The Second Trimester

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hi friends!

I made it through the second trimester, which is weeks 13 through 27.

I was really looking forward to the second trimester. The trimester that the miscarriage rate decreases tremendously, that my nausea was supposed to die down, when we will find out the gender and share the news with everyone! 

Everyone told me, "don't worry it'll all go away once you're in the second trimester!". WRONG. I was still miserable those first couple weeks. I could only eat cold foods until about noon, and then I could maybe eat normally without feeling like I was going to vom. Overnight oats, green grapes and mandarin oranges were my JAM! 

I started my job when I was about 13 weeks along. Like I said above, I was still feeling nauseous in the mornings, but I was finally starting to gain some energy back which was convenient! God's timing, man. It's always perfect! 

At week 15ish I caught a nasty cold that had been going around the office 👎 To say I was miserable would be an understatement. Runny nose, sore throat, body aches, sinus and ear pressure...the whole nine yards! And that baby stuck around for 3 stinkin' WEEKS! Phew, we made it though fam. Homemade chicken noodle soup, Netty pot, Vick's Vapor Rub, and cough drops FTW. There is nothing worse than losing the ability to taste...especially when you have all the cravings and nothing can satisfy them! Lol.

At 18 weeks, I felt movement for the first time! I had actually called my Doula that morning because I was worried that I hadn't felt movements yet. I fell into the comparison trap and thought that since this girl who is only a few (gestational) days ahead of me has been feeling movements since week 15, something must be wrong with me! *eyeroll* Luckily my amazing doula talked some sense into me, explained what movement feels like, when you usually start to feel like in your first pregnancy (18-20 weeks) and told me how great I was doing thus far. So I decided not to call the midwives and give it a few more days. That day at work I was just typing away and *BOOP*, there she was! I immediately pushed my hand against where I thought the movement came from and *BOOP*, there it was again! So I sat there smiling and choking back tears in my cubicle 😅  That night laying in bed, reading Ina May obviously, I felt it again! I grabbed Chris's hand a brought it to my belly. We waiting patiently and after about 3 minutes she *BOOP*'d us again! What an amazing, incredible feeling. I am so thankful Chris was able to feel it too. This is when things really started to feel "real" for us. 

At week 19, my mom, sisters and mother-in-law came to visit and we did the 3D ultrasound where we found out the gender! Chris was there too, obviously. It was such a cool experience! You better believe I cried when the ultrasound tech told us "it's a girl!". The weeks leading up to that day friends and family would ask me if I had a preference of gender and every time I would say, "There are pros to both and cons to neither" 😊  I had absolutely zero intuition on what baby's gender was. They say that momma knows, but this momma had no clue! But, when I had to guess for a poll I took I said boy. The poll results were: 9 votes for girl and 3 for boy. Chris of course "knew" it was a girl the whole time! 

Baby girl did not want us to see her face for this ultrasound, but had no problem showing her hiney! Which I am thankful for, because if it were the other way around we may have not been able to tell her gender. We will just have to talk about modestly in a couple years 😉

Baby butt and feet. At least she was a lady and crossed her legs! 

How cool is it that you can see her spinal cord?? Absolutely amazing. 19 weeks.
At 20 weeks I got to SEE her kick, or "BOOP" for the first time! I was laying in bed reading (Ina May, of course) and I felt her kick. I put my hand where I had felt it and continued to feel her move while I read. Then it occurred to me that if I could feel her kick, I might be able to see her kick! So I lifted the covers up and watched for a minute and *BLOOP* there she was! So cool. A couple nights later Chris got to see. 

Also at 20 weeks was our second and last sonogram. It was so special to see her again. The ultrasound tech looked at all four chambers of her heart to make sure they were working correctly, as well as her brain and stomach, and even counted all of her vertebrae! It's so amazing what they can see through a sonogram. The ultrasound tech said I have a "great pelvis" and that she would sonogram me any day of the week! Haha 

Weeks 20-28 were great for working out. My energy was up and I started working out early in the morning before work! It feels great to just get it done. The only complaint I have about this timeframe is the heartburn. I have never ever dealt with heartburn before and I get it from the weirdest things! Like cheese and trail mix. Not citrus fruits, pastas or spicy foods. 

Things I learned:

Placenta brain is a real thing. I am constantly forgetting where I put things, why I walked into a room and having a terrible time trying to concentrate! Days that I start off with some good, healthy fats definitely helped. 

You can never do enough research. I am constantly reading new research and books about childbirth and learning new things- and I LOVE it! I encourage all momma's-to-be to take some time out of their day to read about how they can have the best birthing experience. 

Cat-cow yoga movements are way underrated. I started doing these at least once a day around week 23, along with child's pose and down dog. They have helped with my breathing, engaging my core, opening my hips and basic stretching!

Cucumbers and vinegar
Anything spicy (Indian and Thai food, hot sauce and/or Sriracha on everything)
Green grapes
Blueberry anything (waffles, bagels, english muffins)

Books I'm reading (in addition to those noted in First Tri recap):
Husband Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley
The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman 

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this little recap and maybe got a couple laughs out of it! I love sharing this journey with you all.

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