I’m currently typing up this post while enjoying a day off on Cyber Monday. I’m taking advantage of as many online sales that I can, and I’m trying to get a jump start on holiday gifts for once. Anybody else?
I also started diving fingers first into our baby registry must-haves which made me realize that I haven’t shared a pregnancy update here in quite some time. Originally, I wanted to do one big recap per trimester, but that’s just too long to wait and too much to write at once. (Sorry, not sorry.) Instead, I figured that I could at least break the trimesters up in halves, so here we are!
Below is what’s been going on in our world over the last few months. I’m currently 23 weeks along, but this recap goes back to cover Weeks 13-20.
Thanks so much for checking in, and I’d love to hear more about your second trimester experiences in the comments section, too!
Baby was the size of a…
(Referencing the comparisons in my Glow Nurture app)
Week 13 marked my slow return to working out again!
While my doctor advised me that regular workouts that didn’t raise my heart rate too high were fine during the first trimester (when I wasn’t spotting), I decided to take a break from any exercise outside of my normal day-to-day walking/commuting/stair climbing for my own peace of mind. After I got past the first trimester, I took my first Orangetheory Fitness workout as a jogger and lifted minimal weights. I felt good!
This was that awkward stage of pregnancy where members didn’t want to straight out ask me if I was pregnant and some assumed that I was just really enjoying my bagels and burgers for funsies.
Scott was traveling during Week 14, and I experienced a few scares, so this was my worst week of the second trimester so far. My doctor let me know that I might experience some pulling around this time, but I wasn’t prepared for what that included. Basically, I felt sharp pain in my lower sides for minutes at a time. I felt like it was all pretty normal until it got so bad during the night that I woke up every hour for about six hours with shooting pains. Sometimes I couldn’t even move for what felt like five to ten minutes!
(More on this in the How I Felt (Symptoms) section below …)
My doctor called me a few days after to let me know about the results of some blood work, and she confirmed that I probably was experiencing an extreme case of round ligament pain. It worried her that it happened every hour, and she told me to call if it happened in that pattern again. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced it for more than a few seconds at a time since.
I think it’s safe to say that I popped sometime between 15-16 weeks!
I finally started feeling like myself again, too. I generally woke up with energy and didn’t feel the need to take twelve naps a day. It was a big step!
I also started getting back into a regular workout routine again that included a mix of Orangetheory Fitness workouts and barre classes.
I really started noticing my belly at my 16 Week doctor’s appointment. My doctor did, too. The first thing she said when she walked into the exam room was “whoa, you popped!”
(I was on a lunch break at work, so I was in the normal studio apparel.)
I didn’t get an ultrasound during this appointment, and instead, my doctor monitored the baby with a heartbeat doppler. This was actually the first time I was able to hear the heartbeat! We’d seen it before, but we hadn’t heard it. At first it just sounded like a bunch of swishing – which she said was movement. When I heard the heartbeat and confirmation that everything seemed to be progressing as normal, I felt like I could breathe again. The sound was so beautiful. <3
Baby H took his/her first plane ride at 17 Weeks! We traveled to San Diego, California to attend the annual Orangetheory Fitness Convention with the OTF Brooklyn Management Team! We had plenty of work to do during the day time, but it was fun to explore and get out at night.
Packing for this trip was the first time that I couldn’t find anything to wear comfortably. Most of my clothes started to fit a little too snug, and I picked up a few “I can still squeeze into these dresses” from Target (above) and Brooklyn Industries (below) that I can (hopefully) wear again next spring/summer.
It was so nice to see myself dressed up with a bump. I just love it so much.
I felt great and loved being active. Barre classes were my jam!
I made a lot of modifications during classes, but still managed to break a sweat and get a good amount of lifting and toning in.
Scott and I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year, but we had a week of themed workouts and costumes at work. Friday’s theme was “zombies and werewolves” so I searched for an easy, pregnancy-friendly DIY costume that I could put together in a pinch and found a mummy-to-be idea in no time!
The costume took about five minutes to construct and held up okay throughout the day. The toilet paper started to fall off of my shoulders the more I moved around, but it actually became more authentic looking as the day went on.
If there were any guesses as to whether I was pregnant or not, this officially let the cat – er mummy – out of the bag!
Scott had to travel to Nashville for work on the weekend of his birthday, so we decided to book a last minute flight for me to join him during Week 20. How many weekend getaways are we going to have to ourselves once baby arrives, right? We had an absolute blast exploring the city, and we hope to go back again in the future.
I mentioned this in my Nashville recap already, but I took a tour of Buy Buy Baby in person during that trip while Scott was working. I started a registry for us online and had a million questions, so I wanted to see some things in person to help me narrow down some selections online. (We still have quite a bit to sort through before the registry is finished, but I felt good after leaving the store that day!)
How I Changed & Weight Gain
I’ve gained about 15 pounds so far (as of 20 Weeks). Every pregnancy is different, but I can’t help but get a little frustrated when I log my weight gain in my apps and they consistently tell me that I’m “above normal” since 16 Weeks. I’ve been working out 2-3 times per week and really don’t eat much more than I normally would past an extra hearty snack here and there (now … haha. That wasn’t the case early on!), so I can’t figure out what I can do to slow the weight gain down a little.
