4 Jul 2021

Pregnancy Diary | The Second Trimester



If you’ve read this post, you’ll know that I wanted to keep a pregnancy diary so I’m uploading them now (and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve already had the baby - surprise!). Going back to past me...


Hello second trimester! This trimester flew by and was by far my favourite! I’m currently 26 weeks as I am writing this up and I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. We’ve had a really good couple of months, I feel really grateful for being pregnant, getting to experience this amazing feeling and how smoothly my pregnancy has been going so far!


Morning Sickness
By around 15 weeks, my morning sickness FINALLY calmed down. I had the odd day where I felt a bit funny or nauseous, thankfully it wouldn’t last too long. When it did go, I did feel slightly worried because I couldn’t tell if something was wrong. I didn’t have a bump yet and had no other symptoms, so I felt a bit lost. But of course everything was normal!


Bump
Speaking of the bump, it didn’t make an appearance until around 17 weeks! I did have a lot of bloating before that but if it wasn’t there before I ate breakfast, I wouldn’t class it as a baby bump. I’m quite a petite person so I wasn’t expecting it to pop out straight away anyway but when it did, I’d notice it growing every week!


It has been amazing to watch it grow but I did start to feel the stretching pain around the 25 week mark - it’s quite uncomfortable, especially during the night! I started using Bio-Oil and Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Stretch Mark Cream on my belly, chest and thighs from the start of the second trimester to avoid stretch marks. I apply it morning and night, which was a nice little step to add into my routine as I’d give myself a mini massage.

It did start to get uncomfortable at night so I started using a pregnancy very early on - I’d do whatever helped me to sleep! I bought the BellaMoon Pregnancy Pillow because it had a cover, which you could replace or wash and could be separated into 3 different pillows for different uses during pregnancy and postpartum. Definitely a great purchase and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking at purchasing a pregnancy pillow.


Food
I really enjoyed my food this trimester but there were a few things that would make me feel funny! Chicken on the bone was a big no-no so roast chicken dinners have been non-existent, sadly! One thing that changed for me was my tolerance for spicy food - I used to be a bit of a wuss when it came to spice but I’m now loving it and can handle a good chilli kick in meals.

When I was hungry for a meal, I was hungryyyy! I would wake up STARVING and would need to eat immediately. Once I even woke up at 5am and had to go help myself to a bowl of cereal! Dinner times quickly moved to 6pm or as quick as I could make it because I just needed a full meal and fast!

I did find myself snacking throughout the day too. 3pm - 4pm was prime snack time so I’d go and treat myself to some pink wafer biscuits (my latest obsession), Cheese Strings (childhood favourite) and sweeties! Probably not the best snacks, but it kept me and baby happy.


Movements
I didn’t expect to feel any baby movements for quite some time but I felt little kicks at around 18-19 weeks! I didn’t get the ‘flutters’ that people often talk about (or maybe I didn’t realise at the time) but I definitely felt little punches. I’d describe it as being similar to gas bubbles in your tummy!

The movements got stronger and more frequent and eventually you could see them outside of the tummy and my husband got to feel them also - which was amazing! It really began to feel real at this point because the bump was growing and movements were happening.

At 26 weeks, this baby has a bit of a routine (which my midwife told me to keep an eye on) and I can really feel the baby moving around at specific times of the day.


Fatigue, Insomnia and Sleep

As mentioned, the growing bump did make sleeping a bit uncomfortable and growing a baby is really tiring work so you need all the rest you can get! I don’t really get to nap during the day due to my work hours but I think it helps so I sleep longer and better at night. I’ve been sleeping longer than I usually would, sometimes a solid 9 hours of sleep, and I could probably sleep more on some days too!


There is the odd night where I would wake up at random hours and not be able to sleep! I’d have my headphones within reach so I can watch some Youtube videos or listen to a podcast (Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher has been a brilliant listen!)


Antenatal Class

As I was pregnant during the lockdown, I did join in a few antenatal classes online. I would be served with an Instagram advert for one pretty much everyday so I looked into them and participated in a few free classes. I found them really reassuring and they helped me feel prepared for this baby!


Hair
My scalp has been quite dry. I noticed very quickly that I had mild dandruff. I changed my shampoo and conditioner, but it didn’t help too much. So every week I’d apply coconut oil to my scalp and massage it in, leaving it overnight and washing it out the next morning. It has been helping to keep the flakes at bay!

I also have white hairs sprouting EVERYWHERE, which is just brilliant (not) but I’ve heard a lot of women experienced this during pregnancy so I’m hoping that it doesn’t continue postpartum too. My hair has been growing like crazy, so the white hairs are forgiven! My hair has been more knotty as a result so the coconut oil hair mask has been a lifesaver for that also.


Sciatica
No one told me about the pregnancy sciatica! I experienced regular pain in my legs and back, which was not the most comfortable! It didn’t help that my job involves sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day but if you are in the same boat, make sure to take regular breaks, rest and take it easy!


And that was pretty much my entire second trimester! Overall, really enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing the bump grow, buying more baby things, preparing for labour (ahhh) and meeting this little cupcake!

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