This is our last day at the beach and I’m sad to say the least! I’m trying to figure out a way to buy a beach condo so we can use it whenever we want. It’s been so much fun just lounging and enjoying the sun and sand. The weather has been so perfect every day. 80 plus degrees in December I’ll take it! We did disney too and I can say disney pregnant is hard work. 😂 I did have a great time though. I’m so excited to start feeling little miss Mac move. Sometimes I think maybe I feel her but then I’m not sure so I’m not counting it yet. I did lots of snack eating at Disney and that was so much fun. The Disney weather was also great. Usually when we go it’s so darn hot! I think if we go back now it will be a January or February trip!
Tomorrow we fly out in the afternoon so we have to pack up today but I’m putting it off for as long as I can. I love that I can hear the ocean waves and the kids counting loudly on the beach. They are trying to play hide and seek on the beach…. 😂 At least they are getting along. Ricky is out in the ocean looking for treasures. I’m just happy to lay in a beach chair in the sunshine. Still no weight gain. My ice craving is going great! My teeth hurt but it’s worth it. We found a ice machine in the club house here and I get like 3 cups a day! The fish tacos here are also so good. I love all the fresh fish when I’m in Florida. We have had such a great time here and I love that I got to see Jen, KC and the Boys. They are getting so big. Let’s see what baby Mac is up to now!
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is almost 8 inches long, and the soft cartilage that makes up your little one’s skeleton is ossifying, or laying the foundation for bones. You can help Baby Mac out with the bone-hardening process by making sure you’re getting all the right nutrients: calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, C, and D, as well as riboflavin and phosphorous.
Baby Mac’s heart is now beating 120-160 times a minute and is controlled by their brain rather than beating at random intervals. Furthermore, your little one’s brain is continuing to develop their senses of sight, smell, sound and touch! The umbilical cord is strengthening this week too. Your baby’s arms and legs will also have reached normal proportions around now and will continue to grow at this constant rate from here on out. And Baby Mac is developing their coordination, so that they’ll be ready to take on the world in just a little more than a trimester and a half! If your little one is female, they are also already producing millions of eggs in their ovaries that they could use to have a baby themselves someday!
What’s new with you?
One notable pregnancy symptom for a lot of folks right around week 17 is round ligament pain, which is discomfort felt in the lower stomach and pelvis as the uterus expands and puts pressure on nearby ligaments. To alleviate these pains, try lying on your left side rather than your back in order to most reduce the amount of pressure that your uterus puts on its surroundings. You may also want to pick up something called a maternity belt, which can help support your belly and baby and ease some of the discomfort that’s normal as your body continues to grow but certainly doesn’t feel great.
You may continue to notice bodily fluids like vaginal discharge, sweat, and mucous flowing a bit more than normal, as a result of the increased blood circulating in your body. Your appetite is probably going to pick up soon as well, because your growing baby needs more and more nutrients each day to keep their development on course.
You might also start experiencing strange or vivid dreams, which is often due to a disrupted sleep schedule. Pregnancy hormones and the fact that you’re going through a major life change may play a part, but it could also be the case that you’re just remembering your dreams more vividly than before. If you’re waking up a few times each night for a bathroom run, because of new aches and pains, or due to insomnia, you have a better chance of remembering the dreams you were having right before that wake up than you do of remembering dreams from the middle of the night when you sleep through the night until morning. Jotting down a few notes on your dreams, especially if they’re particularly vivid, can be an interesting way to track your state of mind as your due date approaches. While your sleep schedule might look different these days, if it’s negatively impacting your day, there are lots of options that can help. Talk to your provider about pregnancy-safe options including meditation, routine exercise, therapy, and certain medications.