I want to stress that this is not a vanity issue by any means. On the contrary, I don’t care what I have to do during this pregnancy to have the healthiest baby possible, but to me (and my doctor), that means staying on track with my weight gain to avoid things like diabetes, an overweight baby, or a more complicated labor down the road. I can’t figure out a perfect balance because I can confidently say that I eat when I’m hungry, and that’s it. I’m only a few pounds over what’s suggested, but my doctor keeps reminding me to watch how I’m gaining and eat nutritious-dense food.
I’m banking on the fact that the growing “girls” have to account for some of it, but you know.
Did any of you struggle with this as well?
How I Felt (Symptoms)
I’ve heard that the second trimester is the easiest, and I’d have to agree. I feel like I’m in the sweet spot of pregnancy. I haven’t felt very nauseous over the last few months, which is wonderful.
I have, however, experienced some concerning pains. After talking to my doctor, we think I experienced round ligament pain around 14 Weeks which was pretty scary. Basically, I felt extremely sharp pains on both sides of my lower belly for minutes at a time. I’d read that this can happen, and my doctor mentioned that I might feel some “pulling” around this time, but it hurt a lot more than I thought it would. I was expecting discomfort, but this was pain that reminded me of the contraction-like feeling I had during miscarriages. Clearly, I was terrified. There was one specific night where it actually woke me up every single hour while I was trying to sleep, and the only way to calm it was to get myself up and walk to the bathroom … if I could move at all. There were times where I couldn’t do anything but lie there and take deep breaths to get through it or it would get even worse. Of course this happened on a weekend when my doctor’s office was closed, but I was thankful that it went away once I woke up the next morning. It eventually went away after a few days, and I’ve only felt it here and there since then, so I feel better about it. But man, that was rough!
I slowly got back to working out after I hit the 12 Week mark, and I will probably do what feels best like power walking or using the strider at Orangetheory, bodyweight workouts, and taking barre classes for the rest of the pregnancy. I aim to work out 3 times per week, and I try to keep up with my usual daily activities that includes walking a mile to work (and back), tackling the stairs at our walk-up apartment, taking Roadie for walks, and more.
What I Ate/Drank
I’ve actually been craving fruit again! This is a great thing, and even though it’s been getting colder, I’ve been loving smoothies as a small lunch (before a heavier one later) or snack. I’ll occasionally have soup for dinner and make a big smoothie bowl later on with cereal or granola sprinkled into it.
Like a lot of other pregnant women out there, I continue to crave pickles and have one (or a few) almost every day.
I also loooove bagels and bread in general.
More than anything this trimester, I’ve been wanting Chinese food and ramen. I’m guessing it’s the salty taste that I crave?
Every couple of days I feel like I have to have a bowl of ramen or sweet and sour chicken with rice and vegetables. I know – weird. But the heart (and baby) wants what it wants! I do my best to add a protein and vegetables as much as possible and pick a lower-sodium option when it’s available.
What I Didn’t Eat/Drink
What am I not eating?
Not much, haha. Probably just the standard things that I never liked pre-pregnancy. I wasn’t a fan of almond milk in the first trimester, but I’m starting to like it again.
Some highs …
- feeling a lot of bubbles/fluttering on the plane ride home from San Diego. (I’m pretty sure those were the baby’s first kicks!)
- seeing my belly grow and reading updates on my apps about how our baby is changing week by week
- starting a baby registry. (It’s already overwhelming, so I’m just taking it a step at a time.)
- Scott talking to the baby – it’s the best thing in the world
Some lows …
- experiencing some intense round ligament pain. (I’m so glad that hasn’t really happened again!)
- Scott traveling so much during this experience, which has caused him to miss a few big appointments and conversations with my doctor
My mom sent me my first pair of maternity leggings early October, and they came at the perfect time! After wearing the Motherhood leggings to work, I wanted a couple more pairs to take with me on my trip to San Diego. I ended up finding a few good, affordable pairs at Target including:
- Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri
- Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Underbelly Panel Leggings
I discovered the Jessica Simpson line at Motherhood right before our trip to Nashville, and I bought a handful of staples that I’m already wearing on repeat!
- Cross Front Maternity Top
- Knot Back Maternity Top
- Rib Knit Maternity Dress
- Secret Fit Belly Skinny Leg Maternity Jean in Light Destructed and Dark Wash (they were buy one get one 50% 0ff!)
I also grabbed this 3/4 Sleeve Side Ruched Maternity Tee on the way out and it just might be my favorite shirt to wear right now.
3/4 Sleeve Side Ruched Maternity Tee // Brooklyn Industries Eyeball Jumper
Thank you so much for popping in and reading about our lil one. I’ll be back to share more stories from the rest of the second trimester soon after I enter the third. Time is certainly flying right by, that’s for sure!
Talk soon and have a great week!
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