Asthma & Exercise

Today was my second class at prenatal yoga. It was so awesome. I met some new people, and the poses were challenging yet relaxing on my body. There are some where it requires me to “rock” Baby Bean back and forth, which is odd and yet so intimate at the same time.

Last night I had to use my inhaler for the first time in about a month and a half. I try not to use it to much during this pregnancy. I don’t like to get into the habit of relying on outside drugs and medication to make me feel good, especially when it means Baby Bean may be affected by those medications. The last time I was using the inhaler about once a week (which isn’t much at all, actually) was when I was really, really sick during our honeymoon. Hard time breathing at night, being all congested and stuff.

Right now, I’m trying to keep the house as clean as possible at all times, with lots of vacuuming (thank you, Roomba robo vacuum!!!), and dusting, to keep the dust from being breathed in and out and making me all asthmatic.


I”ve been drinking a LOT of water. It feels like bucket loads everyday, actually. I”ve been craving it like I”ve been dying of thirst in the Mojave Desert for 3 years or something. Something crazy like that. I drink water and I drink some more, and then when I think I”m completely bloated out, I crave some more water. I guess it’’s better than craving soda?\r\n\r\nMy cravings have been odd and short lived. I”m not sure if that has anything to do with the pregnancy, or if that is just naturally me, since I”ve always had odd cravings even before I was pregnant. My cravings since the pregnancy:\r\n

  • First trimester: asparagus, mangos
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  • Second trimester: mangos, terriyaki beef bowl, Thai beef noodle soup, water
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\r\nSo far, so good. Still relatively healthy foods, I”d say. I also just added my 15th week picture update in the Tum.Photos section. I”m getting bigger and bigger! It’’s so exciting and I”m so proud of this little Bean belly!

150 bpm

Today I had my 14 and 6/7 week doctor’s appointment (meaning, I am exactly 15 weeks along tomorrow with Baby Bean). I woke up feeling the strangest thing – I was lying on my back with my hand on my lower abdomen, and I pressed down slight to feel the bulge. I thought, for a brief few seconds, that I could feel Baby Bean’’s heartbeat under the palm of my hand. It was considerably faster than my own heartbeat, and I was very excited. I’m not sure if it was my imagination or if it truly was Baby Bean right underneath my layers of skin and his/her amniotic fluid.

So when I went to the doctor, I asked Dr. Hall if it was my imagination, and she smiled and said it probably was. :P Or that I was feeling my own heartbeat. She said it wasn’t possible at this early stage to be able to “feel” Bean’s heartbeat just yet, and that the baby has a lot of room right now to swim around in the amniotic sac. Well, then. I don’t care what she says, I could have sworn I felt Bean’’s heartbeat! :P

In other news, she used the doppler again and we were able to hear Bean’s heartbeat. It was so loud, and so fast. 150 beats per minute now. I love hearing that little flickering heart go. I just love. it. It’s the highlight of my prenatal doctor visits.

Sexy Barometer

My body is starting to take a bit of shape. I asked Dave, the darling husband and father-to-be, the other day if I still looked sexy to him. Heh. He said, “Yes! In fact, even sexier now.” I asked him why, and he said it was because I was carrying his child. Somehow that raises a few bars in the sexy barometer? I was pleased to hear it. :) I’m excited that he is so excited about this baby.

My maternity pants are starting to fit a little better, and I’ve found a few pairs of pants that I really enjoy wearing. I don’t want to buy too many clothes though, since they won’t be in use after the pregnancy. I plan to go back to my itty bitty self after the pregnancy. In any regard, I don’t think I would fit into these maternity pants after birth anyway. Thank goodness I have a lot of babydoll clothes that will be great for when I’m really big. That can be worn during pregnancy and after! Thank goodness for Old Navy’s online store. Their maternity pants seem to fit much better than the ones in the physical store.

Kindred Spirits

Today was my first prenatal yoga class. I started the new quarter at Yoga Northwest, just a couple of blocks from work. Boy, I’ve never been in a room so full of pregnant women before. The energy in the room was awesome. It was so full of love and acceptance and excited anticipation. I just felt so at peace, as if all these women were helping to hold me afloat, and I was doing the same for them. I’m very glad I was able to find this class. Apparently, prenatal yoga is hard to find where we live, so finding one right by work is really a big plus. There are some interesting positions I’ve never done before, that are specifically catered to pregnant women. There are also positions that pregnant women should not do, too, and I’m glad I have a teacher to guide me through all of these. I can’t wait for next week!