Pregnancy Notes and Gender Reveal Plans

by jenna on December 6, 2013

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So, right now I’m 17 weeks! I know everyone probably says this, but so far it’s really flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was shoving a positive pregnancy test in Adam’s face at 5am in early September. Now we’re almost halfway through! Crazy.

So far, I have really enjoyed pregnancy! I can say without a doubt that I love being pregnant. The first few weeks were a little rough due to getting the flu and traveling, but other than that I feel extremely lucky in that I feel so great. I love having a bump and picking outfits that flatter it but I’m trying not to go overboard on buying maternity clothes. I’ll do a separate preggo style post soon but I think I’ve bought three pairs of maternity pants (one nice pair of jeans, one cheapo pair of jeans and one pair of corduroys). Really though, I just wear a lot of leggings and flowy tops.

In terms of cravings, they have died down a bit. You guys know, in my first trimester all I wanted was fruit! Watermelon and strawberries to be exact. My hunger was insatiable and I would wake up at 4am to eat bowls of granola on the couch. That’s calmed down a little bit now and I’m not sitting here wolfing down two pounds of berries like I used to be. I am currently loving hard boiled eggs, oranges and take-out pad thai. Oh, and butter on practically everything. Can’t seem to get enough butter.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me if we are planning on finding out the sex of our baby and the answer is yes! I’ve heard both sides but for us, we just really want to know. We have our anatomy scan ultrasound scheduled for later this month and we’re getting the technician to write down the sex on a Christmas card that we plan to wrap up and open on Christmas morning. I can’t WAIT to know and I have my own predictions that I’ll keep to myself right now. Adam’s going to have to hide the card from me on our six hour flight to see my parents, that’s for sure! I’ll be sharing it on the blog after we tell all our friends and family so stay tuned for that post later this month. It’s killing me because we could find out right now if we wanted to but I know it will be really special to open the card on Christmas with my parents right there and Adam’s family on Skype.

So that’s about it! Now that I’m not so tired all the time I really want to try to exercise more and get back into yoga. It’s just been hard with so much travel lately and our move {packing boxes all day is exercise in my mind}.

Things no one told me about:

Extreme thirst. Especially in the morning and, unfortunately, at night {you know what that means}. Yesterday I almost had to get out of the shower to get a glass of cold water to drink and I can’t even keep sparkling water in the house anymore because I’ll just guzzle an entire gallon in one sitting.

Insomnia. I am up every single night from 4-5am. It’s been this way for months now. Preparing me for early morning feedings, I suppose?

Totally awesome skin, nails and hair! Big, big perk!

Pelvic pain. I talked to my OB about this and she said it’s normal…just overall aches and pains in pregnancy. When I really think about what’s going on down there, I realize that obviously I have some pain. I’m a small person and things are spreading and stretching like never ever before. Yikes.

 

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Amber December 6, 2013 at 3:52 am

Oh man, I remember that pelvic pain with my first. It was rough. Getting out of my car was the worst! Getting in a pool made the pain go away for me. All the weight of the baby floats, the water felt great and it was like a little treat for me. Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy.

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Jaima December 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

What a fun idea for your gender reveal! We waited to find out so our “reveal” was once he was born. I had the extreme thirst too and kept my water bottle next to my bed. Glad you are loving your pregnancy. You are part of something amazing!

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Caitlin dunlevy December 6, 2013 at 4:03 am

Yayyyy so fun to announce on christmas!

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rebecca - Goodnight Noises Everywhere December 6, 2013 at 4:06 am

We didn’t find out with our first and did with our second and both ways are great! It really amuses me how similar your pregnancy is to both of mine. I don’t miss being pregnant (yay wine) but definitely miss my pregnancy hair. Enjoy it! Glad you are having a good go of it. Oh, and get used to being thirsty if you are planning on nursing!!! I used to drink huge 32 ounce jugs of water about four times a day!

