My Pregnancy @ 22 Weeks + Belly Shot

It’s week 22, and Mama is coping with wooziness, drinking tons of special lemonade, filling out her maternity shirts, thinking about getting a social life, dreaming of another babymoon, and is soon going in for the big ultrasound.

Did you go on a babymoon? Where did you go and what did you do?


About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  1. Lindsay February 22 at 7:44 am

    You have mentioned your special/homemade lemonade. Do you mind sharing your recipe?

  2. Andrea Gardner August 9 at 4:18 pm

    My husband and I never really spend time together also. A babymoon has never been an option due to my husband’s work schedule. It is hard with 5 kids so we took a giftcard and bought a double jogging stroller and we have plans to start jogging together. Sure there will be 2 little ones with us but they are quiet and I am optimistic this will become an amazing bonding time.

  3. Michelle @ July 29 at 3:49 pm

    we accidentally took a babymoon with our first because I found out I was pregnant just 48 hours before we left for an already planned trip to Hawaii!! We did get a weekend away for out anniversary that year too in August and baby came at the end of December. We plan on doing the same thing this year, getting away next weekend for anniversary with baby due at the end of December. So it’s kind of a two-fer but it will work :) Will say a prayer for your ultrasound, ours is coming up in a couple days for us to find out gender and see if everything is developing normally. It really is scary and exciting all at once.

  4. Kate July 27 at 2:35 pm

    I’m currently enjoying a totally spur of the moment babymoon staycation courtesy of a broken air conditioner in the middle of an LA heat wave! Yep, at 8 months pregnant, our AC went out and it’s been 90 degrees the last couple weeks here in LA, so hubby was sweet enough to check us into a hotel LOL. Not quite the same as being on actual vacation, but the maid service is amazing haha.

  5. Amanda July 26 at 10:52 pm

    I didn’t have luck finding any info on the lemonade you mentioned. Is this one from Wellness Mama what you drink?:
    Juice of 10 lemons or limes
    3/4 cup sugar or sucanat
    1 cup of whey
    2.5 to 3 quarts of filtered water

  6. Chantal July 26 at 11:12 am

    We went to Australia when I was 20-22 weeks. It was awesome! I’m glad we did it.

  7. Julien July 26 at 8:51 am

    I’m six weeks into my first pregnancy and I’m kinda nervous/kinda excited for my first Dr. appointment. I’m so happy to hear you have a ton of energy now because lots of days it’s all I can do to stay awake! I have also found that I can not tolerate ANY junk in my diet. It makes me so sick.

    I’ve also found myself looking around in awe at people I meet. I keep thinking to myself, “You were a baby!” or, to moms, “Holy cow- you gave birth!!!!”

  8. Cait July 26 at 8:22 am

    I am 10 weeks now and in the process of trying to decide on a midwife. Lord willing it will be our second homebirth, but we only had one choice last time and LOVED her. Now we are in a new state with less optimal midwifery laws, but actually having to choose between a couple great ladies! It’s tricky and I just want to get started. It definitely makes it feel real!
    We didn’t go on a babymoon the first time, but had a little anniversary getaway when I was 20 weeks pregnant, and then moved halfway around the world back to the US at 30 weeks pregnant. So that was adventure enough :) Love your updates! It’s SO fun to fill out maternity shirts!

  9. Rebecca July 26 at 8:15 am

    With our first, we took a “babymoon” with our first to the Rockies in Colorado, and Yellowstone National Park. We went when I was around 26 weeks along. We loved it!! With the second, we were so much busier with less money to boot :-) So we went just a few hours away to Acadia National Park.

    And I agree, pregnancy and parenthood is a great time to learn to trust God and relinquish control :-) With my pregnancies, both of them I ate very healthy, exercised, the whole nine yards. With my first son, I had mild gestational diabetes. With my second, I changed my diet (went mostly gluten free, etc) and avoided gestational diabetes, but I had pregnancy induced hypertension. So it seemed no matter what I did, I had health issues that were out of my control, and those situations provided a great truth f or me to accept: that God is always in control and I can trust Him, even if things don’t go quite as we had planned (I still got my amazing homebirth with my 2nd son, after a lot of doubt whether it would happen, which I am SO thankful for….)

  10. Julia July 26 at 8:10 am

    With our firstborn, we got to go to a couple weddings the summer before! That was kind of our baby moon! With number two, we were just happy to get out to dinner before the baby was born! hee hee!

    However, that remind me that my parents on two occasions went to bed and breakfasts! With a big family and lots of little kids, it only made sense to get away for one night! That might be an option for some! 😀

  11. Janell July 26 at 7:46 am

    I am 36 weeks pregnant with my first also a girl, as of yesterday! My husband and I tried to look at our move to the Netherlands a little over 6 mos into my pregnancy as our babymoon. So I definitely know how it feels to make big life changes during pregnancy, but we love it here! I feel so blessed that I live in a country that believes in the natural abilities of a mama’s body to birth a baby! Pregnacy and childbirth are looked at as natural events and are not interfered with unless mom or baby are in trouble. Midwifery is the norm here and 1/3 of babies are born in their own homes. I am planning on a natural waterbirth at a nearby birth center. I love that nobody looks at me like I have lost my mind when they hear our birth plan! Added bonus the postnatal care =) covered by insurance meaning at home checkups, lactation guidance and even light house work! I love your show and watch all your updates and have started enjoying Bumps along the way thanks to your recent collaborations with them! Thank you for all your time and effort to help mama’s and mama’s to be like me learn to live naturally!

