Time to talk all issues second trimester. I do know I’m a bit late since I’m already 32 weeks pregnant with child quantity 2, however I wished to share all the ups and downs of the second trimester so I’d have it documented — for each myself and also you!
So alas, right here’s how issues have been from week 14-28 of my being pregnant journey. You’ll want to additionally take a look at my first trimester put up, child registry and ask a doula as references, too!
Psychological well being
Total, my morning illness lasted for much longer with child quantity 2 than with Sidney. Lastly proper round 15 weeks, I began to really feel regular once more and my power picked as much as the purpose the place I used to be in a position to go on lengthy walks once more, work out persistently and eat meals for nourishment.
That being stated, two again to again pregnancies haven’t been simple. I now not have the luxurious of sleeping in after I want it as a result of I’ve a 1-year outdated who likes to get up round 6am each morning (generally earlier!). AND I AM TIRED. I don’t have time to take naps as a result of I’m busy working, prepping meals for Sidney throughout his naps, or taking part in with him. He’s a busy boy, too! All the time working round and hopping from room to room; it’s been an journey attempting to maintain him occupied.
All this to say, I can confidently acknowledge that I’m far more drained and have manner much less power and just about continually really feel exhausted this being pregnant. By 9pm each evening, I really feel like I received hit by a prepare and it’s been extremely troublesome for me to remain motivated to prioritize work as a result of generally all I would like is a break the place I put my ft up and relaxation for a second. I’ve been attempting my perfect to honor that, however the actuality is that I spend most of my day on my ft and on the go, except I’m writing (that is taking place at 10pm btw!). Balancing relaxation and work is my largest psychological problem. I really feel the pull to create continually; each entrepreneur’s dilemma, I feel.
It’s attention-grabbing as a result of final being pregnant, I felt a fairly extreme melancholy throughout my second trimester and whereas I don’t really feel it throughout this one, I do really feel the heaviness and psychological exhaustion of the pandemic weighing on me. I’m positive I sound like a damaged document, as a result of this isn’t simply my dilemma, it’s seemingly a lot of ours proper now, however IT IS HARD. I can’t actually take Sidney anyplace and the climate has been brutally chilly these days so getting exterior is troublesome. Plus, being pregnant whereas having one other child at my ft on a regular basis and attempting to deal with two companies, workers, admin work, creating and extra could be taxing.
Fortunately, years in the past I arrived at a great place in the case of managing my nervousness ranges. I’m in a position to just about be pretty level-headed about conditions and really perceive that all the pieces in life works out. This perspective has given me SUCH an unimaginable shift the place I don’t appear to focus my stress on all of the what-ifs of the longer term. That’s to not say that I don’t really feel fearful or careworn about my to-do lists, I simply don’t let it takeover my ideas and life to the purpose the place it feels inconceivable to perform. Belief me, none of this occurred in a single day. It took me YEARS of laborious work to really feel like my random anxious ideas didn’t overwhelm me. And naturally, a extremely good therapist, ha!
Most lately we’ve began to have Tony’s mother and father watch Sidney 1x per 30 days on the weekends, which have been such a tremendous break for us, and a strategy to reconnect. Plus quickly, Sidney will begin daycare 3x per week, which I feel might be good for him socially and far wanted for us as soon as child boy arrives.
Anyway, candidly that’s type of the place I’m at.
Feeling motion with child 2
I came upon that I’ve an anterior placenta with this child, which implies that the placenta is connected to the entrance of your uterus, making it tougher to really feel child transfer. This was fully true for me as I didn’t really feel him actually begin to transfer till round week 21-22. Even on my 20 week ultrasound I keep in mind seeing him transfer A TON on the monitor however not having the ability to really feel a dang factor! So loopy as a result of Sidney was very lively beginning round week 16.
Nowadays, this little boy is consistently shifting and I completely find it irresistible. I can all the time depend on him to jab me together with his little foot or elbow.
