Week 26

How far along: 26 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 3 pounds

New symptoms: 2 more varicose veins on my right calf – boo! Hopefully they’ll go away after I deliver! Also right lower rib pressure if I’m slouching too much while sitting. Forces me to sit up straighter.

Queasy or sick: None this week.

Cravings: nothing new this week.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: I’m waking up every hour or two to per and switch positions so it doesn’t feel super restful.

Maternity clothes: my jeans and leggings + my new belly band which is working out very well!

Stretch marks: nothing new yet – keeping fingers crossed

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being less achy in my belly and back

Movement: Lots every day! They kick and roll around, especially baby boy on the right. We found out at our ultrasound this week that I had them backwards this whole time. Whoops! And baby girl is facing my back so I don’t feel her as much in the front but she still wiggles around a lot.

Week 25

How far along: 25 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: 0 lbs

New symptoms: nothing new this week

Queasy or sick: I got sick once this week from my sensitive gag reflex

Cravings: chocolate ice cream and pizza

Aversions: coffee, fish, cooked broccoli

Sleep: the same, still a slight struggle

Maternity clothes: nothing new, debating about maternity scrub pants soon though

Stretch marks: Nothing new yet

Belly button in or out: in still but shallow

Miss anything: not this week, no

Movement: Finally caught a baby girl kick on video! Small movement on the right side of my belly at the 3 second mark.

24 Weeks

How far along: 24 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 1 lbs

New symptoms: intense pelvic and bottom pressure – I think they’re running out of space! I did have one varicose vein pop up on my right calf so now I’ve been wearing compression socks at work to prevent more.

Queasy or sick: Nope!

Cravings: still chocolate ice cream and pineapple

Aversions: coffee, fish, cooked broccoli

Sleep: about the same, overall needing more naps

Maternity clothes: I bought a belly band this week to try and get rid of that pelvic girdle pain – we’ll see if it works!

Stretch marks: None yet

Belly button in or out: In but shallow

Miss anything: moving without pelvic pain

Movement: kicks and flutters all over – I’ve been trying to catch them on video but it’s hard to see them on there

My 5 Favorite Pregnancy Apps

Being the techy that I am, once I found out I was pregnant I downloaded a few apps to both get information and track our babies’ developmental progress. I found a few very helpful ones both through the recommendations of others and my own research.

Here are the 5 that I keep on my phone and check daily.

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Ovia Pregnancy Tracker

When we first talked about actively trying to conceive I downloaded the Ovia Fertility & Cycle Tracker. It had a calendar display that allowed you to see what days you tracked information, when you’re due to have your period, and when your ovulation window was so you could plan. Once you input your data it further pulled the info into a personalized feed with helpful articles and insights into what your symptoms could mean. I loved all of this so much and thought it was beyond helpful as I am a visual person.

Once I got pregnant the app transferred me over to their Ovia Pregnancy Tracker which I fell in love with as soon as I started using it. The main page is the feed with infographics at the top telling you how far along you are, what size your baby is, and has a countdown to due date. One feature that this app has which others don’t is every day it tells you a little tidbit about the development of your baby specific for that day in your trimester. It definitely leaves me in awe of the human body. Plus everything is free!

Apple Store | Google Play

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Pregnancy +

This app is so amazing! It’s free and what I love about it the most is the interactive 3D image of your baby in it’s current developmental stated. You can move it around to see all angles, have it adjust to real life size, and have it tell you what parts are developing that week. This is especially helpful when you are in the early stages and not much is distinguishable yet.

Also Pregnancy + provides you with an action list that you can create a to-do list from. I’m a huge list person so this was a fun feature for me. Lastly another great feature is the timeline. It will show you the stages of development for each week and what tests you should be having done by your doctor as well as milestone moments in your pregnancy, such as first heartbeat heard or first kick felt.

Apple Store | Google Play

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The Bump

This app is based off one of the top pregnancy magazines and has tons of helpful articles and blog posts for the curious mind. It provides you with new articles to read daily that are relevant to the week you are in for your pregnancy. This, to me, is the best feature of the app.

Also checklists and a planner (I’m a huge planner nerd) are created to help keep you on track for your appointments and tests so you don’t miss anything. There is an interactive 3D view of your baby that you can click on to learn more about the different areas, which is a bit more detailed than the Pregnancy + app.

Apple Store | Google Play

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What To Expect

Have you heard of the book “What to expect when you’re expecting?” It’s a very popular pregnancy book and for a good reason. It’s filled with so much excellent information that it’s nicknamed the “pregnancy bible”. This app is created by that company and provides you with a progress bar for each trimester, little bubble images that reveal more information, and a video clip that walks you through your baby’s development that week. So fun!

Apple Store | Google Play

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Baby Center

I mostly use this app for the “Birth Club” feature with is a discussion board centered on your due date month, which mine is May 2020. There are admin created topics, such as to introduce yourself, pregnancy symptoms, etc. The rest of the forum topics are created by the members and it can be fun to share information on there and compare stuff even though I personally don’t know a single person on there.

The Baby Center is also a website with more detailed information and articles to read through for all stages of baby development from trying to conceive to parenting. The site is much more user friendly than the app as I’ve noticed some random fake prize winner ads will pop up and you can’t get out of them unless you close the whole thing. But I still do like the check the forums on the app.

Apple Store | Google Play

Week 23

How far along: 23 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 1.5 lbs

New symptoms: restless legs are starting to hit real hard and pelvic girdle pain (it hurts to walk or stand after sitting for any length of time)

Queasy or sick: Nope!

Cravings: chocolate ice cream

Aversions: still just coffee and fish

Sleep: Not the greatest as I wake up every 1-2 hours to either pee or roll over

Maternity clothes: bought my baby shower and maternity picture outfits but I’m still living in the jeans and leggings

Stretch marks: nothing new

Belly button in or out: in but shallower

Miss anything: sleeping all night long

Movement: lots of movement! Baby boy is catching up and kicking harder to make his presence known.

Week 22

How far along: 22 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 2 pounds

New symptoms: still Braxton Hicks contractions but not as much this week and my belly is feeling really full

Queasy or sick: none! Feeling great!

Cravings: smoothies, cutie oranges, apples with peanut butter

Aversions: coffee, fish, and now broccoli

Sleep: still only sleeping in 4-5 hour blocks but I can breathe at least

Maternity clothes: leggings + jeans

Stretch marks: nothing new yet

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being able to get up off the couch easier – haha!

Movement: lots of kicking from both, the harder ones come from baby girl on the right

Week 21

How far along: 21 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 1.5 pounds

New symptoms: indigestion, Braxton Hicks contractions (more when I’m really active at work and need more water), the raging cold came back as a sinus infection

Queasy or sick: just when my gag reflex is triggered, fortunately not with that antibiotic horse pill

Cravings: smoothies, apples with peanut butter

Aversions: just coffee and fish

Sleep: when I can breathe I sleep okay but it’s only in 4-5 hour blocks

Maternity clothes: leggings + maternity jeans

Stretch marks: nothing new yet

Belly button in or out: it’s starting to get more shallow, may pop out soon

Miss anything: nada, feeling good!

Movement: lots of kicks from both kiddos, I’m still learning their schedules of being awake which are not in sync.