Baby Tooth: 15 Weeks

We’re up to the 1-5!

15 Weeks1

It’s hard to believe that just five weeks ago, I was looking like this…

10 Weeks

Now I can’t even make my stomach do that if I tried sucking it in. Winking smile

Baby Tooth is just over 15 weeks today and is about the size of an apple.

Here’s what else Baby Tooth has been up to this week:

  • He/she is about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces.
  • His/her legs are growing longer than the arms now, and he/she can move all of the joints and limbs.
  • Baby Tooth can sense light. If I were to shine a flashlight at my tummy, baby is likely to move away from the beam.
  • He/she is forming taste buds.

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

Weight gained: No idea. I had a few moments this past week where I started feeling really crappy about body image. Back when Jay and I were (unsuccessfully) trying, I told myself that I’d never, ever complain about weight gain if I ever got pregnant. Well, I guess that was easier said than done.

There were a few times this past week where I found myself getting bummed out about how I look…just overall soft and puffy. It’s not just a little bump that’s forming…I’m getting bigger all the way around. Then I’d wind up getting emotional about things, like how I’m going to Mexico 20 pounds heavier this year than last year. Jay tried really hard comforting me, telling me I’m pregnant, but most of that is from when I was (purposely) putting on weight to combat HA.

I mean, the moments come and go but honestly, I would not trade any of this for anything…I guess it’s all just a part of the process of getting used to my changing body.

Workouts: FIVE this week! I had a few treadmill workouts and a couple strength workouts mixed in, and they all felt awesome. Seriously. It really does just help make me feel better about myself, and helps keep my energy up.

Unfortunately, I missed my package of new workout DVD’s when they tried to deliver them, but they should be here today so I’m planning on doing them this coming week. So excited!

Symptoms: More round ligament pains. Some days were worse than others this past week, and this past Tuesday, they actually got bad enough for me to call my doctor. Of course, she said that’s all that they were (I had no other symptoms) and that I need to continue to stay hydrated. Other than that, not too much. Still some breakouts, sore girls, and a puffy face (at least I feel like it). My energy is pretty great though!

Food Aversions: Nada…still eating all the things!

Food Cravings: I did have one day where I decided I absolutely had to have trail mix. So on my lunch hour, I went out and picked some up from Target. Stuff is craaaazy good, and wicked dangerous.

Peanut butter and almond butter are also daily requirements. I actually just bought MaraNatha almond butter through and umm, it is the greatest stuff EVER. I’m obsessed.

Other than that, my biggest cravings have been Greek yogurt, avocadoes, Mexican food, and sweets. All of them…especially chocolate. I also had a major craving for fruit juice while grocery shopping on Sunday, which was odd.

Sleep: Good! Can’t complain.

Maternity clothes?: I feel like I’m getting closer to being able to wear some maternity tops that I got for Christmas. My dress pants for work are maternity, and I do have a pair of maternity leggings which I could easily live in; other than that, I’m sporting plenty of loose tops and jeans with the hair elastic around the button.

Stretch marks? Not yet! I usually apply baby oil in the mornings, then my lotions at night. If nothing else, I’ve got nice, soft skin on that belly.

Miss Anything? Yes. I’ve been missing high intensity workouts. I miss deli meat a lot, too (sometimes, there’s really nothing like a big, fat, turkey sub!). I also can’t lie…I really miss having a beer or a glass of wine. I know some people are okay with having a glass of wine now and then while pregnant, and I actually thought I would be, too. I’ve had a few sips of wine a couple of times, but other than that, I can’t have any more without feeling guilty. In the end, it’s just not worth the worry (to me)…but I do miss it!

Fun & Weird Stuff From the Week: Yesterday, as I was laying down, I also noticed this really weird, new feeling in my belly. It almost felt like somebody was taking two fingers and quickly pitter-pattering back and forth in the same spot. It happened again two other times that day, so I have no idea what it was. I hear some people can feel fluttering this early, although I hear most don’t and that it’s usually gas or something else. It was something I’d never felt before, and it was pretty weird, whatever it was!

Baby Items Purchased: Nada this week, but I’m still doing lots of window shopping. Once we find out that gender, all bets are OFF!

Looking Forward To: My next appointment – it’s next week, and although there won’t be any ultrasound, hearing that heartbeat will never, ever get old. Smile

Questions for the Moms this Morning:

  • How did you deal with gaining weight during pregnancy?
  • What did you/do you miss most while pregnant?
  • How soon did you feel your baby move? How would you describe it?


