23 Weeks

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 29, 2014


Eric felt the baby kick for the first time this week! It might be one of my all-time favourite moments that we’ve shared together. He was so genuinely excited and surprised. I’m so happy that he finally got to feel this crazy circus going down in my belly. Lately at night we stare at my belly and watch it move. I talk to her in a creepy baby voice (it’s scary, for real) and we try to poke back and forth a few times. I wonder what the kicks will feel like when I’m near the end of my pregnancy? Right now they are soooo gentle and they even tickle me sometimes if she kicks in this one spot on the right. Somehow I don’t see them tickling in a couple months! I get some rib pressure lately, but nothing too painful yet. She is still the most active at night and into the early morning hours, but I do feel her in the afternoon hours a bit around 3-5pm. The other morning at 5am she was having a full out dance party in my belly. “Mom, how many kicks will it take for you to get out of bed and feed me?”

I’m still feeling good with energy to spare for exercise. It’s such a change from the first trimester when I honestly couldn’t fathom moving my body more than a few feet. I think the nice weather helps with energy levels too. I’m going on 50-60 minute daily walks and doing 15 minutes of weights/resistance exercises most days of the week (either with a prenatal video or just doing moves on my own in front of the TV). Lots of lunges and squats with weights and lots of arm work. I’m also trying to do prenatal yoga stretches to end my workouts (with focus on lots of pelvic stretching). I really hope I can keep up with exercise until I get close to delivery because right now I feel so strong physically and mentally. I think there’s something to be said about weight lifting for confidence building. It does a mind (and body) good. I hope this carries over into labour!

My baby shower invites were mailed out this week. All I can say is thank goodness for the the talented Etsy designers out there. This is designed by OhSoParty.


I don’t know what it is but my interest in food is so fleeting these days. I’ve heard pregnant women say that they lost interest in food and I never fully understood it (how could you not be interested in foooood?), but now I get it. I’m still eating normally, but food just doesn’t seem as exciting as it usually does. Or I will make a recipe, love it to pieces, and then the next day I’m over it and no longer want to post it on the blog anymore. Total Jekyll and Hyde. Hopefully it passes!

I’m getting a lot of belly stares these days. I have to say, men don’t hide the stares as well as the women do. Winking smile I don’t blame people for checking out pregnant bellies…I do it too. It’s hard not to because they are quite spectacular in all their glory.

In other belly news, my belly button is slowly disappearing. I think the baby ate it?

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Bryanna May 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Congratulations Angela! I’m enjoying reading about your experiences as another vegan mom-to-be. I’m 29 weeks and starting to feel like a punching bag. Sometimes the kicks/punches take me by surprise. And yes, all of the stares are funny, but it’s amazing how nice people are to you when you’re pregnant: holding doors, letting you cut ahead in the bathroom line, etc. Enjoy!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2014 at 10:39 am

punching bag – that’s a good analogy! hah. Congrats on your pregnancy Bryanna!


Ieva May 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Congratulations!!! You’re such an inspiration.. Your recipes are so delicious and thanks to your amazing blog my family, boyfriend, and his family have been vegan for awhile. Thank you again!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thank you Leva :) So happy you are enjoying the recipes!


Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog May 30, 2014 at 6:09 am

Haha! I chuckled at the thought of your belly button being eaten by the baby :-) You’re looking lovely, and your story about Eric feeling the baby kick just about made my day.


Christabel May 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

Your belly is pretty magnificent. Mine was about the same size at 23 weeks, and let me warn you, you’re going to be HUGE at the end. Forget about tying your shoes, you aren’t even going to know you HAVE feet anymore! :)

I had that fleeting feeling about food too. Don’t worry, once that placenta is out, you’ll want to eat everything and anything.

I made your most recent granola bars this week, so good!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

it’s already challenging to shave my legs and put on shoes so I can only imagine what it’ll be like in 3 more months.

Glad to hear you made the new granola bars! We need to make another batch of the almond joy ones as we’re already out.


Neha May 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

you look adorable! I had lost interest in eating when I was pregnant..The only thing I felt like eating were fruits (It is scary the amount of oranges I have consumed) and cold cereal. I think I lived on these thing for most part of it!


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

yes FRUIT! Grapes and watermelon for me. Lots of smoothies too. Now that you mention cold cereal, that does sound really good too. ;)


Ruth May 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

Lovely update. I’m curious about your strength training regimen: do you just work out certain areas each day, or do you do a full- body workout on most days of the week. I’m trying to wrap my head around some conflicting info I’ve been getting about muscles needing to rebuild after lifting/resistance.


