Pregnancy #11 Update: Week 25 – Good News, Energy and Projects

I can’t believe that it’s been 5 weeks since I’ve done a pregnancy update. This second trimester is flying.

I feel amazing. It’s been a relief and surprise to have such a wonderful second trimester since with Isabella (my last pregnancy) I continued to experience that extreme “first trimester” exhaustion through the entire pregnancy.

Beginning with pregnancy #8, my pregnancies have gotten noticeably more difficult, with longer and more severe morning sickness, until with Isabella I struggled through even the second trimester. I chalked it up to my age and the fact that since my first pregnancy I’ve been either nursing, pregnant or both (that’s got to take a toll, right?)

This first trimester was most difficult by far. It was necessary for me to literally be in bed (or lying down on the couch) for 15-20 hours a day. So this amazing second trimester caught me by surprise, but I’ve not been wasting it.

So far we’ve taken down the wall between our living room and dining room and painted lamps and furniture to better accommodate our new, larger living space. You may see the area I’m speaking about in our home tour posts (the wall with all the books is now gone). After pictures coming soon.

I’ve knitted a hippo for Nicholas (4),

a cable sweater for the baby,

and a doll for Isabella (1). (More clothing for the doll is currently in progress.)

I made a quilt for the baby (my first ever finished quilt),

a hand full of burp cloths (more coming)

a diaper changing kit

and am half through with a new diaper bag (need to make the lining).

I still have plans for a swaddling blanket, more burp cloths, a larger diaper/tote bag for longer excursions and perhaps some baby bedding (the crib sheets that we have are thread bare after making it through 10 children).

In addition to the projects, we’ve been plugging along with our homeschooling, hosted surprise, extended stay guests (19 people in our home during the time when our living/dining area was under construction, talk about crazy, busy…), lots of regular company, a last minute camping trip and all the rest of the amazingly blessed and busy life of a family of 12.

Did I mention that I feel great?

I do drop into bed happily exhausted each night, but I’m very grateful for the health and energy that God has given during the last few months of this pregnancy.

Here are two things I’m doing that may (or may not) contribute to the energy boost:

  • Exercise – I’m doing Peak 8’s two to three times a week.
  • Vitamins/supplements – I’m taking “Super Mom” , cod liver oil, vitamin B6, Iodoral (an iodine supplement because my thyroid function has been extremely low this pregnancy, a first for me) and vitamin C.

I notice a huge difference in my energy levels when I skip my vitamins for a day or two, especially the cod liver oil.

This past week it seems that the baby has gone through a growth spurt and even though I have another week of second trimester, I’m feeling more third trimester-ish. I still have lots of energy, but I’m moving a little slower and am just starting to feel ‘big’.

Remember the family-centered c-section video I posted? I asked my OB if it was possible for him to take the baby from my uterus and place him directly onto my chest. The nurses could then check the baby over while I’m holding him and we wouldn’t be separated at all.

He said, “Absolutely!”

Then he went on to say that he’s already done this once before and it will be no problem.

We have yet to talk about the remainder of the things on the video, but honestly, this was my biggest wish.

I still wish that I could deliver naturally, but I’m very thankful for the technology that enables me to have children born without injury and this is the best possible scenario for both me and our baby.

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention…swelling. My ankles have already started swelling (way too early in my opinion). Any tips or ideas for helping with that?

How is your pregnancy progressing? Any new babies?

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35 Responses to Pregnancy #11 Update: Week 25 – Good News, Energy and Projects
  1. Elizabeth
    May 15, 2012 | 8:53 am

    So exciting! Loved reading about your pregnancy!!! You have been amazingly productive!!! Wow! I’m at an all-time energy low — so took notes on what gave you energy!! πŸ™‚


  2. Heidi
    May 15, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Wonderful that you’ve had so much energy! Gotta love that. πŸ™‚ I’m really excited to see your new larger space. I love remodeling houses (we’re on our third whole house remodel). Enjoy this beautiful day!


  3. Carole Lynne
    May 15, 2012 | 8:56 am

    This is so good that you are feeling so well at this point in your pregnancy. The swelling is remedied naturally by balancing sodium and potassium levels with at least 4 stalks of celery and a half (or whole) bag of baby carrots or if you prefer juicing them together with apples. Of course preferably organic and modifying the proportions until it feels right for you. Keep up the exercise and avoid extra salty food binges and keep hydrated as weather gets warmer. If the dietary changes don’t modify the condition you may be prescribed a diuretic but be sure to supplement with potassium to avoid complications (a natural herbal diuretic is burdock seed tea). Best of luck on the final trimester.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thanks for the info.