My second trimester train routine
Earlier than getting pregnant the second time, I used to be understanding 5x per week. Two of these had been power coaching days and the opposite three days I rode my bike exterior. Plus in fact, I all the time do a ton of strolling. I used to be lastly feeling again to my pre-pregnancy power earlier than I received pregnant once more, so it’s been attention-grabbing to regulate to coaching pregnant.
Since I feel I’ve been extra drained this being pregnant, I actually tried to place much less stress on myself to train as a lot as I used to be pre-pregnancy, however ultimately I began to understand that I wanted one thing extra. I used to be craving motion in my life, and never simply from strolling. I wanted a great mood-boosting sweat, so along with coaching with Rae from Women Who Carry, I began doing Nourish Transfer Love’s YouTube exercises and have been LOVING them up to now. Proper now my purpose is to work out 3-4x per week till child comes. Typically I fall off observe however simply attempting to do my greatest. Plus a lot of strolling if it’s good sufficient to take action! GO AWAY CHICAGO SNOW.
What I’ve discovered about being pregnant is that your physique will alter and alter postpartum the best way it’s meant to. I hope to present myself extra grace this time round and take it a bit extra gradual.
Physique modifications spherical two
This being pregnant has been SO a lot totally different. At first, I misplaced some weight as a result of I couldn’t eat something, after which abruptly evidently I began displaying a lot extra shortly than the primary being pregnant and gaining extra shortly, too! Maybe it’s as a result of I’ve indulged a bit extra or as a result of I’m understanding much less and caught at dwelling, who is aware of. Fortunately, I’m in a significantly better, extra accepting mindset than the primary time round in the case of weight acquire throughout being pregnant. Total I feel I’ll most likely acquire barely extra this time round, however I additionally assume this child might be larger than Sidney so who is aware of. Hopefully he decides to return out sooner than 41 weeks and three days, hah!
One thing I’ve undoubtedly observed this time round is how my pores and skin has been noticeably extra purple and blotchy. It tends to harass me however I’ve began to include a Vitamin C oil that I feel helps, together with further moisturizers. I plan on updating my being pregnant skincare weblog put up very quickly, so keep tuned!
One other physique change I’ve observed is how a lot my boobs will randomly harm. Throughout my first being pregnant, they solely harm within the first trimester however up to now, this being pregnant they’ve solely harm within the second trimester. In actual fact, just a few weeks in the past I wakened and I had stabbing ache in one in every of my nipples. SO RANDOM.
How I’m sleeping
Effectively the peeing all evening lengthy undoubtedly isn’t serving to, however total sleep is simply off. My cat wakes me up at the least 1x per evening as a result of she’s insane and if I’m not waking as much as the cat or to pee, I get up as a result of I’m too scorching or too chilly. I can’t win. I additionally lately began getting these horrible charlie horses you get throughout being pregnant, so I’ve been aware to attempt to stretch and keep on my ft as a lot as doable.
I do have a being pregnant pillow however determined to ditch it this time round and simply use a physique pillow that I stole from Tony’s mother and father home. It’s tremendous cozy however I do know I haven’t used it correctly if I get up with again ache, which ususally is an effective indicator that I’ve been sleeping on my again. For me the most important factor that helps with again ache is motion, particularly occurring a 2 mile stroll. It does WONDERS for me. Oh and heat baths and a heating pad.
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Cravings & aversions
I nonetheless proceed to eat a bagel principally each morning, simply as I did with Sidney. I’m obsessive about the Dave’s Killer Bread bagels proper now. After I received over hating all the pieces in my first trimester, I didn’t actually have any cravings. I’d sometimes need a actually good sandwich from Potbelly, however as soon as once more, I actually dislike the considered sure meals and am by no means actually within the temper for something too specific. I additionally hate pizza and burgers, that are ususally my go-tos after I need one thing comforting.
What I do proceed to LOVE is fruit, particularly chilly Honeycrisp apples and contemporary pineapple. Can’t get sufficient! And critically, baking a brand new batch of cookies each week. I’ve to make my lactation cookie recipe once more quickly!
