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25 Weeks

Things are progressing slowly but surely. I am feeling more and more movements above my belly button, whereas before most of the kicks and punches stayed in the lower regions. I have also started to feel simultaneous jabs this week (ie, one on my upper right side and the other on the bottom left) which can only mean that she is getting stronger and starting to really explore my belly.

My weight gain is now at 25 lbs. With 15 weeks left in this pregnancy, and estimating that I will gain the recommended 1 lb per week, it is very likely that I will hit — and possibly go over — the 40 lb mark. Even the additional 25 lbs is starting to take a toll on my body. I get tired more easily when walking around, I am developing back and pelvic pains, and every bone in my body feels arthritic. I can only imagine how I will feel when I get bigger!

According to BabyCenter, the baby is now about 13½ inches long and weighs about 1½ lbs. She is starting to develop the fat that will smooth her wrinkled skin and make her cute and chubby at birth. They say that hair color and texture should be discernable by now, but we already know that she’ll have the typical Asian dark brown hair. That’s one good thing about both J and I being Asian: we don’t have to guess how the baby will look in terms of hair or eye color.

My current obsession is to peruse the pregnancy boards for updates on women who have given birth at 25, 24, and even 23 weeks — and have had their babies survive. It is amazing how tiny yet so human these premies look, and I can only imagine my own baby looking like that inside my stomach.

I only have a couple of weeks left in the second trimester, and I’m a bit afraid to enter my third. Will I swell like a beached whale? Will I suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? Will I develop complications like pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes?

And more importantly, how will I ever get this baby weight off? (You may now commence throwing your stones.)