How Far Along: 27 weeks.
Size of Baby: Tarte Tatin or a Head of Lettuce but the Tarte sounds cuter.
Cravings: Salads with vinaigrette or Panera’s Greek dressing. Homemade blueberry muffins with a slab of “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter.”
How long is the second trimester? Week 13 through 27.
How’s your skin? Week 15: As soon as I hit trimester 2, my skin freaked out. I started getting cystic acne like I’ve never had before. My face would hurt all day long until my doctor told me to try over the counter cortisone cream. It helped the swelling and the pain. I wasn’t expecting it to be so hard to deal with but I removed sugar, chips, cheese, and yogurt from my diet.
Week 28 Update: I “reset” my skin by taking out sugar, chips, and dairy and introduced a new skincare routine. More on that HERE.
How much weight have you gained? 10lbs
How are your moods? Uhh.. I am so dang ornery because my brain is so dang foggy.
Pregnancy brain? My brain is actually cloudy and lack of sleep exacerbates it. I can’t recall people’s names, I’ve put the egg salad in the pantry instead of the fridge, I don’t remember hardly anything unless I write it down… NO ONE WARNS YOU OF THESE THINGS. When I’m running on little sleep, I will close my eyes standing up in the grocery line and I quite frequently zone out of conversations. This is terrible for me because I usually am on top of everything and way too high energy.
How do you feel? Normal again? I am loving the energy and motivation to prepare the house for baby but the sleep has been tough.
Sleep? I sometimes wake up on my side in so much pain from all the weight on my stomach that I have to get up, walk around, and go back to sleep while sitting up. I haven’t found a pregnancy pillow that helps as much as just regular flat pillows. I keep on on each side of me and rest my belly on it.
Week 28 Update: This pillow seems to provide some relief.
Sciatica? I haven’t mentioned this on my Instagram yet but since side sleeping, I’ve developed mild sciatica. It’s incredibly painful when I wake up and get moving but the pain tends to lesson as the day progresses and returns at night.
Have you felt the baby move? Yes and so has Greg. It initially felt like little bubbles were popping in my lower belly and now it’s full on summer-salts. I don’t mind the kicking at night because it completely comforts me and I can usually fall asleep.
How’s Greg? I should’ve consulted him for this question but I just want to brag on him for a second. He has been my rock. If I get up during the night, he wakes right up to make sure I’m okay, he constantly rubs my hips to relieve some of the pain, he keeps me laughing when I’m anxious or overly serious (he ignores my moodiness and doesn’t speak of it and tries to relieve it with humor), he trusts my judgment and baby “studies” and always listens to the most random things I learn (I’m constantly reading about health, babies, sleep, child rearing), and he always picks up from where I left off and lends his help. It’s hard to find words to express how much I appreciate him.
Are you working out? I stopped ab workouts as soon as my OB noticed I tightened my abs to get up from the exam table. She asked me to only work on obliques and lower abs because I have a great chance of diastasis recti – separation of the abdominal muscles. I’m praying that I won’t need PT but this is another thing that NO ONE TELLS YOU BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT. I worked so hard to get in shape and get my abs back before the wedding/honeymoon and BAM pregnant… now those abs I worked so hard for might just split. I know it sounds so silly but that one was a tough one for me. I’ve resorted to just side planks, arm workouts, and leg workouts + the occasional jog. This article helped me understand what core workouts I could do.
What do you want to eat that you can’t? CHICKEN SALAD on a croissant. Sushi… TUNA ROLL with avocado.
What books are you reading?
- Expecting Better. This book was not recommended to me but thankfully, I found it on my own. The author busts conventional pregnancy myths – beginning with caffeine and fish. “Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you’ll never get at the doctor’s office or in the existing literature. Oster’s revelatory work identifies everything from the real effects of caffeine and tobacco to the surprising dangers of gardening.”
- We’re Pregnant! The First Time Dad’s Handbook. This book has helped Greg understand what I’m going through, what appointments I have coming up, how to speak to me when I’ve gone crazy, etc. ; ) “We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook gives the first-time father the tools he needs to prepare for a newborn’s arrival. Featuring must-ask questions, milestone trackers, and more, this approachable, action-oriented handbook also takes you beyond the due date, offering fundamental information on how to plan and perfect your own daddy daycare.”
- The Happiest Baby on the Block. A mother of 4 recommended that I read as much as I can before the baby is born because once Baby arrives, I will need to sleep when Baby sleeps and won’t have time to sit down and read a book. Instead of several maternity books, I’ve read parenting books and sleep method books. I’ll share more in another update. “Thousands of parents, from regular moms and dads to Hollywood superstars, have come to baby expert Dr. Harvey Karp to learn his remarkable techniques for soothing babies and increasing sleep. Now his landmark book—fully revised and updated with the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk—can teach you too!”
- The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight. I am loving this book because the author, Kim West, is not a “one size fits all” therapist. “In this expanded edition, first published in 2004, child and family therapist West (aka The Sleep Lady) further explores the ways parents can teach their infants and toddlers the indispensable skill of falling and staying asleep. West has added the latest pediatric research on sleep safety, pacifier use, and breastfeeding, as well as expanded sections on toddler naps, interpreting newborn cries, and phasing out nighttime feedings. She has also included sections on bedtime baby yoga poses, a chapter on room sharing and bed sharing (encouraging parents to carefully assess their attitudes before making a decision on whether to co-sleep) and postpartum depression. West eschews the cry it out approach, which may leave parents feeling guilty and exhausted. Instead, her Sleep Lady Shuffle is a gentle behavior modification technique that helps babies gradually master solo sleeping and self-soothing. The author covers such general sleep tips as creating a sleep-friendly environment and using loveys, and then offers individual chapters addressing various age groups from newborn to five; readers can readily find information pertinent to their particular child and situation. In this detailed guide, West advises parents to practice patience and consistency, and maintain a united front as they lull their baby into slumber land. (Jan.)”
Sending much love to your and your family as you take on a new decade together. Praying blessings over you.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”