  1. Karen says

    1. I’m 22 weeks right now and my body is REALLY changing. Its tough, like you I keep telling myself its worth it (and it is!) but when you’ve spent years of your life working out like crazy, trying to stay a certain size and avoiding too many carbs it does play with your mind a little bit! :) I don’t have morning sickness anymore but I need to start my morning with a carb heavy breakfast or I can’t keep my vitamin down. I also need to continue with carbs turning the day to keep my stomach happy. It helps to have a husband who tells me everyday how beautiful I look and who touches my stomach constantly and tells me how excited he is for her to arrive.
    2. I don’t really miss anything. Sure I’d love a sushi roll or two but I can wait…my best friend has already offered to deliver some to the hospital or my house shortly after birth!
    3. My little girl is really moving up a storm now! I’m honestly not sure when she started bc at first I think it was hard for me to tell that that feeling was her moving. Now she kicks and my whole stomach will move and she flutters around in there, it feels like popping, strong bubbles or even a fish swimming around in there. The kicks feel like kicks though!

  2. says

    I found myself nodding in agreement with pretty much everything you were saying in this post! Some days I am totally okay with how my body is redistributing an preparing for the baby and other day, I just want to feel skinny again. I definitely miss being able to push myself to crazy limits in workouts but yesterday I had to take it way easy on a 5 mile run because that’s what my body was telling me. I thought I would miss drinking more but so far I’m appreciating the lack of hangovers :). A couple of times I’ve felt almost a flickering sensation but I have no clue of that’s the baby or just another new side effect. Keep it up, you’re almost halfway!!

  3. says

    I’ll have to remember the elastic-around-the-button thing for my future pregnancies, that’s smart!

    And you’re looking beautiful! I’ve never been pregnant, but even if it’s healthy and needed weight gain I can understand it affecting your body image. But you seem to have a great attitude about it and obviously, future baby appreciates the extra pounds!
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  4. Kelly @ Runmarun says

    First time commenter- I am 16 weeks pregnant and I have to say that you look amazing! You are glowing, gorgeous, and tiny, lady! I have had a rough week of body image issues- I didn’t gain any weight for the first three months and now am going crazy! Believe me, it is hard not to feel this way as a woman but I will tell you that you will be shocked at how quickly the weight comes off! Hang in there!

  5. says

    I’ve had a lot of trouble with my body image :-/ I think everyone does. You just have to keep telling yourself that you are pregnant and you are active enough that you will be back in your pre-baby body before you know it.

    I felt him move at 18 weeks and 1 day :) I was laying in bed and I was like come on baby MOVE.. and he did.. it was just a little flutter, like popcorn popping in my belly. it was amazing :)
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  6. Mandee says

    I know it’s all relative but no matter the weight gain, it’s amazing in itself that you have this opportunity to bring a new life into the world! Its all a part of being pregnant and You can always lose the weight afterwards if u want to! I just went through a break up and it gets harder and harder to be 29 and single when I know I want to be in love and have a family some day. I wish I was settled with the right guy and ready to start that! Not that once you meet the right person life is all sunshine and rainbows 24/7, but I think you know what I mean haha.

  7. Sarah says

    I guess I should start by saying that I have never been pregnant, so you will probably be like who the heck is this girl and what does she know?! And, you’re right – I may have no clue about anything I am talking about. I am however getting my phd in psychology and I feel that I am pretty well educated on the psychological side of many different life events.
    I think that your concern and feeling uncomfortable about weight gain is completely normal. I have had issues with my weight and self image in the past also, so I can only imagine how you feel. I have followed your blog quite regularly and really enjoy it! Thank you for sharing so openly. I have noticed that you have stepped up the amount of exercise you do recently. Do you think that this could be inspired by your reluctance and uncomfort with how your body is changing? I of course promote healthy living, and it does seem like exercising at this stage of pregnancy is still very important for your body. Just remember that you have a baby living inside of you and that baby needs to gain weight just like your body needs to gain weight to support that little tooth. You’re beautiful, and I can only hope that when I am pregnant I look like you! A little weight gain never hurt anyone. Enjoy the pregnancy and if you miss a workout so be it. My advise would be to not weight yourself, at the doctors office do a blind weigh-in so you are unaware of the numbers. I do this type of weighing to this day. As long as the doctor is happy, I am happy with not knowing.
    Best of luck! If it makes you feel any better, I crave all of those things you do (especially Mexican), and I am not even pregnant!!

