Hallelujah! We are finally into the 2nd trimester! We are are officially 17 weeks and 5 days as I write this. The first trimester wasn’t the worst in the world but it certainly sucks the life out of you. I was constantly nauseous (luckily never threw up) and was always tired. Also, its the stage when you just look/feel bloated when you’re so anxious for the bump to pop.
Here’s my 2nd trimester update so far:
Maintaining healthy blood pressure and vitals at every appointment. I’ve gotten dizzy/lightheaded a few times from moving so fast but that is common as there is more blood rushing through you. We had a NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test) done to screen for any chromosomal conditions and risks. Luckily, we were low risk and negative for all. Which also makes me thankful for medical breakthroughs that we are able to screen for things so early on. I have had some slight swelling occasionally which is usually from me not moving for a long period of time. No fun! I can only imagine how worse it’ll get.
I am up 10 total pounds from when we first found out I was pregnant. I actually had spiked 6 pounds at my first appointment then had lost 6 by my next appointment. At out 16 week check-up, I was back up the 6 pounds and the doctor said I’m right on track. I definitely should be walking and moving more than I do. Round ligament pain has begun last week that just feels like extra sore lower back muscles. Warm showers, stretching and massages help. Also, my acne continues to rule my face which has to be the most annoying symptom as I’ve never had acne until now. I’ve been using witch-hazel and tea tree oil to help dry out and pull any dirts out. I’ve also caved and bought my first maternity clothes! WOO!
Still on a salty kick! Potato chips have been my bestie although I’ve only had them a few times. I also caved and had a deli sandwich because it was ALL I could think about! Bought from a respectively clean grocery store near me and so far so good.
TIP: STRETCH! That will help alleviate the pain you may start having as your body is making room for baby!