The weirdness that is incubating a croissant (aka baby’s current size)

Baby's a croissant!

Baby’s a croissant! By: Neil Conway

I was so impatient to grow a bump. Wanting something to show for all the stuff going on inside me. Proof, if you like! Validation. It’s part of that whole glowing thing, right?

And now my body seems almost alien to me. My belly swelled up what seemed quite suddenly in week 13. For someone whose weight and shape doesn’t change, EVER … I’m still getting used to it.

My work BFF is a couple weeks further along than me and is barely showing at all; although I tend to carry weight in my middle anyway (skinny apple shapes, holler at me) so I guess I’m not surprised that I’ve popped out already.

It’s strange to feel your body is not quite your own. At the all-important 12 week scan, Spud was wriggling around like nobody’s business. All that movement, happening below the surface, and I had no idea! I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll actually start to feel zir move. At least I think I am, but that’s probably going to take me to a whole new level of wow-what-is-this-body-that-apparently-still-belongs-to-me-but-does-it-really?!

And of course, it’s just the beginning. Apparently a healthy weight gain for me would be 12-16kg total. If I did put on as much as 16kg, that would be … oh, nearly a third of my normal weight?

At that scan, I still hadn’t gained any weight yet, but given my new bulge I’m guessing that’s changed in the past few weeks. I don’t own a scale though, so I have no idea how much! My next midwife appointment is in a couple of days, so we’ll see then…

How did you feel about all the physical changes, if you’ve been through a pregnancy?

3 thoughts on “The weirdness that is incubating a croissant (aka baby’s current size)

  • Reply Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life June 1, 2018 at 08:14

    I hated not being able to eat in the first trimester but was astounded by all the actual external physical changes when they appeared in the second trimester. Not being able to bend down or reach my toes, having trouble reaching the steering wheel when my belly was protruding too much to be close to it, but my arms are short. It’s all so weird! I was not a glowing mother to be.

    The third trimester was trippy because it’s so much more obvious that there IS SOMEONE IN THERE. I used to annoy JB on purpose at that point because if I’m giving you life, you will entertain me at least a little. And of course ze retaliated by using my ribs as a jungle gym and to dig zir toes in between them. Ze STILL does that now, to me and Seamus.

  • Reply Lily from The Rich Miser June 5, 2018 at 13:45

    Hey NZ Muse!

    Congratulations! I’m also pregnant!! Just behind you at 12 weeks now! I can totally relate to everything that you’re saying. While I don’t feel the baby moving, at my 8-week sonogram the baby was moving a lot! The picture that they took is hilarious because it seems like the baby is waving! 🙂

    I have been very lucky with the pregnancy. To this day I have never vomited and the morning sickness has been non-existent. I do strive to never allow myself to be hungry, to avoid any feeling resembling nausea. While my body has changed (I think I have a bigger belly than most women at 12 weeks) I have barely gained any weight. Weird huh?! I initially felt a bit agitated like my heart was racing, but it quickly went away. I also would get really sleepy needing frequent naps. My thing now is that I can’t find any comfortable position to sleep at night. I just got a pregnancy pillow, which is like a U-shaped body pillow and is supposed to help. I can’t believe something so little changes our lives so much. 🙂 Oh, and I miss sushi, wine, beer and all the good raw stuff. Haha. But I guess the reward is worth it, right??!!

    Funny thing, one of my BFFs at work is also pregnant! She’s 8-weeks. The poor woman has had really bad morning sickness and is always running to vomit!

    • Reply eemusings June 5, 2018 at 15:28

      Right back at you! I have two work friends also up the duff! And also been quite lucky with pregnancy so far – although I haven’t published that post just yet for fear of jinxing it haha. My work BFF has literally had just about the worst experience to date (not just morning sickness but also complications that led to having emergency surgery quite early on) and I def can’t complain…

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