{pregnancy} week 18 — baby M is…

by purelytwins

I had my first pregnancy scare on Saturday night. Well, really it was early Sunday morning as it happened around 3am or so and lasted the rest of the night. What happened exactly…? Not really sure. But I was scared. I woke up all of a sudden not feeling well. My stomach felt upset (little nausea) with very sharp pains in my stomach. Felt like that all over. To me, it felt like trapped gas or something.

But the pain was unbearable. Sometimes the pain got so bad it made me feel like I was going to get sick. I was so scared. But I kept telling myself that I am ok, that not to panic or get too stressed. I did my best to breathe deeply. And throughout the night the pain would come and go.

It was the scariest and weirdest thing. I am still unsure of what exactly happened. Was it something I ate, was it gas or was it the baby moving around?? Or is my stomach really starting to grow??  Could be a combo of all those things I guess.

Now, I am fine. The pain went away eventually and so far I haven’t experienced any more issues. So that’s good. At my appointment yesterday I did talk to the doctor about what happened and they checked things and everything looks great. I am healthy and baby M is doing amazing!!  Big smiles 🙂

I am doing great besides that one issue. I still have my normal energy levels throughout the day. I am still able to keep up with my daily workouts.

Yesterday was the big day.  We got to find out the sex of our little baby!!


week 18 pregnancy update baby size of sweet potato purelytwins

*sorry for the red looking face as I took these pictures after my workout this past Monday.

pregnancy week 18 update:

Current food cravings?

Chocolate still. Eggs. Bread – plantain bread or coconut flour bread. And starting to crave some ice cream- mainly mint gelato.

Here is what my day looked like yesterday in terms of what I ate–>

Started my morning with cocoa raspberry pancakes.  Big day, so it deserved a yummy breakfast.


And enjoyed my half-caff bulletproof coffee before getting ready for my doctors appointment.

Think the coffee helped the baby move around for the ultrasound!


After the appointment and my workout I enjoyed some leftover birthday cake that I pulled out of the freezer that morning. As I wanted to celebrate after finding out the sex of the baby! So good!

turkey plantain sandwich

Along with a turkey mustard plantain bread sandwich with some sauerkraut.

dinner plate

Dinner was a turkey burger, half avocado, sautéed kale, fermented veggies, topped with hemp seeds and turmeric. And a side of coconut flour egg bread (1 egg to 1 tablespoon coconut flour).

feet above head to help with pregnancy purelytwins

And this past week each night I’ve been putting my feet over my head to help with circulation and any future back pain.  I also rub lemon essential oil on my legs to help with circulation and veins.   I leave my feet above head for about 15 minutes.

Any symptoms?

Overall no issues except that one night of random pain. I have noticed my gums starting to get more tender and a little bloody.  My sleep has been pretty good again except for Saturday night.

My mood has been good. I have been feeling happy and excited for the most part.

I have no swelling yet.  Wedding ring is still on. And I am still wearing the same clothes. I haven’t bought any maternity clothes, yet.

No major leg cramps yet. I do find myself moving around more as if I sit in a spot for too long my body starts to ache.

 Stretch marks?

None that I have noticed.

Miss anything?

Nothing. I’ve been enjoying week 18 especially finding out the sex of baby.

How is your skin? 

My skin is doing better compared to last week when it was struggling. My face still has a few blemishes but most of them are going away. Yay! I do have one large nasty pimple on my lower left side of cheek, right on the jawbone. I am working on getting that one to go away too. I am still dealing with same back acne that just won’t leave!! Frustrating.

My tummy still itches some. And my legs go through periods of itching, mainly on my calves. Nothing too horrible, but annoying at times.

How is digestion? 

Digestion is normal. I haven’t noticed a huge increase in appetite yet. I have read on some baby sites about your appetite will increase, I still find myself eating the same the majority of the time.

Total weight gain/loss? 

I got weighed yesterday at the doctors office, it has been 5 weeks since my last appointment and I gained about 1 lb. The doctor said not much weight gained but that will be coming.

