Thursday, August 4, 2011

week 15: apple

i feel like the fruit choice was pretty arbitrary again this week, but who am i to question the undoubtedly rigorous scientific processes that go into selecting the baby/fruit/week correlations?

it's been a pretty good week, especially since the ob/gyn visit. i've been able to relax, and feel like things are going as they should. and there have been no more bleeds to shake my equilibrium.

i attempted shopping for maternity clothes this week. HAH! what a joke! there was almost nothing in my size, and the few items i found were both uncomfortable and frumpy. i think clothing manufacturers assume that plus-size women don't get pregnant, because after all, who'd want to sleep with a big porker anyway? i wanted a couple of tops, and a pair of pants, but i think i'm going to have to stick to empire line dresses and leggings.

my tum has gotten noticeably rounder in the last few days. i want to post a picture, because i think i'll regret it later if i don't document this, but i'm doing so with a sense of trepidation, because i don't feel super comfortable showing my body off... here goes...

i had a bit of a tum before i was pregnant, due to being a but of a fatty (AU18), but it has definitely gotten bigger and changed shape lately. people who know i'm pregnant have started noticing and commenting, which is nice (at least, it's nice for now - i might be over it in 6 months!).

to go along with the growing tum, i've had some odd stretchy/crampy feelings. they're a little like period pain, but different, which i guess makes sense, because the muscles that are normally contracting are actually stretching and expanding. i was a bit worried about them at first, but they make sense to me now. fruiby needs more space, my body has to accommodate this, and that's not going to be a sensation-free process.

the only other thing that's changed this week is that i have become even more exhausted than usual. i'd heard that the tiredness of the first trimester abates somewhat in the second, but so far it's only intensified. it's making it hard for me to get things done, but i'm trying my best to just go with it. it doesn't help that i can't sleep through the night - i have to get up between 2 and 4 times to pee. i suppose i should look at that as practice for when the baby's here and we're waking up every couple of hours for feeds, but frankly, i want to be getting the most out of my sleeping time while i can! ho hum...


  1. oh my gosh look at your gorgeous baby belly! so funny how something as small (big?) as an apple can completely change a body isn't it?

  2. Your belly is beautiful! Hello little fruiby! :)

    Maternity wear is a nightmare! I have a pair of cargo pants I don't like, two pairs of jeans from Pumpkin Patch that I love, two jumpers from PP that I love but am kind of over and some empire line dresses. Kmart is great for cotton basic tops, they are about $15 each in the maternity section. Their maternity stockings are also good and I think the leggings are too, I haven't tried the leggings.

    PP have a size chart on their website. These are the jeans I love (and I tried on SO MANY pairs of maternity jeans and hated all the others).
    The size chart is on that link.

    I didn't want to buy too much as it seemed like a waste plus it's so hard to find nice things. I am getting pretty over my limited wardrobe though!

    Jeans West also have maternity jeans that other people like but they didn't suit my figure at all.

    I hope that is kind of helpful and you can find something you like. I wish I was pregnant in Summer, I think dresses are easier than pants and jumpers!

  3. You don't look plus size to me! Nice belly :) I shall have to read backwards and find out how you came to be up the duff ;) Nice getting a comment from you :)

  4. I only just found your pregnancy blog, but I had massive issues finding maternity wear as well. I don't have any of it anymore, but I can see if my friend still has it and send it on if you'd like. Mostly plain shirts and one pair of jeans and a lone skirt and lone pair of pants.

    I found kmart and target to have the best range of plain gear, and okay sizing. I ended up a size smaller in maternity because of the morning sickness, but maternity sizing is all out of whack. The absolute jammiest purchase was a pair of plus size stockings from pre-pregnancy times that were so stretchy I wore them over the bump at 36 weeks. Think target has them at the moment because I bought a similar pair on sale last week.

    I also ended up making a fair bit of stuff, and modify things. A few panels along the side, or replace the waistband with a belly band.


  5. @katie - it is wierd. though i guess when you think about it, it's got all the amniotic fluid, and the placenta, and the oversized uterus in there with it, so that makes a bit more sense :)

    @tanya - thanks for the tips. i have had a few people direct me to kmart and target, so i will go and have a look around soon!

    @loralou - i like to think of myself as 'festively plump' :)

    @geek anachronism - glad you found me :)
    i've been making good use of leggings too. and luckily when i start getting very big it will be summer so i won't have to worry about pants and stuff too much. i'll just wear lots of maxi-dresses and suchlike :)

  6. That is luck! My sister in law lived in maxi dresses for her summer baby while I hacked up boots and pants because Bunbun was born midwinter. The only benefit of it being winter is that the belly bands I desperately needed to support my rapidly flailing pelvis were nice and easy to layer. I imagine that would be worse if you need to do it in summer.