I've felt pregnant since week 6 and I noticed my "belly" at week 14 or 15...I assumed everyone noticed. But most people didn't. Even at 22 weeks, when I felt gigantic, people went about their business and didn't really notice my gut too much. My guess is some of them just thought I loved beer or something. NOW is a different story. My belly sticks out of my white doctor coat - so my patients notice it, my Attendings notice, staff notice....strangers notice :-) And it's pretty much the best ice breaker ever - it's typically the first thing people will comment about (with smiling faces I might add) when they greet me...
"are you expecting!"
"how far along are you!""do you know what you're having!?"
"is this your first!?"
yada yada down the line.
I'm pretty sure my face lights up every time someone mentions my pregnancy :-)
I have a slight waddle to my gait...I can feel it, I know I'm doing it...and I don't care. It's easier to walk that way. And bending over to pick stuff up off the ground is a whole new ballgame...I tend to "grunt" a little bit and I'm sure I look way awkward because it feels way awkward. And my skin....it's really tight...we sit and watch our Baby's movements...it's SO RAD!!
Performing well during my Plastic Surgery rotation is a bit of a challenge with an additional 10 lbs in front of me...I don't quite reach the table in the same manner that I am use to. But so far so good and I'm really enjoying this rotation. I think I needed to get back in the operating room to remember how cool my job might be. I'm scrubbing a Rhinoplasty tomorrow!!! How cool is that!?