Officially out of the second trimester (weeks 13-26) but I thought I would update you on how it went for me! At the time, it felt like I had been pregnant forever…. but now that I am looking back at it, WOW it goes by so fast. Can time slow down please?!
After month four, I started to feel less nauseous and could actually look at meat again. That’s not to say I liked it… all I wanted to eat were carbs AKA pasta and all of the fruit. My go to breakfast was oatmeal, banana, and peanut butter which is weird because I never really liked ANY of those things before I got pregnant. A lot of questions came in on if I drink caffeine or not. I am obviously not a doctor/caregiver but my midwives did say it’s totally fine to have a cup of black tea in the morning and then I switch to herbal teas in the afternoon or decaf. Definitely follow your caregivers advice when it comes to things like this, I am just sharing what has worked for me.
I actually lost about 15-20 pounds the first trimester because I seriously couldn’t look at meat without feeling sick or really anything for that matter. I gained about 15 pounds back now but that’s about it. Again, this will be different for everyone depending on your starting weight and your overall health during pregnancy.
Do you feel any kicking/flutters?
I started feeling tiny little flutters as early as 14 weeks but they were barely anything. At week 20 is when I really started feeling kicks and movements and it is the most incredible feeling in the world. I still can’t get over it every single time baby kicks it amazes me and I try and get Nick to come and feel my belly. Nick started to really feel him kick at about week 24 and the connection between them is so strong now. Nick will poke my belly in different spots and baby will kick back at him, it’s the cutest thing and makes me want to cry just thinking about it. Pregnancy is seriously so amazing and so weird/wild at the same time. Our bodies are incredible!
I talk about mental health a lot. It’s so important to take care of yourself and especially during pregnancy. I have definitely struggled throughout being pregnancy with my mental health and there have been a lot of break downs and tears. I think a lot of it is the normal feelings you get while being pregnant: scared, anxious, excited. Literally every single emotion you can think of I have felt and especially because it’s my first baby. There is so much unknown and change when you become pregnant and it definitely makes me anxious. Add all of that on top of a global pandemic and you are sure to have some breakdowns! Covid has been really hard to navigate for everyone but I think for me it has made me feel super isolated. Not being able to connect with other mama’s and lack of face-to-face appointments has been the most difficult. It’s also really hard not having Nick in the midwife appointments because this is such a special time in our lives that we don’t get to do together. The greatest blessing of 2020 is this baby boy of ours and I could not be more excited to bring him into this world!
Renovations while Pregnant
Do not recommend –that’s pretty much all I have to say about that. If you can do it before or after I would highly suggest doing it that way. It has been really hard to deal with renovating the upstairs of our home while being pregnant because we are doing most of it ourselves (aka Nick is with the help of our family) and it’s very stressful on top of already having a lot of emotions while being pregnant. It will be worth it when it’s done but I feel like the last few months of being pregnant I really need Nick by my side when he gets home from work and to talk about baby things we have to do or get ready or just have some quality time together. It definitely takes away from our last few months alone together and it makes me a little sad that we don’t have much more time together with just us two. I know these things might sound silly but they are just some of the thoughts I have in the last few months of pregnancy.
The second trimester was the lowest energy I have felt throughout the whole time I’ve been pregnant. I was exhausted pretty much the whole time, which is definitely not the norm. I felt my energy come back towards the very end of this trimester and have been feeling a lot better in the third trimester energy-wise!
Dressing the Bump
I was super resistant to ordering any maternity clothes and that worked up until the end of the second trimester. Now all I wear are these maternity leggings and oversized t-shirts and sweaters. It has been a little challenging keeping up the fashion side of my blog due to the lack of energy but I am back at it now and I hope I can help you girls find maternity style inspo right through to the end. Most of the clothes I do wear are not maternity and I have just sized up in the items. It’s the bottoms that have been the most tricky and I would suggest investing in a few pairs of maternity leggings like these or pants that you like because they truly make a world of difference on how you feel and look.