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In the past, I’ve shared the story of how I found out I was pregnant, what to expect during the first trimester of pregnancy, and what to expect during week 13 to 18 of pregnancy. Without any further adieu, let’s get started with what you can expect during week nineteen thru twenty-third when expecting.
Oh boy, the back pain started. On the other hand, acne is not currently active and the counts for something. Also, I had a tendency of waking up around six in the morning everyday like clockwork. With that being said, I would wake up and head straight to the kitchen to make breakfast. Unfortunately, I had restroom breaks throughout the night around midnight, two and four. Therefore, mornings were not the best time for me. Lastly, I felt Baby C fluster for the very first time! In all honesty, I still remember seating in class and feeling the fluster. At the moment, I was filled with joy and shed a tear or two of joy.
Cravings: Breaded Shrimp
According to Baby Center, the baby is about the size of a banana. As a result, of spring break I had time to relax and focus on myself throughout the week. In all honesty, I needed to seat back and take things slowly for my own well being. Unfortunately, there was couple of days where I had back pains but not as frequently as Week 19. Also, I was able to declutter certain areas before Baby C arrives. I am sure most of us have a never ending to do list that should be completed before the due date. However, I am wondering what will actually get done. On the other hand, melesma made an appearance towards the bottom of my neck and armpits. By now, I have come to accept that hyper pigmentation is a symptom I will face throughout this pregnancy. Therefore, I am trying to not stress over melesma as much as I did during the first trimester. Also, I started to notice the commonly known linea negra in the middle of my bump.
Without a doubt, around this time is when the leg cramps started. To say the least, I could not walk or stand to long afterwards because of the soreness. Most of the time, the leg cramps would occurred in the right leg. Thankfully, I experienced all of them in the middle of the night or early in the morning. Therefore, I was home and was able to have assistance stretching to ease the pain. By this time, I also started to notice the high level of hunger I had diminish drastically. Lastly, I experienced nausea and vomiting occasionally throughout the week.
According to Baby Center, the baby is about the size of a spaghetti squash. Unfortunately, the cramping in the leg continued throughout the week. With that being said, my co-worker advised me to test my iron levels because it might be the reason behind the cramping. I decided to wait until the upcoming appointment with my OB/GYN care provider to ask for the test. In addition, I started to experience difficulty walking the ordinary distance. Therefore, I decided to reduce the distance and follow a slower pace. As a matter of fact, I began having trouble getting out of the bed or couch because of discomfort in the pelvic area. Baby C definitely is going to be a sports player because she kicks with full force throughout the day and night. In all honesty, it is magical to feel her moving inside of me!
The kicking is strong but is not yet visible through the stomach. With that being said, I can hardly wait to see the kicks through the belly. On the other hand, the emotional side of me made an appearance throughout the entire week. In other words, I became extremely sensitive and cried over anything and everything. Moving forward, I have notice each week I experience more leg pain towards the end of the night. Therefore, I stop whenever I need to in order to regain energy and give my body the rest it is asking for.
Cravings: Shrimp and Coca-Cola
All things considered, Baby C is rapidly growing with each passing day. With that being said, she is measuring bigger than usual but nothing to worry about. In all honesty, I can hardly wait to meet her in the upcoming weeks. In the comments, I’ll love to know what you experience during week nineteen thru twenty-third of pregnancy.