I was lying in bed the other night looking at my baby app on my phone and I noticed it said I was into my third trimester already. I genuinely don’t know where the time has gone but equally I feel like I’ve been pregnant since the year 2002.
I’m a little bit sad to be saying goodbye to my second trimester if I’m honest as it was pretty fucking decent but also I’m shitting myself about these last 3 months. I’ve heard bad things about the third trimester and I’m not sure I’m ready.
I guess now is as good a time as any to recap on how my second trimester treated me so let’s crack on.
Headaches up until week 17
I can’t remember when exactly the second trimester official started but all I know is I was expecting to wake up one morning and feel like a glowing goddess. Alas, this didn’t happen and those pesky migraines/headaches lasted right up until week 17.
Burning in throat
What is this about ladies? Someone fill me in because I’ve been drinking gaviscon like it’s a bottle of Malbec– daily and in copious amounts. It’s like that feeling you get in your throat after you’ve been sick and it makes eating anything remotely tasty a bit difficult.
After months of avoiding them, I decided to stop being a martyr and began my course of steroids to help get my crohns under control. I’m blaming my moon shaped face and lack of definition in my collar bone on these tablets. But also thank you steroids for making me feel like I no longer have a bowel disease. You da bestest.
Racing heart at night
This started a few days after starting my steroids so naturally I blamed them again but my sister also had this very same thing during her pregnancy. Last week was terrible and during the night it got so bad I had to get up and go sit downstairs whilst sipping ice cold water till I could breathe properly again. I guess you could say it felt similar to a panic attack, not that I’ve ever had one of those. But it makes me feel super anxious even though I have nothing to feel anxious about. I’ve been feeling my heart pumping so much harder and faster lately and sometimes it hurts my chest. Weird and also not nice.
Some amazing days
The saying is true; the second trimester is definitely far better than the first. Some days I’ve felt so on top of my game it’s unreal. My energy levels have been much higher and also I’m able to eat anything I want without feeling like it’s going to come back up. Result.
Tiredness and naps
But not every day is a good day. The tiredness can still be pretty intense during the second trimester and some days I struggle so much at work I have to keep sitting down and taking breaks, in other people’s houses I might add. Awkward.
I then come home and collapse on the sofa and try to nap whilst the dog does his best to will me to take him out for a walk.
19 weeks: oh hey there bump
I’ve taken a picture every week since I was 12 weeks pregnant and it makes me laugh looking back at them and remember people telling me I had a little bump. No, I didn’t have a bump whatsoever. In fact, being pregnant has made me realize how I was in quite good shape before, even though I didn’t think it at the time. It wasn’t till I took my picture at week 19 I noticed I was starting to show.
Feeling lots of movement
I felt flutters at week 12 then after that I didn’t feel anything till around week 14. Since then it’s like I have a tiny acrobat inside me doing cartwheels. Especially at night. He loves to poke me in all directions and if I don’t feel him for a while I start to panic.
Even before I was pregnant I was a frequent pee-er but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Before leaving the house I make myself go twice and yet I’m still bursting by the time I’ve reached the A419. Dog walking is one of my jobs so peeing in bushes has become second nature to me because believe me, when you’re growing a tiny human inside you, your bladder really cannot be full for long.
If it’s not my bladder waking me up it’s the weird hunger pangs or my racing heart or the dog needing a poo. I swear to god, some nights I may as well just not bother getting into bed. I’m definitely getting prepared for the lack of sleep when I have a newborn. Lol, I can picture all the rolling eyes of the people who’ve had newborns because “nothing can prepare you for the lack of sleep”. I GET IT OKAY?
Other people’s opinions
My pregnant friend messaged me the other day ranting about how people keep ‘warning’ her of how shit it’s going to be when the baby comes. Why do people have to do this? It’s not like we’re expecting it to be super easy- I know it’s going to be all sorts of hard work but listening to people bang on about it is just annoying to be honest. Same goes for others opinions on how I’m going to do this, that and the other- there is no right way, you just gotta do what works for you and your baby and that is how I’m planning on going into motherhood.
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