Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Quick Change – Second Trimester Recap

Okay, so I’m a little bit behind on my second trimester update given that I’m just over a month away from the end of the third… Oops.

What can I say, napping took priority.

My energy levels were really hit or miss during this trimester. I had read that after being exhausted during the first trimester you get a burst of energy back in the second. I’m not entirely certain that panned out for me, unless by burst of energy they mean feeling kinda normal-ish with occasional naps during the week. I couldn’t maintain sustained moderate intensity activity for hours on end like I could before I was pregnant. By moderate intensity, I mean things like house cleaning and comparison shopping. Not exactly running marathons here.

The nausea from the first trimester largely disappeared by week 15 or so, but I threw up anyway 🙁 I was out of town for some training with work the first time it happened. I was staying at a hotel, and I tried taking my prenatal vitamin and DHA supplement with just some water before heading down to the hotel breakfast buffet. No bueno. They came back up as quickly as they went down, which kind of caught me off guard. Thank god I didn’t do that in the dining room!

The second time it happened I was actually coming down with the flu and didn’t realize it. Between a sore throat and what felt like vertigo, I actually thought I might have the beginning of a sinus infection. I grabbed the wrong bra, which was a little too tight, and the additional pressure on my torso set it off. That was the beginning of the worst flu I’ve had in years, but oddly enough I only threw up that one time right at the start.

So there you have it. You can be nauseous all through the first trimester, manage to keep everything down, and then get caught off guard in the second when you least expect it. *shakes head*

Speaking of bras, do they ever stop growing???

My emotions have been quite stable throughout this whole process, with the exception of dealing with this subject. My breasts, and the bras that go with them, have literally brought me to tears. I hit a 30J in the second trimester (UK 30GG). In terms of my self image, I felt less like a glowing fertile goddess and more like a frat boy’s caricature of a pregnant woman. They don’t even feel proportional to the rest of me. In more practical terms, I’m not comfortable. Not even close. My husband has been horrified by the red marks my bras left from cutting into the side of my torso. The skin under my underwire felt tender and borderline bruised over the ribs. Whenever I wore maternity pants and leggings with sufficiently high waistbands, I would try to tuck some material under the band of my bra to add a little more padding between me and those torture devices. I was, and still am, a little terrified to see what happens when my milk comes in.

On the plus side, my belly started growing just as fast! The bump started making its appearance in mid-December, and really started to take off in January. We went skiing when I was about 20 weeks pregnant, and I could barely do up my coat. Doing up my snow pants wasn’t going to happen, so I just had to make sure I didn’t fall 😉

It took me a little off guard how quickly it grew (and clothes stopped fitting). I had been warned, and I tried to prepare, but somehow the rate of expansion still astonished me. I ended up taking most of my wardrobe out of the closet and packing it away, because I had no interest in frustrating myself every morning with clothes that didn’t fit.

As the belly grew, so did the munchkin (obviously). I had been able to feel the occasional little flutter since mid-December, and by January they were up to full on taps and kicks. My husband could feel the occasional little tap on the outside by around week 20 or 21. He’s been very supportive and involved the whole way through, but I think feeling that first little tap really made it real for him.

In terms of other changes, random freckles is one I wasn’t expecting. I’d heard about the linea nigra, melasma and darkening areolae, but freckles?


I had maybe three of them prior to being pregnant, so it wasn’t something I saw coming. They’re itty bitty little things, and there’s only a handful of them, but they amuse me none the less.

Less amusing is how dry my skin has been. It’s not a problem everywhere, it’s literally just my hands and my lips.

Go figure.

I usually have some issues with dry lips during the winter, especially considering how cold it can get around here. This year really wasn’t that cold though! My lips were behaving like it was -40 when it was only -10 or so, and haven’t been overly responsive to lip balm. I’ve been slathering Vaseline on them before bed to try and help them recover, but they’re in pretty rough shape. My hands have been quite dry and flaky as well, which is also quite strange. I never really used to use hand cream when I was younger, but I found myself using it daily in the second trimester.

On a different front, caffeine was okay again. Kinda. I wasn’t pounding back a couple cups a day the way I used to pre-pregnancy, but my body has backed off the brakes a little bit on it. Whereas I couldn’t drink more than a mouthful or two during the first trimester, I could drink a cup in the second trimester as long as it had lots of milk in it.

Well, I’m sure you’ve heard me prattle on long enough now, so I’m going to go try to tend to the beef and broccoli I have on the go. The recipe said it would be done in two hours. That was three hours ago, so I’m calling BS on the recipe.

If you’re interested, you can find my first trimester recap here.

For all of the moms out there, what was your second trimester like?

7 Responses to “Quick Change – Second Trimester Recap”

  1. 1. I have a freckle from my son on my right hand too 🙂

    2. Wait until a knee or an elbow comes out. IT IS SO CUTE. I did not find it freaky or weird at all, I didn’t feel like there was an alien inside (the way my French relatives-in-law described it)…

    I felt indescribably happy. I loved seeing Baby Bun’s knee or elbow come out from my belly.

    3. I was only exhausted the first trimester but fine for the rest. Uncomfortable in the last month. You will feel worse near the end I am sorry to say.. you will get too big to sleep comfortably and beg for them to come out. 😛

    • The Minuteglass says:

      1) That’s too funny! I’m guessing I should expect the freckles to stick around then?

      2) I know what you mean! I get the knees a lot, but for a while there I had little feet rubbing themselves back and forth along my ribcage. It wasn’t painful, the baby was just exploring.

      3) The discomfort is definitely here. I can sleep alright at night, but by the end of the day my joints have just had it!

  2. SarahN says:

    The freckles are just the strangest thing I learnt from this post.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your boob hell. I have little boobs, well I do, but my recent US trip bumped up their names size to much more than the handful they usually are. So I sorta want pregnancy to help inflate them, cause they are tiny. I can see why you’d want otherwise though!

    I watched Grey’s Anatomy last weekend, and April thought something was wrong with the baby, but it was just her first ‘flutters’ of the baby. So cute, the change for worry to delight!

    • The Minuteglass says:

      Strange but true! I have another one on the back of my other hand and a cluster on my inner elbow.

      The flutters are strange at first, but they’re kinda cool at the same time. I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face the first time he felt it.

    • Well I can tell you that your breasts go up but then they deflate back down after breastfeeding / milk coming in. I went DOWN a cup size after Baby Bun. All the fat was sucked out of me.

  3. Revanche says:

    Ohh I’m so sorry about the breast and bra situation. Even I was uncomfortable and I’m nothing like well endowed 🙁 I spent Months 5-10 in soft bras, but I don’t think that’s an option available to you is it?

    I think all the weight and belly growth hit me going into Month 6 as well, it’s quite startling when you expect to grow gradually throughout the whole pregnancy. The worst part was having the growth hit while we were traveling, of all times, and having to buy almost-fitting clothes to make the best of what we had available to us.

    Also, the 2nd trimester energy? Never happened! I was feeling quite cheated.

    • The Minuteglass says:

      Thanks Revanche. The pain has subsided a little bit in the 3rd trimester, but it’s still not great. I’ve been told I should be able to get wireless nursing bra in my size, but we’ll see what I can actually find.

      Oh man, I couldn’t imagine having a big growth spurt hit while travelling. The only time I spent travelling was in the first trimester, so I was dealing with bloating more so than actual growth.

      I’m beginning to think the 2nd trimester energy spurt is a lie!

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