For the past couple of days, my ribs are sooo sore - like someone has taken some really hard jabs at me! Taking deep breaths can be painful, and sleeping is obviously not the best, either.
What the hell?? I thought the uncomfortable pregnancy stage didn't start until your 3rd trimester. I am only 17 weeks today, and I am already experiencing this discomfort??
I went for my routine doctor appointment with Dr. Sahai - I told her about my sore ribs, and her response was: "well, it's only going to get worse". Apparently, my uterus is pushing my organs up into my chest. Awesome.
The upside: I got to hear my baby's heartbeat :) After I hear that little thump thump sound, all my worry and anxiety seem to subside. I'm elated!
Given that I tend to be a worrier, I am always freaked that something I did damaged the baby (i.e. waking up on my stomach...is that suffocating my baby?? My 6 month old nephew kicked me in the belly...is my baby still okay??) Hearing my baby's heartbeat is gives me a moment of peace - it's incredible!
Oh, and another cool thing: up until this point, my preggy belly barely showed. But within the past 3 days, it suddenly has made some real progress. Francis says I've "popped". Everyday after work, Francis hugs me; until now, he's only felt a slight difference in my belly. But in the last 3 days, he apparently can feel a noticeable difference. So we decided to take a profile picture of my belly - yup, I'm starting to look pregnant!
Now comes the countdown: 8 days until we find out the sex of the baby!! I am almost tempted to go to the 3D imaging center to get an early peek - I'm not sure I can wait 8 days!!