference posture makes. (Blame the ballet teacher in me!)

14 weeks pregnant - sucked in14 weeks pregnant - good posture14 weeks pregnant - bad posture
Ballet Belly - hard work!Good posture - comfortable.Ouch!

The first one is my 'ballet belly' (Too much hard work!), the second is what I find comfortable on a day to day basis – core muscles engaged, pelvis aligned – generally a good posture for preventing back pain in pregnancy and helping you get your tummy back after pregnancy. The third is what I see as the general posture of many women when they get pregnant. I get uncomfortable if I stand like that for 5 minutes, never mind 9 months! Enough ranting for this week. I'm hoping to get an article on posture in pregnancy done so... Along with all the other articles I'm hoping to get done 'soon'.

One great thing that happened this week is that I got a bit more energy...

One great thing that happened this week is that I got a bit more energy, as is to be expected in the second trimester, although I've still been struggling to get going in the mornings. I finally got my iron and boy has it made a big difference! I feel like a bit of a doofus for not getting it sooner. Honestly, the first day of having more energy I felt like superwoman! I'm not sure if I had that amount of energy before, but I feel great!

All of my best baby stuff isn't stocked in baby shops!

Hubby and I peeked into a baby shop the other day. We had a voucher for the mall so we went in to check if there was anything useful. Not much. All of my best baby stuff isn't stocked in baby shops! Breastmilk obviously tops the list, and of course my bamboo cloth nappies and my amber teething necklaces, and of course my sling (etc!). One funny thing I noticed was that I tend to stick out my belly sometimes to make it a little more obvious that I'm pregnant, especially in baby shops for some strange reason. Oh the weirdness of me.

What I did buy with the voucher was a copy of The Baby Bond by Dr Linda Palmer – WOW! You can expect to see lots of quotes and references from this one on the site and in upcoming pregnancy diary entries! Normally I scoot through books at a frantic pace, but this is possibly the pithiest baby book I've ever read, so expect some updates next week!

I made sure to try and hide the masses of Gina Ford books on the shelf.

While I was at the bookshop I made sure to try and hide the masses of Gina Ford books on the shelf. Apologies to any fans, but baby advice from a woman who never had kids, I ask you! I can take pregnancy and labour advice from someone without kids, but for the day-in-day-out ways of living with a baby in the house, I'd put my money on Dr Sears any day – a doctor, married to a registered nurse who is a La Leche League leader with over a decade of breastfeeding experience due to the fact that they had 8 kids, 2 of whom became paediatricians themselves.

By the way, if you are reading these pregnancy diary entries as they are posted, just keep in mind that each post is generally about a week behind 'real time' as I have to make time to write down the musings of the previous week, and then find time to do the coding and the uploading, which can sometimes taking longer than the actual writing.

So that's pretty much it for this week - in next week's pregnancy diary (Week 15) you can look forward to some snippets from The Baby Bond, a report back on the toddler's first visit the the game reserve (her first 'safari' in Americanese), and some other bits and bobs about moms and guilt.

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