Pregnancy Update: 2nd Trimester Recap
It’s true when they say the second trimester of pregnancy is the most enjoyable – at least it has been for me so far. What’s more, it absolutely flew by. My first trimester seemed to drag on due to a combination of feeling so terrible and still keeping it a secret from some that we were expecting. This trimester, though, I’m looking back and wondering where the time went. Has it been 28 weeks already?
Some days, it seems like the most natural thing in the world that I have a baby growing inside me. Other days, it is the most bizarre concept! Not in a bad way, but at times it just seems so crazy to wrap my head around the fact that I have an actual human baby in my belly. Did anyone else feel like that?
Overall, I’m feeling well. I have back pain that comes and goes, although I have a hunch it has as much to do with all the time I spend at my computer as it does with the pregnancy itself. I’m also still not sleeping well, which isn’t ideal as I have numerous work and personal projects to wrap up before our boy arrives. Fortunately, though, I haven’t been plagued by symptoms like heart burn or swollen feet just yet (though I’m sure those will come as the weather continues to get warmer in our neck of the woods).
On the home front, we still have so much to do to prepare. As soon as we found out he was a boy, my mom and I went shopping and picked up some adorable baby boy clothes from Carters, Old Navy, and H&M. We also have a crib and dresser all set up in the nursery. However, that’s about it! We still need to paint and purchase about 100 more practical items like, you know, diapers. We still have some time, I know, but Adam is having ACL surgery on his knee in the next week or so, so he will be out of commission for a while. With everything that we have on the go, I think this baby will be here before we know it!
How far along? 28 weeks
Baby’s Size: Eggplant, or about 14.8 inches and 2.2 pounds
Weight Gain: 25 pounds
Cravings: I haven’t had any OMG-I-have-to-have-it-now cravings throughout this entire pregnancy, but I find I want and let myself have more sweets and carbs than I did pre-pregnancy. Back then, I was all about salads and lean protein, and now I have to force myself eat those foods as they just don’t sound as appealing as they used to!
New Symptoms this Trimester: Vericose veins on my calves, intermittent back pain, and tailbone pain when I sit.
Baby’s Movement: Getting stronger and stronger. I mentioned before that I have an anterior placenta, meaning it sits in front of the baby. That means that when the baby kicks, there’s an extra layer of cushioning so, while I felt the baby on and off beginning around 14 weeks, it wasn’t consistent until a few weeks ago. Now, I feel baby nearly every day, which I love. We can often see movement from the outside too!
Belly Button In or Out: It’s now popped about halfway out! It won’t be long until it’s a full blown outie.
What do you miss about not being pregnant? Being able to bend over comfortably and not lose my breath! Shaving my legs and tying my shoes are now quite the production. Also, wine and beer! I felt so sick during the first 14 weeks that I couldn’t have stomached any alcohol if I’d wanted to. Obviously, knowing that it’s harmful to the baby is deterrent enough, but now that the weather is starting to warm up I’m sure looking forward to that first cold one, post-baby!
Favourite thing about the second trimester? Learning the baby’s sex was so exciting and finding out that everything was progressing normally was such a relief. More generally, feeling the baby’s kicks get stronger and more regular always makes me smile.