There are two things I didn’t expect about a pregnant body, that I’m currently experiencing:

The first is that maternity clothes makers did not anticipate me. My waste is huge, my belly is starting to bulge significantly. But the rest of me is the same size as always. I know, boo hoo. I’m sure in few months the wealth will spread. But for now, anything that will accommodate my stomach puddles around the rest of me. I feel sloppy, and I’m not enjoying it.

The second is far more weird. My stomach is asymmetrical. Noticeably. Especially when I’ve been laying down. If I lay on one side everything shifts and then when I stand up half my stomach is almost flat and the other half is huge. It all eventually settles back and I even out. It takes about 15 minutes. It’s weird weird weird.

In just a week and a day we have our big 20-week anatomy scan. This is where we get a good indicator if there are health problems we should see coming, and if we’re lucky we’ll get the sex while we’re at it.

Here’s something important: Ben and Jerry seem to have a new flavor. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow. There isn’t as much marshmallow as the name implies, which is disappointing. But if you can get past that it’s pretty good.

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55 responses to this post.

  1. Honey, you just discovered my biggest pregnancy complaint. My waist expanded and the rest of me didn’t, so both times I spent some time in ill-fitting clothes. The good news is that there are designers who make clothes to accommodate that. The bad news is that they cost an arm and a leg. The best jeans are Childish and Habitual. Michael Stars has good, fitted T-shirts, but I did also find great ones at Target. You will not find attractive, well-fitting chinos, so accept that now. Skip elastic waists, because those almost always fall down and look frumpy. Go under-belly or demi-panel instead, where the back is like normal pants.
    You can probably feel the baby’s back really well when he/she shifts to the side like that. Might even be able to poke around and find the head.

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  2. Honey, you just discovered my biggest pregnancy complaint. My waist expanded and the rest of me didn’t, so both times I spent some time in ill-fitting clothes. The good news is that there are designers who make clothes to accommodate that. The bad news is that they cost an arm and a leg. The best jeans are Childish and Habitual. Michael Stars has good, fitted T-shirts, but I did also find great ones at Target. You will not find attractive, well-fitting chinos, so accept that now. Skip elastic waists, because those almost always fall down and look frumpy. Go under-belly or demi-panel instead, where the back is like normal pants.
    You can probably feel the baby’s back really well when he/she shifts to the side like that. Might even be able to poke around and find the head.

    Reply

  3. Honey, you just discovered my biggest pregnancy complaint. My waist expanded and the rest of me didn’t, so both times I spent some time in ill-fitting clothes. The good news is that there are designers who make clothes to accommodate that. The bad news is that they cost an arm and a leg. The best jeans are Childish and Habitual. Michael Stars has good, fitted T-shirts, but I did also find great ones at Target. You will not find attractive, well-fitting chinos, so accept that now. Skip elastic waists, because those almost always fall down and look frumpy. Go under-belly or demi-panel instead, where the back is like normal pants.
    You can probably feel the baby’s back really well when he/she shifts to the side like that. Might even be able to poke around and find the head.

    Reply

  4. Honey, you just discovered my biggest pregnancy complaint. My waist expanded and the rest of me didn’t, so both times I spent some time in ill-fitting clothes. The good news is that there are designers who make clothes to accommodate that. The bad news is that they cost an arm and a leg. The best jeans are Childish and Habitual. Michael Stars has good, fitted T-shirts, but I did also find great ones at Target. You will not find attractive, well-fitting chinos, so accept that now. Skip elastic waists, because those almost always fall down and look frumpy. Go under-belly or demi-panel instead, where the back is like normal pants.
    You can probably feel the baby’s back really well when he/she shifts to the side like that. Might even be able to poke around and find the head.

    Reply

  5. Honey, you just discovered my biggest pregnancy complaint. My waist expanded and the rest of me didn’t, so both times I spent some time in ill-fitting clothes. The good news is that there are designers who make clothes to accommodate that. The bad news is that they cost an arm and a leg. The best jeans are Childish and Habitual. Michael Stars has good, fitted T-shirts, but I did also find great ones at Target. You will not find attractive, well-fitting chinos, so accept that now. Skip elastic waists, because those almost always fall down and look frumpy. Go under-belly or demi-panel instead, where the back is like normal pants.
    You can probably feel the baby’s back really well when he/she shifts to the side like that. Might even be able to poke around and find the head.