    • Courtney says

      Hey Sarah!
      Thanks so much for the feedback (and for reading!). I don’t think I’d say that my stepping up workouts has had to do with being uncomfortable. Since I had to scale way back months ago, I’ve really been itching to get back to a regular routine. But then the first trimester happened, and I was WIPED. Now that I actually have some energy back, it feels SO great to be able to move again! Even though I might workout 4-5x/week, it’s nothing beyond moderate. Usually a couple of walking routines on the treadmill and some light strength training with light dumbbells. I would never, ever do anything that would puposely put Baby Tooth in harms way, and since the doctor said that the workouts were a-okay, I’m feeling good about them. I’m definitely not working out to try to lose weight – I honestly do it because it just makes me feel so much better overall. :)
      I’m also feeling similar to you about the scale. I really have no desire to know what the number is, but as long as the doc tells me all is well at my next appt, then I’m fine with that!

  8. says

    *Imagine me sitting you down and looking at you straight in the face.* Court, you look absolutely beautiful, and I’m NOT just saying that. Your little bump is gorgeous and just perfect. As Cody (you know, my hubby, not your cat, just to clarify 😉 ) tells me, we’re supposed to get rounder… We’re growing a HUMAN! Haha, I always laugh when he says it like that. Anyway, I love you, and just want you to know that I think you look fantastic. xoxo
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  9. says

    I know it must be hard dealing with the extra pounds but its all for a good cause! I tell myself when I’m pregnant I am wearing a bikini everyday because I don’t have to worry about sucking it in or having flat abs. 😉 I am going to celebrate my new found “freedom”. Mexico would be a bonus!
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  10. says

    You’re such a cute prego!! Don’t worry once you actually get the true belly, you won’t even notice the pounds going on your body. I didn’t really gain that much weight so it did really bother me too much. I did gain though in sections. I would have a few months of nothing then the next month would be like 5-7 pounds out of nowhere. Again, it got easier the further along I got to my due date. I totally missed a beer esp. fall beer since I was pregnant in the fall. There are times now that I miss being pregnant and just having it be her and I but I am not ready for baby #2 yet. :) I felt Keely for the first time around week 17 when I felt this weird sensation in my stomach like an arm moving back and forth. It’s so crazy and you will love every minute of it. I remember when I was in the 20’s that she punched my husband in the face when he was trying to talk to her…funniest thing ever! Again, just enjoy every minute. You look amazing and have to make sure you are keep that litte nug as safe and healthy as can be. Have a great week!!
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  11. says

    Weight gain can be so emotional! Just know that you aren’t alone. It helped me to remember everyone gains during pregnancy and is it possible to get back to where you want to be afterwards. And what you have is so worth a few extra pounds even if you don’t get there. I was in a lot of pain during pregnancy, so not being able to take anything was hard! Like I said before though, it’s sooooo worth it 😉
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  12. Lauren says

    I am 37 weeks and have also had my fair or body image issues throughout my pregnancy. I found that the more I continued to workout (even if much lower intensity) and eat healthy, I knew it was just baby weight I was gaining which made me feel much better! I also had to put on weight to get pregnant. It is so worth it!

    • Courtney says

      I totally agree. Now that I have the energy to workout again, even just doing a simple, 30-minute walk helps make me feel so much better overall.

  13. Angie Wilding says

    I completely agree with Sarah’s comments above, I have had 3 babies and you will get back to your fighting weight and very quickly because you are still young. I struggled in my first pregnancy with the change as well and had an eating disorder because of it.
    I have also noticed the increase in your workouts and also what you are eating although very healthy it seems very low in calories for being pregnant. I could tell by your posts you were getting nervous and trying to stay small for your trip. I also agree with the not weighing yourself. Your doctor will let you know if you are unhealthy. You are beautiful and very thin so don’t obsess and when you start thinking those thoughts walk away from the mirror. You have been given an amazing gift that you tried hard for and were blessed to have enjoy this time, you will regret it later that you obsessed instead of having fun it only lasts a short time and it will be over. I guarantee your husband thinks you are so beautiful with your belly growing and wouldn’t want it any other way.