    We think that my dehydration problems at the beginning of this pregnancy were a result of sodium and potassium imbalance (I was drinking plenty, it was just not keeping me hydrated). That was remedied by adding a pinch of kelp powder to everything that I ate. Would the kelp powder help in this also?

    I’m asking because I have a hard time with celery when I’m pregnant and it’s been the one veggie that is difficult to get down even in juicing or smoothies.

    Thanks again!!


    Carole Lynne Reply:

    Kelp is good not only for sodium but also iodine. I actually try to maintain a healthy balance in the levels of several minerals throughout my pregnancies using food in as many instances as possible. For example magnesium supplemented by 1-2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries, Vit. C with fresh lemons, potassium with bananas or carrots, sodium with celery, calcium and iron are harder to maintain high enough levels. So I use raspberry leaf tea with oatstraw to balance calcium, and chlorophyll (liquid with mint is my favorite) to help with iron but nettle tea works too. Of course sugar and white flour tend to drain your body of essential minerals so honey and whole grains instead but you already do that I know. I actually drink raspberry leaf tea to cleanse and tonify the uterus as well and it seems to maintain a higher level of immunity to colds and flus when I drink it daily. It may also help with nausea but I found it very hard to drink with my first pregnancy because it was so cleansing and I was so toxic with no exercise and poor food choices it gave me daily headaches and stomach cramps. Things were much better the next pregnancy. Just a quick run down of some things I do healthwise during my last 8 pregnancies.(#9 due in Jan or Feb).


  4. rachel q
    May 15, 2012 | 9:01 am

    Thank you so much for this encouragement. We are approaching 19 weeks with our eighth little one, and I still don’t feel her moving much…which isn’t unusual for me. I feel her once in a while, but usually it’s at least 20 weeks before ours really “feel” active. It was so good to read about a positive pregnancy. I have heard and read so many sad stories lately that I start to panic even though all of our appointments and ultrasounds have been good. It’s gotten to the point that no matter how tempting, I refuse to read the stories. I just want to enjoy this pregnancy like I have my others. So thanks for posting! I needed this this morning =)


  5. hayley stevens
    May 15, 2012 | 9:01 am

    So happy to hear you are feeling better! I am 5 weeks from having number 3! This will be my third csection and after reading your article and video about a more gentler csection I asked my Dr!! as well! Apparently my hospital has just implemented this and I could have cried when she said that would be fine and that I could come up with a plan and we could see what they would be able to accommodate! So thank you thank you thank you! I have not been able to have any of my babies naturally and while I was pregnant with my first that was my most anticipated event! So this makes so much of a difference for me! Again I cannot thank you enough!!!


  6. rachel q
    May 15, 2012 | 9:01 am

    oh, by the way, I LOVE the hippo! Way too cute =)


  7. bunny
    May 15, 2012 | 9:05 am

    I’m tired just reading about all you have done.


  8. Karri
    May 15, 2012 | 9:08 am

    I am 25 weeks as well and have had swelling issues for a few weeks. My natural doc (I have an OB as well!) put me on Collinsonia Root for varicose veins and swelling. It has made a HUGE difference for me. Hope this helps!


  9. Heather
    May 15, 2012 | 9:18 am

    So glad to hear that you are feeling so much better !!!
    I’ve always had a lot of throwing up with my pregnancies, but other than that, have felt really great. This new baby ( only dearly wanted number 4 for me) was a big difference. I felt like a big complainer, and I tried really hard to stifle it.
    My little fellow decided to show up a bit early on the 2nd. We are still counting the days to his due date. We are so grateful for him, and his big brother and sisters are just as crazy about him.
    The birth was my most difficult as well. I think that the Lord has allowed these things, at least in part, because I think I had become arrogant about my lovely healthy pregnancies. It was becoming easier and easier to forget that regardless of my good habits…it is still God that blessed me with good health.
    I actually have you to thank for some of the peace that we have had since his very difficult birth. I had never even heard of Erb’s Palsy before I read your posts about Nicholas. So we are in totally unfamiliar, sometimes sad territory with our new baby- but I am confident that God has a big plan for this little boy and his arm. Thank you so much for sharing Nicholas’ story !
    Mack’s birth and God’s Grace:


  10. Mindy at Grateful for Grace
    May 15, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Wow! So much wonderful good news! I’m especially thrilled about the family centered c-section news! My friend had hers two weeks ago and I’ll be posting the amazing photos on the blog soon.

    I so excited for you!