Additionally, fully in love with Spindrift once more. It’s my favourite and I drink it each single day! The glowing water is superb.
So right here’s the deal, I’m principally dwelling in loungewear, cozy sweatpants and leggings this being pregnant. I don’t go anyplace anymore (thanks COVID!) so it could be very pointless for me to purchase something non-essential except I can put on it exterior of being pregnant. Right here are some things I’ve been loving:
Faithfull the Model gown in white: I received this gown for my maternity shoot and completely LOVED it. So lovely.
Madewell maternity denims: these are superb. The one maternity jean I personal!
Lululemon align leggings: there’s a purpose that plenty of pregnant girls rave about these leggings and it’s as a result of they’re unimaginable. I nonetheless am carrying my similar measurement as a result of they’re so stretchy. Since I really like them a lot, I invested in like 5 pairs! I additionally put on them post-pregnancy.
My mother received me these joggers from anthro and I really like how tender they’re. I received a M and so they run a bit massive however are excellent for the bump, plus they’ve a drawstring. And listed below are one other pair of cozy sweatpants I really like to sit back in.
Lengthy sleeve exercise prime: just about the one prime I exercise in when it’s chilly out! I’ve so many colours and love all of them. I do go one measurement as much as accomodate for the bump.
Lululemon sports activities bra: really the one sports activities bra I put on today. So cozy and stretchy for the rising women!
H&M maternity bras: these are the BEST nursing/maternity bras. I’m telling you — so tender and comfy. Just about the one bra I put on now.
What I’m wanting ahead to within the third trimester
The primary time I used to be pregnant, we did SO many issues throughout my final trimester, all the pieces from hypnobabies, a prenatal class by means of our doula, a child CPR class & a breastfeeding class by means of our hospital, and belonged to a centering being pregnant group which met for 2 hours each two weeks. IT WAS A LOT, but it surely additionally actually helped put together the each of us and I feel that was crucial. Going into motherhood fully blind would have been a bit an excessive amount of for me, so I do assume it was vital for us to anticipate what was to return, and particularly, for Tony to be concerned.
This time round, my focus is on adorning Sidney’s new room in order that we will transfer the brand new child into his outdated room, getting a bassinet, organizing/cleansing ALL the issues aka nesting, resting up earlier than child comes and shopping for just a few cute new new child outfits. Largely I’m simply attempting to maintain my head above water over right here.
What I’m doing in a different way this time round
One in every of my targets is to plan on having a lactation guide arrange BEFORE I give start and head to the hospital. I keep in mind breastfeeding being fully overwhelming and I fearful SO a lot about if Sidney was latching accurately, if he was getting sufficient, if I used to be making sufficient, when/if I might pump and extra. It’s SO aggravating. In actual fact I feel round day 4 or 5, I spent 24 hours awake with him as a result of he was fully connected to my boob cluster feeding and I didn’t know what was flawed with me or him as a result of each time I pulled him off my boob he would cry; I felt like such a failure. Seems, he wanted to cluster feed to encourage my milk to return in — and it did, however rattling do I want I’d have had a useful resource at my fingertips.
This time round, I’m not taking any possibilities. That’s undoubtedly one piece of recommendation I’d give different mamas who plan to breastfeed: discover a lactation guide forward of time! Making an attempt to google issues at 3am isn’t enjoyable and also you undoubtedly gained’t want the added stress. It’s higher to be ready, and since each child is so totally different, you by no means understand how they’ll latch, and so on.
Store my being pregnant favorites & suggestions
Head over to the Bold Kitchen store to see all the pieces I like to recommend throughout being pregnant & past. I’ll proceed to replace as I’m going! You can too see all of my earlier being pregnant posts right here.
P.S. Don’t neglect to take a look at our child registry, being pregnant books I’m studying and my hospital bag guidelines.
I hope you liked this little life replace. Be happy to drop a remark beneath with any questions or any product suggestions you might need! xo.