    • Courtney says

      Hey Angie!
      Oh, I know it’ll come back…it can just be hard to adjust to at the beginning of the process I guess. And don’t worry about me not eating enough…I have been going to town! I’m literally eating all day long – it just becomes too tedious to share everything on the blog. 😉
      I’m also definitely not trying to stay any certain size for our trip…I know that’s somewhat out of my control! I just want to make sure that I’m feeling good, and moderate exercise definitely helps in that department. :)

  14. says

    Awww, well the good thing is you’re not alone-EVERYONE has those days, and most of us aren’t even pregnant. You look absolutely gorgeous and it’s totally normal to experience those emotions. You’re going to be one hot momma in Mexico-everyone loves a pregnant woman who can rock a bathing suit, duh! 😉

  15. says

    I can relate to what you are saying. It is also important not to compare your weight gain with others. I am 18 weeks pregnant and gained much more that the “average” woman at this point of my pregnancy. My doctor says it is okay and that our bodies are preparing for the birth. Some women gain the bare minimum and I am NOT one of those. This is hard to accept but not worth sacrificing my baby’s health and trying to control my body weight. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR THAT! Luckily, I have been in recovery from my eating disorder for over 10 years, so body image work is something I’m familiar with and practice it daily! YOU are beautiful and YOU are creating life! Let’s focus on that amazing part of our bodies, creating life, rather than our bloating : )
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, I’m definitely not one of those women either, so you’re not alone! :)
      Thank you so much for the sweet words. You’re totally right…the bloating is just the crappy side effect of the wonderful thing that’s happening.

  16. says

    I would love to meet a pregnant woman who DOESN’T struggle with the weight gain… especially someone who cares so much about themselves! I have had many breakdowns and luckily the hubby is there to remind me that I have a beautiful baby girl growing that needs me to eat healthy and stay happy. :) Just remember that you are doing great and that baby is needing you to gain some weight. You look darling (and so very tiny still!)

    I have been struggling with feeling the baby move. I’m at 22 weeks and just yesterday felt kicks strong enough that my husband could feel that. For the last few weeks, it’s been a gurgling feel at most, although the ultrasounds would show her flipping, turning, kicking and waving like crazy. I think what you felt was definitely the baby. And remember… this early on, it’ll happen and then there may be a long break between it happening again. No worries… :)
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    • Courtney says

      Haha, that’s so very true. Thank you, Colleen!
      That’s so awesome that you just felt some strong kicks for your husband to feel. I seriously cannot wait for that day to happen. :)

    • Courtney says

      The titles are actually in my post from last week. I haven’t received them yet so I’m not sure how they are. :)
      I have been doing modified versions if my 20-minute 10lb. Slim down DVD’s though and I always like them.

  17. says

    With my first pregnancy, I gained 40 lbs. Yes, 40. I’m not even sure where it all came from. Yes, I ate a lot, but I was eating lots of salads, sometimes 2 a day. In high school, I had worked very hard to go from overweight to a healthy weight, so seeing those 40 pounds pack on was very difficult for me. I had no energy, even after the first trimester, and no access to a gym, so I’m sure that didn’t help.

    The thing I missed the most, to be honest, was smoking. I know, it’s not healthy, but I was in that prime partying stage of my life, where I was drinking a lot and smoking. All of a sudden, I was the only one in our entire circle of friends who couldn’t. I didn’t miss drinking, because the smell of alcohol make me nauseous, but I really missed lighting up at the pool hall/bar we all hang out at. I finally had to quit going.

    The first time I KNOW I felt my baby move was around 18 weeks. I was sitting at home, eating a fruit popsicle, and I felt this….almost like a shiver in my belly. I thought I was cold, but it kept happening. The only way I know to describe it, it’s like when you get a small bug on you, you can kinda feel it tickling you a bit. That’s what it felt like to me.
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    • Courtney says

      It’s so fun to hear how everyone describes what those first movements felt like. So many different descriptions!

  18. says

    Weight gain during pregnancy is tough. I’m now 35 weeks and starting about 15 weeks, I started having times when I was upset about my new body. At this stage in the game, I’ve kinda given up thinking about how mushy and soft my body is. I know that in a few weeks, I’ll be able to get it back. Just keep exercising. Strength training and doing some cardio will make a TON of difference overall. I really miss doing high intensity workouts, training for races and wearing my old clothes. Maternity clothes are fun to wear at the beginning, but then I just longed for my old body back and feeling confident about how I looked. It’s a normal emotion!!
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    • Courtney says

      That’s so true – the exercise really just does help make me feel better overall. Even if it’s something as simple as a walk. I’m so glad I have the energy back to do them again. :)

  19. Christine says

    I hear you about “good weight gain” still being tough mentally. I was really sick for a long time and lost a lot of weight, but I got used to being that size and now that I’m healthy I’m a bit bigger and I know it’s good but sometimes it’s still hard!
    Also – you’ll have to wait a few years to know the gender for sure! Biological sex is what you’ll be finding out sooner rather than later.
    Best of luck and sincere congratulations about both your baby and your healthy attitude towards your weight/eating/exercising since the HA diagnosis!

