Pregnancy Diary: Week 22

Baby Feet So now I think it is safe to say that we are just past half way and baby is as active as ever! At 19cm long and weighing in at about 350g she is packing quite a punch! She does sometimes kick while the toddler is feeding, but toddler doesn't seem to have felt it yet, although I doubt it will be long before she does.

...without either of us noticing it we have gone a couple of days without nursing at all.

Speaking of the toddler breastfeeding, I did mention a while back that I was ok with the idea of tandem feeding (feeding two non-twin babies at once). The breastfeeding in pregnancy seems to have been going well, and without either of us noticing it we have gone a couple of days without nursing at all. I think the taste and volume of the milk has certainly changed, so that is one factor. And I think it is also just a case of the natural weaning process taking its course.

...it's our special little bonding time.

I lean towards the idea that the proportion of breastmilk to solids is similar to the proportion of gums to teeth. When there are no teeth, no solids, and then when all the (baby) teeth are there, then breastfeeding can come to its natural end. As it stands we have 2½ molars to go, so we seem to be doing alright. I must admit I really enjoy nursing my toddler; it's the only time I can get her to sit still and cuddle, and she really enjoys the closeness to, so it's our special little bonding time.

Some people worry that you won't have enough milk as the toddler will drink it all...

I was checking about what happens with tandem feeding when the new baby is born, because there is a concern that the toddler gets the colostrum that the newborn should get. The advice I have seen is to make sure that the newborn always feeds first, and I think we're at the stage where that shouldn't be a problem with the toddler. I'm also planning ways to make sure the toddler gets the attention she needs without needing to nurse until the mature milk comes in. Some people worry that you won't have enough milk as the toddler will drink it all, but actually what I've heard from the tandem nursing mommies is that they end up having too much milk because of the extra stimulation!

I'm trying to put my husband's heartburn remedies into practice: chew your food properly, avoid trigger foods, eat small meals, and don't drink with meals.

Last time I got heartburn at the beginning of the pregnancy, I think because your digestion slows down, but this time I'm starting to get heartburn because of the upward pressure of the uterus. So I'm trying to put my husband's heartburn remedies into practice: chew your food properly, avoid trigger foods, eat small meals, and don't drink with meals. Raw, unblanched almonds are also great for heartburn!

...being pregnant is always a good conversation starter!

I've reached the point where my belly sticks out far enough that strangers and acquaintances feel comfortable asking me when I'm due. I suppose I've reached that point later than most and it really doesn't bother me – being pregnant is always a good conversation starter! Obviously when I tell people I'm just over half way they reply that I'm really small. I'm never sure what to say to that. I usually reply that I carried quite small last time too, although my first was almost exactly average weight when she was born (3.3kg). Usually I just tell them I blame the ballet and I stand like a 'normal' person so my belly sticks out and ask if that looks about right...

I think I'm a bit of a masochist sometimes.

I think I'm a bit of a masochist sometimes. When I talk about appreciating the pregnancy niggles people look at me as though I'm a bit odd, and I'm sure they're thinking in their heads that it's easy for me to enjoy pregnancy because I don't look like a house and I still have a semblance of a waist and ankles. Also, when I talk about avoiding tearing, and pushing positions for big babies, and avoiding induction, I can see them looking at me as though I'm a moron because I didn't have a big baby and I didn't go far past my due date. So, getting back to my point on being a masochist, I sometimes 'wish' that I could have a big baby who goes overdue so I can speak from experience as well as from research and statistics. Weird, I know.

Anyway, I don't know if it's hormonal, but I'm finding that I'm becoming more philosophical about things, so you might find that my pregnancy diary over the next few weeks takes a more philosophical slant. Having said that, you can find week 23 of my pregnancy diary here.

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