Second Trimester – Part 3


So the “nesting” part of me actually started this summer in the 1st trimester…I just didn’t do a whole heck of a lot about it because I wasn’t feeling great. But the urge was there! Suddenly all the house projects had big, glowing, blinking, neon lights attached to them and I couldn’t go anywhere in the house without noticing it. Sure, some of it wasn’t necessarily a “must finish” project before the baby came but…some of them were.

I did spend a lot of time cleaning out the spare bedroom we use as a guest room (and the closet has been packed full of my off-season clothes, old mementos in boxes, etc) and made a decent dent in it but honestly didn’t finish it. The rest of it needed to be stored in the garage, which needs to be tackled next to make room for that stuff (including my old bed, an antique four-poster bed that is at least 120+ years old). I donated a ton of old clothes. I packed up clothes I knew wouldn’t be fitting me for a long time and stored those in vacuum-seal bags.

The nesting feeling is strong. I want to get everything ready. I want to clean and organize and purge everything. It’s been a slow process so far.

Week 23

So excited about the kicking! I love it! It’s like a special little secret between me and the baby. No one else can feel it or see it yet, but he kicks me to let me know he’s awake. 🙂 It’s such a cool feeling. Every night when I lay in bed and he starts kicking I talk to him and poke my belly a little bit and he kicks back and I can see it! Like I said in Week 22, it’s subtle and you can barely see the kick, but it’s there. I’m looking forward to when Michael can finally see it and feel it, too.

Went to acupuncture and baby was kicking up a storm. Either he loved it or hated it, not sure. Then later I did some reading and it occurred to me that he probably had the hiccups! That’s what it felt like. Rhythmic, patterned kicking that went on for about 30 minutes. I think he had the hiccups!


Symptoms this week: Charlie horses! Still! I talked to my doctor about it and she suggested I take a combo calcium/magnesium vitamin and that was one we happened to have on hand so I started taking one every night. It seems to be helping a bit! Back is starting to ache a bit.

Cravings: Thai food, still.

Things I Miss: I miss the hot tub, steam room and sauna. I’d use them after swimming and it was relaxing. Now that winter is officially here (brrrr) I really wish I could relax in them, but I can’t…

What I’m Looking Forward To: I’m looking forward to Michael being able to feel the kicks! Hopefully soon!


Week 24

In terms of maternity clothes, I don’t have a lot. I got some maternity jeans and shirts from a friend (awesome) and I’ve bought a few pairs of leggings and about 3 maternity shirts on my own. I’ve also bought a few shirts that weren’t maternity but are a little bigger and longer and are working well. Sadly, I think I need to invest in a few more items soon. I definitely need a swimsuit. I was hoping to get a few more weeks out of this one but it’s not going to happen.

Most of my normal shirts still “fit” but aren’t long enough. 🙁 So I need to get a few more shirts and sweaters for this winter that cover the bump. And the big expense is going to be a new jacket. Sadly, mine is ALMOST to the point where I can’t zip it up. It sucks that I’m going to have to buy a jacket that I’ll only use for 3 months or so, but whatever. It’s necessary. I figure I have a few more weeks with this jacket and then I need a new one.


Symptoms this week: Okay, not sure quite how to describe this but I feel like the baby has moved positions and is now kicking me in the colon. The kicks feel down low and in the back, not in the front. It’s a super odd feeling–a sudden thump, in a weird place!

Other symptoms have been sore, tired feet and legs, some back and hip discomfort and my nails are breaking for some reason. Throughout the pregnancy my nails were amazing and strong–I’m guessing in part due to prenatal vitamins. But all of a sudden they are thin and breaking. Not sure what’s up but I’ve cut them down to zero. No nice fingernails for awhile I guess.

Cravings: Spicy food. Mostly Thai. Been craving anything spicy! And the baby seems to like it. He kicks up a storm when I eat Thai food. 😀

Things I Miss: Soft cheeses! I’d really love some herbed goat cheese on crackers….

What I’m Looking Forward To: Scheduled our hospital tour in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to that. Also signed up for childbirth classes for January!