  20. Julie says

    You’re definitely not alone! I am 23 1/2 weeks along and having trouble with the weight gain/ new body. I can tell I’m gaining all over and I’m afraid I won’t be able to lose it. Just keep your head up! I think I felt the baby for the first time at 19 weeks. My husband felt a kick at 21 weeks so that was fun!

  21. Krystan says

    I miss deli meat too! We went to subway the other day, and it is surprisingly limiting now :( and the glass of wine would be great (in theory) though I too have had a few sips and it has actually made me a bit nauseous so it hasn’t been too tempting. My 16 week appt. is next week too, and after that we are scheduling our ultrasound to find out the sex. Do you know what week you will try to find out the sex? I want to find out asap, but don’t want to schedule it too early and then the technician not be able to see what it is…

  22. Julia says

    I just wanted to say that you look beautiful! I can totally relate to everything you’re saying. I also gained about 20 pounds before getting pregnant because of my low bmi. I’m now 27 weeks pregnant with twins, and seeing my body change so much is very difficult. It’s very hard looking in the mirror and not recognizing your own reflection. I just keep reminding myself that I am grwing two human beings! It truly is amazing especially when they tell me the babies weight at my appointments and I know that i’m doing a good job because my babies are growing and getting healthy! The only thing that is really important is that your baby is healthy and i’m sure you will have no problem losing the weight after your little one is born!
    Good luck and have a blast in Mexico :)

    PS..i’m so with you about missing alcohol! I’m a big wine drinker and cannot wait to enjoy a glass once these babies are born!

  23. Emily says

    First of all, I am also a personal trainer and have struggled with body image issues off and on my whole life. I just had my second baby girl five months ago and I have to tell ya…having kids has helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin like NOTHING ELSE. When you grow a human inside of you and then go through the craziness (and amazingness, btw) of giving birth, you become quite proud of what your body can do. For me, that has equaled not being quite as worried about a few extra pounds here and there.

    That being said, there were times in my pregnancies that I saw the weight coming on fast and it was hard to think about how hard it would be to lose it all afterwards (I gained 30 lbs with each pregnancy, even though I exercised like a maniac with the first and not that much with the second). Reality is though…the weight WILL come off. Especially if you are breastfeeding. And even if you don’t, you will burn so many calories bouncing the baby and lugging him/her around!! haha :)

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that I know where you are with the weight stuff, but you look beautiful (cannot tell you’ve gained anything except for a tiny tummy) and your body will get right back where you want it to be after the pregnancy. And I really think the whole experience will help you feel better about your body in general. Congrats…you’re gonna LOVE being a momma :)

    • Courtney says

      A good friend of mine was actually just saying the same thing about how she felt so much more comfortable in her own skin after having a baby. I love that. And I’m so looking forward to experiencing every single thing that happens from here on out. :)

  24. Emily says

    Oh, and I think I felt my first daughter kick at about 15 or 16 weeks…sounds like that’s what you’re feeling. yay!

  25. says

    You look adorable. The only thing that helped me feel ok about gaining weight is thinking about my precious little baby I was making. Once you hold your little one you will never remember feeling this way. What you are feeling is normal. You are on such a wonderful journey. :)
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  26. Emily says

    First, you look great!! I am 37 weeks now and I remember feeling awkward in the first half of pregnancy because although I was gaining weight and wearing maternity clothes, it was not obvious that I was pregnant. As weird as it sounds, the bigger my belly got the better I felt. I thought I would have a really hard time with putting on weight, but it has not been that bad at all. I am just enjoying it because after baby I am sure I will be itching to shed the weight. I first felt our little one move at 18 weeks. To me it felt tingly or like someone was gently dragging their finger across my inside. The best is when your hubby can feel it! And it won’t be long for you guys. Also your staying active and eating good so you will gain what your body and baby need you to. When do you find out the gender??

    • Courtney says

      That definitely doesn’t sound weird at ALL! I can’t wait to actually have a belly, just so it looks like I’m actually pregnant and now just eating too many sweets. 😉
      We find out the gender at the beginning of March!