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

Hi Ruth,
I’m all about listening to my body – so if my arms or legs are tired I will skip them and just focus on the opposite for the day and resume arms/legs the next day. Some days I have tons of energy and I will do both at once. That being said, I’m not doing heavy lifting either (5lb arm weights with resistance) so I’m sure it’s different if you are really tearing the muscles.


Heather May 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I just RSVP’d – can’t wait to celebrate with you :)

BTW – the no sugar granola bars are a big hit – love them!


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

Yay, can’t wait Heather!


Hailey May 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I know what you mean about the fleeting interest in food! I’m 25 weeks this week and last week I could not get enough food in my belly, and this week I could take it or leave it. I live in Chicago and often walk along the path along Lake Michigan, and I get a lot of stares. It’s like people expect pregnant ladies to sit on the couch eating ice cream and pickles for 40 weeks!

You look beautiful!! I hope your energy level keeps up! I must say, even in the last two weeks, it’s getting harder and harder to put shoes on!


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

I hear you on that one…I keep thinking I’m going to squish the baby when I shave my legs in the shower or put on shoes. I’m sure they are a bit more resilient than that though, hah. ;)


Catherine @ foodiecology May 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Your bump is beautiful!
I love reading your updates, because at 20 weeks & 4 days today, I get a good idea of what to expect the next few weeks.
Like you, I’m enjoying the heck out of my near-normal energy levels, but unlike you, food is ALL I can think about. Luckily (well, could be unluckily…) everything tastes amazing to me.
I love those shower invites; and that’s awesome that Eric got to feel her move! I’m a teensy bit jealous because I’ve felt very little movement (thanks to my placenta placement on the front of my uterus), but I’m sure once my little guy gets even bigger, I’ll feel it frequently. :-)


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

Congrats on your pregnancy Catherine :) I do remember having weeks when I was starving and eating everything in sight. I think it might have corresponded to the baby’s growth (or maybe my own hormones!), but it’s funny how each week is so different.


Anna May 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

You look great, love the baby bump! :) I love the sweet little tidbit about Eric feeling the baby move. During the 3rd trimester of my 1st pregnancy, I remember my son making waves along my tummy. He must’ve been doing flips in there. Haha It was quite funny! During my 2nd pregnancy, my 2nd son was very active as well, but he loved pressing down on my pelvic bone with his head, so I was quite sore all the time!

I don’t recall eating more than usual during both of my pregnancies. My appetite remained the same. It was only after giving birth that I was ravenous all the time because of breastfeeding around the clock.


Tijana May 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

Losing interest in FOOD?! Maybe I’ll remain childless, hah. ;)

Seriously.. you look so cute!! I’m so happy for you and your hubby. I love your updates! Do you think you’ll announce the name if you pick one?!


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

I know, it’s so weird not to be that excited about food. Total opposite of what I’m normally like! Well, I should clarify the only thing I’m excited about lately is watery fruit – grapes, watermelon, etc. and coconut water hah.
We’ll most likely share her name with the birth announcement.


Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 31, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I love reading about your pregnancy Angela!! You look absolutely beautiful!

I got your cookbook yesterday evening for my birthday (haha, after asking for it specifically :D) and I have to say I LOVE IT! It is gorgeous, stunning, spectacular! I love looking at your gorgeous photography, wonderful recipes and reading about your lovely antidotes throughout the book! I’ve already made the mushrooms for dinner tonight and the overnight oats are in the fridge at this very moment! I am looking forward to trying your fat free zucchini muffins tomorrow :D Thank you again for such an amazing cookbook – it is pure vegan gold!


Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen May 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Woops, spelling mistake **anecdotes not antidotes :D


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:15 am

Happy Birthday Ceara! I’m so touched by your kind words & support for the book – thank you so much! Sounds like you started off with some good recipes. :)


Leah May 31, 2014 at 6:29 pm

You look amazing! I love reading all of your stories. Although, I must say I am not pleased to hear of your recent lack of interest in food…considering I rely on you for about 99% of my meals, haha! Love, love, love your recipes and very happy for you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

hah my hubby isn’t very happy either! It seems to change day to day, so I just have to take advantage of the inspiration when it strikes I guess. Thanks for your kind words Leah!


Lisa May 31, 2014 at 11:48 pm

That is so neat that Eric was able to feel the kicking this week!! I’m currently 18 weeks pregnant and I love feeling the little flutters at this point, and really can’t wait for my hubby to be able to feel them too :) It’s been so fun to read your baby posts especially because I’m a few weeks behind you! We find out in a week if we are having a boy or a girl. The weirdest thing for me this week was that my Linea Nigra has showed up! Its pretty faint, but it’s definitely there right below my belly button. So cool!! :)


Angela June 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

Aw congrats :) So exciting you get to find out the sex soon…it was such an emotional moment for me.


