My period was about to come but I was feeling really heavy cramps already for the last few days. It wasn't the same type of cramps I would usually feel. Then, what I thought was my period came out to be just a few spots. Something was really different. I decided to use my pregnancy test that I had lying around at home. It came out positive! The image above was my actual result. The first thing I thought was "wow, that has never happened before". I've taken many pregnancy tests in the past. Back then I was hoping to not get pregnant and they always came out negative. My husband and I have been married for 7 months at the time and we were ready so when we got the positive result, I was thrilled! I emailed my husband while he was at work. We were both so happy but also cautious. We decided that we're not going to tell anyone that I'm pregnant until my first trimester is over, when the most risky stage for miscarriages is over.
At 25 weeks, 2 days I weighed 126 lbs. Before I got pregnant, I was 120 lbs so this was the first significant weight gain since I've been pregnant. I will grow more rapidly soon. I bought my first pair of stretchy pants from Ross around this time because none of my jeans fit anymore.
It was alterations time because all of the pants in the maternity section are long and I am a short woman. I recently learned how to sew last month in October and in the last 4 weeks, I bought a sewing machine and hemmed 2 of my maternity jeans. It's the best hobby I've picked up during my maternity.
Oh boy, does my stomach grow rapidly towards the end! Some of the more obvious things that changed besides a growing big belly is the pigment color and dark lines that are showing up. I noticed that my nipples are a lot bigger and darker now and that line down the middle of my belly is also getting darker.
Strangely, I think my underarms has some dark areas as well now. That is kind of annoying because I didn't have that before I got pregnant. It was all one skin color. I feel like it makes my underarms so unattractive.
Most of my family and friends live on the other side of the country so I've decided to not have a baby shower. If our loved ones want to send gifts, they may but I don't want to host a party and make them feel obligated. My mother in law will be getting the baby's crib and my mom wants to pitch in towards a year long supply of diapers. Are any of you not having a baby shower like me?
Some women get gestational diabetes when they're pregnant and the doctors have you take a blood test during your third trimester to make sure you don't have it. I didn't pass my first sugar test so I had to come back to do a 3-hour one. The thing that is tricky is I have to be on a high carb, high sugar diet for 3 days before the test. I love that I have to eat a lot of sweets like cake and chocolate bars but my stomach didn't take it well for the first couple of days. I eventually passed this 3 hour test but it is quite a long process waiting in the lobby. Basically the 3-hour glucose test starts with you drinking this sugar syrup that the nurse gives you and then they take your blood test every hour to see how you break down your sugar to determine if you have gestational diabetes or not. It's not fun one bit so hopefully you pass your preliminary test so you don't have to do this 3-hour one like I did.
I really recommend taking these classes if your hospital offers them. Thankfully mine were free because I'll be giving birth at their hospital. My husband and I both went to our childbirth classes. Some came with their moms instead. The instructor had us practice our breathing and lectured about the many options and risks of childbirth. Some would need a C-section, while others prefer to not use the epidural. They were all very helpful information especially since this was our first pregnancy.
The big thing I learned about is the placenta. I had no idea what a placenta looked like and their main function until this class started. The instructor also showed us videos of women giving birth and then what comes out right after the baby is eventually the placenta. It was very fascinating.
They also gave us warnings about pooping while you push during child birth. Don't worry, most people poop when they give birth. The hospital staff is used to it.