WEEK 21

Week 21, baby is forever being a gymnast kicking and somersaulting around in there. During my last pregnancy I started feeling Ayan actually quite strongly (more than flutters) at this point, however, during this pregnancy I still wasn’t feeling a thing. Of course after reading so much about pregnancy I began to get paranoid and was so sure something was wrong with the baby, so rushed to my gynecologist for a scan only to find out baby is there, kicking and perfectly healthy, yet I on the other hand have a placenta which is placed on the fundul of the uterus and the anterior wall. What does this mean? This means that my placents is partially on the top wall of my uterus and partially on the front wall meaning to an extent is providing a cushioning pad when baby kicks. So there’s a funny story for this week. My husband however, was not amused, oops.

Aside from that most women are feeling pretty comfortable at this point, aside from the occasional ache and pain. This point in second trimester is one of my favourites as I’m big enough to look pregnant yet not fat. Small enough to still wear a few cute clothes and I still have enough energy to get through my day without resolving to being a crying mess at the end. The only downside during this week is that I’ve officially taken a break from the gym, for some reason this pregnancy (as I’m always complaining) my sciatica and back pain has been a lot worse and it resulted on some days me being barely able to walk…so take note girls, DO NOT OVER WORK your body during pregnancy. You can push a little, however, if you have a serious pain, rest it, don’t push it as you’ll only be causing more harm and stress to yourself, which can even cause stress to baby!

Week 20 + Workout

At week 20 baby is putting their digestive system into practise, swallowing the amniotic fluid around them, then urinating or producing a sticky black substance called MECONIUM. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels and you will see it in his first soiled diaper (I never actually got to see it last time round thanks to the hubby doing all the nappy changes) – however, maybe this time round.

For us this week it is also a great week because WE HAVE REACHED THE HALFWAY MARK definitely a reason to celebrate! Your uterus should be up to your belly button by now and if you didn’t already have one then a bump surely should be visible (even if it is tiny) this pregnancy, my bump was huuuge, however, my last pregnancy it was cute, tiny and low, however my weight hasn’t varied so much, so it surely is as we already knew, every pregnancy is so very different! 

In other news, as I said in my previous blog post, I considered at some point during week 19 to take a break from the gym as my back pain and sciatica was just getting so bad that I was barely doing anything at the gym. So this week I did manage to get into the gym a few times and then I took a break for a very long time. So this is the last workout that I will be posting for a while!

 

Light walking

1.72km – 15 mins

2o reps x 4 sets each arm bicep curls

12 reps x 4 sets wide squats

20 reps x 4 sers tricep pull downs

20 reps x 4 sets leg press

30 reps x 4 sers adductor

1.25km – 12 mins treadmill – 102 calories

12 reps x 4 sets wide squats 

20 reps x 4 sets leg extension

8 reps each side x 4 sets glute kick backs