Second Trimester – Part 1


Phew! First trimester is done!

I have to say, I did not enjoy most of the 1st trimester. I think it’s important to be honest about that. Not many people talk about it and I was feeling like there was something wrong with me. Why wasn’t I this glowing, radiant, mother-earth-goddess that was loving being pregnant?? Am I the only one not feeling great??? I think there is this pressure for pregnant women to project that image. Don’t get me started on the added pressure of not gaining much weight, competing in crossfit events up to the day you give birth, and getting your “pre-baby body back” the second you give birth. Unrealistic expectations = mothers feeling inadequate when they are not inadequate at all.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be pregnant and looking forward to the baby, and I don’t want to come across as complaining–but those first few months were rough. Crazy hormones and mood swings, crying a lot (um hello kitten videos and videos of babies and puppies….so much cute!), feeling sick all the time. Being scared of miscarriage and birth defects…it was a lot of stress. I was wondering when the wonderful part of pregnancy started…

I will say that once the morning sickness stuff went away, I was starting to enjoy the process a lot more and the wonderful part finally kicked in! I wasn’t feeling sick, I wasn’t having food aversions, I was getting my appetite and my energy back and I was feeling happier about the whole thing. The second trimester so far has been much better and I’m actually looking forward to all the pregnancy STUFF. I’m happy being pregnant now that things have calmed down a bit in my body! They say the 2nd trimester is the honeymoon period and it sure is!


Week 14

I ran a 5k!  And it was great and I am proud of how I did and the fact that I didn’t walk much. The downside? I think my body has officially started to do that whole relaxin thing. 🙁 I was so incredibly sore. More sore than I’ve been in a really long time.

Thankfully the morning sickness subsided a few weeks ago. I’m getting my appetite back, wanting to eat healthier foods and craving vegetables again (thank goddess!).

Symptoms this week: headaches, acne (still), appetite increase.

Cravings: lemonade, Brussels sprouts, bacon.


Week 15

It’s weird, SOMETIMES I look like I’m showing. Sometimes I just look a little chubby. I think it depends on what I wear. I am sort of wearing maternity clothes here and there. I am down to only 1 pair of regular pants that fit and I’ve started rotating maternity jeans into my wardrobe (big thanks to a friend who gave me a giant sack of her maternity clothes!!!!).

We shared our news with the world this week. Overall it went really well and positive. I told both my bosses at work and they were super supportive and excited, too. It’s the first pregnancy in our office in years–like maybe 5 or 6? That same day my boss gave me our first gift:


Symptoms this week: Not a ton, I think I might be starting to have the “round ligament pain”?? But I’m not really sure. It’s low, not quite in my groin area, kind of around my pelvis and where the ovaries are on the sides–before the hip bones. If that makes any sense. Felt some aching, painful pulling and almost like bruising.

Cravings: Craved Chipotle for some reason. Got a carnitas salad for lunch one day at work and that satisfied that craving. Also craving ice cream sandwiches.


Week 16

Got our results for the 2nd trimester genetic screening. Our risk for spina bifida is 1 in 17,400. The doctor says these are reassuring numbers! Went to yoga this week and it was hard–my balance was suddenly crap! And doing certain moves was not working (like cobra).

Finally admitted to myself I needed a new bra and underwear. Went up one size in both. Boobs are definitely way bigger. It was such an ODD feeling, looking at bigger bras. I had some mild flash-backs to the days when I was much bigger and wore giant bras. Thankfully not to that stage yet, but I’m sure they will just get bigger as I go along…..!


Symptoms this week: Round ligament pain. Lots of pelvic discomfort, pulling/stretching/aching feelings.

Cravings: Croissant sandwich with cheese, ham and egg. I’d been craving this for a month! Sunday morning Michael surprised me by buying some croissants and making me this masterpiece:


One scrambled egg, cheese, bacon on a croissant. It was PERFECT. I want 10 more of these! Also craving milk and orange juice like crazy.

Week 17

This week the baby is the size of a pomegranate — which seems fitting for October!


My standing desk at work is getting uncomfortable. I’d gotten to the point where I was spending about 80% of my day all week standing. It was working well and my back seemed to be happier for it. Lately it’s been getting more and more uncomfortable. My legs and feet are very fatigued. I’m tired from standing. I am going to have to ease back into sitting more. I think I might go to the stand for an hour, sit for an hour, alternative like I did when I first got the standing desk. I imagine it’s just going to get harder and harder to stand all day. 🙁

My brother and his wife saw the Oregon Ducks onesie and had to remedy that. 🙂 Too funny. It’s pretty adorable though:


Symptoms this week: Headache, round ligament pain, nasal congestion!

Cravings: Still craving milk and orange juice. I have no idea why. I stopped drinking my calories years ago so it’s very odd. But I’m giving in and drinking it in small doses pretty much every day. Discovered gelato this week! I think I’m going to have to limit how often I buy it because it’s dangerous having it in the house…

Doctor Appointment: Had my monthly appointment. Basically just getting weighed, they checked my blood pressure (114/70) and answered some questions. I got a flu shot and will be looking into the hospital tour and childbirth classes. We listened to the heart beat–150!

Week 18

This week baby is the size of a croissant. Mmmmm croissants…..


Talked to my doctor about calories. She said it’s time to bump it up to 300 extra calories a day. Yikes. But ok. I’ve been starting to feel hungrier on some days (not every day) so I will be increasing my daily intake. I just need to make sure it’s not 300 calories in candy corns (damn my office!).

Have to admit, kinda like that I’m getting a little bigger and starting to show. It feels more “real”, unlike the first trimester which felt so…weird…and disconnecting. I am anxious to feel some movement to make it even more real!

