Ok, so when this post goes live, I will be almost 16 weeks. According to the first day of my last period, I am 16 weeks on Tuesday, so I am well into the second trimester now. How am I able to post this with confidence that things are going well? You all are about to find out. Using what I know about my body, things I’ve learned about pregnancy over the last couple of years as well as observation of the changes in my body and with my baby, I can confirm that things are right on track and going well. So here is my second trimester entry self-care checkup:
16 weeks pregnant image via Babycenter
1) Physically, I am able to tell by how I feel and how my clothes fit that I’ve gained weight. I know most people believe that most women should gain 25-35 lbs in pregnancy, but believe it or not, people can gain more or less and have a perfectly normal and healthy pregnancy. I actually gained 24 lbs my first pregnancy and things were perfectly fine. I’ve heard of women gaining more or less and it being the same. I feel as though I might have gained about 5-7lbs. How do I know? My panties fit a little snug. My small stretch marks I had on my breasts from them shrinking after breastfeeding JR have faded because my breasts have grown significantly in the past 16 weeks.
2) My breasts are still a little sore. I know this may go away soon. The areola on my breasts are significantly darker. Many women notice this change in the 2nd trimester.
3) I still have a little nausea. I just suck on lemons when I get it. I have it during the day and sometimes at night.
4) My uterus is out of my pelvic cavity. I can feel it when I am standing and lying down. I’ve been feeling on my belly since early pregnancy so that I can feel the changes happening. My fundus, or the top of my uterus, is about half way between my pubic bone and belly button which is relatively common in a lot of women at 15-16 weeks.
5) Some of my clothes don’t really fit well in the abdominal area. It’s not extremely noticeable to people on the outside that I’m pregnant, but it’s very apparent to my husband and I especially when I am home in my comfortable, more fitting clothing. I might get a few maternity items soon.
6) I’ve noticed my veins in the back of my legs behind my knees are popping out a little more. Varicose veins are extremely common in pregnancy. I try not to stay on my feet too long if I can help it and I strive to drink plenty of water.
7) I have noticed that my stomach feels like it is stretching. I haven’t had too much round ligament pain, but I know those aches and twinges are on the way most likely.
8) My skin doesn’t look much different. No abnormal breakouts. My hair looks the same to me, too. I’ve actually started dread locs in my hair though so perhaps I haven’t noticed anything mostly because of that?
1) I do have mood swings. Sometimes I feel very overwhelmed like I have a lot to do in terms of daily care of my home and taking care of my son. When this happens I just lay down and relax. I may get up and do one thing, but I don’t force myself.
2) I feel more in tune with my baby this time than I ever have in any other pregnancy even though I haven’t seen a sonogram this time around, which is very satisfying. Not feeling connected to JR in my first pregnancy this early made me worry a lot.
1) The baby’s movements are very strong at times and very noticeable to the touch of my stomach, especially when I am lying down on my back. I can feel it when I am not touching my belly as well. When I wasn’t sure that was the baby, at first, I would touch my stomach and now I’m confident it’s the baby each time I feel the movement. Many of the movements are in my lower uterus area. Once in a while, the baby will move towards the top of my uterus, which is another confirmation of where the top of my uterus is right now.
2) Sometimes I question if the baby is a little bigger than what a doctor might consider normal for 15-16 weeks, but I’m not extremely worried about this. Babies grow at different paces so if the baby is larger now, it may stay larger or even balance to what most consider normal. I think it will all workout for it to be the right weight and height when it’s born.
The family responses
1) JR seems to be starting to understand that a baby is in Mommy’s belly. I’ve been using the Daniel Tiger show about his new baby sister to talk about it with him a little. Each time we hear about a baby, I typically show excitement so he knows that it’s an exciting thing.
2) My husband is extremely supportive. He does a lot around the house especially on weekends to help out. He also gets food for me or does something for me when I tell him that I want to lay down or that I’m not feeling well.
Things I want to work on or keep in mind for this trimester:
1) I know this is the month where protein and iron becomes vital since my blood volume will be increasing and the baby will need the protein for growth. I still have some cravings that I feed into, but I’m also trying to get more leafy greens into my diet as well.
2) Now that I’m well into second the trimester, I know laying on my stomach will become more and more uncomfortable. That has already started happening. I also think I’m going to look into getting a body pillow since the growth of my uterus is starting to feel uncomfortable when lying on my side without a pillow.
That’s my update! For any of you who were interested in how I would know things are going, etc, this is how I know. I hope for people who are on this same type of journey that this was helpful. Have I shared the Indie Birth site with you? Maryn has been great with taking me along this journey in my self-care and understanding of free birth.
Do any of you remember how you were feeling or what was happening at this point in any of your pregnancies? I’d love to hear your thoughts!