I still have a few weeks left in my second trimester, but I thought it would be good to update you all on how my pregnancy has been going. If you’re new around here you can catch up on my first trimester update here or my second trimester part 1 here.
So far, it seems like this trimester has gone on for such a long time and I am only part of the way through. It’s also only been the last few weeks that I have started to have a proper bump too (that, or I ate too much over Christmas).
This has probably been the highlight of the second trimester, especially the last few weeks. I felt my first movements around the 16/17 week mark, whilst I was at pregnancy yoga. It was the strangest feeling ever; a cross between popcorn popping in my tummy and that feeling you get when you’re on a rollercoaster and your tummy drops. Since then the movement has become stronger, a lot more frequent and is even starting to fall into a pattern now. Ryan has also felt the baby move quite a bit now and a lot of the time you can see my tummy moving from the outside too, so that has been amusing. Although from what we have had so far, it seems we have quite the wriggler on our hands (that, or it’s super fidgety like me).
Pregnancy insomnia is definitely a thing! I am not the best of sleepers anyway, I always sleep quite lightly, but this is a whole new level of no sleep. I seem to take ages to get to sleep and then wake up around 4 am and can’t back to sleep again. Annoyingly, I am so exhausted that I can’t get up and do anything productive. I have a new night time routine, which has definitely helped with getting to sleep a lot quicker and I might pop up a post about that soon as it helped me so much. Now I just need to work on the early mornings. I know the sleepless nights are on their way, but I would like to make the most of a full night’s sleep while I still can.
I am starting to get days where I just feel generally uncomfortable and fidgety. I am sure there is a lot more of this to come and at the moment I am just trying to move around more to ease it a little bit. I have also bought a pregnancy ball to sit on. I sit at a desk all day for work and then our sofas are fairly low, which means for a lot of the day my hips are lower than my knees, which is not good. Pregnancy balls are a great way to help get the baby into the best position and it can also help prevent them being back to back. It may also ease any back pain you might have. It may also come in handy in labour too.
You just need to make sure you have the right size ball, so that your hips are roughly 10cm higher than your knees. I have a 65cm ball and I am 5ft 5, but you can google it to check which size you need. I bought mine here and it was fairly inexpensive.
Food & eating
Well this one is quite straight forward this time round, no more morning sickness or nausea. No food aversions. No odd cravings either and to be honest the constant hunger has curbed a little bit too. Earlier on in my pregnancy I used to be constantly hungry to the point where I would wake up in the night where I was so hungry, but this has settled quite a lot now. I have the odd days where I am hungrier than normal, but in general I feel like I am back to my normal eating pattern.
Overall, my pregnancy has gone really well so far. I have a lot of friends who have had a rough time throughout their pregnancy for various reasons, so I am grateful that everything has been pretty normal and easy going so far. I am hoping it will stay that way all the way through.
Is there anything you would like to see more of on here regarding my pregnancy experience or maybe something completely unrelated? I would love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment below.