 How’s the baby?

Baby M is doing fantastic! Doctor said growing at the rate the baby should be. And all the organs and everything else look perfect. And a great heart beat.  I am very pleased!!

Baby is about the length of a sweet potato.

Baby is developing yawning and hiccupping skills.  Large enough now for me to feel him twisting, rolling, kicking and punching.

I haven’t felt any movements yet. I know my placenta is in the front so doctor says that gives me some cushion. Probably will feel some baby movements in 3-4 weeks.

pregnancy workout at week 18 purelytwins

Feeling great in my workouts. A highlight of my day. I love being able to feel strong for my growing baby. Strong mom = strong baby 🙂

 Now for my pregnancy workouts from last week:

Most days I got up and did my rebounding (I have increased my time to 10 minutes) and some light stretching. Walked most days and doing a new warm-up routine before each day I exercise that we shared in the club.

I am still really enjoying my workouts as I feel they are really helping me with my pregnancy!

Monday –  did TRX back and arm exercises, KB swings, 20 minute walk

Tuesday-  filmed new 16 minute plank core purely training workout, KB swings, 20 minute walk

Wednesday – filmed jump rope cardio for club about 20 minute workout, KB swings, 40 minute walk

Thursday- did purely training #46 a leg workout, KB swings, 20 minute walk

Friday-  did about 15 minute of sprints at the park, KB swings, 45 minute walk

Saturday- 25 minute walked and did KB swings

Sunday- rest day – did nothing


Now for the sex of baby …

Baby M is a

lori pregnancy week 18 update purelytwins finding baby is a girlWe’re having a baby girl!!!

I am so excited!!

I had a feeling a few weeks ago that I was having a girl!!!

After adding up all your votes from asking last week —> majority of you said boy.  And all my best friends said boy.

My side of the family was majority boy as we don’t have any boys yet! Gary’s side of family was majority girls as they don’t have any girls yet. So looks like we are adding another girl to the Corso group and finally adding a little girl to the Morris group 🙂

What I am looking forward to?

Planning the nursery and baby shower!!

Let the pinning begin.


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Heathers Looking Glass April 30, 2014 - 9:31 am

AH CONGRATS! So excited for you!!! I can’t wait to find out the sex of mine in 1.5 weeks, hoping baby cooperates! You look great I can’t believe you haven’t had to buy maternity clothes. My pants stopped fitting many many weeks ago haha

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 9:45 am

thanks sweetie!! can’t wait to hear what you are having, a friend of mine told me to have some coffee before apt as that can help have the baby move around, luckily I drink coffee so maybe it helped 😉 well, I wear majority workout clothes so they are stretchable haha

Jackie April 30, 2014 - 9:43 am


purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 9:45 am

thank you Jackie!! 🙂

mary April 30, 2014 - 9:47 am

Congrats! Is your sister married too and has she children? Sorry I’m so curious …

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 9:57 am

my twin sister? Michelle? no she is not married and has no kids, I have two older sisters and one has a little girl

sophie April 30, 2014 - 10:02 am

Congratulations <3

All the best to you, your baby, and your family!

Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake April 30, 2014 - 10:04 am

AHHH yay! This is awesome! Congrats Lori and you’re looking fantastic! #fitmom 🙂

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 10:09 am

thank you Audrey xoxo

Erica April 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats!! Girls are awesome 🙂

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 10:09 am

yes they are 🙂 xo

Michelle April 30, 2014 - 10:13 am

AHH SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! Everyone in the blogisphere seems to be having boys haha… congratulations Lori!

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Michelle haha I know, so many thought I would be having a boy because of that 😉

Megan April 30, 2014 - 10:25 am

Congrats!! I wonder if it was round ligament pain you were feeling? I had a scary night of cramps one time at about the same stage of pregnancy that you’re at. I called my midwife in a panic and she said it was probably the ligaments stretching. It can be quite painful sometimes.

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Megan thanks for sharing! The doctors did not give me a reason, but this sounds like it could of been that.