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Brittany December 6, 2013 at 4:22 am

I love how you’re planning on finding out the sex! We were going to do the same thing and have a friend make a Christmas tree ornament either pink or blue, but I ended up needing some genetic testing for the baby and we found out early. We’re having a little girl! We are so excited, and if I got to take a guess just for fun, your symptoms sound a little more boy like to me. I can’t wait to find out what you are having!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

What a fun idea for your reveal! So special!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 6, 2013 at 4:38 am

I LOVE your gender reveal plan! It’s a bit similar to one of a friend of mine: When she went for her ultrasound, she brought two small baby bootie ornaments with her – one blue and one pink. She asked the technician to put the correct colour in a little gift box she’d brought along, and find some other use for the other one. Then, on Christmas eve, she and her husband opened the box and hung the ornament on the tree. Such a cute idea!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 6, 2013 at 4:45 am

Oh yes, the extreme thirst. All that extra blood supply and human you’re growing needs so much water. I was always amazed at the guzzle factor, too. And pelvic pain and insomnia, yep, remember those too. And I remember the day we found out we were having a girl. It was such an amazing gift, for us, to know! The suspense was killing me…lol. Thanks for these updates, Jenna!

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Elizabeth @ my neon running shoes December 6, 2013 at 5:02 am

You look gorgeous! I was thinking of doing the exact same thing for our gender reveal but since they’re going to tell us Tuesday I dont think I can wait that much longer! And YES to being thirsty at night! It’s nuts. I’m excited to find out what your baby is :)

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Laura December 6, 2013 at 5:20 am

So glad you are enjoying this special time!

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Katie D. December 6, 2013 at 5:44 am

I’m 10w1day and the thirst is KILLER!!! Especially at night! Last night I emptied by 24 oz water bottle and 2 glasses of water. Then I was up at 12 am to pee and drink 2 more glasses of water.

I’m just thankful that I like water. The first few weeks, it made me gag!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 6, 2013 at 5:50 am

eeks I can’t wait to find out what you are having!! I drink a ridiculous amount of water not pregnant, all of my co-workers tell me when I get pregnant I should plan to move into the bathroom.

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Andrea December 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

I had pelvic pain with all 3 of my boys…all of them. I carried them all very low. Which is why there is NO way I could run when I was pregnant. Oh, and the thirst…I had that too. Crazy. My favorites were clementines…I could have eaten an entire crate of them in one day. I was lucky because all of my pregnancies were during citrus “season”. ;)

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jessica December 6, 2013 at 6:44 am

Your pregnancy sounds a lot like mine (I have an 8 month old). EXTREME thirst, awesome skin, nails, and hair, EXHAUSTION… like… could barely get through the workday (fughedaboutit, gym and running)… and pelvic pain. By the end it got really bad and it was hard to walk even a few blocks. I also had insane fruit cravings — really, anything sour — my big fruits were nectarines and peaches (except nectarines won because the peach fuzz made me gaggy). Enjoy enjoy enjoy!

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Audrey December 6, 2013 at 6:48 am

I’m also a pregnant sparkling water addict, and can’t recommend Soda Stream enough. Automatic fizzy water anytime you need it, and you can add lemon or whatever else is suiting your fancy at the moment. Word of warning, prior to pregnancy I kept two water bottles in rotation. Now I think I need a third. I have picked up a second carbonation cartridge, because it might be disastrous if I ran out.

(And my mom, who is a dentist, likes to remind me I get the added benefit of fluoridated water for growing baby teeth buds, which you don’t get when you buy water)

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

That is such a great idea to open up the gender on Christmas morning! Yes – that insomnia must just be getting you ready to be up every morning at that time when the little one comes along :)

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DessertForTwo December 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

Your gender reveal plans sound so sweet, just like you two! We’re so happy for you! xo

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YesLifeLove December 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

Man, we just had our anatomy scan this past Monday (girl!!!!), and it never crossed my mind to have it written down and wait until a special day for the reveal, that probably would have been fun. On the other hand, waiting from December 2nd to December 25th to find out probably would have driven me bonkers.

Oh, and I predict you’re having a boy :)

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Julien December 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

We just found out we’re having a girl too! SOOOOOO happy! We had a gender reveal party with a cake that was pink inside. It was so fun to cut into with all our friends and family.

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Urban Wife December 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

What a blessing that your pregnancy has been mostly enjoyable so far! The gender reveal plan sounds like the best Christmas gift ever. Love it. Thanks for writing these updates, they’re fun to read. :)

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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples December 6, 2013 at 8:13 am

congratulations! ? i’ve been a total slacker with my blog reading (life’s been so crazy since i moved back to PA!) but i have a breather today, so i’m catching up! :) so happy for you guys!! :) yay!

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dishing up the dirt December 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

I’m so excited you are opening the gender card on Christmas. It will be great to have your parents around for the big surprise!

