First Bumpdate: Halfway There!
I figured since I’m halfway through my pregnancy, it was about time to post a bumpdate! I was planning on blogging a lot more frequently that I have about pregnant life, but I could barely get out of bed for a majority of the first trimester. Being sick for the first few months, combined with all the crazy emotions I’ve been feeling lately made for a very unmotivated blogger. I do want to share more about my pregnancy and everything I’ve been going through though, so I plan on posting more about it in the coming weeks/months.
Let’s play catch up for a minute. The first trimester was ROUGH. I’m already a baby when it comes to being in pain and feeling bad, so dealing with 24/7 nausea, heartburn and soreness was not ideal. I found out I was pregnant at seven weeks, but I’d already been feeling pretty crappy leading up to that point. The biggest issue I was having before I took a test was sore boobs. Y’all. I have NEVER in my life been so uncomfortable. I don’t know if it’s because I’m heavier chested or what, but when I say I was hurting- I was hurting. The soreness lasted til right around the start of my second trimester and even now, certain spots (ahem, the more sensitive areas) are sore 24/7. Once the nausea kicked in I was done for. I didn’t just get morning sickness, I was sick all day, every day. I relied on Preggie Pops and PSI Bands to keep me feeling somewhat okay throughout the day. I had no appetite, which led me to eat maybe once a day. I lost 10 pounds in the first three months because I’d been eating so little. Luckily, the nausea has subsided and my appetite is in full-force. I’m hungry literally every 30 minutes. I am definitely not complaining- I’d rather be hungry over nauseous any day!
Second Trimester Emotions
The second trimester has been kind of a whirlwind so far. At around 12 weeks, my mood swings were so severe I thought C was going to hide out his parents for a few days, lol! My mood has definitely shifted since then, not sure if it’s for the better though. I’ve been struggling a lot with feeling sad and anxious lately. (I plan on doing a whole post on my emotional struggles, so be on the lookout for that sometime soon.) I think it’s important for mamas-to-be to know that it’s okay to not feel okay sometimes.
Struggling with Heartburn
Emotions aside, the second trimester has brought on a whole new issue- heartburn. Y’all. I had heartburn during the first trimester, but nothing like what I’m feeling now. I feel like I could breathe fire at any second. It’s so bad some days, I almost have to run to the bathroom to puke. The only thing I’ve found that somewhat soothes it is mint tea. I’ve been drinking it nonstop. I’ve tried sucking on peppermints recently and it relieves the heartburn for a few minutes, but definitely not as well as the tea does. I’ve already asked/tried suggestions from friends & family, but if you have any send them my way!!
One thing I’m really excited about now that I’m in my second trimester is the fact that I finally look pregnant! I’ve beat myself up over and over, wondering why I didn’t have a cute little bump yet. It really got to me at one point. I felt like a chubby kid trying to squeeze into her too-small clothes every day. But now that my belly has officially “popped,” I feel like I can finally share pictures of it!
So, uh, where’s that pregnancy glow?
You always hear about the “pregnancy glow,” and I was so looking forward to that during the second trimester. LOL. My hair is still just as dull as it was pre-pregnancy. I’m breaking out in places I’ve never broken out before. I’m growing hair literally everywhere. I know I still have a good bit of my second trimester left, so maybe I’ll get the glow later on! It does kind of look like I’m glowing in these pics, but that’s just the power of some good Lightroom skills!
I got really worried that I hadn’t felt the baby when I went in for my doctor appointment last week, but they assured me that she’s fine (we got to see her little acrobatic self during an ultrasound)! Apparently, my placenta has decided to attach in the front of my uterus instead of the back, which makes it more difficult to feel baby kicks early on. The doc says I should start feeling her at around 22 weeks BUT I think I’ve been feeling her for the last couple days. It feels like a little flutter in the bottom of my belly and everything I’ve read says that’s probably her! I know I’ll probably regret saying this down the road, but I can’t wait to feel those big kicks! I just like to be reassured that she’s okay in there. If I could get an ultrasound every day, I so would!
If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking this one out! I want to share these kinds of posts in case anyone else is going through the same thing as me. I don’t know if y’all are seeing it, too, but it is straight up baby season on my timeline. I feel like I see a new announcement every day! I want to be able to share my experiences with other mamas-to-be to let them know they’re not alone! I’ll also be able to use these posts as sweet memories for when Baby A is actually here. I love the fact that I can go back and relive my pregnancy in my own words!
I’m planning on posting my next bumpdate at 25 weeks after we do our 4D Ultrasound. I’m so excited to share that experience!!