Week 25

I’ve been having some Braxton Hicks Contractions off and on for a few weeks. From what I’ve read it’s normal after 20 weeks and nothing to be concerned about. I talked to my doctor and she said it wasn’t a big deal unless it started to feel like real contractions. I was like, “how can you tell?” She said you’ll know the difference because real contractions are painful, consistent and timeable. The BH I’ve experienced are not painful, more weird and slightly uncomfortable, and feels like a tightening in my belly and like my belly gets hard. They last less than 30 seconds and don’t happen on a regular basis.

I watched the pre-term labor video at my last OB appointment a month ago. It was an awful video–from the 90’s, terrible acting, terrible clothes, super dated and cheesy and kept saying (several times!!) “your baby could DIE!” Thanks, I totally needed one more thing to worry about. The video was ridiculous. And one of the actors was saying that she wouldn’t mind a preemie baby because it would be smaller…? Who says that??! They need a new video to show people. I would have much rather been given a list of “pre-term labor signs” to watch for and called it good. But whatever.

So that’s when we discussed BH and telling the difference between them and possible pre-term labor. The doctor also said that dehydration can be a cause of BH, too, and I’ve noticed that when I feel them most it’s first thing in the morning when I’m still in bed. So I just need to drink some more water I guess (when I get up 10x a night to pee, I’ll drink some water I guess!).


Symptoms this week: The back pain and hip pain have officially started. I am doing what I can to take it easy, rest, use a heating pad on my back when it gets bad and I am trying to pay attention to my posture. It’s hard because my body seems to be naturally pitching forward instead of the usual straight posture.

Skin has been super dry and itchy lately. Partly pregnancy, partly weather I think. Acne is back with a vengeance. 🙁

Cravings: Raw veggies (specifically cauliflower) with blue cheese dressing.

Best Purchase this Week: Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter. I used to use it religiously (especially after swimming) but stopped buying it for awhile and now it’s back! And my skin feels much better for it!


Week 26

Apparently this week Baby is the size of a butternut squash. That seems huge!

Had my last OB appointment of the 2nd trimester! I now get to pee into a cup at every appointment. Yippee? They tested for proteins and sugars in my urine and both her negative. The baby is measuring right on track and everything is going well.

I’m not excited about the weight gain. I’ve gained 18 pounds total so far. Doctor wasn’t concerned and said everything is measuring properly. She’s not concerned about pre-eclampsia because I don’t have any symptoms of it and my blood pressure has been great throughout (it was 110/72 at that last appointment and the week before it was 113/62 at the dentist).

I did some reading and I guess it’s common to have a big jump in weight around week 25-27 (baby starts putting on fat around this time) that is abnormal compared to the previous months but still….it made me panic a little. Supposedly around this time most women have gained 20-23 pounds. I’m hoping that the rest of the gaining is slow and steady as opposed to this massive climb I had in one month!


Symptoms this week: I think I’ve been having acid reflux. I’ve been asking Michael if I have heart burn (because I’ve never had it before and he unfortunately suffers from it) and he keeps saying no. I don’t have the burning sensation that he describes, it’s more like burping and having a little bit of acid in my throat. But it doesn’t burn in my throat or chest. So no idea!

Fatigue in my legs, low back and hips. Tossing and turning in bed is really difficult. Having no ab muscles sucks! LOL It often feels like my hips are not attached to my body anymore…

Cravings: CAKE! I am usually not a cake fan. It’s my least favorite dessert option–give me ice cream, brownies or homemade cookies and I’m happy. Cake is usually the last thing I’ll want but dammit I want a piece of really good chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.


Week 27

Um…..yikes! The 2nd trimester is over?!?! How is that possible?

Baby boy is kicking like crazy! I’ve been calling him Thumper. Seriously. It feels like he’s doing somersaults in there and his kicks are getting fierce. It’s funny because whenever Michael tries to feel it, the baby suddenly gets quiet or shy or something…!

Had my Gestational Diabetes test done. Thankfully it came out okay.


Symptoms this week: Hip pain, SI pain, dry itchy skin, I feel bigger. I LOOK BIGGER! Holy cow baby.

