Hello second trimester it is SOOOO nice to see you! Morning (really all day) sickness is .. GONE! HOLLA! I feel like myself again and while I’m still more tired than normal, early evening naps are no longer required. =) The belly and baby keep on growing and growing. I was surprised to compare my first belly picture to the updated one. Here’s the belly at 22 weeks (and a couple days):
Pregnancy Tidbits from Weeks 18-22
As previously announced Jellybean is a girl!
Belly button is out … already! POUT. Apparently my inny/outty belly button is taking full advantage of being pregnant and has become a full blown outty. Hopefully it goes back to “normal” after Jellybean makes her debut.
I am craving coffee, which is weird for someone who has never been a huge coffee drinker. Regular coffee, iced coffee and lattes … I want them all multiple times a day. Don’t worry though, despite the craving I am limiting myself to the doctor’s recommendation of only 1 cup of caffeine per day.
Leg cramps – Holy Charlie Horse Batman! I don’t think I’ve had leg cramps/charlie horses like this since playing ice hockey and soccer in high school. According to my handy dandy pregnancy book, leg cramps are completely normal. I’ve been trying to stretch my calves and eat more bananas to combat these nightly legs cramps.
Back Pain – As the belly got bigger my back started to hurt. The beginning of the 5th month was pretty uncomfortable, but it quickly subsided.
Easily Winded – I was glad the doctor warned me that I might become winded easily. Although I wouldn’t say I am super in shape I’ve always been able to walk long distances and go up/down a flight of stairs without issue. Now when I walk and talk for too many blocks I get winded. Carrying my computer and purse up or down the stairs in my building while talking on the phone … also equals getting winded.
I felt the baby move for the first time the afternoon of our 20 week appointment. It really does feel like a “flutter”. For me, in the beginning, it was hard to determine if the sensation was the baby moving or well …. ummm … other stomach stuff … yeah let’s put it that way. She tends to be most active right before I go to bed. In fact the calmer and more still I am the more I can feel her move and kick. The highlight of any day (or evening really) is when I feel her kick.
I’m rocking 90% maternity clothes at this point. Sweat pants, pajamas and a few flowy shirts about sums up the clothing that still fit over the belly. I had been holding out on buying a bunch of maternity clothes when my mom made a good point. The earlier I buy them the longer I get to wear them! That was all the justification I needed. At about 21 weeks pregnant my mom and I went shopping at Motherhood Maternity. It was honestly the best thing she could have suggested we do while I visiting the family in Massachusetts. I now have enough clothing options that I don’t have to wear the same things over and over again. Plus in all honesty I’m far more comfortable in my new clothes then what was already in my closet.
Turkey breast sandwiches!
Finding out Jellybean is a girl and feeling her move are definitely tied for first place this month. A VERY close second would be the first time the husband felt Jellybean kick!!
Looking Forward To…
The 24 week ultrasound. My little sister is coming into town and will be my wing woman for what will most likely be my last ultrasound! It has been pretty special to see the Jellybean with the husband, my mom and even by myself. I’m so excited though to share the moment with my little sister/Auntie-to-be.
No more traveling. While I adored seeing so many friends and family in July, the 5 consecutive weekends of traveling was just too much for this pregnant gal. The husband and I agreed early on in the pregnancy we were going on “travel maternity leave” starting in September.
Gestational Diabetes Test. I am not looking forward to this test at my 24 week appointment. I know it is uncommon and the test will probably come back negative, but I’m still a little worried.
Labor! Despite delivery being about 28 weeks away I am nervous about it. I think I will continue to live in denial about it for a few more weeks … currently pulling an ostrich move and burying my head in the sand. At some point soon facing this fear is a must. =)
Any pregnancy tidbits you care to share? I would love to hear them!