Two weeks ago marked my entrance into the third trimester already – this pregnancy is flying! I started writing this post with the intention of giving just a second trimester update. I kind of doubt I’ll get around to a third trimester update though, so I’m just going to say this is probably my last pregnancy update this go around.
Since the last time I checked in, everything was honestly so easy and I really didn’t notice I was pregnant much until about 17 weeks or so. That’s when I really started to get some actual symptoms and could really feel movement, so I was finally reminded that there was in fact a little person in there! I did feel movement earlier this time, at 15 weeks, so two weeks earlier than I did with Claire. Everything had been for the most part really good until about 2-3 weeks ago when I got into the third tri.
My most notable symptoms have been:
- Braxton Hicks starting earlier this time, at 17 weeks. I think I got them at 24 weeks last time? But I actually feel like the frequency of them is much less than last time, which is nice.
- Really really bad back pain and sometimes some sciatica pain. Usually the sciatica pain is manageable if I stay active/don’t sit as much and foam roll a lot. Being on my back seems to be so crazy uncomfortable earlier than I remember last time so that’s kind of weird.
- Not the best sleep, insomnia, tossing and turning, back/hips hurting so I can’t get comfortable.
- HEARTBURN. Oh my goodness. I thought I had bad heartburn with Claire, but it started so much earlier this time. It seems like anything I eat that isn’t just super bland like toast/cereal gives me heartburn. I’ve upped my game this time and take Zantac now, but I still get breakthrough heartburn so I might try something else soon.
- Leg cramps in the form of Charlie horses when I sleep. The worst thing to wake up to! I had these last time, but again am getting them sooner this time around.
- Crazy, crazy intense and vivid dreams about nonsense
While all that doesn’t sound the best, all of these symptoms still feel a lot more mild or manageable in a way than they did last time. I feel like maybe last time, I just didn’t think I’d be in so much pain/discomfort so the symptoms seemed worse maybe? However back pain and heartburn really is worse this time. I just think I am so distracted most the day that I don’t have time to dwell on them.
Overall, I am still feeling good and exercise feels way way better than it ever was my entire last pregnancy. I see going to the gym throughout as much as this pregnancy as I can manage this time, which really helps with my self-esteem and hopefully a better postpartum recovery/transition back to exercise after baby. I think the heavier lifting plan I did last spring really stuck with me and has helped me maintain more strength throughout this pregnancy. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot about lifting and exercise in general that wasn’t just running related, so I feel better equipped to workout in general.
I have stopped running, probably at the beginning of December? So I really didn’t run much longer than I did with Claire, maybe just a few more weeks. I stopped because I just feel too big and it doesn’t feel right. Plus, this time I am not just running pregnant but running while pushing a 25 pound toddler in a stroller pregnant. I just enjoy other exercises more and would rather spend my time doing other things. My go to workouts have been BODYPUMP and general weight training with some light cardio and walks on off days.
As for Claire, I really don’t think she knows what is going on. She can point to my belly and say baby but that’s all. I do try to talk to her about babies or if we see one when we are out, I always say “we’re going to have one of those soon!” She adores babies and will not leave them alone if she has the chance to be in contact with one at a play date or something. It’s adorable and also terrifying to me. She is going to be all over her sister!
Emotionally, I feel like I am much more even keel this time and not as hormonally out of whack. At the same time, I’ve felt more anxious this pregnancy, but I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy related or just life/circumstance related. I’m sadly eating just about as crappy as I did when I was pregnant with Claire. Part of me is like “whatever, this is just what happens when I’m pregnant” and another part of me is like “no! I need to get things in line and shape up!” I really do hope to clean up my eating habits before she comes instead of after to make my health a priority. It’s just been one of those things that has not been my focus at all lately. If I can make things even slightly better than they have been, I’d be happy.
How I feel about having a second baby has been a very different experience. I might even write a whole separate post about it. In general, I feel less connected to this baby than I did to Claire. I think it’s a matter of being distracted by Claire and because I already have such a close relationship with her. While at first I didn’t feel doubt about loving another as much as I love her, I definitely think I have some of those feelings. With Claire, it was just all about her. But this time, preparing for a new baby has still been all about her, really and not much about the actual baby coming, as weird as that sounds. We also are still not 100% decided on her name, so I feel that makes me a little less connected to her. I called Claire by name from the time we found out she was a girl, but this baby has been number two, lil pineapple, little sister, or just the baby most of this pregnancy.
Now that I’m further along, I am getting really excited to meet her and feel that I can actually anticipate that a lot better this time since I know just how amazing it will be. And I’m beyond excited for Claire to meet her sister!
No questions today, I just hope you have a happy Friday & good weekend!