Cravings: I’d been craving those apple fritter donut things for weeks and finally had one and it was disappointing. Other than that I’ve been craving carbs like mad. Especially like flaky butter rolls or garlic bread. Stuff like that. I have no idea why because I never used to eat bread-y type things like that.


Previous Posts:   

Secret Keeper

Behind the Scenes

First Trimester

Let’s Talk About Weight

Second Trimester – Part 1

Old Wives’ Tales

It’s A….

Second Trimester – Part 2

Body Changes During Pregnancy

Drink This and Try Not To Puke

Second Trimester – Part 2


I’ve increased my calories to around 1850 a day as a base. My appetite has definitely been increasing. To give you an example of a typical day of eating now:

Breakfast – 2 eggs (fried or scrambled), English muffin or toast with cream cheese or avocado on top, a glass of orange juice (because I’m obsessed). 

Snack – apple with string cheese.

Lunch – Soup and salad with crackers or a granola/protein bar or leftovers.

Snack – Cottage cheese and some sugar-free jello or plain Greek yogurt with fruit.

Dinner – Typical dinner of a protein and vegetable. I’ve added rice or a sweet potato or some kind of carb because I just need a little more!

Dessert – Lately a bowl of cereal! Cereal has never worked for me as a breakfast food (it’s not filling enough) but when I crave it I like having it as a treat instead. Also discovered gelato recently so sometimes I have that!

Adding an extra 300 calories to my day doesn’t really add up to much. I’m trying to make good choices about the food I eat. The orange juice is iffy–that’s around 100 calories right there–but it’s what I’m craving so I’m going with it.

So far this pregnancy I’ve gained 6 pounds. Two were the first trimester. I have to admit, I don’t get excited when I’m weighed at the doctor’s office. Even though I know it’s for a good “cause”, the weight gain certainly isn’t a happy feeling. When I start to get bummed out about it I remind myself that it’s for the baby and ignore the negative feelings. It’s working okay right now…we’ll see in a few months!!

Week 19

Michael sent me this hilarious article: Yelp Reviews of Newborn Babies. Read it. Laugh.

Feeling SO IMPATIENT! Been dying to find out what we are having and we find out this week!!

We found out we’re having a boy!!

Got the test results back for both the heart rate monitor and the ultrasound and both were normal!


Symptoms this week: Hungrier. Also finding myself getting winded while walking or going up stairs. Definitely feeling dizzier. Having charlie horses and it feels like my hips and joints aren’t quite connecting right!

Cravings: No real cravings. Still drinkin’ the OJ…not craving anything specific.



Week 20

Um…holy crap. I’m half-way through the pregnancy! I just realized that. Of course, that’s if the baby is on time, and when are they on time?? But assuming baby is punctual, I’m at the half-way point. Crazy. But I also learned that both Michael and his brother were a few weeks early so…??

Feeling the baby move!!! It kind of started around the end of week 18 but I wasn’t quite sure what I was feeling–it felt like I was being tickled from the inside. 🙂 And it only happened once or twice. Then towards the end of Week 19 I started to really feel something–flutters and tickles. I think getting the ultrasound and seeing WHERE the baby is in my body helped identify that what I was feeling was actually the baby. It’s a very odd sensation that is really hard to describe!

The standing desk at work is really hard. My whole body is fatigued and sore just in general and it’s hard to stand for long periods of time.

Symptoms this week: Getting “the waddle.” Which is weird because I’m not that big yet. But I guess my hips have widened and my gait has changed. Also getting HUNGRY. Some days are worse than others!

Cravings: Pears. Been eating them like crazy. Still drinking OJ. Super excited that it’s now peppermint ice cream season! It’s my favorite flavor. Also, eating smoked Gouda cheese like it’s its own food group.

Week 21

Apparently the baby is the size of a Baby Bok Choy this week. LOL! Now I want some Thai or Vietnamese food…

Had another OB appointment. Went over ultrasound results. Everything is normal. She did say that I have an anterior placenta. She assured me that it didn’t mean much and I don’t have anything to be concerned about. It just means that it might be harder to feel the early movement of the baby. Which explains why I don’t feel the flutters very often, I guess!