Sophie June 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

I think there is something wonderful about baby bumps too – it really is a beautiful thing!

Great to here things are going good. I’m so pleased for you Angela! It’s funny, with the blog it makes me feel like I know you so I’m genuinely happy for you!

Maybe it is your hormones distracting you away from food? I’m never hungry near TOM so I’m guessing that’s hormonal!


Julie June 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

I’m 14 weeks and totally know what you mean by not being excited about food anymore. I mean, I’ll eat it, but it doesn’t bring the same satisfaction as before.

I can’t wait to feel my baby move! I’m hoping it’ll be on the early end around 16/17 weeks?? Sometimes I think I have felt it once or twice already, but I’m guessing it was something else. Sadly, I guess it will be even longer until my husband can feel it.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

I felt little flutters early in the second trimester, or even before (but it was hard to tell). They felt more like gas bubbles than anything else! hah.


Em @ Love A Latte June 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

How exciting that your baby invites went out! My belly button has crazy popped out. It makes me happy though because I know it’s all for our baby boy. Having my husband be able to feel the baby move was the most awesome thing. It makes my day every time I feel him move, which is a lot more now at 30 weeks (tomorrow!). I definitely think that’s by far one of the best parts of pregnancy. Also, I made your Glo Bars over the weekend and they were such a hit! I don’t know how I went so long without making them. My husband absolutely loved them too :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

I totally agree….I said to Eric Im going to miss the kicks when the baby is out (oddly enough!). Happy to hear you enjoyed the Glo bars :)


Em @ Love A Latte June 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

I meant to say I’m the same way with food. Once I’ve had something, I’m generally over it. Food hasn’t been as thrilling for me as of late…but when I’m hungry, man I need to eat ASAP!


Ashley P. June 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Angela! I am 24, and although I’m waiting till marriage to have children, I have found your blog posts very helpful. I do not have any nephews or nieces so I know virtually nothing about babies (other than the fact that they are adorable handfuls lol). Even though I go in and out of being vegan, I think I want to go more plant-based during my pregnancy. I also read recently that a woman’s diet during pregnancy can greatly impact the child’s DNA, so healthy eating will really help the child. I will be printing out these tips and advice for when I do have a baby myself. Thank you so much and congratulations on everything. That little girl is so lucky to have you two!


Nicole @ Broken Road Creative June 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Your baby shower invites are so pretty!
I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my second baby and I started feeling movement earlier this time, so at this point, it’s definitely not tickling anymore! It’s so strange how different this time around is but it’s still just as magical :)


Julie June 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

New to blogs…I’m very impressed. I love your recipes. And seeing your growing belly takes me back….(my magnum opus just turned 7!but she still offers the same glow to each any every day) congratulations on your work well done. Don’t worry about the lull in food excitement it will return full blast when you nurse her! Enjoy that belly ..thanks
( the other blog I visit is kleas….)


Carmen June 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

You are an amazing lady! I am an obstetrician in New Zealand and I follow your blog regularly now! You have inspired me to try new things and to (slowly) become a good vegan girl! Your blogs are hilarious, your food is awesome and you are quite possibly the cutest pregnant lady I’ve seen in a while! (Trust me, I see quite a few!!) ;)
We have a 19 month old boy & he’s a joy & I miss my good pregnancy days! Enjoy & savor EVERY moment! Good luck & thanks for sharing your life with us!!


Stefanie June 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

I’m just one week behind you with my baby girl, due Oct. 2! It makes me feel so much better to see another plant-based woman going through the same thing (and who also has a fleeting, sometimes-there/sometimes-not interest interest in food … I assumed pregnancy would be HUNGER all the time!) Best wishes to you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

I know what you mean, I thought I was going to be crazy hungry all the time. Some days yes, but others nothing sounds appealing.


Ana June 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Please post the recipes anyway, don’t trust your judgement :))


Courtney June 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

Only 3 more months! I think…I hope I got that right. :) And I love the design of the invitations.


Katie June 7, 2014 at 6:54 am

Angela – I really love your baby posts! I’m a pregnant vegan too at 16 weeks. Have followed your blog for years, but now really like seeing what you’re posting about pregnancy, in addition to recipes!


Kathleen July 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I had no idea that you were pregnant so I am just catching up now! Congratulations! I am really enjoying reading all of your week by week posts. It seems that you are really enjoying your pregnancy and have me all excited about being pregnant one day. You also look AMAZING. Perfect belly size and perfectly glowing! Oh she glows indeed! xx


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Kathleen, you are so sweet!


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