27 Weeks: Second Trimester Recap

June 8, 2012

Second Trimester

Most Exciting Moment…

Popping! That’s not exactly one moment, but the second half of this trimester has been getting more and more fun!! I love my bump, I love feeling the baby, I am FINALLY starting to like being pregnant. I guess if I had to sum it up in a moment it would be one of the few moments when he first went crazy in there with his wiggles. Ping-pong ball from side to side that was visible from the outside. When this happens I can hardly believe it!

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Most Challenging Moment…

Definitely hearing the doctor say he was a bit concerned about my possible cervical shortening. My second scare, but one that I had to think about for a few weeks before an ultrasound to see if things were OK. Thankfully, everything was fine (and we got to see him again! And he was head down!) But it had me on edge for a few days.

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One Thing I’m Proud Of…

Healthy eating. In extreme contrast to the first trimester, eating well was very easy these past few months. I really haven’t had that “I’m going to eat whatever I want because I’m pregnant” attitude and I think that has helped keep my weight gain right on track. I’m just eating as normal as possible and making those few changes I mentioned in this post.

[Salads are back!!]

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One Thing I Wish Were Different…

I’m really slowing down in my workouts. I don’t really wish this were different, per se, but it’s a bit sad! I really enjoy working out so the fact that my Body Pump weights keep getting lighter and lighter is a bit frustrating. Not because I’m afraid of losing muscle or anything, but just because my routine is changing and figuring out ways to modify and alter my workouts has been hard. I’m not ready to give them up quite yet, but I have a feeling I won’t be going to Pump at 40 weeks with contractions. Although I could still surprise myself! I feel like my body is having a hard enough time just living now that I’m carrying a 2+ pound baby around so I don’t want to challenge it so much anymore.

Favorite Food…

Fruit. All kinds. Berries, cherries, peaches, watermelon. It tastes soooo good!!!

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Least Favorite Food…

Garlic. I’ve never been a huge lover of garlic (or obviously onions…) but garlic is particularly strong for me right now and I won’t go anywhere near a food if I know it has raw garlic inside. The last time that happened I tasted it all the next morning. Almost worse than a hangover…

My Physical State Included…

Lots of SI joint pain, hip muscle pain, loosey goosey joints, good energy, good sleep, increased stomach fullness, turned off by too much savory food at once, a few weird moments when lying on my back, dry skin, leaking boobs! And lots of exciting baby movements!

Symptoms I [Thankfully] Didn’t Have…

Still don’t have to pee that often. Still sleeping well. Luckily no leg cramps. No heartburn. No stretch marks. I don’t think I’ve had any Braxton Hicks contractions yet.

One Thing That Surprised Me…

How much my boobs are leaking!! Geez. And that I can tell when they are. No need to wear a breast pad or anything, but still…I’m very surprised!

Looking Forward To…

Finally knowing what labor is like, seeing limbs move across my stomach, HOLDING HIM! SEEING HIM!

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See the First Trimester Recap here.

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The Final Third

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley June 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

I hear you on the healthy eating – and good for you! Drives me crazy when people say I should have whatever I want, that this is the time to go crazy and have a milkshake each day. Just being pregnant for 9 (10) months doesn’t mean I have to set myself up for heart disease later in life! Sheesh. Plus, fruits and veggies ARE tasty :)

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2 Diane June 8, 2012 at 8:54 am

Sounds like your pregnancy has been awesome so far, aside from the normal aches and pains. I wish my stomach had allowed me to eat healthier while I was pregnant. Most veggies and certain foods just were so repulsive to me during pregnancy.

The holding him, seeing him part is more amazing than I could have imagined. You picture what the little baby will look like for months and months, and then you finally see them. I remember thinking to myself both times that they were more perfect and beautiful than I could even imagine.

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3 Helen June 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

I think we have similar frustrations with the workouts. I have been doing pretty rigorous dance fit classes 4-5 times each week that absolutely kick my butt throughout my whole pregnancy. But now, at almost 30 weeks, I’m so frustrated by the end of each class with the sciatic pain and how much I have to modify everything, that my doctor told me to switch things up to water-based workouts. I was crushed leaving my appointment yesterday but I started water running last night and absolutely loved it. It might be something to try?? Otherwise, sounds like pregnancy has been great for you. Always love the updates!

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4 KERF June 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

I definitely need to get in the pool…

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5 MindyG June 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

I was wondering if you’ve looked into getting pre-natal/pregnancy massage for your SI pain? I have heard (since I’ve not yet been blessed with being pregnant) that it can really really help. If you have been getting massage, do you find it actually helps?
That montage of pictures is amazing… From picture to picture there’s minimal change but from the first to the last, it’s amazing!!!

