27 Weeks: Second Trimester Recap

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!

2012-05-29 12.38.57

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.

2012-05-23 14.26.06

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!!]

IMG_1534

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!!!

IMG_7172-2Blog IMG_1077

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!

Lips Nose

See the First Trimester Recap here.

PREVIOUS 27 WEEK POSTS

Snapshots

Knocked Up Fitness

To-Do List Update

The Final Third

Delicious Glucose

PREVIOUS WEEKS

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks

27 Weeks: Delicious Glucose

Not!

IMG_20120605_081155

The story of taking my glucose test, which luckily is not that dramatic!

As you might recall from this post, I wasn’t all that crazy about drinking the orange drink. I actually called the lab and my doctor to see if I could drink regular juice, eat candy or a measured amount of glucose from real food, but both said no Sad smile I considered skipping the test – not because I think drinking the orange drink is going to harm me or my baby – but because the whole shebang, including needles, is just unpleasant. I have no risk factors for GDM and no symptoms. However, ultimately baby’s health is most important and I feared that despite having low risk, I could have extreme blood glucose that was doing harm and would never know. So I consented.

My test was considered non-fasting, which confused me. I called my doctors office and asked them what exactly should I eat before. I knew I wanted to set myself up for the best case scenario. They said some people go on a regular day after lunch, but they would recommend going first thing in the morning and having some protein before – such as scrambled eggs.

“What about plain greek yogurt?” I asked.

“Ehhhh….” she responded. “Eggs would be better.”

So I knew if she wasn’t wild about a high protein yogurt (which does have some natural sugars) then I should take this seriously. [Not sure what a vegan would want to eat – perhaps a handful of nuts?]

I settled for a hard boiled egg:

IMG_1708

Upon arrival, I didn’t have to wait at all before I was handed an ice cold orangy drink and placed in a waiting room with 2 other expecting mamas. The other woman in the room chugged her drink in less than a minute, but I decided to take the whole 5 minutes to hopefully not make myself faint or anything [it happens!]

The first sip wasn’t bad. Just like a really, really sweet juice. But my gosh the last sip was horrible. I nearly gagged. Perhaps the chugging woman had the right idea…

[I took this lovely self portrait while I was drinking glucose in a lab waiting room – a bit embarrassing but for the love of the blog!]

IMG_20120605_080729

Right after I finished I felt kind of drunk…..first time feeling drunk in 7 months! But luckily I didn’t feel sick or nauseous or faint. And surprisingly, I don’t think the baby liked it that much. The nurses told me he would be kicking up a storm, but I think he decided he would rather take a nap. He prefers oatmeal for breakfast ; )

I was told to then go wait in the waiting room where someone would call me “to register.” I wasn’t sure what this meant, but after 10 minutes of playing on my phone, I was called back by a friendly nurse and signed a few delivery consent forms in preparation for birth.

She then told me I had about 25 minutes left and that I could go take a walk around the swan pond if I would like.

Because nothing about the test says you can’t walk, I decided this would be an excellent way to burn off some of my glucose! That is, after all, what I would probably do if I drank too much sugar in real life.

lake

Unfortunately I thought this would be the longest hour of my life and brought a really heavy bag with my laptop, book, peanut butter, water bottle, etc. I didn’t want to leave it, so I just walked with it, but it was heavy!

IMG_20120605_091510

I only walked for about 10 minutes – and the swans were very friendly!

IMG_20120605_083838

This hill was the kicker at the end that got me out of breath.

IMG_20120605_084442

Then it was time for the dreaded needle of torture. It hurt. A lot. Two vials of blood later…I was on my way home.

IMG_20120605_090548

When I arrived back home, I decided to eat that peanut butter after all – a heaping spoonful straight from the jar. Breakfast complete.

IMG_20120605_092406

I called my doctor later in the afternoon and found out….I PASSED!!!

My blood glucose was a 64. 129 is the high end of what they’d want to see, so mine was even on the low side. That’s some hard working insulin!

On the downside, she told me my iron was on the low end of normal: 11.9 for Hgb (normal: 11-15) and 34.1 for Hct (normal: 35+).

I noticed about a month ago that my prenatal vitamins (Whole Foods brand) said in a tiny fine print: Serving size: 3 pills. TINY print because I never noticed this before. I had only been taking ONE a day the whole time! Minor freak out until I remembered food is where most nutrients come from 🙂 Since then I’ve been taking 2 a day and hoping my diet fills in the other 30% of needs (as it should). But low iron is very common in late pregnancy, so I’m going to bump it up to 3 pills a day AND increase my red meat intake as best I can as well (I already feel like I eat a good amount of greens). The nurse said that would be her recommendations as well. I doubt I’ll have my numbers tested again, but I think those changes would be enough to pull me up to the middle of normal range. (Note: I will not be eating liver – eww!)

