You guys, the second trimester flew by for me. It certainly helped that it was Summer. From friends’ weddings, to camping trips to kayaking, we kept ourselves busy enjoying the amazing weather Mother Nature sent our way.
For the third trimester, I’ll try to provide weekly updates, but the second trimester was really so uneventful for me that it makes more sense to share it all in one post.
I gained 13.2 lbs in the second trimester for a total weight gain of 17.4 lbs.
How Big is Baby
At the beginning of week 14 baby was the size of a clownfish, but by the end of week 27 baby was the size of an eggplant.
How I’m Feeling (Physically)
Growing Pains – I did have some round ligament pain the first few weeks of the trimester. Around week 20, I did start feeling some discomfort if I spent long periods of time stand, or sitting in certain positions. My stomach would become very tight and uncomfortable, but laying down and stretching out usually helped.
Exhaustion – I expected this “first trimester” symptom to disappear quicker than it did. I was still feeling pretty tired throughout the day until 17 weeks (week 18). Then by 26 weeks (week 27) I noticed that some days I felt tired in the evenings and had to have short naps. Fortunately I don’t feel this way every day. But on the days I do, the exhaustion is hard to fight my way through.
How I’m Feeling (Mentally)
I’d like to be able to say that making it out of the first trimester made me feel calmer and more relaxed, but that wasn’t the case. For me pregnancy has been full of milestones we needed to get past. First it was our first ultrasound, then it was hearing the heartbeat at 12 weeks, getting the results of our harmony test and anatomy ultrasound, etc. While I breathed a sigh of relief after every positive outcome, there has always been one more hurdle to get past looming in the near future.
The Anatomy Ultrasound
Our anatomy ultrasound (sometimes referred to as the 20 week ultrasound) was scheduled for 18 weeks. While I did an okay job of not freaking out about it in the weeks and days leading up to it, I was full of anxiety on the day of the appointment. The ultrasound lasted about 45 minutes. Jeff wasn’t allowed in until the last 5 minutes, so the first 40 were spent staring at the ceiling of the dark room, trying to remain calm while the ultrasound tech did his job in near complete silence. At our hospital the ultrasound tech isn’t allowed to give you any information about gender or baby’s health. All they can share with you is a quick look at baby on the computer screen and point out some of baby’s features.
While it certainly gave me the warm and fuzzies to see our little one moving around on the screen, I really wasn’t able to relax until we received the results of the ultrasound at my appointment with my family doctor the next week.
While we did find out Baby W’s gender, we’ve decided to keep the news to ourselves until he/she is born because we have a few family members who would prefer not to know. Yes, I know that the news is ours to share if we want to, I have to admit that keeping everyone in suspense has been very amusing so far.
What I’m Eating
Much like the first trimester, I haven’t really had any cravings. Jeff is a little disappointed by this as he was really looking forward to late night visits to McDonald’s.
Occasionally I have been in the mood for ice cream, but I can’t really call this a pregnancy craving as I usually find myself wanting ice cream often in the Summer.
How I’m Sleeping
Apparently my body decided to start preparing me for the sleepless nights I’ll have once baby arrives as soon as I found out I was pregnant. I don’t remember the last time I had a good night of sleep. Between insomnia and having to pee frequently, a solid night of rest eluded me for the entire trimester.
What I’m Wearing
I gave in (because I had to) and purchased these maternity jeans from Old Navy and these shorts from Thyme Maternity. For tops, I decided to buy a few looser non-maternity options for the summer. That way I should be able to still wear them once I’m no longer pregnant. I loved this flowy tank and this white button up.
I hope you’re prepared for lots of pregnancy posts because I want to get you all caught up to where we are in pregnancy right now.
I have a baby shower in a few weeks, so I plan to share details of the decor from that, as well as all of the things I registered for. I haven’t packed my hospital bag yet, but when I do I’ll let you know what I stuffed in it.
That’s all for now! Leave me a comment with any more questions you might have. Happy to answer!