Today I am sixteen weeks pregnant. I’m firmly in the second trimester, and I’m mostly over the joys of first trimester nausea (although not entirely), but I haven’t yet really started to show. Dan and I can both tell I have a little more belly than usual, and I can’t suck it in, but it’s nothing that would look “pregnant” to most people. I’m also too early to feel movement. It’s a very disconcerting time for me because my first pregnancy last year ended in a missed miscarriage, so even though I don’t have any outward signs that anything’s wrong, I know that doesn’t always mean everything’s fine.
How I’ve been:
Last week, I was feeling great, but I had a bit of a crash on Sunday afternoon, when I got a migraine. Monday, I was still feeling pretty rough and was having more nausea again, but by Tuesday, I was starting to feel better. As the week wraps up, I’m still feeling pretty good most mornings, with my energy flagging and nausea increasing as the day goes on. Luckily, I’ve managed to stay off my anti-nausea medication, which I was able to stop around week thirteen, but I’ve had indigestion after dinner a few nights. And I definitely notice my appetite is higher in the mornings than the evenings.
I did weigh myself at the gym this week and I’m holding steady at about 6-7 lbs. up from my pre-pregnancy weight. I imagine that will increase faster as things go on and I actually start to grow a belly. For now, I’m focusing on eating when I want and, while I try to make healthy choices in terms of nutrients, I don’t limit myself beyond stopping when I don’t feel like eating anymore. And I have a treat every day. Right now my favorite treat is Coconut Bliss ice cream, since I’m still avoiding certain forms of dairy after finding they increased my nausea in the first trimester.
Emotionally, this has been a bit of a tough week. I mentioned before that because I still don’t look pregnant, and with my first trimester symptoms fading, I don’t feel pregnant, I find I’m worrying more about how things are going. I’m looking forward to my appointment next week to check on everything and hope that between then and my next appointment after that, I start feeling movement so I have some sign that things are happening. I’ve been trying to cope by restarting my meditation practice. I actually meditated every day during the month before I conceived this time, using a guided meditation program, and I found it a really helpful way to stop obsessing about things. So I’ve been trying to remember to take a five-minute break to observe my breath each day.
Exercise: Average of 2.3 miles per day walking, plus 1 barre class and 1 yoga class
Current cravings: Avocado and egg sandwiches from the cafe near my gym, tonkotsu ramen, almond milk matcha lattes, Coconut Bliss ice cream
Fruit comparison: Avocado (how appropriate).