24 Week Pregnancy Update

24 Weeks Pregnant

24 weeks pregnant and we’re having a… BOY! We already have a little boy at home, and he had decided that he was having a baby sister, so he’s still a bit confused. I’m not going to lie, I wanted a little girl this time around, too. Still, we are more than happy to know that we will have a little boy by the time fall comes around. The trouble, we already had a girl name picked out, but we can’t seem to find a boy name that we love. I don’t know what it is, but I struggle so much more with boy names than with girl names. The only name we had considered was literally shot down by everyone. While I know that we should just pick the name we love, when everyone hates it… I think we’ll keep our thoughts to ourselves for the next little while.

24 weeks pregnantHow far along? 24 weeks 1 day

How big is Baby? 32 cm / .6 kg

Total weight gain/loss? I have gained almost 20 lbs! I don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t like it. I’m not way off of my chart, but I’m definitely gaining more than I should. I know that weight gain is part of pregnancy, and I don’t have too much of a problem with that. I just want to stay within the ideal range, so that I can get back to my weight loss in the fall. It’s pretty hard for me to be heading straight back to my pre-weight loss weight. Especially when I’m not eating particularly unhealthily.

Have you started to show yet? There’s no hiding it now. Lucky for me, I feel as though I skipped the part where I just look a bit fat and went straight to pregnant. Maybe because I still felt a bit fat back in January. Regardless, my stomach has definitely “popped”. It is 100% unmistakeably a pregnant belly. I’m not sure when it happened, exactly, but it definitely happened recently.

Maternity clothes? I’m still wearing my Tummy Trimmer Denim. I love the compression in them for a couple of reasons. They keep me feeling like I’m a bit smaller and they also physically hold me in a bit which helps with some of the stretching muscle and ligament pain.

Stretch marks? None yet.

Sleep? Sleep is starting to get more miserable. I’ve been getting some unusual discomfort since my stomach popped. It mostly just feels like muscles stretching, but occasionally it almost feels like tearing? I’ve only noticed it over the last couple of days, though. I know it’s not actually tearing, it’s not painful enough for that, and I’ll bring it up at my next appointment. It just means that I have to make sure I support my stomach more, especially at night when I’m lying down.

Best moment this week? Finally finding out the gender of our little beansprout!

Miss Anything? Possibly sleeping through the night. That’s something I haven’t been able to do much of recently, and I feel like it has started to affect me a bit in the mornings. It takes me much longer to wake up than it used to, which isn’t fun.

Movement? It turns out that I have an anterior placenta (again). This doesn’t mean much, but it explains why this baby is kicking the crap out of me from the inside, but my husband still can’t feel anything.

Food cravings? Things that make me gain too much weight? I need to go back to my salad kick, please! Although my last grocery trip involved a lot of fruit, so maybe that’s a good start.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing.

Gender? It’s a little BOY!!! We finally know, now!

Labor Signs? None. Stay in there baby! But apparently, they’re watching me for preterm labour (also again) because I have too many similarities between this pregnancy and my last one.

Belly Button in or out? In

Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Mostly happy, although I have to say something important that I believe is pretty relevant this week. Gender disappointment is real, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I am happy to have another little boy, but I really, really wanted a little girl this time. While these thoughts are something I mostly keep to myself, I’ve witnessed some pretty unfair judgements both this time and last time when women expressed that disappointment. Primarily, “you aren’t entitled to be sad, be grateful that at least you can have a baby”.  Just a reminder to be nice.

Looking forward to? Hopefully exercising more and slowing this stupid weight gain down. I don’t know… this has been a difficult week for me. So hopefully just feeling more positive again.

We didn’t do a formal gender reveal or anything to that effect. We just posted a video of our little boy being confused about his baby sister actually being a brother. If you have a baby (or more) how did you choose to do the reveal? Or did you just have a surprise? What are your feelings on gender disappointment? Let me know in a comment or tag me on social media!


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