Victoria April 30, 2014 - 10:34 am


purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Thank you Victoria!

Brooke April 30, 2014 - 10:44 am

Congrats!!! Yay for girls! You are looking so healthy, Lori, and you are a great example of keeping up with fitness throughout your pregnancy. My 86 year old grandma delivered all 4 of her kids without drugs or anything. Actually, she’s against all drugs and is only on one prescription for her asthma. Anyways, she was 105 lbs when she got pregnant with my uncle who was an 11 lb baby and she still birthed him all natural by herself! She said the biggest thing that helped her throughout all of her pregnancies was to stay active the entire time.

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Brooke thank you!! That is awesome about your grandma, she sounds like an amazing lady!! xoxo

Christa @ Edible Balance April 30, 2014 - 11:27 am

awwwww, I’m so excited for you Lori!! Congratulations! I am so happy to hear everything is ok. You are looking gorgeous! Hugs to both of you xo

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Thank you Christa!

Hundewanderer April 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Congratulations! My guess was boy also. My maiden name is Morris. I’m excited to watch you grow with a happy and healthy pregnancy.

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Very cool 🙂 great name!

Megan (The Lyons' Share) April 30, 2014 - 11:45 am

Congratulations!!! I bet this makes it all the more “real”!!! Love the photos!

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Oh yes it does Megan! Know I can really start planning. And Michelle and I keep saying now we just want her here to play with 😉

Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 30, 2014 - 11:46 am

“Large enough now for me to feel HIM twisting, rolling, kicking, and punching.”

Ahhh I totally thought you gave it away there, so what a surprise! Congrats on having a baby girl 😀

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Jojo 😉

Maureen April 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Congratulations!! Glad you are feeling better…how scary those few hours must have been for you.

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Maureen thank you! I have never been so scared before. Grateful now that everything looks fine.

lauraagarwilson (keepinghealthygettingstylish) April 30, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Congrats, that is lovely news! I have to wait until I’m 20 weeks before I get to know the sex, so excited! It must have been scary to have those pains, sounds like you handled them very well. I’ve been experiencing restless legs but nothing too bad. Enjoy your pinning!

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:12 pm

so excited for you!!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Big congrats!! 🙂 My scan gender scan is later this weeks, so excited!

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Awesome Jemma!! Very excited for you

Georgia April 30, 2014 - 1:25 pm

A girl! How sweet!! Glad everything is all right after your scare. I find myself sometimes worrying at night and its like double worry.

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 2:17 pm

yes a double worry, and thank you Georgia!

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 30, 2014 - 1:51 pm

CONGRATS!!! That is so exciting!!

purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 2:17 pm

thanks Sara I am SOOOO excited 🙂

Kate April 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

That is fantastic news! Glad everything was fine and that you are feeling better!

janetha April 30, 2014 - 4:15 pm


purelytwins April 30, 2014 - 4:37 pm


Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 30, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Congrats!!! You look amazing!! That little girl is going to be SO adorable!

purelytwins May 1, 2014 - 8:25 am

thank you Liz xoxo

GiGi Eats May 1, 2014 - 12:47 am

EEPS EEPS!!! I LOVE THIS – You are so cute and it’s so excitinggggg!!! And you must know, I don’t get mushy about pregnancy and kids pretty much ever, so me saying that this is super exciting, really is saying something 🙂

purelytwins May 1, 2014 - 8:26 am

love ya Gigi xo

Carla May 1, 2014 - 7:27 am


purelytwins May 1, 2014 - 8:26 am

thank you Carla!! xo

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 1, 2014 - 9:28 am

A girl!!! That’s so exciting. Girls are so much fun. 🙂

Taylor @ LiftingRevolution.com May 1, 2014 - 3:39 pm

So exciting! You look radiant! Yay for sugar and spice!

Jody - Fit at 56 May 1, 2014 - 4:12 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting! Clothes buying so much more fun for girls!

purelytwins May 1, 2014 - 5:14 pm

can’t wait 🙂


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