March 08, 2003
24 weeks

24 weeks seems to be the time that most magazines use as the halfway marker for pregnancy. Why 24 weeks? I dunno. But all of the magazine that I read have pictures of pregnant chicks centering around 8, 12, 24 and 36 weeks pregnant.

Are those the weeks you're supposed to feel glamorous for pictures? Or is it that they're nice round numbers that represent the best areas of pregnancy to look at. Kind of like the anthropological scale of man. You know, the one that starts with an ape then goes to modern man? Only I have a bowling ball slung around my gut.

Scott and I are noticing more changes about me daily. Mostly that we wake up in the morning and I look significantly larger than the day before, and that evening I seem even a bit bigger. I've got a rather round belly that when you thump correctly sounds like a ripe melon. *Thoomp!*

Everyone seems to like to rub the belly too. Which I do not mind. It's human curiosity. Plus it's rather fun to watch their faces when they feel just how hard a stomach can be. I have read in magazines and online how insulted women get when someone does not ask to touch them. Yeah ok, extra sensitive person, space being invaded, yadda yadda yadda... YET, they expect to be treated special, but not really be noticed as being pregnant. You must ask permission to touch otherwise. I look at the belly pat as a handshake or a hug now. Friends say hello to my face then get in that lucky rub.

Many people I know (friends and family) are surprised that I'm pregnant. For the longest time I can remember I didn't want children. I looked at them as being dirty, nasty, walking petri dishes. Yeah ok, occasionally I'll see some of them that remind me of that to this day. I still shudder at the "ape pit" in the mall, with all the kids running around and screaming while the tired parents wear that "thousand mile stare" from the benches.

What happened to change my mind? I have no damn clue.

I am enjoying my pregnancy, at least for now. I like to see how everything is developing month by month. I like feeling the baby and look forward to the thumping at the times I know she will be up. I find it funny when Scott says my belly is bigger than Coconut's belly (aka-Buddah- yes it's one of the cats)

What I don't like is the edema that occurs in my ankles. Socks are my enemy. No matter what socks I wear, I get sock imprints. I don't like that when I sneeze, I have to cross my legs to prevent myself from peeing. (Yes, I have been doing kegals. So much so that I think I can crack a walnut up there.) I don't like how your skin pigment changes, your hair gets oily and you get winded easy going up and down stairs.

Am I complaining enough yet? *laughs* But really, it's not as bad as many people make it out to be. They are small annoyances. Most days go by that I forget I am pregnant until I look down and see my belly, or feel the baby move. My body is adjusting well.

According to my baby center on line at, this is what's going on this week.

How your baby's growing: Your baby's growing steadily, gaining about a quarter pound since last week. His skin is thin and fragile, but his body is filling out proportionally and taking up more room in your uterus.

How your life is changing: You may notice faint red streaks — otherwise known as striae or stretch marks — on your abdomen, hips, and breasts. Creams won't really make them go away, but wearing a supportive bra may help prevent or minimize those on your breasts. Stretch marks are typical at this stage of pregnancy and will fade to silvery white marks after you give birth. Also, your eyes may be sensitive to light and feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom known as dry-eye. To ease your discomfort, use an artificial tears solution to add moisture.

24 weeks in, 16 to go...

Posted by Ellen at March 08, 2003 07:36 PM

eMail this entry!

These posts make me miss being pregnant.

Not that I'd do it again, so I'll just live vicariously through you :)

Posted by: michele on March 8, 2003 07:53 PM

Start charging for the tummy rubbings. College fund!

Posted by: Da Goddess on March 8, 2003 08:15 PM

So I'm an ultra sensitive person. Sometimes a complete stranger would come toward me with an outstretched arm, hand going right toward my belly; I wanted to protect my baby, so I stopped that action. My close friends and family would be a different story. To this day, I'd still stop someone from touching me; as a near-Mommy I have an obligation to keep my baby safe.
BTW, I gained so much water weight, I had tree trunks for legs (no comments J).

Posted by: Cindy on March 9, 2003 07:52 AM

I'm at the beginning of my pregnacy and i dont know what to exspect im 12 weeks

Posted by: pamela on May 21, 2003 05:56 PM

I love being pregnant!! I am 24 weeks pregnant with my first baby and everything is going so good. I am having a little princess and daddy is ready to spoil her rotten. At 12 weeks I felt really good but that is when I started waking up a lot at night to go to the bathroom and still has not stopped. Around 16 weeks I felt butterflies not knowing that it was the baby moving!! Good luck everyone and if you have any questions Pamela you can email me.

Posted by: Jenni on March 23, 2004 03:44 PM

I'm 24 weeks with twins, a boy and girl. It's a much hasrder pregnancy than what I had with my son but well worth it. I'm about the size of a full term mom already and just about everything gets me winded now a days. Good luck to all.

Posted by: Rya on August 28, 2004 10:48 AM

I am 24 weeks pregnant and I love feeling the baby move. The only thing I don't like is that I've been feeling very sick to my stomach.

Posted by: Erin Martin on October 2, 2004 06:27 PM

I'm 24 weeks pregnant and i guess things are good besides being unable to breath and the dizziness,but the best part of my day is feeling my daughter move in my stomach. Good Luck to Everyone!

Posted by: bianca on October 24, 2004 12:08 AM

I am 24 weeks pregnant and it is the most wonderful experience in my life!!

Posted by: Marsha on December 18, 2004 10:36 PM

I am 24 weeks pregnant with my first child, a little boy , it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, though i occasionally still have morning sickness, it will all be worth it in the end. The past few weeks my baby moved a lot and kicked now i can feel it move only every once in a while should i be worried that the activity has cut down? Let me know e-mail me at

Posted by: shayna on June 22, 2005 12:14 PM

I am 24 weeks pregnant it has been a rocky road for me I started bleeding in the early weeks of 11-14 wks. The doctors couldn't see what was wrong they said it happens sometimes. That was so scary not knowing if I was going to lose the baby. I thank god I made it this far. Then I had the AFP test in which I had an abnormal test result saying my baby was at risk for spinal bifida. Everything was fine with the baby but then they were worried about how my placenta looked so I had my 6th ultra sound a couple of weeks ago and I got a clean bill of health for me and the baby. Being pregnant was the greatest gift I could have ever received!!!

Posted by: Tasha Noel on November 8, 2005 10:07 AM

also 24 weeks with boy/girl twins and getting very big, everything seems an effort going up the stairs is a nightmare (dont know how ill cope when I get even bigger) but when I have my bundles of joy here I will know it was all worth it

Posted by: Joanne on July 11, 2006 12:28 PM

I am 24 weeks pregnant and I get more excited as the days go on. I work full time so I feel like It is flying by. I plan on taking some time off, I just don;t know if I will be able to leave her after she is born. EVEN WITH FAMILY! Going great! Good luck everyone

Posted by: Devon on September 11, 2006 03:39 PM

I am 39 weeks pregnant and I am having a baby girl. My 1st trimester was horrible from being so sick and my 2nd trimester was so easy. Now I am ready any day now and my back is killing me! I gotta say the last month of pregnancy takes a toll on you.

Posted by: Amanda on January 30, 2007 05:09 PM

Congratulations To Everyone ! ! ! I want to get pregnant so bad but I am not sure if I am doing the right things. Can anyone tell me what I should do? I am 22 years old and I want to have a child very soon. I am affraid I might have unknown problems though.

Posted by: Marie on February 12, 2007 09:53 PM
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