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Joey December 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

This post is adorable and so special. I’m grateful you’re sharing this experience with us & I’m sharing your joy! Did you tell us how you told Adam you were pregnant before (besides the whole “shoving the pregnancy test in his face”)? Did he know you thought you might be or was it a surprise when you showed him the test?

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jenna December 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

hah! no that was pretty much it – it was a huge surprise for both of us…so the shoving the pregnancy test in the face at 5am really was the way I told him! not super romantic but real life…

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Joey December 6, 2013 at 8:49 am

PS – super cute, clever and thoughtful way to reveal the gender! Looking forward to your news later this month :)

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Katy @ Classic Katy December 6, 2013 at 9:00 am

What a GREAT way to reveal the gender! I’m so excited to hear about it! I hope you’re planning to video tape the moment to watch when baby is older. :)

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Lindsey December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

Ahh yes the pregnancy pains. I don’t know if you have considered seeing a chiropractor but it definitely helped me. I am pretty small framed as well and ended up with 2 dislocated ribs for the entire 3rd trimester. The Chiro helped as much with the ribs as possible and I definitely think he helped me avoid pelvic pain entirely (and I ran well into the 7th month). The extreme thirst will intensify if you plan to breastfeed. Honour your body, it is an amazing time : )

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Caroline L. December 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

That’s going to be the best Christmas present ever for all of you! Can’t wait to hear :) I can so imagine you with a sweet baby girl, but I honestly think this one is a little boy!

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Dana December 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

What a cute idea for the BEST Christmas gift ever!! I am saying GIRL! :) I am currently 28 weeks and just recently I am noticing a lot more hardening, crampy and just generally more uncomfortable, especially as soon as I wake up. Seems all normal so I’m just going with it. As I get moving during the day, I feel better. And I hear you with crazy thirst at night! I’m not getting up as frequent to use the bathroom, but I must have a bottle of water on the nightstand every night.

I would invest in a body pillow…not a prego one which are crazy large and over-priced. Around week 22-23…I had upper thigh pain and some leg cramps at night. I’m also just now experiencing lower back pain. The body pillow works wonders! I got mine for $20 at Kohl’s! It’s heaven!

Can’t wait to see if you’re going pink or blue. :)

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Tiffany December 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

Jenna, I am currently almost 14 weeks pregnant, and love reading all your updates (I have been a reader for years, and have always loved your blog). I am trying to continue yoga throughout my pregnancy as well, but am not able to get to any classes. I was wondering if you knew of any great prenatal yoga videos?

P.S. I love your gender reveal idea! What a Merry Christmas that will be! And you look positively radiant!

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Nakia December 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

Finding out whether baby is a boy or girl on Christmas morning will be so awesome! I must say, in the pics that you have posted of yourself here and over on IG – pregnancy is totally agreeing with you because you look great! Whoever invented leggings and flowing tops needs high fives from pregnant women worldwide because that’s what I’ve been living in for months now. Congrats!

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Lauren December 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

Love the way you will surprise & gift yourselves with the gender reveal on Christmas morning. Very special! I hope your move is going well.

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Stacey I December 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

Girl, I didn’t realize the thirst thing either – but I was the same way, I guzzled water all day long. And I was always up from 2-3 am. Towards the end, as I got bigger, my hips really started hurting from stretching. But I also loved loved loved being pregnant!!

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michael December 6, 2013 at 10:02 am

Jenna, I just finished your book this morning, looked up your blog, and was very happy to see that you and Andy are together. Nice job, easy read, I’m going to try the slow cooker pulled pork. The recipes are so approachable that even a lazy old man like me might be able to pull it off. Michael

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Heather @ French Press December 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

what a fun gender reveal idea- and seriously you are the cutest preggers ever

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Cassandra December 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

If you plan on breast-feeding just wait the thirstiness will increase, I recommend having a glass nearby every time you sit down to nurse! Congrats & best wishes!!

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Alexa December 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

Where is your cute necklace from in the picture??

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jenna December 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

Noonday! It’s the coral zoe necklace :)

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Nikki December 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oh yes, the pelvic pain freaked me out so much at first! But, yeah, it makes sense when you think about it since so much stretching and growing is happening. And I used to wake at that same time every night! I watched a LOT of the Andy Griffith show! ;) Man, I miss those days! But my super amazing, so fun, almost 6 year old is pretty incedible to have around so I like to just reminisce nowadays :)

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Ashley December 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

Super cute! I’m loving your pics. Random question – how tall are you?

