Well I’m officially in my third and final trimester, currently approaching 29 weeks!! The last seven months have flown by but I have a sneaking suspicion that the two few might feel like forever. I’m so excited to meet her! And antsy! By New Year’s, I’ll be able to go out on maternity leave so I’m counting the days until I can dedicate all my time to just thinking about my baby and what life will be like. The second trimester were some of the best months of my life – we found out the gender of our baby along with our families, was honored at a baby shower, had a lot of energy, and finally felt my baby kick, punch, flip, and squirm inside me! I figured it’s time for a #bumpdate as my second trimester has come to a close.
Boy or Girl
We are having a baby girl!
When are you due?
Our official due date is February 4 but every appointment we go to my OB tells us she is measuring a full week ahead in weight so it’s likely she will come at the end of January – or just be a big baby! For whatever reason though, the doc won’t change the due date. I love the idea of her being born in February (no clue why!) so I’m convinced she will be come in January. Haha. It’s going so fast!
At the advice of literally every single parent-friends we have, we won’t announce the name until she is born.
This trimester has given me a few scares. After not feel well one evening, I woke up to a scary rash all over my belly and chest! It took everything in me not to keel over in sobs and worry. (Ok, there might have been a little of that). We saw a lot of doctors in those preceding days, and it was concluded that I had a viral infection which caused the rash. Praise the Lord there was no harm done to the baby – just my sanity! I really have started to feel the extra weight and have pain in my pelvic bones. It’s also hard to sleep fully through the night for a variety of reasons – you are supposed to sleep exclusively on your side, having to get up to use the bathroom, and general discomfort with a big belly in the way. 🙂
In this trimester, I was absorbing any reading material that came my way. My favorite book, recommended my by SIL, was Bringing Up Bebe. I loved it and would recommend. The book is written by an American expat living in Paris and comparing/contrasting American and French parenting. We’ve registered for our hospital tour and signed up for a few classes such as infant CPR, childbirth prep (ahhh!!), and breastfeeding. And the biggest thing I have been most excited about is that I finally feel her moving around all the time! My placenta is in the front so my OB said I may not feel her movements for awhile. I’ve felt sporadic flutters and movement since 14 weeks but nothing even remotely close to consistent movement. Finally, finally I feel it all the time and E usually gets to feel lots of kicks at night! Also, I passed my glucose test a week or so ago so that was a relief!
Sweets!!!!! So very typical of a pregnant girl-mom, huh? Give me all the sugar – pumpkin bread, chocolate croissants, donuts, cookies, watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It’s bad. Of course I’m monitoring myself but I am always in the mood for a sugary snack! Also, cereal and peanut butter sandwiches.
Things I’ve Given Up
I’ve given up all the typical foods that pregnant ladies are encouraged to avoid such as sushi, alcohol, regular coffee, froyo, deli meats, hotdogs, and soft cheeses. I talked to my OB about my beauty routine and she advised I also stay away from sunless tanning (including Jergens sunless lotion!) and gel manicures because there just isn’t enough research available to say if they are safe. In addition, I stopped using any face wash containing salicylic acids and/or benzol peroxide and face creams that had retinol/retinoids or ones that have “anti-aging” in the name. I put away all my beloved Essie nail polishes and switched to this one and this one since they don’t contain formaldehyde (and have since realized they are realllly nice nail polishes!). If you are wondering, I use this face wash, this for moisturizer, and this body lotion. I also use this on my belly and chest – and even sometimes my face! Lastly, we recently switched our laundry detergent to this one since this is what we will use to wash the baby’s clothes.
Now that I’m in my third trimester, I can definitely feel a difference when I work out. I’m feeling the extra weight and moving slower. I’ve stopped running because it was causing joint pain in my right hip but I still take Flywheel classes. I try to do something active each day but sometimes that might just mean taking a few laps around my building at work. Living and working in a city definitely helps because I walk everywhere instead of driving.
I can’t even get over how much my chest has grown! I complained for years and yearssss about my small chest and how it wasn’t fair that my friends were so much bigger. I have no idea now what I was complaining about! I honestly miss my small boobs. I have gone from a size 34B to a 36D! I’ve also gained a fair amount of weight – almost 20 pounds. They weigh me at my monthly appointments and it’s weird to see numbers on the scale that I’ve never seen before but I really don’t give it a second thought. I feel like mommas pregnant with girls always get extra leeway when it comes to weight gain anyways…though I don’t feel like I’ve gained anything more than I would have if I was pregnant with a boy. From now until the time I deliver, I’m expected to gain one pound every week so that would be (at least) another 13 pounds.
I think I’m an outlier when I say that I’ve been so excited about maternity clothes. It’s probably just the idea of building a new wardrobe. I can still wear my regular jeans with a hair tie attached along with the Bellaband (and MUST get!!!), but maternity jeans and dresses are definitely in the rotation. Most of my tops are still non-maternity. My go-to maternity brands have been H&M, Asos, and Old Navy. My most worn maternity pieces have been this, this, this, and this (in a variety of colors). Also, since I am now wearing dresses as often as possible, these tights have been the best purchase I made in the last few weeks (you can pick them up in any maternity store, or of course online).
How were you feeling in your second trimester? What were your highs and lows?
We can’t wait to meet our little girl! The countdown has begun!!