  27. Angel G says

    From an outsiders perspective. You don’t look puffy but you do totally have a pregnancy glow! I noticed in all your pics from the weekend how radiant you look!
    A post on your unsuccessful trying and how you cope/what you think helped you and jay conceive would be awesome too!

    • Courtney says

      Thanks, Angel!
      I probably won’t do any sort of posts like that, just because it’s a fairly personal matter. :)

  28. says

    I’m sorry you are struggling with your body image but you look absolutely beautiful and I’m so proud of you for doing what you needed to do to get pregnant and keep this pregnancy healthy! Keep up the working out and doing the things that make YOU feel good about yourself. Just remember that it will all be worth it when you have your brand new baby smiling at you and Jay!
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  29. Karen says

    So much to say…..I didn’t read the other comments so ignore me if I am repetitive. You can microwave deli meat and it will kill all the bad stuff and then viola, you got your lunch meat back. If this makes you nervous, just ask your doc first.
    For me the wine/alcohol thing was completely psychological. So if I was at a party, I would bring an O’Douls just to have in my hand and sip on. O’Douls does have a small, small amount of alcohol but I almost never finished it anyway. It just made me feel more social. If I was at home and needed something to unwind I would use different flavors of margarita mix (or whatever) and blend it with ice, pour into a fancy glass and then kick back and enjoy. Sparkling grape juice works too. Again, it as all mental for me and apparently my brain is easily fooled.
    Hmmm…weight gain. Yep, no woman finds this easy. I was 230 pounds in 6th grade, lost a bunch of weight the healthy way and then struggled with eating issues in college. I eventually got it figured out but as you know it’s a life long struggle. Anyway, I gained 45 pounds, then 55 pounds then 60 pounds with each of my three kids. I don’t know why, I am literally the healthiest eater on the planet! I guess that’s just what my baby and body needed. It sucked but you know what? I lost every single pound….every single time. At the first one, I decided to let my worries go and worry about the weight after the baby was born. It wasnt a complete solution but helped. Just know that whatever weight you gain you will lose because you care and you are motivated. I think you will be surprised how easily in comes off….except the stubborn last 5 pounds. It does take awhile but then again I had a lot to lose.
    The other ladies are right, when the baby is showing more, and strangers can tell you are pregnant vs the chubby bunny you feel like, it gets much easier to accept. Love your blog!

    • Courtney says

      Thanks for all the tips and advice, Karen – they’re very encouraging! It’s so strange how everyone carries/gains SO differently in pregnancy!

  30. says

    You look GORGEOUS, Courtney! My best friend was having trouble with weight gain when she was pregnant. She isn’t into fitness or never suffered from distorted eating or anything. I think it’s just normal for all woman to just… not like sudden extra weight. Plus, your hormones are probably not helping with the emotions. You look absolutely BEAUTIFUL! After the pregnancy, you will be able to get back to exactly where you want to be because you have the knowledge/drive to do so! :)

    PS. Marathona almond butter = Amaaaaazing on pancakes with maple syrup and sweet potatos!
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    • Courtney says

      Thank you, Lauren!
      And, umm, now I want some pancakes to eat with my MaraNatha! That sounds soooo good…but the sweet potatoes? Are they mashed on the pancake? :)

      • says

        Sweet potatoes + vanilla chobani + cinnamon + granola + melted maranatha! SO good. I mean, you probably coooould mash sweet potato + chobani and layer it with pancakes :) I just realized I type Marathona. I need sleep. Ha
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  31. Alana says

    You’re GORGEOUS! Not puffy! I can understand, though, how it may be hard to see yourself that “large” because you’ve never been! But just keep the positive mantras on hand for when you feel crappy.

    And good for you for not drinking wine. Even though they say a little is okay now (I respectfully disagree…), you don’t want to have a few and then there’s, God forbid, something wrong with Baby Tooth and then you have to spend the rest of your life wondering if it was from the alcohol during pregnancy!! No one wants to live with that. You can have all the wine you want soon enough :)

  32. says

    I was kinda blah about my weight at around 15 weeks too (I’m now at 19) because it’s such an awkward stage. While you’re belly looks DEF pregnant to you (because you know you’re body better than anyone), it isn’t really defined yet so you feel like you look like you’ve just gained a few pounds. Give it a few weeks and when you get your noticeable baby belly it will be better! You look great!

    I felt a few things here and there, but the first one I felt where I was almost positive it was the baby was at 18 weeks! It felt like something was squirming around in my belly!