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jenna December 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

I’m 5’6″

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Caitlin December 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

I love the Christmas morning idea! The best gift ever! Can’t wait for your fashion post.

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lani December 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Things sounds like they are going great. We already have the sex info in an envelope and are waiting to open it, too. I think we will find out at home, then surprise family members at Christmas.

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alexe December 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hi Jenna!

This is a totally unrelated comment about this post so I apologize for that but I just wanted to thank you for mentionning The Head and the Heart on Instagram yesterday. I had never heard of them before but now I’m hooked! Do you have any other music recommendation for me?

And congratulation for your pregnancy! I’m so happy for you and Adam! I’ve been reading your blog for 5 years now and, even though I’m vegetarian so I can’t try all of your yummy looking recipes, it’s always a pleasure to read about some part of your life. I wish you and your family all the best!

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Lindsay December 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

It is so interesting how different pregnancies are between different people and even just different pregnancies for the same person! I am 35 weeks today and have had ZERO pelvic pain – but my ribs are KILLING me! I have pretty severe pain in my upper abdomen and ribs to the point that I have had extra tests to ensure there was nothing serious going on in there. Everything looks totally normal so I think I am just carrying a very long baby super high, so I have little feet in my ribs 24/7 haha :)

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Avery @ YoungAspirations December 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I’m glad to hear from others that the extreme thirst is normal! I thought I was just failing miserably at drinking water even though I feel like I drink gallons every day. Love hearing your pregnancy updates, as your due date is only a couple days away from mine! I must say I think you make an adorable pregnant lady :) What a cute idea for the gender reveal!! Talk about an exciting Christmas morning. Can’t wait to hear what baby Beaugh is. Based on your symptoms my guess for you is BOY! We are doing a gender reveal party on the 20th and I’m about to go nuts even waiting that long! Also felt my first real baby kicks this morning, which is making it real. I wasn’t loving pregnancy until now, but I think it’s about to be a little more enjoyable :) Look forward to your next update!

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Maria December 6, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I carried my daughter really low so I also had some pelvic pain especially when I tried to run…but I only pushed for 20 minutes, so maybe that’s a good thing? I completely forgot about the extreme thirst and insomnia! I love your gender reveal idea. We didn’t find out the first time around and it was a nice surprise but at the same time I wish my family and friends would’ve been there instead of sending it in a mass text message.

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Simone December 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Re. pelvic pain. I too, suffered from pelvic pain during pregnancy, and was under the impression that it was normal. Around 24 weeks, I got horrible horrible pain in my butt that I thought was sciatica (I was in tears rolling over in bed and I crawled when I had to move) I finally saw a chiro. I got some relief and was able to move again, I continued to see the chiro throughout my pregnancy. However, the pelvic pain cont. My midwife told me, it would be over after I gave birth. Well, when my daughter was 3 months old, I still had pain. I went to see a physical therapist, she popped me back into place, which was immeditate relief, and we worked on exercises I could do at home. It turn out I had pelvic instability syndrome, this is VERY COMMON, but is often not treated, as we think its normal, just back pain or just uncomfortableness in pregnancy.She also taught me “how to walk” by tucked my pelvis under as I was pushing it out. I do not say this to scare you. Your pain really might be nothing. I’m just telling you my experience. I wish someone had told me, that I didn’t need to be in pain. I wish I had gone to get checked out earlier. My next pregnancy, I will not wait, like I did with that one. (I was active prior to pregnancy and during my pregnancy, so pelvic instability syndrome isnt bc I wasn’t fit)

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jan December 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Yay for a pregnancy update! I’m glad you are doing so well! I enjoyed my baby bump too, all the way through. Enjoy this time!

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Ingrid December 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Man! The pelvic pain is the worst! I have it now too. All.the.time.

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Caroline December 7, 2013 at 4:37 am

I’m a few weeks behind you and am also putting butter on everything … mainly Saltines! :) I can’t believe the half way point is weeks away, Christmas morning will be a great time to find out the sex of the baby – what a gift! :)

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Julien December 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I’m 26 weeks and the pelvic pain increased recently when she went through a growth spurt. It never seems to last for me more than a week tops but it comes and goes.

