Hello second trimester! I would say that the time has gone by super quick, but that would be a complete lie. For a mama-to-be, especially those who have had pregnancy challenges like me, getting to the second trimester is a HUGE deal. It means you made it through the worst of pregnancy and your little peanut is healthy, and you survived all of the anxiety along the way. And your spouse did as well, so kudos to them too. Y’all can finally relax some and start enjoying pregnancy!
I’m so excited to start my bumpdate series 🙂 This will also be the first of our “Bump to Baby” vlog series that Gregory and I will be doing. EEEEKKK! It even includes clips of our family’s reactions. I’ve also gone into detail below on some questions!
How far along: 14 weeks – 1/3 of pregnancy done!
How I’m feeling: Pretty great! I was extremely fortunate to not have any morning sickness at all through the first trimester. It actually worried me so much that I asked my doctor if that was normal. I just felt like all I had heard about were pregnant women getting sick and vomiting all the time. Not me! I almost wanted to be sick to give me assurance I was still pregnant…yep, I’m nuts. Doc said everything was great and I just handled the pregnancy hormones better than most. Lucky me! But it has been challenging. While worrying whether I was going to lose another sweet baby, finding out our precious pup Penny has cancer and then her passing unexpectedly…it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. But we have taken it day by day and I am so thankful for friends and family.
Other than that, I definitely had the low energy and exhaustion. At 14 weeks, I’m so happy to start getting my energy back and not feel like I need a nap every couple of hours…the pups enjoyed the extra cuddles and naps though!
Cravings: Not too many actually. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so my want for Oreos really wasn’t too out of the ordinary. I’ve also taken a liking to chocolate chip waffles. And definitely no craving for pickles like everyone says. We’ll see if that changes 😉
Aversions: This is no joke! The smells and looks of things would make me so nauseated, especially red meat. Before pregnancy, I would love a nice filet mignon, but now I can’t even look at it. Same with fish. I’ve just had the weirdest appetite and nothing really sounded good when it came time to eat. I’m a girl who loves food, so this has been a struggle. Thank goodness my appetite is getting back to normal. Super big props to my hubby for dealing with my tummy issues the last 14 weeks. He’s a trooper for living off microwave meals and running to the store multiple times to get me chicken nuggets and boxed macaroni.
Weight Gain: I’ve actually lost a pound or two because of the weird appetite. No worries! Doc says it’s totally normal. Kind of cracks me up because I had someone tell me “Oh I thought you gained weight.” Yes, they said that straight to my face. Imagine my shock. Yeah no, actually haven’t gained a pound THANK YOU!
Physical Changes: Though I don’t have big bump, the woman’s body totally goes through so many changes in the first trimester. I haven’t noticed too much, expect for the little bigger tatas and the rounder belly. I do think my skin is a little clearer, but that could totally be me looking into things. Wishful thinking!
Gender: You’ll have to wait and see! Technically, we could know now because we did a blood test, but we really want to wait to do a gender reveal in October. We are so anxious to know what Baby G is!
Purchases: I’ve finally had to buy a few basic maternity tops to grow into, but nothing too crazy yet. The best purchase I’ve made so far is this belly band from Target. It’s literally been a lifesaver! I can wear all of my regular pants and the belly band goes over the top so I can wear them without buttoning/zipping them. AMAZING! But I know I’m going to have to buy clothes soon. The struggle is so real to find cute maternity clothes. And forget about them being in-store. That’s totally not a thing where I live. Online shopping it is!
Other things I’ve noticed: Pregnancy dreams! So freaking weird and vivid. And all over the place. I’ll dream and people who I haven’t seen or talked to in years will be in them.
My next challenge, which I’ve started noticing, is headaches/migraines. Not fun! And I have to find maternity clothes to last most of the pregnancy. If y’all know of any places, please send them my way. I definitely don’t want to spend a fortune.
But in happy news, I get to plan a gender reveal party with my bestie and book a babymoon trip for me and the hubs. I cannot wait!
PS Thanks to y’all for not giving up on me while being on a blogging / social media hiatus the last couple of months. Ya girl has been a little overwhelmed, but I’m back now!
– B –