24 weeks along with Middle

As you can see, I’ve sort of stopped doing weekly updates in favor of doing them every other week.  Just seems to be more logical since things don’t really change on a week-by-week basis.

And if they do, they go unnoticed since I already have one kid.  #secondkidproblems

Baby is the size of an: Ear of corn, according to my Babycenter update.

How I’m feeling:  I’m just going to cut right to the chase here.  I’m not feeling awesome.  I don’t really know how to say this without it being one big TMI post, but I am swelling quite a bit.  My groin to my knee, particularly on my left side, is just plain swollen and unattractive.  There are veins and bruises and just areas where things are a little funky looking.  It’s not only on my left side, but my left side definitely looks and feels worse than the right side. 

It’s definitely a bummer, especially since my pregnancy with Poppyseed was flawless.  I’ve been trying a few things to help, which include taking some supplements that my midwife recommended, going to a chiropractor, scheduling another appointment with a second chiropractor for a second opinion, and drinking an herbal pregnancy tea at night that may or may not help with blood clotting and circulation issues.  Let’s hope.

Activity:  It is definitely obvious that on my more active days, the swelling/bruising/pain is a lot worse.  On the days where I work out or carry Poppyseed a lot, I can barely walk by 5pm.  So last week I went from walking daily and working out three times a week, to just walking twice and working out at Crossfit twice.  This week I am considering doing NONE of that and just seeing if some of the swelling and bruising subsides.  I have to say that I am not excited about that prospect, because I am someone who feels much more energetic and clear headed after I sweat a bit.  I really do think that endorphins promote good moods, and I hate to go a whole week without it!  Especially when going to the gym also doubles as social time with my friends.  Wah wah wah.

I’m also just trying to carry Poppyseed differently and also avoid carrying her much at all.  I can’t help but wonder if the fact that I carry her on my left hip has caused all of the problems on that side of my body.

Cravings: I haven’t really had any cravings.  I just try to focus on eating good food.  I did make those gluten free brownie bombs this week and that was awesome.

Weight: We’ll see next week.

Gender Predictions:  I swear I’m carrying this baby differently than Poppyseed.  Maybe that means it’s a boy?

24 weeks with middle

Names: We have a favorite girl’s name and a favorite boy’s name.

Purchases:  Nothing.  In typical second pregnancy fashion, all of our purchases have been on Poppyseed.  Middle is simply going to get to reap the benefits of hand-me-downs!

If any of you have any suggestions regarding the swelling and bruising on my legs, please let me know.  Yikes!

Poppyseed wanted in on the pictures this week.

Poppyseed wanted in on the pictures this week.


She is finally wearing a hat.  For 2 minutes at a time, but it's progress.

She is finally wearing a hat. For 2 minutes at a time, but it’s progress.

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  1. Poor thing! Not fun at all! My body definite had more issues with swelling and veins with each pregnancy. I had to wear compression tights often during my last pregnancy and probably should have with the third. I highly recommend those even though they are ugly…and it’s almost summer. I also had to prop my feet up at night, even while sleeping. Chiropractic is a great route. I found out a lot of my problem was from pubic symphasis dysfunction causing unbalanced pelvis and congestion in that area. My pubic bone clicked all the time and I could barely put on pants or climb into cars, but after the chiropractor, it would stay in place at least for a week or so. I am not sure if you have the same things, but that’s my two cents on what helped me. Oh and the pubic pain and varicose problems more or less went away after pregnancy so hopefully it won’t be forever. I just have a few small blue lines on my legs now instead of huge ropes, nothing major. 🙂

    • I was glad to hear that I’m not the only person who has had this issue! Yep, I’ve been going to a chiro and actually have a leg massage tomorrow that my insurance should hopefully pay for – hooray! I’ve cut back on my workouts drastically, which stinks but I know it’s just temporary. I wish I knew why it was happening, but until I figure it out I’m just trying to take it easy!

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