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6 KERF June 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

Yes, I have been getting regular massages and they do help – but only so much

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7 Heather June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

I’ve really enjoyed following your new blog and I rarely post, but I wanted to send you some words of encouragement – I too am a big Ina May fan. And I had a very similar birth wish list to yours! I delivered my baby girl 7 weeks ago – un-medicated, hospital birth, with a doula. One thing that helped me prepare, was reading all the birth stories in the Ina May books. Labor can be so different for everyone and for each child. If you haven’t checked out her book “Spiritual Midwifery”, I would highly recommend it. While the obvious goal is a healthy baby, I found the birth stories in her books to be very empowering.

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8 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family June 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

Love the little nose in the ultrasound picture! baby noses are the cutest little things!

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9 Emily@the doodlebug June 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

We must be alike, because I have craved watermelon like crazy and peaches, strawberries and cherries.. but mostly watermelon!

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10 Bonnie June 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hi Kath! I’ve been a reader of yours for so long and was so excited to hear about your pregnancy and even more excited when you started up Baby Kerf! My husband and I are planning on trying this fall for our first and it is so informative and empowering to read your posts – reminding women that you don’t have to “lose your body” and to eat with nutrition for you and your baby in mind! I also absolutely adore your style and tastes (home decor, nursery decor, clothes, and, of course, food)!

I discovered this amazing cause just last week and immediately thought of you. It’s called Bloggers for Birth Kits and is organized by a blogger in Australia. In rural New Guinea one in seven women die from childbirth. This blogger and her husband work with a medical team (ywamships) and distribute supplies and education to fix this. Here is a quick excerpt from the organization: “Bloggers for Birth Kits is a simple initiative to rally bloggers (and friends of bloggers) to reach out and help mamas in Papua New Guinea. These women may seem very different to you… but they are mothers with the same heart – mothers who desire to deliver healthy, thriving babies just as we do.”

People have the option to make their own birth kits with just a few inexpensive and easy-to-find supplies, donate for a birth kit to be made on their behalf, or simply raise awareness by posting it on their own blogs!

I am in no way affiliated with this cause but like I said, I immediately thought of you and your readers when I discovered it! Here is the website if you’d like to help, even if just by mentioning it in a post. http://themommyhoodmemos.com/bloggers-for-birth-kits/

Enjoy Seattle – I’ve spent so much time there and it’s one of my favorite cities! And best wishes for you, Matt, and Baby! I can’t wait to continue to follow along – your posts get me so excited for my own upcoming pregnancy! Thanks for being so inspiring to so many of us!

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11 KERF June 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thanks for sharing – what a cool initiative!

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12 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

What a great documentation of your pregnancy journey. Still sleeping well, no Braxton-Hicks no heartburn, eating well and that it’s coming easily….awesome!

I love all the weekly pics all lined up in a row to see the changes!

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13 Kelsey June 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Love it!

You’re so adorable preggo!!

Are you going to post your feelings on vaccinations? I’d lovvvvvvve to hear what you think!

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14 KERF June 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m not going to post about them, but we are going to follow a pretty normal schedule. Nothing drastic and we are definitely going to vaccinate. We can g-chat if you want after I’ve finishing reading up on them!

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15 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I love the photo timeline at the top, it’s crazy to see how much your bump grew in the second tri! I can’t even imagine how different the third tri timeline will look!!!

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16 JessicaE June 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

You will KNOW when you are having a BH! The first time I had one was about 28 weeks and it felt like my stomach had turned into a solid rock and felt huge… almost like it was a separate entity to my body. It just gets incredibly hard and tight, its crazy :)

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17 jen June 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I really enjoyed this recap. I haven’t commented on this blog before, but I have to say at this stage in my life I love and read this blog so much more than your other one, because I have baby fever and it’s so fun to read about someone else’s! I’m like that you post so often and give so many details (even the ones you think might be a little TMI)!

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18 Angel7 June 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I have had frequent urination! I finally know why I have the frequent urination, though. It is due to hypoglycemia/low sugar. And the worst part about it was that I would wake up from a nap or in the morning with a really dry mouth and parched. Thankfully, I now know what was wrong so that I can address it!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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19 Bec June 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

It looks like you have really just popped in the last few weeks. You look great!

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20 Karen June 9, 2012 at 7:11 am

Good choice of format for documenting your highlights/lowlights…looking adorable, Kath!

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21 Trisha June 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

A great exercise that you can do all the way up to end is swimming. I swam with my third child all the way up to the day I went into labor. It really helped with my joint pain, varicose veins and swelling. Not to mention it will help keep you cool.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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22 Katie June 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Kath,
Thank you so much for sharing information about your pregnancy. You speak so optimistically and openly about how you are feeling. I am no where near being ready for a baby yet, but I find your journey so interesting and thoughtful.
Best of luck to you the rest of the way through your beautiful journey!

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23 anne June 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

is it just me or does having a shirt over the bump make it look a lot more preggers? Your belly still looks pretty small, even those pics of you at 26/26 wks sometimes look like my stomach after a big meal! Excited to see how much more he’s going to push it out!

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