    I’m with you about baby purchases after finding out the gender! We just found out last Friday and we immediately bought bedding, the crib, the changing table and painted the nursery in 1 day! Ha!
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  33. Casey says

    You DEFINITELY felt the baby move. Don’t let anyone tell you that it was gas. I felt the exact same thing around this time, and I think I know my body well enough to know it wasnt stinking gas!! :):):):):):)

  34. Sherri says

    I echo everyone’s statements about how they can relate, what you’re feeling is normal, and also that you look FANTASTIC! You really are glowing and I can truthfully say that you don’t look puffy to me!

    I have been an almond butter freak since I found out I was pregnant but I only want the crunchy kind. My TJ’s was out of the crunchy and I had to get the creamy instead and I almost threw a temper tantrum in the middle of the store.

    Anyway, I truly hope you can look in the mirror and see the gorgeous girl everyone else sees. Easier said than done (don’t I know it) but I guess everything takes work.

    • Courtney says

      Thanks, Sherri :)
      (and yes, it was the red pepper dip! First time ever getting it…not quite sure what to use it on?!?)

      • Sherri says

        I dip rice crackers and baby carrots in it. It’s an oddly refreshing food. I feel like all I want are cold things lately and it totally hits the spot.

        Also, I’m from Canada and that stuff sells for like three times the price up there! Love TJs!

  35. Jen says

    Body image issues are completely natural. I’ve had them during all three of my pregnancies. Hormones exacerbate what any woman would naturally feel (and especially a woman who’s struggled with an eating disorder in the past, as I have).

    I highly suggest blind weight checks at the doctor’s office. I’ve done it both ways, and it was MUCH easier for me during my third pregnancy, when I had no idea what I weighed.

    It’s also completely natural to miss intense workouts, especially when you’re struggling with body image. I always view pregnancy as a mandatory “take it easier” gift. Sometimes it’s nice not to have to put so much pressure on myself. :)

  36. says

    I think you look awesome–but I am sure there can be ups & downs with that. It’s probably pretty normal since the body changes so much!

    YAY for getting the workouts in!

    Also, because of your sugary cravings that you mentioned, my guess is a girl. Just a fun guess though 😉
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  37. Kristen says

    You look awesome! I had a baby 12 weeks ago so the memories of the way you’re feeling now are still fresh in my mind. I stressed about the way I looked as I gained weight, but now that my little man is here, all of the stress seems so silly. I think it’s one of those things though that people can tell you and you’ll just have to live through it yourself :) Know that you look great though and more importantly than looks, you’re living healthy for your baby! The weight comes off (though things will probably fit totally different) annnnnnd people are WAY more interested in looking at your bebe after birth than judging your post baby body. Enjoy every second of your pregnancy – it goes fast! I felt movement at around 16 weeks but I didn’t know if it was real or not…definitely doesn’t feel like the fluttering for long before you’re getting jabbed in the ribs. Hehe

  38. crystal d. says

    I agree with everyone when they say all pregnant woman have body image issues. I have been pretty lucky and have only gained weight in my belly (expect for a little bit puffier face) (this is also my first pregnancy) but I have gained a lot of weight in my belly. I started showing around 9 weeks and actually had a hard time hiding it until we were ready to announce it and I have been bigger at any point than most people I know. It is hard to accept that your body is going to change and do what it wants to do no matter what. I am 33 weeks pregnant now and even though I love my big pregnant belly and the little boy that is growing inside me and this is such a wonderful experience I still have body image issues. I am starting to get stretch marks (even though I apply oil and lotion like a crazy person) and I am worrying if I will ever be able to wear a 2 piece bathing suit again or if my stomach will ever be flat again like it used to be! Yes I know that these are such minor concerns but worries like that just all of a sudden come over me. I try and not spend too much time in front of the full length mirror when I get out of the shower. I know I am hormonal so that for sure plays a part in all of this lol!! My husband says I am beautiful and says that I shouldn’t worry about the changes. He says I should look at my stretch marks as war wounds and that I should be proud of them because I am carrying our baby and that is what matters. He says when he looks at me he sees our son and the wonderful and amazing thing I am doing for us, and he says every time he looks at me he just smiles. I am almost positive Jay is the same way! You look fantastic in your pictures and just try and be easy on yourself!!

    I miss a few things. Lunch meat being one of them, a steak cooked medium and SUSHI!!!!

    I felt the little flutters around 19 weeks. It did feel like gas but a different kind of gas lol. It felt like a little tickle deep inside my belly. After it happening a few times I figured it was our little guy kicking! Well now I am getting elbowed and kicked all the time and I can look at my belly and watch him move around. It is pretty trippy but also amazing at the same time. Some of those elbow and knee jabs to the ribs hurt so beware!!!!!!!

