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Onto the second pregnancy, trekking along in the second trimester… and damn, I’m happy to be here. Aside from feeling terrible, there’s just so much worry that lingers during the first trimester. Now, we’re officially fourth months pregnant and thought I’d share a little update on how this pregnancy compares to the last pregnancy thus far.
I loved keeping a diary of photos and symptoms to go along with my first pregnancy, so I figured I’d continue through to my second. Here’s a bit of comparison of this pregnancy to the last thus far, to continue on from last time’s first trimester recap.
Luckily, there was no vomiting yet again. However, This time around I felt the onset of nausea occur often and at the most random times. I’d eat regular meals, and still, it’d occur, which is never fun. Carrying around ginger chews seemed to help a lot, along with having snacks in my car like bars and nuts, which I now keep in a cute rope basket just like I saw Kylie do on Kardashians (new guilty pleasure, I admit).
The tiredness was persistent yet again, and also the hardest part. Not because I was “chasing my toddler” so they say as round two comes about, Bo was actually pretty good and 3 now, so mellow. Plus daycare has been amazing 3 days per week and Dad was there thank goodness to give me nights of straight lounging on the couch and putting myself to bed at 6pm. Allowing time to rest is so important, but for those who love to *do*, it’s hard. I lost a lot of motivation and just felt empty, which as a business owner was a hard thing to let happen. I saw a dip in my May and June, but instead of being hard on myself, I allowed it and now I’m just cranking up the gears so I can feel good about taking a leave when baby comes.
This was another heavy symptom… literally. I knew what to expect as I had experienced feelings of depression during my first pregnancy, so tried not to get too worked up about it and remember “this too shall pass”, but it was still hard. When you don’t feel like yourself, you can get very “headsy”. And this time around, being a slight surprise, I was still wrapping my head around doing it all over again. Also working through the slight sadness of not being able to have my “wild, sexy summer” before trying again. Alsoo, having way more breakouts all over my face compared to last. Alsooo, trying to keep my head up during our almost year-long house hunt. But once things started to fall into place, moving into the new house and inching into the second tri, I started to feel like energetic, positive me again.
I still think this is linked with mindset, but my approach this time around was much less rigid. If I had even a thought of a random snack, I’d go for it. Things I’ve reported to Trevor for pick-up thus far: red and blue Doritos, Shake Shack, lemonade, Eggo waffles, breakfast smoothies, watermelon (a repeat visitor), Honey Nut Cheerios, a giant warm pretzal and sorbet. I’m definitely feeling that hunger kick in, so we’re just welcoming all the things right now, while maintaining my normal workout routine of Peloton, walks and at-home strength training with body and light weights. All the while chugging absurd amounts of water from my 32 oz HydroFlask.
I definitely still experienced being antsy, just wishing and hoping I’d get through one more week. My doctor’s visits changed a bit, meeting with the Midwifery team at Swedish, First Hill and they have been lovely. Except this time around, as they want to hold your hand and answer all the questions (not so much like the OB visits), I just didn’t have much to ask since I’d been through it before. So I tried to stay distracted while inching towards the second tri, and now that we’re here I’m relieved. Baby is doing very healthy and we’re feeling good all around. And I didn’t have to wait very long for that bump to hit, because well, she’s here.
Just like they say, this second time around, I saw a bump a bit earlier. Apparently, it’s true, the body just remembers. Looking back at my notes (yes, I keep a week-by-week note of each pregnancy) I started to show around weeks 15-16. This time it was around weeks 13-14 and in these photos taken at 17 weeks, I’m more popped than I was before for sure. I’ve been living in whatever feels cozy — from loungewear, midi dresses, oversized shirts and unitards — and have gained 7 pounds so far.
Overall, I’m very excited to be in this second trimester of my second pregnancy. It’s wild to think that within a few weeks we’ll be at the halfway mark. Now that the secret’s out and we’re healthy and moving along, I’m looking forward to sharing more about the progress. Thanks for following along.
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Lifestyle blogger, photographer, mother to my son Boden and frenchie Smalls, wife to my hubs Trevor.
I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
Get To Know Me
Mother. Wife. Blogger. Photographer. I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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