I've hit week 26 of pregnancy and I'm definitely noticing my baby bump more and more. I know that is stating the obvious but physically it's making a big difference! It can really get in the way sometimes and more often than not, I surprise myself with how big it actually is, especially when I can't squeeze past things and people like I used to be able to do. I also can't really bend down from the sitting position anymore, it's uncomfortable and pretty much impossible. My mum was laughing her head off the other day after I dropped my phone on the floor and was attempting to pick it up from a sitting position on the sofa, I persevered of course and after several attempts admitted defeat and mum kindly came to my rescue!
Little baby B is now weighing about one and a half pounds so according to my baby app, he's roughly the size of a red cabbage! I've definitely noticed more movement and squirming in my belly, I think he must be having himself a little baby rave and it always seem to kick off the moment I'm getting off to sleep, maybe it's a sign of things to come! I don't know if I was imagining it but I'm sure I saw my belly move slightly with the movement this week, it wasn't anything obvious but just a tiny wobble and it made me smile!
Unfortunately I've been having tingling and leg cramps in my calfs which have been keeping me awake at night but after a few searches on Google I read that drinking more milk and getting more potassium in my diet can help. Banana milkshake anyone? I'm trying to get more nutrients and healthy foods in my body after overindulging at Christmas so staying clear of sweet treats and topping up my fruit bowl instead. I'm obsessed with pineapple and pears at the moment and can't seem to get enough of them but trying to sneak in a few satsumas here and there for some much needed Vitamin C.
I'm still on the Gaviscon and after every meal I always need a G hit! The indigestion and heartburn really bloody hurts but I'm a little and often eater so apart from making my meals smaller I'm not sure what else I can do. I don't eat big portions of food so unfortunately I think indigestion and heartburn must be one of those unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy that you just have to grin and bare.
Luckily I'm out and about every day, at least twice a day walking our fur baby Ted so I'm getting the recommended amount of exercise and definitely feeling better after a half an hour or so walk in the park. The fresh air does me a whole world of good. I'm quite uncomfortable sitting down for long periods at a time so I enjoy the exercise. As someone with a gym allergy, I never thought I would hear myself say that!
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