Over and out!

PREVIOUS 27 WEEK POSTS

Snapshots

Knocked Up Fitness

To-Do List Update

The Final Third

PREVIOUS WEEKS

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks

27 Weeks: The Final Third

IMG_1651

Third trimester is here! Just 13 weeks to go. Sounds like no time at all – until I remember that’s three months +! And that I have the entire summer in front of me : ) But I’m sure it’s going to fly by because it already is! I used to count every day of every week: “17+1, 17+2, 17+3” but now I am sometimes even forgetting what week I am in. A sign time is speeding up.

IMG_1635

By far the biggest “news” this week is something I debated writing about, but I feel other women should be prepared to expect this: my boobs are leaking big time!! Well it’s not all that much – I don’t need breast pads or anything – but it happens frequently! I noticed some colostrum weeks ago, but it has gradually increased frequency of release. The weirdest new thing is that I’ve started to be able to predict when it’s happening. My nipples get a tingle/sharp/tightening/almost-needle-like sensation (it’s not all that pleasant) and I’ve peeked down to notice that there are indeed some drops coming out when this happens. Is this let down? So far I’m just so fascinated with it that it’s not a bother – I hope it doesn’t start to really leak too much in the weeks to come! I’m not ready for breast pads yet. A lot of people have commented on the veins in my chest, so I guess it’s not much of a secret that they are going to produce milk someday : )

On the bump front, it’s growing! A new feeling is that I feel as if my lower ribs are sitting on top of a basketball in there.  Sometimes I feel like I have to re-adjust my ribs to take the pressure off. Bending over is getting increasingly hard to do too. I’m scared to bend over too much – what if I crush him!

I think I mentioned before that I have one of the deepest belly buttons in history. I’ve never seen the bottom. Well I THINK I can see the bottom now. I wonder if it will turn into an outie before I’m done growing!? That would be cool! Also that chicken pox scar that started way inside is now not even in my belly button. It’s on my stomach. So things are definitely pushing outward.

IMG_1638

The movements are now totally FUN and really exciting at times! They have moved beyond kicks all day long and into the “that was a limb” phase. The other night I was lying on my side and felt a knobby limb come poking out the top. I put my fingers on it and could kind of interact with him. Matt was able to feel it too (Father quote: “That is what I’ve been waiting months to feel!”) Really cool. Little guy is also pretty wild in there at times and sometimes my stomach looks like a ping pong ball going back and forth. A few of the movements have almost hurt they were so strong!

IMG_1642

On the symptom front, I think I have just now approached the bladder compression stage. I don’t really have to pee all the time, but on several of my walks I will go right before I leave and have to go again not 5 minutes after I’m out the door. I have to go the whole walk and when I get home – not much even comes out! I guess it’s just getting a bit squished in there.

Ever since our beach trip, my SI joint hasn’t hurt at all. For the short term I’m blaming Body Pump squats and am going to modify those for a while. I’m so thankful that pain is gone. My hip muscle tiredness isn’t too bad either (only some mornings when I first get up).

My biggest complaint right now is probably that sudden movements like sneezes or rolling over in bed can sometimes really hurt my abs/ligaments – almost like a spasm or cramp. This isn’t really new, but they’ve gotten stronger if I move too fast. Probably one of the reasons why pregnant women seem to take so long to change positions! If I move too fast I never know what my body might do….

IMG_1636

Loving having a bump !

PREVIOUS 27 WEEK POSTS

Snapshots

Knocked Up Fitness

To-Do List Update

PREVIOUS WEEKS

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks

27 Weeks: To-Do List Update

I’ve pretty much finished all I can for now…at least until we have our baby showers! (I’m so thankful that my friends here in Cville and my friend Kirsten in NC are hosting showers!)

The big thing I need to work on now is reading. Problem is I want to read FICTION instead!!

I added a “final weeks” list at the bottom – things just not to forget to do, although I doubt I’d forget them!

2012-05-18 20.20.32  Fan (2) IMG_0682IMG_0947

TO DO

Complete a baby registry and figure out what I am going to buy sooner rather than later

Purchase and assemble crib and mattress [gah organic mattresses are expensive!!!]

Finish making nursery décor decisions

Buy dresser, side table and some kind of rocker/chair/glider and assemble

Paint closet and figure out closet system of organization

Re-do ceiling fan (Woo hoo – finished in this post!)

