Second Trimester Recap

Ladies – it’s true what they say about the 2nd trimester, at least for me.  It’s the honeymoon trimester!  I felt good, I had some energy back, and some moments of the day, dare I even say that I kind of forgot I was pregnant?  These last three months have been SO MUCH better than the first three months.

That being said though...



Here are the things that surprised me about my second trimester:

1. Itchy - I am SO SO SO itchy. I have pretty sensitive skin to begin with, and all the stretching going on is making me itch so badly!  Some days are worse than others, but I think some of it has to do with those darn high waisted maternity pants.  The fabric against my skin is just so uncomfortable. I do moisturize daily with Burt's Bees Momma Bee Belly Butter (I love that it's scentless & non-greasy, thanks for the recommendation, Lis!) -- I can't image how itchy I'd be if I didn't.

2. Stuffy nose /congestion - It’s the worst at night.  I lay down in bed, and can’t breathe out of my nose.  So I breathe out of my mouth and then my throat gets dry, my lips get chapped, and I might even snore. God Bless Zac for putting up with me. And God Bless Aquaphor -- my favorite lip protectant. 

3. Nose bleeds - I think it's partially due to pregnancy, and partially due to the dry air.  Couple that with blowing my nose all the time, and bam. Every once in a while, it will bleed.  I recently purchased this humidifier that I run in our room at night a few times a week, so I'm hoping that helps!

4. Charley horses -  I've had a couple in my feet and calves since becoming pregnant and ouch!!! SO PAINFUL!!!

5. Mobility issues - It’s becoming harder to get out of bed, to put my socks & shoes on, and it's harder to pick up crumbs off the floor.  Where did all my stomach muscles go?!

6. Free stuff - People want to give you their hand-me-downs: maternity clothes, toys, books, baby items... it's wonderful & very appreciated!

7. Baby movement - And lots of it! This is obviously the best feeling in the entire world.  Zac & I joke that our babe is either playing soccer in there or doing ballet.  I think baby has restless legs like his/her rmomma ;)

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Some dates/moments I never want to forget:

9/24/16 – Week 17: Felt baby move for the first time!  We were at the First Annual Annoye Patio Parade Party (such a fun day!), sitting around Jamie & Travis’s campfire.  I felt a little “bubble pop” feeling in my tummy and got instant chills.  It happened a few more times that day, and has continued ever since.  BEST FEELING EVER!

Week 17: Started wearing maternity pants this week… to be fair, I had been using a belly band or the hair tie trick weeks prior to this, but week 17 is when I said good bye to all my old jeans & work pants.

10/6/16 – Week 19: Zac was able to feel baby kick for the first time! 

10/20/16 – Week 21: Zac & I can SEE baby movement in my belly!

11/16/16 – Week 24: Felt baby hiccups for the first time, at 3:10 AM!

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What did you love about your second trimester?

Click HERE for my First Trimester Recap

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