    You look FANTASTIC!!!!!!! (Just had to say it again!!)

  39. says

    You’re gorgeous, but I completely understand the body image issues. I’ve been pretty darn comfortable with my body the last few years, but after getting pregnant, I’ve struggled with being completely comfortable in my skin. It’s wonderful to see your body change, because you know it’s for such an INCREDIBLE reason. But there’s still that underlying bit of insecurity. And then you feel guilty for having those feelings, because you know how blessed you are! Haha! Trust me, I get it. 😉 But you look ah-mazing and you are going to have such a great time on your trip!
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  40. Samantha says

    I absolutely love reading your posts on baby tooth. I’m 17 weeks pregnant and feel like I’m in your shoes. This morning was so hard finding something to wear that feel good in. I can’t wait till my baby bump looks like a baby bump instead of looking like I’ve eaten too many cheeseburgers. I ordered the exact DVDs you did from amazon a few weeks ago and I am loving them! You look great and thank you for posting honest posts about how your feeling because it helps me feel like I’m not alone in feeling and craving certain things!

  41. Amanda says

    Please YouTube “pregnant and I know it”. I saw the video today and as a long time reader immediately thought of you! It’s a parody to “sexy and I know it”.

  42. Steph says

    I’m so glad you wrote about some of the body image issues that pregnant women sometimes struggle with. I think people tend to shy away from discussing the difficult things about pregnancy, because they don’t want to sound ungrateful. It’s refreshing when someone admits that watching your body change is HARD! And that doesn’t mean you aren’t simultaneously thrilled with the changes.

    You look great though! And re: movement, it just may be the baby you are feeling! I hit 15 weeks on Friday and have been having similar “never felt this before” feelings. Here’s to hoping those true movements will come soon!

  43. Lauren says

    Hi Courtney- I just had my first baby 3 months ago and I too struggled with how I felt my body was looking at the beginning of my pregnancy. It’s so hard because there is just so much bloat and not a lot of baby bump so you just kind of feel blah. Well let me tell you, once there was less bloat and more baby, I felt like a pregnant rockstar! Never in my life have I felt as awesome about my body as I did from about 20-25 weeks and on. You look so gorgeous right now and I promise you, once your little peanut starts popping out a little more, you’re going to feel that way too :)

  44. says

    I’m sure it’s hard to get used to a human being (resembling you and your hubs!) grow in your belly and having to be okay in a body that can feel somewhat foreign.
    In any case, I think you look stunning!
    And I heard that interesting fluttery feeling is from the baby stretching? And as baby is moving his/her limbs and stretches, it’s kind of stretching your uterus. I could be waaaay off about that though 😉
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  45. says

    Oh honey, you look wonderful. At 15 weeks I was still able to do the hairband trick but I looked way bigger than you. Your face is not puffy. You’re glowing. Just keep reminding yourself all that you overcame to get here. Show that bump proudly.

    As for me, I’m at 25 weeks right now and I haven’t had an issue with weight gain up to this point. I agree with an earlier reader that it helps to have a husband who tells me I look cute, touches my belly often and is downright excited about the baby. I think that helps my self image a lot. I also think it helps when you actually start to look prego and not just bloated because then people start to tell you how adorable you look. I’m only up 13lbs at this point but there are days that I definitely feel that I look bigger. I tell myself it will all be worth it and my mother assures me that if I breastfeed it’ll all come right back off. No stretch marks on the tummy yet, so I’m definitely happy about that. As for movement, I think I must have mistaken all the early movement as gas bubbles, but around 20 weeks it was pretty obvious this kid was tumbling around in there. Now it’s pretty constant. The other day the alarm went off and I swear he tried to climb out of my skin. It was comical.
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  46. Heather says

    Courtney, you look fantastic! I felt the same way when I started to get my belly too (although, I had a bigger one than you before I got pregnant lol) I felt like I just looked chubby, not pregnant. That passes super fast! Enjoy that bump, every second! I miss mine already! :o) Just keep telling yourself that it’s that sweet baby and the bigger your belly gets, the closer you are to meeting him or her!! <3

  47. Maggie says

    Even though I visit your site every day, I am enjoying re-reading these posts about pregnancy as I am now 12 weeks along. I love how realistic you are and easy to relate to. Your little one is so precious! Thanks for keeping up the blog and being candid!

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