Hang curtains (Finished in this post!)

Attend childbirth class (Completed!)

Attend breastfeeding class and baby care basics class (scheduled for July)

READ. (I have 6 books on my nightstand and have only made it halfway through one…)

Hire doula (I’ve met with her too – really excited to work together!)

Write a birth plan (Wish list thoughts written down in this post)

Research baby health insurance (Can’t do a thing about it till the baby is born, so on hold)

Research cord banking (Decided to let the cord completely stop pulsing instead of banking)

Research vaccinations (Have a book in possession…don’t want to read it)

Research local placenta encapsulation guru (Have someone on the books!)

Choose pediatrician (I have one picked. Are you supposed to meet with them before the baby is born?)

Buy things for postpartum – like nursing bras, nursing pads or nursing tank tops (pads on registry, bras waiting till 30+ weeks)

Install car seat (once purchased!) and have it inspected

Wash all new things (Diapers done! Bedding done. Going to just do clothes as they come in)

Prepare cloth diaper system (Done!)

Take a nap (Nap tally: II)

 

To Do In Final Weeks:

(since time is crunching down a bit, but also things I can do now that I might not have time for later…)

Nest the crib (put on sheets and things when I have them)

Put together stroller (when we have one)

Put together any gear that requires assembly (sleeper, swing, seats, pack n play etc) in preparation for baby arrival. At the very least, figure out how stuff works in advance.

Put all baby things like wipes, toiletries for baby and shampoos in a handy spot

Finish diaper changing station assembly

Pack a diaper bag ( <— not really necessary but I am too excited about this!)

Buy/figure out diaper container to put wet bag in

Freeze some meals

Create contact list for baby’s arrival

Write post about baby’s name choice!

Buy gift for doula

Go on a date

Pack hospital bag (moved this one here Smile )

What else am I forgetting!? Anything small you wish you’d done in advance?

PREVIOUS 27 WEEK POSTS

Snapshots

Knocked Up Fitness

PREVIOUS WEEKS

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks

27 Weeks: Knocked Up Fitness

While I was at the beach last week I brought along the Knocked Up Fitness Pilates Infused Fitness DVD. The DVD is led by mother-of-three Pilates instructor Erica Ziel. Erica sent me her DVDs to review here on BERF.

IMG_1260

As you know, I am not very experienced in Pilates. I’ve done a class here and there – maybe 5 in my lifetime. I blame my lack of participation on an itch to move around, but I do think it’s a very effective method of strengthening. Now that I’ve slowed down a bit with my fitness, Pilates is more appealing. Especially because the equipment required is minimal.

In my expedited vacation workout schedule, I opted to do 3 of the short workouts:

-Warm-up (12 mins)

-Prenatal Fitcamp (8 mins)

-Total Body Pilates (8 mins)

IMG_1261

I didn’t have my exercise ball with me at the beach or any weights, but I improvised with the ball and used water bottles for weights.

Workout

Overall, I really enjoyed the workout! I felt like I’d be stretched and strengthened during the ~30 minutes I did. In fact, I was only going to do 2 of the workouts and ended up adding one more because they went by so fast.

Loved

  • How short the workouts were. In contrast to Expecting More, which I liked because the workouts were so long, this is a great contrast for days when you don’t want to spend an hour weight lifting. Perfect especially for later trimesters when you don’t really know how your energy levels will be : )
  • The workouts move fast – so I never got bored or itchy
  • I liked Erica’s temperament and the studio was really pretty and natural – not 80s aerobics décor
  • You can really do one of these every day because they are short and effective OR you can do more at once and bank them together
  • I felt that new muscles of mine were used, a nice contrast to Body Pump power lifting
  • It was similar to my prenatal yoga class with pelvic tilts/cat cow

Didn’t Love

  • The exercise ball – because I didn’t have mine with me! But I just put a pillow down on the floor, so it wasn’t a huge deal
  • While I found the workout to be effective, I didn’t feel super challenged. But who really is after that late in pregnancy anyways?
  • I just don’t looove Pilates, but I can see how beneficial this type of workout is

Since this was just the Pilates “infused” session, I’m betting the other DVD – THE Pilates workout – is harder! I definitely think these workouts will be good for post-baby home exercise too.

Here is the Amazon page and costs – $19 each or $36 for both. I would recommend getting the fitness one if you don’t love Pilates and the other if you already practice.

Previous 27 week posts

Snapshots

PREVIOUS WEEKS

4 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

8 weeks

9 weeks

10 weeks

11 weeks

12 weeks

13 weeks

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

21 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

24 weeks

25 weeks

26 weeks