Oh my gosh you guys! Time is flying by! I seriously cannot believe that I am already in my third trimester! I am currently 29 weeks, which means that we are approximately 11 weeks away from meeting our little man! I’ve been pretty bad about doing updates here on the blog, but I have been doing regular updates on Instagram, so if you want to stay up to date, go follow me over there!
Similar to the first trimester, my second trimester went pretty smoothly. I struggled with some bad headaches towards the beginning of it, but those have since gone away and the rest of my symptoms have been pretty mild. I’ve had a few random cravings (cantaloupe and english muffins with blueberry cream cheese being the two big ones,) I have to pee all the time, and I’ve had a few aches and pains as my belly grows and things are getting stretched out, but honestly I haven’t dealt with anything terrible! I had pretty good energy during the first half of the trimester, but I definitely started feeling a little more tired toward the end.
Low Lying Placenta
During my 20 week ultrasound I was diagnosed with a low lying placenta. It was not considered placenta previa, because my placenta was not actually covering any part of my cervix, but it was still a little closer than they typically like it to be. Mine was about 8 mm away from the cervix, and they like them to be at least 30 mm away. The worry with it being this close is that it greatly increase the chance of the placenta tearing away from the wall of the uterus before it’s supposed to, which can cause severe bleeding. It’s not really a major risk for the baby, but it is definitely a risk for the mother. At that appointment my doctor was not worried about it at all because he said they almost always move away as the uterus expands. He didn’t put me on any pelvic rest and I was able to continue with all my normal activities, but he just told me to call if I had any bleeding. He said that it was just something we needed to keep an eye on, so we scheduled another ultrasound for 24 weeks.
Unfortunately, at my 24 week appointment, it had not moved at all. At this point, my doctor was a little bit more concerned, but he still felt pretty confident that it would move away. He told us that if it hadn’t moved by 28 to 30 weeks, it probably wasn’t going to, and we would have to start discussing the possibility of a planned c-section. The thought of that freaked me out a little, but honestly if I had to have a c-section I would rather it be planned than an emergency. After that appointment I spent a little time educating myself on c-sections and what to expect, just so that I can feel a little more prepared if I do end up in that situation. We scheduled another ultrasound for 28 weeks, and just crossed our fingers that my placenta would move.
Going into the 28 week appointment (which was technically in the third trimester, but I still wanted to include it in this post) we had prepared ourselves to hear that it hadn’t moved, but to our surprise, it had! And not just a little bit either! It had moved from 8 mm away from my cervix to 49 mm away! The ultrasound tech said it was actually all the up at the top of my uterus now, and is no longer a risk we have to worry about!
Baby and Mama Growth
The one nice thing about the whole placenta situation was that we had a couple of extra ultrasounds that we wouldn’t have normally had, so we got to see our little guy a few extra times! He has been right on track size wise, falling right around the 50th percentile for babies his age. He’s a nice healthy boy and he’s growing fast!
I experienced a big growth spurt between 20 and 24 weeks and my belly seemed to really pop. During that four weeks I gained about six pounds, whereas most of the time before that (and since then) I only gained about one pound a week. I have also continued to exercise about 3 to 4 times a week throughout the second trimester. I gained about 13 pounds total during the second trimester, putting me around 17 to 20 pounds (17 from the day I found out, but 20 from my lowest pregnancy weight because I did lose about 3 pounds at the very beginning) for my whole pregnancy so far. I’m hoping to stay right around the 30 pound mark by the time I make it to the end, but we will see how it goes!
I felt my first movement around 21 or 22 weeks (a little later than normal due to my anterior placenta.) It was pretty inconsistent at first, but quickly became more regular. He definitely has days where he’s more active than others, but I’m feeling him every day and this point and it’s such a cool feeling! My husband has felt him a few times as well, and he always says its like there’s an alien in my belly!
I took my one hour glucose test at 26 weeks, and I did pass, but just barely. My doctor considers 140 a fail, and my blood sugar was at 139. I honestly hadn’t been too worried about it because I just figured that since I was gaining weight at a steady rate I must be fine, but being that close made me realize that I probably needed to be a little more careful. Since then I’ve just been trying to watch the carbs and sugars a little more, and making sure that I’m eating plenty of protein and veggies!
My mom, sister, and nieces came to visit from Missouri when I was 27 weeks, and they threw me a virtual baby shower! Since most of my family and friends are back in Missouri, we weren’t able to all get together in person, but my sister created a Facebook group for everyone, and we held our shower through that group! She sent party boxes to everyone, we played games, I shared photos of my bump and the nursery, and we opened our gifts during a live video feed so that all of the “guests” could see us open them! It was not a traditional shower, but it was perfect for our situation and it all turned out so well!
Products I Love
As far as products I used in the second trimester go, I’m still loving my pregnancy pillow and my Burt’s Bees belly butter that I was using in the first trimester. I have also been living in these maternity shorts from Target and my husband’s t-shirts. The only book I’ve really been reading is Mama Natural, which is a week by week pregnancy guide by Genevieve Howland. I have a couple others that I’ve been skimming as well, but Mama Natural is really the only one that has really kept my attention.
Overall I really enjoyed the second trimester. We hit a few minor bumps with the low lying placenta issue, but we are now in the clear with that, and I’m looking forward to this last trimester! Baby boy will be here before we know it!