It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since we entered the 2nd trimester, but it’s true! Time seems to be moving more and more quickly lately. I’m not sure how frequently I’ll post these updates (they are meant to be weekly) but here’s the first one! I stole the format from fellow runner/blogger Kristen from Glitter and Dust who is just a week or so ahead of me in her pregnancy. Tomorrow I’ll be 17 weeks. I don’t have a bump photo yet because we usually take it on the weekend.
Baby is now the size of a: turnip (last week it was an avocado which seems bigger than a turnip!? Maybe just in California? These food comparisons are funny).
Total Weight Gain: ~ 12 lbs (eeks!)
Maternity Clothes/Preferred Attire: I officially do not fit into any of my old pants! Luckily my friend Alison, who is someone I regularly share clothes with, was pregnant last year and shared a lot of her maternity clothes with me. I also have a few work slacks and skirts that were too big for me before (they were from my pre-P90X days) that I can wear for now. I have purchased a few items, but some of them I can’t really wear quite yet (maxi dresses for example which now just look big on me). I have a selection of flowy tops from my normal wardrobe that I’m pairing with maternity pants. When I get home, the first thing I get into is sweats, yoga pants (also got a maternity pair from Old Navy) and leggings! I’m still wearing my pre-preggo workout clothes thanks to the magic of spandex, although I can’t wear everything and my shorts are definitely getting snug!
Sleep: I haven’t been sleeping as soundly as I was in the first trimester, but I still get a good night’s sleep and sometimes don’t even have to get up to go to the bathroom! I still sleep on my back at times since I’m not at 20 weeks yet but I know that’ll have to change soon.
Cravings and Favorite Foods: I‘m sad to say that my ultimate craving as of late is DIET COKE! Terrible, I know as it’s full of processed crap! I used to drink Diet Coke about 1-2 times a month, usually at a lunch on a warm day. Now, every time I go out to lunch (which is about 1-2 times a week) I get one and get at least one refill (caffeine is ok up to about 200 mg and there’s only 45 mg per can of diet coke). There’s just something about the cold fizzy bubbles that gets me! I’m also still craving smoothies and bagels but not with the same intensity as before.
Food Aversions: I still cannot go near a KIND bar or any kind of processed bar for that matter. Same goes for almonds. Lately I’ve been snacking on cashews or pistachios instead of my morning almond kick (which is a big change from first trimester when I couldn’t eat nuts at all).
Exercise: Since I entered the 2nd trimester, I’ve had a ton of energy and my nausea is totally gone. I have been great about getting in my workouts and have consistently been doing 3 days a week of strength, 1 yoga class, at least 3 runs and a lot of walks. Last weekend I ran 9 miles and felt great! Running still isn’t “easy” like it once was, but it is still enjoyable.
Mood: Mostly excited but sometimes irritable.
Symptoms: Headaches, lower back pain at times (I really notice this in yoga and need to focus on stretching more!), and a growing belly (finally!).
The worst symptom right now- weakened immune system. My co-worker was sick last week and now I’ve got the sniffles! Trying to rest up a lot and drink lots of water.
Missing: BEER. I’ve had a few sips of Mike’s beer on occasion and it just makes me want more. I read Emily Oster’s book “Expecting Better” and it claims that you can safely drink 1 alcoholic drink a day in the second and third trimesters (I’ve also done my own research to confirm this, although many doctors and experts still do not recommend it). As of now, I haven’t gone down that road and I’m not sure I plan to have a full drink ever during my pregnancy, but for now, the little sips are tasty!
Best Moment of the Last 4 Weeks: On Saturday we finally unpacked everything in our new home and Mike and I set up a redneck patio set out in our new backyard (2 beach chairs and a cardboard box for a table) and ate cold fruit in the sun. Our house finally felt like home and I was happy to be there (I’ve been struggling with the adjustment of leaving the beach, even though we’res still in the same city and live only 3 miles from the beach and our old neighborhood).
Dreaming About: Finding out the gender of our baby! I had a doctor appointment on Monday and we made the appointment for the ultrasound – it’ll be on Tuesday, April 28th! That’s 12 days from now! I can’t wait!
If you’ve been pregnant, when did you start showing enough for strangers to notice? What was your favorite part of the 2nd trimester?