Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks!

Monday, October 28, 2013

The bump is there, I swear!!
This has been a truly exciting week - I'm finally starting to get a little belly! My bump has been steadily growing, but I've also noticed that my entire belly is starting to get more firm. I'm sure some of it is due to bloating, especially at the top, but I feel like near the middle & bottom of my belly, my uterus has just been shifting upwards! (Which I am relieved about because I don't have to pee as much this week!)

I've also been feeling a little bit more emotional this week and had my first "pregnancy meltdown." My h
usband has been studying for his licensing exams at home with me since he graduated from his Masters program last May, and he starts his new job this week. Next week, he's gone for 6 days on a trip to Chicago for training. 

We're hardly ever apart - especially overnight, so I'm a little stressed about all the changes! I know its a part of life and I'm extremely lucky to have had so much time with him, but its still hasn't been easy to deal with. I also think the stress, aside from making me more emotional, has been creating neck & headache issues for me, which is no fun! I wish I didn't get so anxious about changes in life! I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to. So this next week will be about appreciation and focusing on the good things in my life. :)

Week: 16

Gender: No gender yet!

Total Weight Gain:
I'm g
uessing 1.5lbs. I need a more accurate scale to tell me for sure, but I'm so excited that the weight gain has begun!!

Exercise: I've done a little better this week compared to the last several weeks. Walking, doing some moderately intense yoga, and vigorously cleaning my apartment!

Nutrition: Hasn't changed much, still eating vegetarian chili as much as possible. My weakness during pregnancy has been cheddar cheese!

Food cravings/aversions:
I haven't been as averse to s
weets as before, and my husband has been wanting sugar cookies lately, so I've had a few! Still not loving lots of garlic.

Signs of Stretch Marks: Not yet!

Sleep: This week sleep has been a little difficult just because I've had a lot of neck pain and headaches. :/

Feeling: Still tired! I haven't experienced that second trimester return to energy. Also, those neck/headaches are not making life easy this week. :(

Baby Movement: None yet!

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

What I miss most this week: Life without neck/headaches!

Best moment this week: Noticing my little bump grow!

Looking forward to: I'm anxiously excited for my husband to start his new job this week! At the same time, I can tell I'm already stressed out about missing him!

Any suggestions on what to do about these headaches? I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day. I drink 2 cups of weakly brewed coffee in the morning, and occasionally take Tylenol if my headaches get really bad. I'm hoping yoga will make my shoulder & neck muscles stronger and better able to deal with my growing breasts! I've considered getting acupuncture or massage but it makes me nervous during pregnancy. My Dad suggested meditation, which I am not great at. Any suggestions welcome!!

xo kristen genevieve


  1. I adore your baby bump! Pure cuteness! So sorry to hear about the headaches. I know those can be so painful. I think your dad is on to something. Maybe unplugging and just being still might calm the pain a bit. Practicing deep breathing and tuning the world out hopefully helps some. I hope you feel better! I love reading about your growing belly. This is fun having a preggo blogger friend =)

    1. Aww thank you, Carmen!! I'm so excited that we're both pregnant, too! So fun! :)
      I agree, I definitely need to unplug more often. I tried meditation once over the weekend, but I think it deserves another few tries to get to a place where I can truly relax. Thanks for the advice and well wishes :)

  2. I got massages and a readjustment (chiropractor) during my pregnancy and it helped will all aches and pains!

    1. Thanks for the advice! My sister-in-law has a chiropractor and that seems to help her tremendously. I'm just a little nervous about getting a massage, even if they're specialized for pregnancy. :/ I feel like I'd be too worried to relax. But I'm definitely getting a massage 6 months from now!!


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