    Reply

  6. with any luck, thanks to a steady exams-time diet of takeout and Haagen Dazs black raspberry chip and caramel cone, and a significant reduction in the biking and walking Scout (poor girl), I will be fat as hell when I see you in 1 month, 1 day (yes, I’m counting) and then you can simply deflect (negative) attention toward me like that time I did toward you when I pointed at you and shrieked “she’s dating a puppetteer!” to my mom’s nosy friend.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ahhh, the good old days.

    Reply

  7. with any luck, thanks to a steady exams-time diet of takeout and Haagen Dazs black raspberry chip and caramel cone, and a significant reduction in the biking and walking Scout (poor girl), I will be fat as hell when I see you in 1 month, 1 day (yes, I’m counting) and then you can simply deflect (negative) attention toward me like that time I did toward you when I pointed at you and shrieked “she’s dating a puppetteer!” to my mom’s nosy friend.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ahhh, the good old days.

    Reply

    • That puppeteer moment was one of my favorites, if for no other reason that it caught me so by surprise. Well played.
      While you’re here (can’t wait!) maybe we can have a contest to see who can get the fattest in four days.

      Reply

    • That puppeteer moment was one of my favorites, if for no other reason that it caught me so by surprise. Well played.
      While you’re here (can’t wait!) maybe we can have a contest to see who can get the fattest in four days.

      Reply

    • That puppeteer moment was one of my favorites, if for no other reason that it caught me so by surprise. Well played.
      While you’re here (can’t wait!) maybe we can have a contest to see who can get the fattest in four days.

      Reply

    • That puppeteer moment was one of my favorites, if for no other reason that it caught me so by surprise. Well played.
      While you’re here (can’t wait!) maybe we can have a contest to see who can get the fattest in four days.

      Reply

  8. with any luck, thanks to a steady exams-time diet of takeout and Haagen Dazs black raspberry chip and caramel cone, and a significant reduction in the biking and walking Scout (poor girl), I will be fat as hell when I see you in 1 month, 1 day (yes, I’m counting) and then you can simply deflect (negative) attention toward me like that time I did toward you when I pointed at you and shrieked “she’s dating a puppetteer!” to my mom’s nosy friend.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ahhh, the good old days.

    Reply

  9. with any luck, thanks to a steady exams-time diet of takeout and Haagen Dazs black raspberry chip and caramel cone, and a significant reduction in the biking and walking Scout (poor girl), I will be fat as hell when I see you in 1 month, 1 day (yes, I’m counting) and then you can simply deflect (negative) attention toward me like that time I did toward you when I pointed at you and shrieked “she’s dating a puppetteer!” to my mom’s nosy friend.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ahhh, the good old days.

    Reply

  10. with any luck, thanks to a steady exams-time diet of takeout and Haagen Dazs black raspberry chip and caramel cone, and a significant reduction in the biking and walking Scout (poor girl), I will be fat as hell when I see you in 1 month, 1 day (yes, I’m counting) and then you can simply deflect (negative) attention toward me like that time I did toward you when I pointed at you and shrieked “she’s dating a puppetteer!” to my mom’s nosy friend.
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ahhh, the good old days.

    Reply

  11. Wow – I didn’t know the news. Congrats! Only 20 more weeks, right?

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  12. Wow – I didn’t know the news. Congrats! Only 20 more weeks, right?

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  13. Wow – I didn’t know the news. Congrats! Only 20 more weeks, right?

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  14. Wow – I didn’t know the news. Congrats! Only 20 more weeks, right?

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  15. Wow – I didn’t know the news. Congrats! Only 20 more weeks, right?

    Reply

  16. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow has graham crackers in it. I’ve eaten two containers so far.

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  17. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow has graham crackers in it. I’ve eaten two containers so far.

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  18. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow has graham crackers in it. I’ve eaten two containers so far.

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  19. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow has graham crackers in it. I’ve eaten two containers so far.

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  20. Marsha Marsha Marshmallow has graham crackers in it. I’ve eaten two containers so far.

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  21. Thank you for the recommendations! It makes such a difference to me when I feel like my clothes fit properly. Next up: a new bra!

    Reply

  22. That puppeteer moment was one of my favorites, if for no other reason that it caught me so by surprise. Well played.
    While you’re here (can’t wait!) maybe we can have a contest to see who can get the fattest in four days.

    Reply

  23. That’s just about it. I’m due 10/7 and starting to really look like a pregnant lady. Thanks for the congratulations!

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  24. It does. And I like how they kind of dissolve and make little gritty patches of deliciousness.

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  25. You and me both, sister.
    So, when might you be available for a baby shower? Feel free to email me.

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  26. Great recommendation, thank you!

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