The second trimester (weeks 14 - 27) is such a milestone to get to! We finally shared the news about baby Hayes, a bump starts (for real) forming, maternity jeans make their way into your closet, and you can find out the gender of your little bub. Here are some highs and lows from trimester two:
SYMPTOMS: a little more nausea, headaches, backaches & a couple nosebleeds.
Who knew nosebleeds were a part of pregnancy??? Apparently pregnancy can make the vessels in your nose expand & your increased blood supply puts more pressure on the vessels, causing them to rupture more easily. I discovered this while puking in a Buccees bathroom during week 17...
Nausea slowed down in the second trimester for me but definitely didn't "just stop" like most people said it would. It slowed down to once or twice per week, then eventually tapered off around week 19 for me -- praise God.
My back began KILLING me. Especially my lower back. The sciatic nerve pain was tough & made it hard to stand up & sit down or walk long distances. It feels like a shooting pain in your lower back/top of your butt. I scheduled an appointment with Inner Light Chiropractic here in Fort Worth. They specialize in prenatal care & have been tremendous in providing stretches & adjusting me once per week. It's definitely not cheap, but it's worth it to make more room for baby Hayes in there.
I continued to take 400mg of magnesium daily to help with the headaches and avoid needing to take Tylenol.
EXCITING THINGS IN TRIMESTER TWO:
GENDER- most providers will allow you to find out the gender between 18-20 weeks. This changed EVERYTHING for us. We went from calling him "it" or "baby" to "he" and "him". For us, it made it all feel way more real. We decided to find out just the two of us. So we went to the anatomy scan at 18 weeks, had the ultrasound tech write down the gender on a piece of paper & put it in an envelope. We were so giddy! We picked out a lion & a bunny stuffed animal at Anthropologie & had the cashier wrap one of them according to what the envelope said. Then we got in the car & opened it as quickly as possible. It was so fun!!!! I cried, duh. PLUS the anatomy scan is SO COOL. It's the first time we got to see little Hayes since the 10 week appointment, where he just looked like a little jelly bean. This time around, he had arms, legs, a 4 chamber heart, we could see his brain and his fingers and watch him wiggle and move on the screen. So cool.
FEELING THEM MOVE - Yall. There is no other feeling like literally feeling a person move inside of you. Around week 17-18 I felt some smalllllllll flutters in my belly that felt different than normal gas bubbles or digestion. Usually this would happen if I was sitting still or after I'd drank something cold or sugary. As the trimester progressed, flutters turned into full on kicks & being able to see my stomach move. It's something I'll miss once pregnancy is over for sure.
A BUMP - like a for real bump. The first half of trimester two I felt like I was in that "is she pregnant or just a little chubby" category, but the second half...man oh man. The bump made its DEBUT around 20 weeks, where it felt like it just popped out overnight.
WORKING OUT - My energy has changed dramatically from Trimester 1 to Trimester 2! I feel less tired, more like I have a grip on my symptoms, and have actually enjoyed working out with my little bump. I'm still avoiding twisting/ab exercises and limiting jumping movements. Doing lots of steady cardio like the row machine & the stationary bike paired with upper body dumbbell workouts & squats. Don't forget those keagels ladies! You can find some workouts & stretches on my "pregnancy" highlight on my instagram!
THE NOT-SO-FUN PARTS:
Shortness of breath - literally am out of breath just talking.
Clothes not fitting like they used to - getting dressed is becoming a little more tricky. Highly recommend investing in a pair or two of good maternity jeans (especially if you'll be pregnant in the colder months). I bought one pair & borrowed two others from friends. This changed everything for me - it made getting dressed easier, I was more comfortable, and made me feel like a normal person. Also - there's no right or wrong time to start wearing these. If you're pants are getting tight -- do not delay buying a pair if you don't feel "pregnant enough yet". Just buy the dang pants. For other clothes, I stuck to basics like big sweaters or longer loose shirts so that I wouldn't have to go buy new clothes. But if you're able to buy a new wardrobe, GO FOR IT! Comfort is KEY.
Glucose test - this was NOT FUN for me. Around week 25, most providers have you come in and drink a suuuuuper sugary drink to test you for gestational diabetes. I chose the lemon lime flavor over orange, which basically just tastes like the syrup they put in the soda machine. Not cool. I had to drink the whole thing in under 3 minutes, wait an hour, then go get my blood drawn. The sugar made my heart race & made me sweaty - not fun at allllllllll.
Sleeping - Insomnia kicked in during the second trimester. I was waking up 2 times during the night to pee, then would have the hardest time falling back asleep. I would lay awake for 45 min to an hour after each bathroom break. I also began sleeping on my side - which is difficult for this stomach & back sleeper, but apparently it is the safest way to sleep while pregnant. (Sleeping on your back with a heavy baby in your belly can put too much pressure on your lungs, back, & vena cava, which carries most of the blood to the baby) I found that having a pillow in between my knees & one to tuck under my growing bump (so that it wouldn't hang) was the most comfortable. (I've heard they also sell pillow wedges on amazon that fit under your bump, too!)
PRODUCTS I'M LOVING:
This trilastin stretch mark cream. I've used a jar per trimester, and it has done it's job so far! I smother it on my belly and my boobs twice per day. I've also started using Bio Oil (a cheaper option) to avoid stretch marks & make my tummy less itchy as my skin thins out & stretches. No stretch marks yet, but I'm learning & trying to hold that loosely as I know most women get them - I think it's mostly genetics anyways.
Magnesium tablets - still taking 400 mg per day to avoid headaches, nausea, & leg cramps.
I registered on Amazon, because I liked the idea of having a bunch of brand options in one spot (& the free two day shipping, duh). But Babylist would be another good option!
I've been tracking the growth of our babe by using the Bump app! It gives you a weekly update on the baby's size, symptoms you'll experience, science, & lets you look at the baby in 3D!
Instagram accounts I'm loving - @expectingandempowered is great for Pregnancy & Postpartum workout guides, healing strategies, & general info from a PT. @legendairymilk - lots of good info on breastfeeding (warning: lots of boob pics!).
I'm 31 weeks pregnant now!! It's crazy how much the time flies, but at the same time I feel like I've been pregnant forever. We still have a little while to go, but it's feeling more and more real as we get closer! Let me know if there's anything you have questions about or what you experienced!