Dear Daughter: I Look Like I Have Elephantitis

Dear LadyBug,

Wow, we’ve gotten bigger this week. Me especially. I feel myself waddling when I walk and I can’t help it. I love penguins, always have, but I don’t really enjoy FEELING like one.
I also have a bigger appetite now. I went to Chick-fil-a the other day, and got a meal, then about 15 minutes later I went back to get more fries and the guy in the window was like “You again?” I lied and told him it was for my husband. If only they could have seen my big belly, they wouldn’t have asked questions!

You’re ALWAYS dancing around in my belly. You are a very very active baby. I’ve heard that means you’ll probably stay that way once you come out. You can see my stomach jump all of the time, last weekend people at work even saw you and all said “WOAH” at the same time when they could see you push up like an alien trying to get out. I still haven’t gotten you on video camera yet, and there’s only 10 more weeks to catch you!

Just 10 weeks, I can’t believe how time has flown! You’ll seriously be here before I know it. It’s like a crazy world when I go into your room and look around at all of your things… Your bed, your clothes, your dresser and decorations. I’ve never made a room look so nice in all my life and it’s all for you!
I had a little scare this week. One of my feet got REALLY swollen, but I decided not to worry about it unless it hadn’t gone down the next morning… It always goes down.
Well, when I woke up my feet were still swollen, especially my right foot so I started to worry. I had a headache and my face was tingling, and I was worried it was swelling up too… All signs of a pregnancy disease called Preeclampsia.
See, your mom is a little paranoid, and basically after I hear about a disease I worry I have it. Your daddy kept telling me I was fine, but I still worried.
I called the nurse at my doctor’s office and she said you were probably sitting on one of my veins or arteries wrong and that’s why one of my feet was more swollen. I didn’t tell her about my headache right away because I wasn’t sure if it was really there or if it was paranoia, or if it was just there because I was stressing about having one.
I decided I’d check my blood pressure and if it was high I’d call back. I drove around to several different pharmacies looking for one of those in-house blood pressure machines, and I finally found one at my third stop at a CVS.
It was normal. I calmed down (after leaving your dad a voicemail in tears, which he heard later when I was in a better mood and laughed at me) and I’m feeling better now… Although my feet still look HUGE.
You’re still growing well! You should be close to three pounds now, and about 15.7 inches long. Your eyesight is developing more now too.
You’re dad and I were debating today what you’ll look like. I think you’re going to be along the darker shade-spectrum and look more like me, and your dad says you’re probably going to look pretty white, though he’d love it if you were my complexion, he doubts that will happen. I guess we’ll see soon enough. I’m sure we’ll both be surprised, and most likely you’ll be something in the middle.
Our baby shower is today! I’m excited to take lots of pictures and see all of our friends! It’s my first Saturday off in almost a year, so I’m looking forward to it! You really are one loved little baby!
I was up late making TONS of hairbows (more than 60) for people who donated to March of Dimes on my blog before I found out I was pregnant with you, and luckily I had a couple extra so I stashed a couple for you! Surprisingly they aren’t pink! But they’re still cute!
I’m finally starting to feel prepared for you so I can relax for the remainder of my pregnancy and just wait for you, it’s a nice feeling. There’s still so much to do but I have a lot of big things out of the way, which is nice.
I know some people get so eager to get their baby out at the end, and I can’t imagine feeling that way yet. I mean, I can imagine being eager and excited to meet you, but for the most part I enjoy being pregnant… Swollen feet and all.
Keep growing little one!


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  1. Tips to reduce swelling:
    -drink 10 glasses of water each day
    -lower salt intake
    -put your feet up (lol)
    …and if all else fails, go swimming!!
    Go to the deep end of the pool (feet don’t touch the bottom)…hang onto the side of the pool and tread water – but cheat by hanging onto the side of the pool. The mild exercise plus the pressure of the water on your legs will reduce the swelling. 20-30 minutes. don’t get over tired.

    Make sure you have someone help you out of the pool. Going from weightless to pregnant when your balance is wonky…..just don’t fall.

    When you get home, eat a snack and take a nap with your legs elevated.

  2. Aww. Enjoy it!! I remember even being in labor and being excited, but still not quite being ready to sway goodbye to pregnancy (heartburn, swollen feet and all!)

  3. Keep an eye on that blood pressure, mama. The swelling + headaches are telltale signs. Don’t ever feel embarrassed to tell your doc what’s up even if your husband says it’s nothing. THEY are professional doctors, not him. Also, don’t lie about your symptoms. They can’t help you if you’re not truthful. I hope your swelling goes down soon!

  4. I had HORRIBLE swelling during my first pregnancy. It got so bad I couldn’t wear sneakers. I spent all my time in flip flops. It’s a good thing I lived in Arizona at the time. One of my friends told me that when her feet got like that, she would wrap ace bandages on her feet. She wouldn’t choke her feet, she would just make the pressure firm and it would reduce her swelling.

  5. I hope your baby shower is wonderful and you get to spend time with all the special people in your life…as for worrying about the swelling, well I think pregnancy and babies give us so many new things to worry about, its hard not too!! Try not to stress too much. Have a great weekend.
    Amber 🙂

  6. Hey there my friend, take a look at my last post and you will see I’m now going through the pre-eclampsia stage. Ugh. I am so glad that you are watching it, and as for the swelling, its very normal. Easier said than done, but when they get that bad, drink a TON of water or apple juice, lay down on your side for a while and put your feet up. A good foot bath works wonders too. 🙂

  7. Well, I hope that you enjoy your baby shower. I am sure that your little Lady Bug will get tons of gifts. Since you spend so much time on your feet, they are going to pretty much stay swollen. However, foot baths with some nice bath salts help as well as keeping your water intake up. Don’t forget to elevate your feet when you’re sitting.

    The last stretch of pregnancy is always the most soothing mentally I think. Not so much physically because you’re about to start putting on more weight because of the baby and no position is going to be comfortable no matter how many pillows or cushions you use. However, a little yoga and walking will help some. Just enjoy these last moments and stock up on your rest.

  8. Ugh, I can totally relate to the painful swollen feet. I had them really bad with my first pregnancy. I got really bad varicose veins with my second pregnancy, so I had to start wearing thigh-high compression hose from the 2nd trimester until the birth. BUT…the compression hose were awesome for preventing all swelling! I know you have a really busy work schedule and you might not have time to hang out in the pool every day, or even to put your feet up for long amounts of time during the day. Compression hose are amazing. I got 20-30 mmHg hose. You can get really cheap generics online (and good quality, just as good as the expensive prescription ones) at, if you buy the Ames Walker brand ones.

  9. Aww congrats and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. It always feels good to be prepared!!

    Enjoy your baby shower!!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!

  10. I loved being pregnant – unless I got hot – then I didn’t like anything! Just keep me iced an I was good!

    What lovely mama letters to your baby! You are going to be so glad you did this:)

  11. i do not miss the swelling…mine looked like shrek’s feet. have fun at your shower! i loved everything about mine, except the fact that it was kind of hot in the room and i was sweating like a hog. so…wear light layers. 🙂

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