In other AMAZING NEWS…my employer announced they are now offering paid maternity leave! This is HUGE. I was so stressed out about not having enough sick and vacation time saved up for maternity leave and was getting depressed about at least half (probably more) of it going unpaid. Half of my maternity leave with be paid leave right off the bat and then I will have to use my sick/vacation time. I shouldn’t have to go unpaid for any of it (or very little). So thankful and happy!!

Symptoms this week: Getting hungrier. Like wake up in the middle of the night with a growling stomach. Also, dizzy. Lightheaded, dizzy, heart racing a little bit. Supposedly that’s normal for this part of the pregnancy. It’s a little unnerving to be honest–feeling like you might faint!

Cravings: No real cravings right now other than the same old same old–orange juice! And sushi. Dammit. 🙁 🙁 🙁

Previous Posts:   

Secret Keeper

Behind the Scenes

First Trimester

Let’s Talk About Weight

I’ll post part two in a few weeks but next week….we find out what we are having!! 🙂 Any guesses?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

23 thoughts on “Second Trimester – Part 1”

  1. YES!!! I have 2 little ones and wasn’t a happy camper when I was preggo with them. So so so so sick. I actually had to get on medications for the first trimester for both kiddos.

  2. Like you I did not like the 1st tri. I puked all the time at work and that made it hard to keep it a secret. 2nd tri was so much better! You will love it!

  3. I just found out I’m pregnant! 6 weeks right now. Love this update–it gives me an idea of what to expect. 🙂
    I am so tired. All the time. I stopped going to the gym last week. Did you stop?

    1. Congrats Becka!!!!

      I am still working out. Some days when I’m not really “feeling it” I take it easy and do something like the elliptical and I definitely don’t do the same distance/intensity I used to do. I found that I felt better after working out, even if I didn’t want to. Even on days I felt too tired to work out, I always felt energized afterward. But everyone is different. Listen to your body and if you aren’t feeling it, take a day off! It’s important to rest.

        1. All the pregnancy books/websites I read said that tiredness goes away (at least until the 3rd trimester! lol). Hope you can get back to your class. I have yet to try pilates…it sounds like it would be a good fitness class for pregnancy.

  4. That’s funny, I feel like everyone talks about how much the first trimester sucks! For me it was just puking puking puking puking (I ended up taking Diclegis when I was throwing up around 20 times a day and that helped a lot) and anxiously counting the days and weeks since every week meant that statistically, the risk of miscarriage would get lower.

    You look super cute with that bump!!
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    1. Oh no!!! I cannot imagine puking 20 times a day. You poor thing. 🙁 I hope it got better in the 2nd trimester. I was lucky I never puked. Just felt like I was going to 24/7. 🙁 And ginger candies, ginger ale, crackers…nothing really helped.

      Yeah…I got mixed feedback. So many people told me how much they loved being pregnant but then I’d ask a few questions and they’d say …”oh yeah, actually I did not enjoy the first trimester.” It was nice to hear from other people they felt the same way because I thought it was just ME.

      Oh and thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  5. I did not enjoy being pregnant. Everyone always looked at me with shock when I said it. I just wanted to have the kid and be done with it as soon as possible. It’s not for everyone. And that’s okay too.

    I craved milk my entire pregnancy. I drank at least a gallon a week. I’m not even kidding. And it had to be organic 1%. Anything other than that tasted terrible.

    I’m thinking you should probably name your baby after the friend who gave you all the maternity clothes… 😉

    1. Hahaha I will take that into consideration if we have a girl…. 😉 I mean, why not add it to the list? We can’t agree on a girl name to save our life.

      To be honest, I’ve wanted kids my whole life, always knew I’d be a mom someday and REALLY wanted to have a baby. But I never really put much thought into the “pregnancy” part…just the “after” part…so it was kind of an adjustment when I got pregnant and suddenly my body was not my own, it was doing ALL KINDS of crazy, weird, uncomfortable things. Every day was a little different and uncomfortable. I’m just glad that part has stopped.

      I remember you mentioning the milk. I’m also back to drinking milk (about a half gallon a week) but the OJ is crazy. Like super craving for it. I don’t get it.

  6. I am glad you are sharing when it isn’t comfortable for you. I see too much on FB and instrgram and such of perfect pregnancies, perfect children, perfect homes and lives and it just isn’t true 100% of the time. Waaay too much pressure on people (young women especially) to be perfect.

    Great news on the maternity leave, too!
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  7. That’s awesome about paid maternity leave! I didn’t have that, and could only afford to take six weeks off unpaid. I was an accounts payable manager at the time for a property management company. I came back to work and saw someone at my desk so waited for the owner to come in to tell me what to do.

    He came in and said that by law, he just had to give me “a” job, not the job I had, and wanted to know if I would empty all the washers and dryers of quarters and deposit them in the bank. WTF. I was a single Mom from the get go, and he said “I thought you were going to be a stay at home Mom anyway.” I looked at him and said “do you see a fucking ring on this finger?!” and quit.

    It all worked out in the end, but happy that you don’t have to deal with that financial stress. 😀
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    1. Oh wow I’m shocked!! I mean, I guess I’m not because maternity leave and FMLA issues have never been an easy road for women but I’m shocked at how horrible your boss was. 🙁

  8. You can ask 100 different women and you’ll get 100 different pregnancy and birth stories! I loved being pregnant and luckily I wasn’t sick although I did have gestational diabetes. Although my water broke 7 weeks early and I was in the hospital on bed rest for a week and then my son was born at 34 weeks and was in the NICU for a week. So everyone has a different story!!

    Glad you are feeling better — you look great!

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