Half-way through the pregnancy and I’m at 10 pounds gained total. My heart rate was kind of low, 109/56! But no one seemed concerned. She had me do a blood draw to check my iron again because I’ve been feeling SO TIRED lately. It came back slightly anemic so I’ll start taking iron. I don’t know that this really explains my exhaustion but I’ll try it.

I also went to acupuncture this week. First time in a few years. I went weekly during my last bad-knee flare up and then stopped going. This time I’m going somewhere different and she’s working on the pregnancy sinus congestion and back pain. I’ll try going every other week or so for awhile and see if it helps. I just can’t commit to going every week with my busy schedule.


Symptoms this week: Really, really tired. Also having some nasal congestion (still) but it comes and goes and lately seems to be sticking around and also my right ear seems clogged, too. I felt like I was fighting off a cold for about two weeks and this week when I was SURE it was finally coming, I started using the nasal rinse every day and that seems to have helped stave it off (knock on wood).

Really emotional about stuff that I used to be able to turn off. Hormones. Also, having a charlie horse every day in your calf kind of sucks!

Cravings: Pad Thai. I need to get some soon. I’ve also been craving those donuts that have apples and cinnamon in them. What are they called?? Where do I find those??


Week 22

This week I am 99% sure I felt kicks! Like not flutters, but kicks. I couldn’t feel it on the outside, but felt it from the inside, if that makes sense. It was a way different feeling than the flutters and tickles I’d been feeling off and on. It was such a cool feeling! I hope it starts happening more frequently!


Update: Last night when I was laying in bed I felt the kicks more and more. I wanted to see if I could actually see the kicks so I laid there with my shirt up and poked my belly in a certain spot and talked to the baby. Then I’d wait a few seconds and he’d kick! It was a tiny movement and you could see it just slightly–but if you blinked you missed it. I think Michael was feeling left out because he couldn’t feel the kicks and every time he got impatient watching to SEE the kicks and turned away, then the baby would kick. So he kept missing it. 🙂

Symptoms this week: Feet hurt. Charlie horses in my calves off and on (like daily). OUCH!

Cravings: Not really having any lately!

Random Thoughts

Mentally I’m feeling pretty good. I’m happy and excited to be pregnant. I’ve had some mood swings in the recent weeks, just being a little more emotional than usual, but nothing too bad.

I’ve lost count of how many people have asked me if I’m “sure there’s only one baby in there”. Um, really?!?!?!

I have to take the Gestational Diabetes test in December. It’s something that’s been in the back of my mind from the beginning. I’m not looking forward to it and honestly dreading it. Diabetes is something that has always freaked me out–and was one of the catalysts for me losing 110 pounds. The idea of developing diabetes (and I was on the road to it) was too scary for me and I got my shit together and lost the weight, changed my life, avoided diabetes. I guess what bothers me the most about gestational diabetes is that it can happen to anyone, no matter how healthy you might be. It’s not really related to whether you eat right and exercise. Sometimes your body just stops working right.  So I’ve been counting my calories, trying to make good choices as I increase my calories, and I’ve continued to workout 5 days a week…hoping that keeps me fit and healthy for the baby. I’m crossing my fingers that I get lucky!

We’ve picked a nursery theme and colors. But probably won’t be doing much in regards to that until December. There are other things we need to do first to get the room ready to empty out.

Maternity pants are nice and comfy. But it annoys me to no end that most do not have any pockets. No matter how pregnant or big I get, I WANT SOME POCKETS. Why is this so hard to find?!?

I miss sushi a lot. 🙁 I’m sure it’s fine. I generally feel like the US is overly cautious-paranoid-fear-mongering-cover-your-asses-so-you-don’t-get-sued when it comes to anything regarding pregnancy but…..I know myself and even if it was safe I probably wouldn’t enjoy eating it and would feel guilty the whole time. So I’m waiting.

Previous Posts:   

Secret Keeper

Behind the Scenes

First Trimester

Let’s Talk About Weight

Second Trimester – Part 1

Old Wives’ Tales

It’s A….