The many faces of my stomach. 21 weeks

by Veronica on April 22, 2012

in Pregnant. Finally.

This is also the post in which I start wearing proper maternity wear and remembering how comfortable it is. Why was I not introduced to maternity leggings a MONTH AGO? Internet, you’ve been slack.

Even better, the leggings were super cheap, because I refuse to pay anything over $20 for something I’m not going to be able to wear again. So, pffft to you, boutique maternity wear stores, with your $150 jeans and $80 tshirts.

I also made the move to a maternity bra this week. While they’re not as supportive as my adored regular bras, there is something to be said for both being able to breathe and not ending the day with underwire marks.

Fetal expansion is well underway, with last week’s ultrasound showing both that the baby is a GIRL, and that she is growing perfectly on track with my dates. This is something that is both fantastic, and confusing, because the other two kidlets always measured between a week and two weeks behind. It’s possible I am actually a little further along than I think I am – but it’s not a huge issues. She will be out when she’s ready.

Exhibit II – my belly button is popping out. The upside of this is that my belly button is sparkling clean, all of the time. The downside is that it feels weird and the kids like to poke it.

While I don’t have any new stretch marks, you can see the ones left by Isaac and I’m sure they’ll start growing again soon. If I’m really lucky, they’ll continue on the same path and I’ll end up with stretchmarks that look like flames. Or zebra stripes – I can’t quite decide which.

Stomach is also a strange shape. I blame those pesky internal organs, who insist on rearranging themselves around the baby.

Internet, I feel very large for 21 weeks.

New this week is reflux that is so bad I can’t physically function until it eases. I’m on a PPI for the floppy gastric system, but even Nexium is having a hard time keeping on top of this. Antacids are vaguely helpful, but the sensation of someone stabbing me in the breastbone and twisting the knife is not something I’m enjoying.

If you’ve got any remedies for reflux, I’d love to hear them. Otherwise, how is your Sunday going?

ck April 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

Congratulations, Veronica! I can’t believe you’re 21 weeks already. Does it feel like this pregnancy is going faster than the others?

Veronica April 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

It does feel faster, but I think that’s because Amy is at school full time, so our weeks just disappear. Not that faster is a bad thing – I’m very keen to be finished!

kelley @ magnetoboldtoo April 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

you are beautiful.

x

Veronica April 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thank you xx

Tam April 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Ooh, I’m almost jealous of your baby bump, but not quite jealous enough to cancel hubby’s appointment ;)

I used to drink liquid mylanta out of the bottle constantly during the day, but I’m fairly sure that’s not a recommended remedy for reflux… It’s incredible just how painful it can be – hope you find something that works for you for the second half of the pregnancy.

Jess April 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I wish I had a good remedy for you! I only know of mylanta! How’s my Sunday? Interesting so far.. Meds don’t normally make me giddy anymore, but every now n then… Needless to say I’m stuck at the local shopping centre for a few hours till said meds wear off n I’m safe to drive home again.. Where I would much rather be!

Melanie April 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

You can try mixing a little baking soda in warm water. Doesn’t taste very good but it works:-).

Cat@jugglingact April 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

You look so beautiful! I was so sure there were two inside there. Bio oil works well to keep the stretch marks a bit more tamed

Veronica April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

No, definitely not two babies. Thank goodness!

river April 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

You do look a little larger than 21 weeks, but maybe the baby is just a little larger than your other two were, or maybe you have more fluid than usual. I had tiny babies, but buckets of fluid.
Is it usual for belly buttons to pop this early? I thought that was a seven month thing?
It’s a beautiful bump.

Veronica April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I don’t think it’s normal for the belly button to pop this early, but I am also pretty sure mine popped early with Isaac too. My stomach muscles just really aren’t up to supporting everything it seems!

Georgia April 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I think you look amazing, and have a gorgeous bump.

No help with the reflux unfortunately, hope it settles down bait for you though.

Carley April 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’m 20 weeks Tuesday and learning gender that day! Keep your posts coming! They prepare me for stuff. This is my first. Weirdly, I gained 10 pounds my first tri. Now, I’m static still… 132 and stuck here. It may be my addiction to walking and biking, and my inability to eat a lot due to the sensation of digesting needles. fun!!

Veronica April 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Oh good luck with your scan!

Bright & Precious April 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

You are beautiful, Veronica. Bellybuttons, stretchmarks and all. Nothing more gorgeous that a pregnant belly and the brewing of new life.

Nicole April 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

Awwww look at your cute bump. Hope you are feeling a bit better.

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