Aug 6, 2018

Bump to Baby: 19 Weeks

You are about six inches long now and weigh just over a half pound. You are really growing now at about the size of a mango. You now have a protective layer called vernix caseosa which protects your skin from the amniotic fluid. Although it looks like a waxy cheese substance, you need it to keep you from being all wrinkling when you are born and you will shed it before delivery.

This week has definitely gone better than the last couple. First of all I didn't throw up to start the new week. Also I was on vacation all week. It was hard at times not to feel self-couscous about my belly which is definitely growing but at times to me still just feels like I'm chubby. I could definitely tell a difference in my belly throughout the week though so that by the end of the week I just felt like it was a bump and not chub. Although I started out my week positive without throwing up, it didn't exactly last. I got sick once while sitting on the beach and another time in the car. But overall it was a good week. I definitely feel like I'm getting over the hump and definitely starting to feel better even if I still throw up sometimes.

I have had motion sickness my entire life. When I was a little kid I would get into a car and we could go two minutes down the road and I would get sick. It was a constant struggle. As I have gotten older my motion sickness is better. I have learned that I can't really sit in the backseat and I struggle more with hills and curves and stop and go traffic. I use seabands often and always have bags in the car just in case. But most of the time I can handle a car ride without getting sick. But when I'm pregnant all the progress I have made towards not throwing up in the car has been thrown out the window. This pregnancy has been no difference than the ones with both Addison and Connor, I am much more likely to get sick in the car. I keep even more bags in the car now and no amount of breathing techniques make a difference when my stomach starts turning. It's definitely been a struggle with car rides and this time driving doesn't necessarily mean I'm safe from throwing up. I had a crazy experience once where I came to a slow stop and didn't even have time to put my car in park before I started throwing up. I was able to pull off the road at least but it was pretty miserable. Truthfully I dread getting into the car because that seems like the most likely place for me to get sick these days no matter how good I'm feeling otherwise. I definitely look forward to the morning sickness going away and the motion sickness easing away completely.

(Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4)

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