I can’t believe I am now near the end of my third trimester!! So excited to be a little closer to holding our girl. Over all the second trimester was definitely easier than my first. I will say that I kept waiting for that burst of energy that everyone talks about to come in and it never did, haha. I enjoyed my second trimester in the sense that I had a bump which was so much fun and we started buying all the things and getting the house ready for baby. We started feeling her move a lot and be super squirmy and loved it! Still, it wasn’t easy for me at all. My growing body ached all the time and it’s just a very interesting feeling.
Symptoms: Still nauseous friends (sigh). At my 16 week appointment I couldn’t take it anymore. It had been 10 weeks of 24/7 nausea and throw up at least once a day so I asked my OB for medication. She said she did not want to give me any nausea medication because it wasn’t totally 100% safe. I really appreciated that but at the same time I was like ok then what can I do?! So she told me to take 25mg of vitamin B6 and 12.5mg of Unisom, an over the counter sleeping aid. The combination of both is an anti-nausea medication that is much safer than a prescribed pill. I have been taking that ever since and I don’t throw up but the nausea is still there. I have tried not taking it on several occasions and the next day I end up feeling awful and throw up. Fun times! I have come to the conclusion that I’m just one of those pregnant people who is nauseous the entire 9 months, lol. Other than the nausea and the tailbone pain that stared early on, I had no other symptoms.
Work Outs:I was pretty good about walking a ton in my first trimester and did a little here and there in my second trimester but mostly took it easy and did some prenatal yoga. I was so nauseous all the time that working out or going on a walk in 90 degree weather this summer was the last thing I wanted to do.
Supplements: I’ve been taking these pretty consistently now. I’ve also been seen a chiropractor since before I was pregnant and have continued seeing him to help align my pelvis, encourage baby to get in a good position, and give myself the best chance at a natural birth.
Cravings: I don’t really think I had very strong cravings at all but since it was so hot I just wanted fruit and sandwiches. I started with honeydew melon, then watermelon, then peaches, and now pears. I also loved, the veggie sandwich from Jimmy John’s but other than that I can’t think of anything that I had to have.
Baby Things Purchased: All.The.Things. LOL. We had a baby shower in our home town of Laredo and were showered with so many gifts! We also got the nursery all set up and will have a nursery post up soon with our inspo and pictures (ps it turned out so cute!).
Birth Plan: To be completely honest, I never felt a peace or a sense of security and comfort with our decision to use an OB and go the hospital route for our birth. I can’t explain it, but it just wasn’t what we both had envision for our family. At 20 weeks Raymond and I decided that we wanted a more natural approach to our birth and switched from an OB to a Midwife and from a hospital birth to a birthing center. I cannot tell you how much that decision has changed the way we feel about labor and delivery and the incredible care we have received from our Midwives, Doula, and birthing center. It was truly the right decision for us and we feel confident in our birth team.
Birth Classes: Raymond and I took a 7 week birthing course and it was completely God sent. Honestly before I got pregnant, I didn’t really have an interest in pregnancy or any desire to really dive into it. Of course when I became pregnant, I went into full research mode about birth. Now that I think of it, I was completely clueless and naive about pregnancy, the birth process, all the options, terminology, and all the changes that were about to happen in my body. The classes were amazing and we learned so much and we both completely 100% recommend you take an in depth course on labor especially with your partner because after all it’s their baby too and they need to be fully informed on the process to support you and feel included.
Weight gain: By week 27 I had gained 22lbs. At this rate, I think I’ll gain 35-40lbs.
What I am looking forward to: Labor. I know that sounds crazy but I cannot wait to give birth. I feel so much more informed about the process and pray that my body just does what it’s supposed to do and it all goes smoothly. If you were to have asked me that when I first became pregnant, I would have told you I had a lot of anxiety and fear about labor but now I feel so excited about it. Definitely nervous or course but not fearful at all.
Worst part of pregnancy: The nausea 100%.
Best part of pregnancy: Being served, haha. People are so nice to pregnant women! My husband has been a saint and has helped me so much from taking care of all the house stuff to encouraging me and being so involved in the process. I have no idea what I would do without him. Also, although I am feeling the weight gain and moving a little slower than before, I love my belly so much! I like dressing for my bump and just catching a glimpse of it when I look in the mirror. It just reminds me of how good God is to us and how incredibly grateful I am for this experience. We can’t wait to meet our daughter but we know that every week I am still pregnant is such a miracle and a blessing.
Thanks for reading!