  12. E.C.MAMA July 25 at 11:19 pm

    just wanted to encourage you with something not related to the pregnancy but related to birth because I know you had a long labor with griffin- my first baby took 68 HOURS start to finish. No drugs to bring it on or pain relief, I simply kept declining the c-section as he wasn’t in distress. The encouraging part- my second labor my water broke at 2AM but no contractions and 4cm dilated.. baby was born after about 5 contractions on the way to hospital at 5AM. I wasn’t contracting at all but suddenly felt a “we need to leave now or stay put” kinda thing.. didn’t make to hospital just the car park- and it didn’t hurt at ALL.

  13. Marsela July 25 at 4:06 pm

    Week 18 here! Waiting for week 22 to find out the gender! I too am finding it more difficult to hear of any baby or animal suffering. Friend posted on fb a video about the danger of leaving children in cars and I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it because I knew I’d be bawling like a baby. Wish I had energy like you but at least I no longer need naps anymore. I still get nausea every couple days..sometimes in the middle of the night. Ugh! My appetite is so much better and am incorporating better foods into my diet as well. Our belly’s our the same size and you got a month on me. I’m shorter though and boy it sure does pop a lot faster on the 2nd baby. God Bless you and your baby.

  14. M Elaine July 25 at 1:20 pm

    So I wondered as a watched near the end of you video today, you said you’ve been trying to “let go & let God”, does Mike believe too? My husband does not and I’m struggling with him because of this…

    • Genevieve July 25 at 3:26 pm

      Mike is a believer too, which helps. Grateful for that :)

      But, at the end of the day, our faith is between the individual and God. That’s the relationship. Our spouses can support us or encourage but we need to develop our own relationship.

      • Joan July 26 at 11:51 am

        Genevieve, I really needed to read what you wrote. Thank you.

  15. Rachel July 25 at 12:09 pm

    I just wanted to comment that I completely understand what you’re saying about having greater empathy and compassion for babies who are suffering. I have one baby–an 8 week old–and I remember reading an article in TIME, early in my pregnancy, about a baby who was killed in Palestine. It seriously got to me. This hasn’t gone away, either! My husband and I are vegetarians and I used to feel guilty because I would feel so much more teary and emotional over animal suffering, but since having a baby, I feel a connection to every baby everywhere! Not only that, but I feel so much more love for everyone, because everyone was a baby and everyone is still someone’s baby, no matter their age. Maybe it’s the breastfeeding hormones, and this will eventually go away, but, yes, I totally GET it! Sending you love!!!!

    • samantha July 25 at 12:42 pm

      I found my love and compassion for people also increased with motherhood. Interesting, huh? :)

    • Genevieve July 25 at 3:27 pm

      Aw, XOXO! Mama hearts unite! You have a beautiful spirit :)

      • Joan July 26 at 11:48 am

        I am there and totally get 100% understand what you are saying Rachel. Thank you for expressing exactly what I have felt and said too. My 7 yrs of mothering experience has shown me it doesn’t go away. It’s so good to be reminded!

        It is very painful to see and deeply feel the suffering around us and towards children (I gravitate in my head to the bad place where children are intentionally hurt by horrible people, and then think once those horrible people were not horrible and ….gahh, my heart just aches and squeezes.) I wish I could save them all, and kiss all the booboos and then I see that what I can really do is let my light shine brightly, and help my son’s light shine brightly and love him as mindfully and consciously as I can. One of the reasons I wanted a child was so that I could make my corner of the world a little brighter with the love we share. It’s working. Thanks very much for this deep-heart reminder.

        • Chantel July 31 at 2:20 pm

          On the note of suffering children, if anyone ever feels called, please look into becoming a foster parent! And i say called because for us it is definitely a calling from God, otherwise I’m not sure how we would do it. It is hard both due to the nature of caring for traumatized children and then grieving when you have to “give back” children with whom you have loved with your whole heart. I know every State in the country could use more quality foster parents, so if God lays it on anyone’s heart, please consider it! Also, consider adopting as well. I don’t want to overlook that. There are tons of children in State custody who need forever families!
          Genevieve, you are such a blessing and an inspiration! Since I spend so much time dealing with abused/neglected children (I also work in child welfare), it’s so refreshing to see people who are so committed to their children and families and working to make the world a better place!

  16. Julie @ Homegrown Paleo July 25 at 12:00 pm

    @Mama Natural. You say this is your first U/S but didn’t you have one at the very beginning just to validate a pregnancy/heartbeat?

    I can’t wait to hear more about your U/S-I pray it eases your heart!

    • Genevieve July 25 at 3:24 pm

      Good catch! Mike slapped up this post this morning and I think he forgot about the first one :)


  17. Chantel July 25 at 11:38 am

    We wanted to do a babymoon, but financially…it won’t happen. I am kind of sad, but we’ll enjoy our last few weeks as best we can with mini celebrations right here! :)

    • Genevieve July 25 at 3:20 pm

      Definitely! You can do a stay-cation :) Or try to get help from family and friends so you can go on a picnic and afternoon out.

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