24 weeks: I’m not fat for a pregnant lady {pregnancy update}

You will either totally understand and chuckle, or cringe at this, but in our house fat and pregnant are lightheartedly used as interchangeable terms.  When I’m pregnant, my sweet husband often looks at me with loving eyes and says, “Hey, you’re the cutest fat chick I know.  Wanna go out with me?”  If you think he might be referring to the size of my thighs rather than my belly, kindly leave me in my blissful ignorance.

As an everyday example, I was making my way down the deck stairs toward the car and PerryBoy asked why I was moving so slowly.  “Because I’m fat,” I replied, meaning pregnancy had slowed me down.  He knew just what I meant but his charm kicked in nonetheless.  “You’re not fat, Mom,” he replied with a glint in his eye.  “You’re just the right size for a pregnant lady.”  Actually I’m 3 centimeters big for a pregnant lady, but what does he know?  Let’s not tell him.

Just in case it wasn’t totally obvious to everyone last week, let me just say it: I’ve popped.  This week every time I bought groceries (what? you don’t buy groceries 6 times/week?) the cashier nearly pleaded with me to let somebody help me out.  “Do you need help with those?  Are you sure?  Let me just call someone…”  I don’t remember receiving this sort of treatment in the past; maybe I look like I’m already in labor.  Or maybe I’m sending twin vibes – except to my midwife.  Last time I saw her she was still convinced there was just one baby in there, enjoying lots of extra space.  He’d better enjoy the extra space while it lasts.  🙂

I attended a bridal shower with quite a few ladies I don’t see regularly, and I think the first words I heard out of 30 different people were variations on, “Hi Kim – you’re pregnant!!!”  No doubts, no hesitation.  They knew without thinking it over that this was not a leftover tummy from any or all of the last 10 pregnancies.  I’m obviously, entirely, completely, very pregnant.

But you knew that already.

Last week I complained about minor swelling in my hands and feet, and asked what caused you to swell.  I thought about trying a dozen different suggested solutions at the same time, but that would create the problem of not knowing which solution worked.  Instead, I decided to keep it simple and start with the most obvious possibility.   Over the past week I’ve made an effort to drink more water, more consistently.  I was estimating that I drank 2-3 quarts/day and I think that was a fair estimate because I drink from a quart jar when I’m home.  Now I’m filling a gallon jug every morning and trying to polish it off by the day’s end.  I usually do finish, but I know it’s more than I normally drink. I think a bigger part of the problem has been how little I drink when I leave the house.  Those are the days when I notice swelling, and those are the days when I don’t have a quart jar near at hand.  So there’s an answer to my little mystery.  Why do my feet sometimes swell?  Because sometimes I’m not drinking enough water.  Duh.

I did call my midwife and chatted with her about the swelling for a few minutes.  Among other things, she mentioned that I had just cleared another milestone: the second major increase in blood volume.  This could have accounted for a little extra fluid retention and weight gain.  I guess the ice cream I’ve been eating accounts for the rest.  Before you object, let me explain.  When it’s really hot, ice cream is the only appealing way to get my Recommended Daily Allowance of chocolate.  You don’t want me to suffer from chocolate deficiency, do you?  DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS FOR A DEVELOPING BABY?

Belly pics

I’d like to be excused today from belly pics this week on the grounds that it’s currently 104 degrees and my favorite dress is synthetic fabric and I was too lazy to get up at 6:30 for a photo session.  Also, I’d rather not post pics of what I’m currently wearing, because on days when the weather hits the triple digits we all wear the sort of stuff that sends us running for more clothes when we hear somebody coming up the driveway.  Our outfits wouldn’t scandalize anybody in WalMart, but they would doubtless scandalize some of our own friends and readers, so we’ll just keep them in the privacy of our home where they belong.

Baby at 24 weeks

  • The child is now gaining around 3 ounces (90 grams) a week.
  • Baby weighs about 1.3 pounds and is 12 inches long.
  • The eyelids can be seen very clearly.
  • If born at this stage baby is officially considered viable, and may well be able to survive.
  • more
Previous pregnancy updates:


  1. Just found this by finding your prego pic through google please keep updating! I’m going Tuesday to find out just how far along I am. They measured me 6 weeks 4 days twice with a week apart by u/s so dr says im due from Feb 3-8th and wants to know for sure. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing you progress!!

  2. Shoot!! I mean THIRD paragraph.

  3. Those still searching should read the second paragraph of this post very carefully…..

  4. I have to say that I disagree that swelling is normal this early in pregnancy. I’m not just now catching up on my blog reading here so I know I’m late to comment! But I just wanted to suggest keep a very strong look out throughout the rest of your pregnancy for any preeclampsia symptoms. I went through my first 4 pregnancies with nary a symptom of it. But I got it in my 5th. And for me it was a slow gradual progression starting around 23 to 24 weeks with swelling that was not normal for me. My BP was normal at first but it gradually started increasing after a while as well.

    I am not saying that to scare you but just as a heads up just in case particularly since this sounds like it’s outside your range of normal so far. Very early swelling even while BP was still normal is something a lot of other moms have experienced with preeclampsia. I tried a lot of home remedies and focused hugely on diet but it simply didn’t keep it under control. It gradually got worse and worse though initially things would seem to respond to stuff I tried. But that’s because preeclampsia has been found to be associated with the placenta and something that occurs very early on in pregnancy. It usually can’t be changed course. :/ Good luck and I really hope it’s nothing more than dehydration though!

  5. Found it! Congratulations!

  6. How very subtle. 😉

  7. Congrats! swelling in hands and feet are very normal during pregnancy. Take very nutrition foods at this time.


  8. Ok, but now it’s the 27th so you should really take the picture today because you know you’ll regret it later. Keep the momentum going!
    ps: The Austin area reached 112 yesterday…I get it. My attire is not anything I would wear outside the house!

  9. You’re totally off the hook with that heat! It’s supposed to get over 100 here in Georgia, I plan on spending those days in front of a fan with my ice water. 🙂

    I was feeling pretty good last week, but this week I’m feeling poorly again. I’m having lots of cramps at night. Lots of pressure. This is pretty normal for me at 36 weeks since I’m likely about 2 weeks away from a baby. Just makes me tired.

  10. I would also like to point out that ice cream has protein and protein is good for growing the baby! 🙂

  11. Lois Groat says:

    I do love your example of freedom in Christ, but love and respect for others in how you choose to dress in the heat. I love that you make sure you are covered enough when someone arrives, but uncovered enough to not suffer more than you must in the heat. You have the perfect family structure for that. Older girls, younger boys.

  12. Tell us how you really feel… : )

  13. Ahh, the satire…!!

  14. Jennifer says:

    “Our outfits wouldn’t scandalize anybody in WalMart, but they would doubtless scandalize some of our own friends and readers, so we’ll just keep them in the privacy of our home where they belong.” Favorite line of my whole day… I can SO relate 🙂

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