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TODAY I AM TALKING ABOUT ALL-THINGS SECOND TRIMESTER & THE HOME STRETCH
So here I am at week 29 with 11 more weeks to go. While I don’t count this as being technically on the ‘home stretch’ (that’s week 30), I am almost there! As I sit here and write this post I will let you in on a little secret – I have a heat pack stuffed down my singlet sitting right between my breasts! Yes, I went there. After I predicted the other week that my Rectus Abdominis muscle had torn, my OBGYN confirmed this at my last visit. I must say I am quite proud of my self-diagnosing! However, my reason for today’s heat pack situation is a rather physical nightmare I had last night. I was throwing myself about in bed and I think I’ve overstretched my arms and torn it even further – ouch. This happens to about 95% of us during pregnancy and nothing to worry about. Today is all about my second trimester experiences and although I am only a third-trimester-newbie, I’ve included some tips and things to look out for. Enjoy!
MY SECOND TRIMESTER WRAP-UP: You have probably heard that the second trimester is by far the best of the three and I would have to agree 100%. Most of our bellies will ‘pop’ and the majority of morning sickness would have cleared (for most, sorry to those whose hasn’t!). While I will refer to some things being better than others in pregnancy, please remember that it’s all relative. This is still MY interpretation and experiences so far. I have had by all accounts a very easy and let’s say ‘textbook’ pregnancy. Below are some of the highlights that stood out for me, as well as some of the annoying this about pregnancy. To all my fellow preggies or mummas-in-waiting, enjoy feeling great when you can.
1. BABY KICKS: Aside from knowing your beautiful little person is well on their way, baby kicks have absolutely been the next best thing for me! I started feeling our little miss at 18 weeks and 4 days – I will never forget that first moment. Now at 29 weeks those little flutters and tiny nudges are long gone. They have been replaced with punches to my bladder, kicks to the side of my stomach and Crocodile death-like rolls! She is one crazy monkey and I love it! When you are feeling yucky and having one of those days, all it takes is one little kick from bub and it’s all ok. I think I will miss this!
2. THE 20 WEEK SCAN: Obviously the most important scan to monitor bub’s development but it’s also so, so amazing! Although it was an incredible experience that I will never forget, it was and still almost is surreal for me. I could feel her moving, I was watching the doctor chase her around with the probe on my belly and yet it still didn’t feel 100% real. I think my ‘ah hah’ moment will come the second I hear and see her. Until then I have a weird tummy that moves a lot and responds to Michael Jackson in the car!
3. THE ‘PREGNANCY GLOW’: The answer to this will vary from person-to-person, but in my experience it does exist. I felt dull and yucky in the first trimester and have already noticed a change in my skin over the last week. My advice is to lap it up in the second trimester and accept all those lovely compliments!
4. THE BABYMOON: Well derrr I hear you all saying! As you know I am all for a babymoon and think it’s a great excuse to enjoy some lover time. Remember if you are travelling interstate to book this in before you are seven months. If you do wish to travel later you will need permission and clearance from your GP/OBGYN, or the airline will not let you on. Tropical destinations are great as you won’t feel like doing a whole lot, aside from eating and relaxing.
5. STILL BEING ABLE TO TIE-UP YOUR SHOES: One of the many not-so-glam things about pregnancy: the inability to tie your own shoes! Yes, it’s true. It takes me about one minute each shoe and that’s on a good day! My tip is to sit down and sit like a frog, pulling your legs in one-by-one.
6. KEEPING COOL & HYDRATED: While it’s important to stay hydrated from day one, it’s particularly important in the warmer months and also to help prevent stretch marks. Ideally you need to be consuming at least 1.5 litres a day. If you suffer from swelling/fluid retention (Oedema) like me, ensure you rest and elevate your legs in the evenings as well. Regular exercise and movement is actually the best treatment for this!
EARLY THIRD TRIMESTER TIPS:
1. HEAT PACKS: These have been my saviour throughout my pregnancy, but have definitely been on overdrive in the last three weeks. Down my top, in my pants… You name it! I have started feeling some dull pelvic/vaginal pain as she begins to descend ready for birth. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be concerned about.
2. EAT SMALL MEALS: You will start to notice that you can’t eat the way you used to. I noticed this around 27 weeks and now split my dinner into two – eating one portion around 5pm and the next at 8pm if I am still hungry. Remember to keep these snack-meals high in nutrients.
3. COMPLETE YOUR BIRTHING & NEWBORN CLASSES: Ideally I would suggest doing your classes around weeks 27 – 32. Your hospital of choice should offer these and there are also other private classes on offer, which is what we did. I will be doing a blog post on this shortly – stay tuned!
4. REST & LISTEN TO YOUR BODY: Knock on wood, I’ve been pretty textbook so far and entering the third trimester has been no exception. From about 28 weeks to the day I noticed a huge drop in my energy levels and brain cells! This is not as bad as it was during the first trimester, but definitely noticeable. Just rest-up and take it easy – EVERYTHING gets harder!
5. PLAN AHEAD: I am an organised freak so feel free to completely ignore this if you wish! However, I have stocked-up on my regular make-up (beauty products) to last me until June (two months after bub is born). Although I absolutely plan to get out of the house before then, the pressure isn’t there and you can still look pretty! I would also suggest buying a few nappy options to test out and lots of wipes. Of course you can send your partner/family out to get these too. Don’t stress.
6. AVOID UNDERWIRE BRAS: I’ve been naughty recently and not sleeping with a bra on, I strongly advise against this. If you are like me your breasts have grown significantly (C cup to a large E cup!), they will need supporting 24/7. This will also help in the third trimester when they undergo another little growth spurt and start to fill-up with milk. Avoid underwire bras and opt for a comfy sports bra (the best ones I use are from Target and Sportsgirl).
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and would love to hear your feedback/stories.