I was also all about fruit my first trimester. It was the only thing I could eat. Then I got seriously into homemade bread with butter around week 18-20. It makes my midwife cringe that I’m not eating lean chicken and steamed veggies for every meal. But I’m crediting the butter with preventing stretch marks. : )

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Shannon Anhorn December 7, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi There
I am a prenatal chiropractor and wanted to let you know that pelvic pain is not normal. Pain is our bodies way of telling us to pay attention to it. Now pelvic pain is very common, but just because something is common does not mean its normal. :) Chiropractic care can help decrease your discomfort.
Best of luck and I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your pregnancy :)

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Christine December 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

Your extreme thirst could be a symptom of gestational diabetes…I would ask for a glucose check next time you’re at the dr

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Kellie December 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

So fun to read about your pregnancy. As a new grandma (7 weeks!) I’m really excited for your parents and Adam’s parents! They have no idea how hard they are about to fall in love!

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s December 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

long time reader/lurker. congrats on your pregnancy! so exciting! i wish you and your family the best!

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Sarah December 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Extreme thirst! That was so me with my first! It was a little freaky actually; everytime I thought about the baby I would immediately feel like I was dying of thirst. I still don’t know if it was hormone related, or nerves. My husband called it dry mouth, sort of like nervousness! Haha… With my second (she came along only 16 months later), I didn’t have that problem at all.

But here might be another thing no one is telling you; you might have extreme thirst every time you nurse too! I could easily drink a liter every time I nursed. It was marvelous actually–when I remembered to get water ahead of time or my husband was around to help me because it forced me to stay hydrated (I’m bad at that). When no one was around to get me water, I felt like I had been in the desert for three weeks and was on deaths door! Just a warning! :D So happy for you guys! Babies are SO underrated!

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Maria December 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

So glad you are loving pregnancy! And how fun you get to find out what you are having on Christmas! Can’t wait to hear the big news! So happy for you guys! xo

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Kelly December 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm

LOVE. THIS. POST.

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Sanaz@Run for Cake December 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

How exciting! I love your gender reveal plan. Knowing is so much fun! You can plan it out and get so excited about all the details. I love the idea of a surprise but there is no way someone like me (huge planner) could handle the suspense.

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Jen@Twenty-Something&Starving December 11, 2013 at 6:36 am

Oh my, congratulations! I will be 14 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I totally understand your excitement. My husband and I sent our pregnancy announcement to our family on our Christmas cards this year! I love that you will get to find out the gender on Christmas!! We should get to find out sometime after the new year. Best of luck to you with everything. :)

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Amanda December 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Do not let your OB/GYN brush off your pelvic pain! I had it with both pregnancies, and when my first baby was born it went away immediately, but now, with my 9 month old second baby I am still in pain. If it is interfering with exercise or daily life it is not normal and you can try physical therapy (chiropractic adjustment didn’t help me at all, but it sounds like it did help some other commenters). People who are already flexible are more likely to have these problems. Not trying to freak you out, but so many people just act like you should accept pain during pregnancy, and you don’t have to! I really really wish someone had referred me to physical therapy while I was pregnant.

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Emily @ Life on Food December 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

The Christmas card idea is awesome for this time of year. What a perfect present for you two!

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Marie December 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Congratulations! I’m just a few days to a week behind you…we find out the sex next week.

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bySarahT December 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Hi Jenna, I’ve been loving your pregnancy posts (I’m maybe three weeks behind you). I’m wondering if you have been keeping up with yoga and whether you have begun making modifications (or staying away from some moves entirely?) My yoga instructors gave me some tips and I would really be interested in reading a post on the topic. Looking forward to the gender reveal!

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Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly December 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

What a wonderful Christmas gift to yourself! I am also expecting. 14 weeks tomorrow! We are also going to find out and can’t wait to do so! We scheduled a 3D ultra sound Jan 8th and were guaranteed we could find out then but have an ultra sound tomorrow so I am hopeful! I am planning to do a gender reveal party for my friends and family though. And I have also been having pelvic pains so glad to hear I’m not alone! Have you felt the baby yet? I can’t wait for that!

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Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit December 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

What a cute idea!!!! I love that!

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Kate January 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I absolutely love your pregnancy blog! I just had my first baby last June – Sweet Baby Jane. When I read your posts – your pregnancy sounds just like mine! No nausea, but gagging all the time. The debilitating exhaustion!! The pelvic pain. The THIRST. These were all things I totally was not expecting. :) Anyway, hope to do it again soon! Hopefully your labor will be a snap like mine was. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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