Second Trimester Recap

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!

16 weeks

Symptoms

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.

20 weeks

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.

20 week doctor’s appointment
20 week ultrasound with his legs up over his head!

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.

24 weeks

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!

Glucose Test

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!

Baby Shower

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!

Body Image During Pregnancy: How I Really Feel

Being pregnant is hard. Even when you have a relatively easy pregnancy, as mine as been so far, it is still a huge change, and can take a toll on both your body and your mind.

One big thing that I, like a lot of other women, have struggled with throughout my pregnancy so far is body image. There’s no question that a woman’s body goes through some major changes during pregnancy, and even though some women handle the changes better than others, I think almost every woman struggles with their body image at some point during their pregnancy.

June 2016

As someone who considers health and fitness a big part of my life, seeing the changes that are happening in my body is hard. In addition to my belly growing, my arms and thighs are bigger, my boobs are bigger, my hips are wider, my butt is flatter, I’ve lost a lot of muscle, and I honestly just don’t even recognize the body that I’m currently in. I have continued to work out throughout my pregnancy, (not so much in the first trimester, but pretty consistently through the second so far) but workouts are definitely not as long or as hard or intense as they were pre-pregnancy. As far as weight gain goes, I’m doing really well. At just over half way (23 weeks tomorrow) I have gained about 13 pounds, putting me right on track to stay within the recommended 25 to 30 pound range.

21 weeks pregnant

Even with all of that though, some days I really struggle to wrap my mind around the fact that I am currently the heaviest, and most out of shape I have ever been. And I still have 17 more weeks to go for things to keep growing! That honestly freaks me out a little.

April 2016

I cannot tell you how many times I have either said out loud to my husband or thought in my head, “I can’t wait to get this baby out of me and get back in shape!” Now don’t get me wrong here, I am SO grateful to be pregnant. I am so grateful that I was able to get pregnant so easily. I am so grateful that my pregnancy stuck. I am so grateful that up until this point, (and hopefully through the rest of it) I have had a complication free pregnancy. But right along with that gratefulness, I can’t help but feel a little down about the way my body currently looks.

April 2016

Negative body image, whether pregnant or not, is not something you can just get over. It takes time and it takes a positive mind set, and for me, it takes remembering WHY I’m going through this. When this pregnancy is over, I will have my sweet little baby in my arms, and I know that all of the negative thoughts I had about my body will mean nothing, because that little boy will mean everything.

I have good days and I have bad days, but honestly, as I get further along, and ironically, as I get bigger, it’s getting easier for me to accept the changes that are happening in my body. I’m slowly learning to look at pregnancy as the amazing miracle that it is, instead of focusing on all of the negative that I see in myself. I’m literally growing a human that is half me and half my husband, and that is absolutely incredible.

22 weeks pregnant

So, pregnant mamas, new mamas, mamas who maybe aren’t new but are still struggling with their post baby body, or even those of you who aren’t moms but are just having a hard time with your body image, this one is for you. You are beautiful just the way you are, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself. So I’m going to try my hardest to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy and be thankful for what this body is doing, but I cannot wait to see what else my body can do once my little man is born!