  11. Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy
    May 15, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Yay for energy and happy baby news!! I’m so excited for you! I can not believe how much you’ve accomplished, seriously that’s a lot of crafting πŸ™‚

    I’m 26 days from my due date and feeling good, though the nausea and heartbun has come back, it’s not terrible.

    For the swelling, this pregnancy I’ve found water to be the key for me. My ankles have only selled once and it was on a day when I didn’t have enough water. And when I say water, I mean TONS of water. I started drinking so much to keep the heartburn in check. It helps manage the heartburn and has kept swelling at bay. I drink AT LEAST 12 glasses a day, usually more.


  12. JoyFilledMom
    May 15, 2012 | 9:52 am

    It’s good to read how things are going. I have been praying for you.

    On May 12th, we were blessed with baby #5. I generally have a very hard time the second half of pregnancies. With this last one, I had morning sickness the first trimester and then pretty smooth sailing after that! I feel very blessed for that experience.

    I also did my first out of hospital birth! So wonderful! I had back labor (I did with #1 also) but loved doing it naturally.

    I will continue to pray for you. You are an amazing example and God has used you to touch my life. Thank you and God bless!


  13. Sarah
    May 15, 2012 | 10:44 am

    I just love reading pregnancy updates! So glad your 2nd trimester is going well!

    I host a pregnancy link up if you are interested in joining! Check it out here:



  14. Susie
    May 15, 2012 | 10:58 am

    If you add lemon or lemon juice to your water it helps with the swelling


  15. Brittany
    May 15, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Thanks for the update! I will be 17 weeks with baby #3 tomorrow. The nausea went away for a few weeks but unfortunately has come back. Hopefully not much longer before it’s gone for good. I continue to be tired but not completely exhausted. I had an emergency c-section with #2 and will be trying for a vbac this time as long as the military hospital we’re at will allow it (we don’t know where we’ll be living by then yet). If not, I would love to do your c-section plan but military hospitals are not very accommodating and you don’t have one doctor, you see whoever is available that day and you never know who will be delivering you. Haha yeah, it’s weird. Thanks again for the update!


  16. Anita Chamblee
    May 15, 2012 | 11:25 am

    So glad you are doing well! Have you tried cranberry juice for the swelling? I had LOTS of swelling with my last baby…I was concerned but my doctor wasn’t….my usually low blood pressure was high for me as well….I was still extremely swollen after delivery, but drank lots of cranberry juice the week after he was born and was back in non-maternity clothes the next week! You can use a lemon-lime soft drink with no sodium or HFCS to help get it down.


  17. Candace @ Sacred Mommyhood
    May 15, 2012 | 11:44 am

    What a great update! So glad you’re feeling so good! I’m 13 weeks now and still struggling a bit with all day nausea. However, it’s the mildest it’s ever been in any of my pregnancies. I’m hoping it will completely subside soon.

    I too have had lots of energy…even in the first trimester. But I’m also taking Super Moms and Cod Liver Oil.

    I’ve had some early swelling as well….which is SO not normal for me. But I know it’s due to extra sodium. I chew on salty pumpkin seeds all day to help cope with nausea and excess saliva. I’m drinking lots of water…but I need to drink even more.

    Glad you’re doing well! Look forward to the next update. πŸ™‚


  18. Anna
    May 15, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    Thank God for that energy! I’m praying for it myself! I’m 25 weeks as well, and feel huge already and this is only my second!


  19. Beth
    May 15, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Congrats on feeling better. The Hippo looks great. Where did you get the pattern?


  20. Elizabeth Hamm
    May 15, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    When I was pregnant with my first my ankles swelled around the same time yours are. Towards the middle to end of my second trimester. I found the only thing that helped was not sitting too long (feet ALWAYS propped up with LOTS of pillows) and not standing for too long. There needed to be a balance for me. The other thing I noticed was to stay hydrated. But, don’t over hydrate, which means not eating too much to make you extra thirsty. It seemed like my body held on to any extra fluid and it went straight to my ankles. So, glad to hear you have extra energy and are using it for God’s glory!! Praise God!!


  21. Cinnamon
    May 15, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    I have been reading here for a just a bit now and have enjoyed my visits.

    I am not pregnant currently but had something to add about the swelling. For my first 8 babies I use to swell even when I was not pregnant but worse when I was.

    My 9th and 10th baby I didn’t swell at all. The changes I had made were:

    I stopped drinking all sodas or bottled drinks. Anything with more than 10mg of sodium made me swell ALL day :-/

    I had also discovered that I was gluten/dairy intolerant so I changed my diet to exclude those items. That made both pregnancies the best ever with the least weight gain.

