As my second trimester has come to a close and many of you lovely readers are well aware that Goose, our second baby boy is brewing well, I thought I better give a recap on my second trimester. Most of you would have heard that second trimester is by far the easiest trimester of the pregnancy. I would have to agree there. Physically it has been pretty smooth sailing and after copious amounts of testing both on the pregnancy and my stability of my meningiomas in my brain, I can now say that the pregnancy is going along textbook like. Mentally, this trimester has been the toughest for me waiting to be in the all clear with my tests and experiencing some post traumatic stress. You can read more about that in my 2 Years Blind post. The coincidence of the tests and my 2 years blind anniversary mark has been mentally draining. However now we have jumped through the hoops, I feel like I can relax a bit more as the third trimester begins.
An honest recapOf my second trimester…
Now that we know we have a healthy baby brewing, we can relax about the pregnancy side of things. We still had my MRI and appointments with the neurologists to go, however the tests weren’t until 24 weeks. I was starting to feel good. I felt the first movement earlier this time around at 13 weeks which felt like bubbly twitches. This was reassuring and comforting that Goose was growing during the anxious wait until our 20 week morphology scan. As the weeks went on the kicks became more frequent. We have an active bubba in there! At 16 weeks I turned 30 and boy did I feel proud. After all the health battles that my body had endured during my 20s I just felt so blessed that my body could brew little human critters. I feel so fortunate to have Cam and Archer in my life. Both Cameron and I have achieved so much together in our 20s. We had some ripper times and learned so much about each other in the toughest of times. I’m so proud of that, so turning 30 was a celebration with my best friends and immediate family.
The first trimester symptoms had lifted at about 12 weeks. My energy was coming back and I was not needing day time naps. I started to keep my food down and had the energy to cook healthy meals again. I was able to take my multivitamins again and continued with The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothies for added nutrients.
As with Archer, Exercise has dropped off lots due to hip girdle pain and lower back pain. Some days have been excruciating. As a blind mum my incidental exercise has increased substantially due to not being able to drive. Mondays, Archer has playgroup which is a 2.5 km round walk; Thursdays Archer has daycare which is a 2.5 km round walk, so if I was dropping him off and picking him up 5kms was ticked off my list. Fridays are swimming which was a 5km round walk. Getting in a nice warm pool with Archer helps a lot with my hip and back pain. The incidental walks to the supermarket (2kms round trip) and park were not discounted. I also count running after a toddler and housework, so really without thinking I have been quite active. I have just got myself a personal trainer to come and do some light pregnancy exercises with me to help with my hip and back pain. I will let you know how that is going in my third trimester post. I didn’t think I was being active at all because I am so used to doing lots of HIIT training and running. I have learned to listen to my body and rest when I am in pain.
I have been eating much better this pregnancy than I did with Archer. With Archer I was working as a teacher and would come home exhausted. It was easier to get take out than to cook. This time around I am home to cook and just love it. I have been adventurous and found some new recipes to add to our family’s go to regular meals. Many of these recipes I have found on The Healthy Mummy website. There are loads of free recipes on there and I know we are all being fed the nutrients we all need. Cameron is loving the recipes as well. They are definitely husband and toddler friendly.
Dressing the Bump…
Because I am not going to work this time around, I haven’t purchased too many maternity clothes yet. I have many clothes left over from when I was pregnant with Archer. I am home a lot, so I have just been wearing leggings or track pants with an oversized jumper around home. I really like dressing for comfort, particularly with my sore hips and back. If I am heading out the front door, I like to dress up a bit and wear my leggings with a dress and my boots. I wear lots of cardigans as well over the top of dresses and jeans and tops. I just have a few basics and mix-and-match with accessories when I am going out. It is quite limited when you are pregnant with what you can wear. However maternity fashion has become a lot better, even in the last couple of years since I was pregnant with Archer. One of the brands I love and have made a few purchases this time around is Cadenshae. This brand makes activewear for the pregnancy and postpartum. It is fashionable and feeding friendly. I have bought a couple of pairs of classic full-length leggings which come up over the bump and feel very supportive and provide lots of compression which helps with my hip and back pain. These leggings can allso be worn after the pregnancy for working out. They also make sports bras which are feeding friendly and are super comfortable with the changing size of your breasts. I live in these at the moment. I love how you can wear these clothes while you are pregnant and after the pregnancy. It makes them well worth the dollars. I also find the quality excellent.
As I mentioned before, the fear and worries have been pretty prominent surrounding the trauma around Archer’s birth and going blind. I go into more detail on this in my 2 Years Blind post. These thoughts have made me tired and irritable. I have been tearry and a bit of a wreck.
I feel that now we have our answers I am feeling much better and can just enjoy what I can.
Things I have been doing to help me mentally are:
- Going for walks and getting fresh air
- listening to music
- Meditating using the Mind the Bump app
- Cooking yummy food as a means to be creative
- Talking with my girlfriends
- Getting out of the house and taking Archer to playgroup, swimming and play dates
- listening to PodCasts and Audio books
- Watching mindless TV such as The Bachelor (I know it’s great isn’t it?). Cameron rolls his eyes.)
What I have loved about being pregnant in second trimester
- 20 week scan
- Still being able to shave my legs
- I have had energy to get organised and nest
If you would like to read more about my pregnancy journey click here.
Remember that every woman’s pregnancy experience is different and this is just my recap on my experience only.