    I also drank homemade Kombucha. That helps with a whole lot of things depending on the needs of your body but for me it helped with my seasonal allergies, my digestion and keeping probiotics in my body.

    I also drank copious amounts of Mama’s Red Raspberry Tea from the Bulk Herb Store. That kept me filled with calcium. Although with my 10th baby I had to stop drinking the tea in my last month because I kept having contractions. I had never had that problem before.

    I had my 9th baby at 39yrs old. My 10th baby at 42yrs old. They were my best pregnancies yet my longest labors.

    Hoping you feel better and better. I love all the sewing projects you’re getting done. They are adorable!



  22. Rachel
    May 15, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    Glad all is well with you and the baby…I was wondering about the diaper changing station…where did you get the pattern? I am expecting #5 this fall. I have a pattern for a diaper/wipe combo but not one with the changing pad attached. Thanks.


  23. Jennifer Dunford
    May 15, 2012 | 11:24 pm

    Hi there, I have really enjoyed your blog. We just had our tenth baby. πŸ™‚ For swelling, I drink salt tea (himalayan), and use lemon and peppermint essential oil (Young Living brand) in my water. Blessings to you and your wonderful family. πŸ™‚


  24. Karyn
    May 16, 2012 | 5:05 am

    Stinging Nettle Tea is a great herb to reduce swelling, bloating, water retention.
    Available from health shops
    So glad your pregnancy is going well and the things you have made are awesome!
    love, Karyn


  25. Lisa Dupree
    May 16, 2012 | 8:30 pm

    Try extra calcium and magnesium.
    Do not eat watermelon. Foursome reason, in pregnancy, it makes women retain fluid.
    May God bless you and keep you in His tender care.


  26. Valerie
    May 16, 2012 | 11:25 pm

    So happy that you are feeling well! Are the Super Mom prenatals really big pills/hard to swallow? I emailed the company to ask but never heard back.

    There is lots of great advice on the swelling in these comments. I would add, rebound gently on a mini trampoline and sit on an exercise ball instead of dining chairs, etc.


  27. alizabeth
    May 17, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Hello….First congratulations on your pregnancy, potty training (I need your help with that one. My lil Emma Grace is 2 1/2, knows she has to go etc and WILL NOT!)

    We are expecting #7 in November. It will be my 6th c-ssection, and since I don’t know much else, that is okay with me. We have an awesome doctor, who takes extra time after every c-section (the last three kids were in a row…2008, 2009, 2011 and now 2012) uses stitches not staples, cleans everything up well, removes old scar tissue, let me have a mirror to see the birth the last two time. I really feel the doctor makes all the difference…

    We have had some scares with this pregnancy and are keeping the faith every step of the way! Heavy bleeding at 11 weeks caused an ER visit, which lead them to find a mild to moderate hemmorage…2 weeks later is has still not cleared up, re-absorbed and the uterus isn’t where it is supposed to be…But on the positive side, the placenta is fine, the baby’s heart beat is awesome and lil one is continuing to grow and thrive…So every day I pray and rejoice that I have made it another day closer…

    So very excited for you and following you. On a completely different note, how do you manage the home and the little ones? I have 4 at home ( 10, 3, 2, 1) and 2 in public school…I am struggling to teach my 10 year old, care for (ok, control the chaos with the 3 little ones) and keep home. Seriously stressing me out…and the idea of adding another, while exciting and a blessing, I am SO OVERWHELMED! Plus, my husband is gone a lot for work days to weeks at a time.


    I digress…

    Blessings and I hope and pray your c-section goes as you wish,or as close as possible! ‘



  28. Heather
    May 17, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    on the swelling—cucumber water. My good friend is due in a couple of weeks, and just before mybaby got here, she told me I ought to try cucmumber water. I never got around to it before the little guy shoed up, but she has been telling me that it is doing wondes for her swelling.
    she says just slice it up, put it in a picther of water in the fridge…and good to go.


  29. Ann Schultz
    May 18, 2012 | 8:36 am

    Hello! Love watching what God is doing in your lovely family’s life. About the Sprint 8s , do you use a recumbent bike to get your heart rate up or have you found a less expensive method?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I don’t use a recumbent bike. I use the stairs (up and down, up and down), much less expensive.


  30. Michele
    May 20, 2012 | 9:35 pm

    Wow, you must be feeling good…that is quite a list of things done! They are all so cute, way to go!!


  31. Cassie
    June 11, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Considering the Supermom vitamin but just read that it contains trace amounts of lead. Is this a concern of yours?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    No. The key is trace amounts. The amount is so small that it wouldn’t need to be on the label at all except for the very strict labeling regulations passed by the state of CA.


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