Sunday, 3 March 2019

First & Second Trimester Update

I've officially entered into my third trimester! I thought it would be nice to share a first and second trimester update, as I know that I love reading other people's updates. I've been keeping a pregnancy journal for my own memories, I know that it'll be nice to have that keepsake to share with my child when they're older.

25 Weeks Pregnant
25 Weeks Pregnant

I'm now 28 weeks, 1 day, which means that my third trimester started yesterday! While the first trimester dragged by, my second trimester seemed to just fly by. For my first 16 weeks, I was exhausted almost all of the time. After work, I would collapse on the couch for the rest of the evening. I had no appetite, and also no energy to cook or eat. Luckily, I only experienced light nausea occasionally, but never actually vomited - a huge relief! So, all things considered my first trimester definitely could have been a lot worse.

At 16 weeks, I got my appetite back and I was starting to feel more like my old self. At 18 weeks 1 day, I felt the baby kick for the first time. It was a Sunday morning, and the kick actually woke me up! Since then, I've been feeling kicks and punches all the time, and they still sometimes wake me up during the night. At 20 weeks, Dylan was able to feel baby kick, although normally when anyone else puts their hands on my bump baby gets shy! At 23 weeks I was able to actually see baby kicking, which was such an emotional moment for me - it made this pregnancy seem so real.

I've been having rib pain for a while now, mostly on my upper right side. There's not much that seems to help with this pain, but most of the time the aches are minor and manageable. In the past few weeks I've been starting to get back pain, and warm baths have been helping. You're not supposed to take hot baths when you're pregnant, and that's definitely a an indulgence that I've been missing, especially in the colder Winter months!

Ultrasounds

I had a dating ultrasound at 10 weeks, and I cried during the entire appointment! Seeing baby for the first time was so magical, and it put a lot of my worries to rest. My mother in law was also convinced that we were having twins, so it was a bit of a relief to see just one baby in there (twins seem so overwhelming!).

I went for my anatomy scan at 18 weeks 6 days, and baby was starting to look much more baby like. The technician looked at every last part of the baby, and we got a report of good health! The only concerning thing was that my placenta is lying low - not complete placenta previa, but still something that my midwife wants to keep an eye on. I have to go for a follow up ultrasound in the next few weeks to see if my placenta has moved up at all, my midwife is very optimistic that it has which helps to put my mind at ease.

Normally at this ultrasound you can find our the baby's sex, but we decided that we were going to wait until birth. It's one of the greatest surprises in life, and I always knew that I wanted to try to wait. But it's been hard!! Shopping for gender neutral baby clothing can be a challenge, I've been sticking mostly to whites, greys, yellows, and greens. Right now I've just picked up newborn and 0-3 month clothing, and then once the baby is born I can get a bit more creative with the colours/prints.

Anatomy Scan Ultrasound


Weight Gain/Body Image

I always imagined that I would have a huge baby bump, and that just isn't the case. I've been told countless times but people I know and complete strangers that my bump seems small for how far along I am. I know a lot of people would prefer to to be told that they're looking small, but these comments are really starting to get to me! PSA: don't comment on a pregnant woman's body!
At 28 weeks, I've gained 7 pounds, most of which has happened in the past month.
Even though I'm not growing at a rapid pace, I am still trying to keep my skin hydrated to hopefully avoid stretch marks. My top two favourite products are Saje's Vitamin Ease and Live Clean's Sheer Light Dry Body Oil. I tend to focus the Saje cream just on my bump and hips, and I'll apply the oil all over my body every night. I don't have any stretch marks yet, but I'll have to follow up after I give birth.

Saje Vitamin Ease

Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil

Nursery

We've been slowly working on the nursery for weeks, and it's starting to come together! My favourite part of the nursery is my rocking chair. I spent a lot of time researching different rockers and gliders, and finally settled on the Viv + Rae West Line Rocker, which I ordered from Wayfair. It's super comfortable, the back is high enough that you can rest your head, and it rocks smoothly. I just need to find an ottoman to go with the rocker, which is proving to be a challenge!

Viv + Rae West Line Rocker

Cravings

I thought that I would have major cravings while pregnant, but that really hasn't been the case! If anything, I've been wanting sweets more than normal, but I've always had a sweet tooth. I'm trying to be healthy, but I do treat myself to some Non-Dairy Haagen-Dazs every now and then!

Speaking of my sweet tooth, I went for my glucose test this week to screen for gestational diabetes. For the test, you drink a 50 gram orange drink, wait an hour, and then get your blood tested. Unfortunately, I just barely failed my test, and I had to go for the second, longer glucose test. My midwife said that sometimes people fail the test due to what they ate for breakfast (I had a bagel and peanut butter, my usual breakfast), stress, or poor sleep, and not necessarily because they have gestational diabetes.

Once I got my results from the first test, I have to admit that I was quite upset and scared. I realized that I have very little knowledge about diabetes, and the lifestyle changes that I would have to make would be quite drastic.

For the second glucose test, I had to fast for 12 hours, which was a struggle in and of itself! I had one blood draw, drank a 75 gram orange glucose drink - which I almost choked on it was so sweet! You have 5 minutes to drink the entire bottle, and then you wait an hour, get another blood draw, wait 1 more hour, and have your blood drawn for the third time. My midwife suggested that I have someone come to the test with me to drive me home as you can feel a bit shaky after the drink and fasting. Dylan was luckily able to get some time off of work to accompany me, and I really appreciated having him there with me. I got my results back yesterday, and thankfully my numbers were well within the normal range!

Glucose Drink

I think that about wraps up my first and second trimester experiences nicely! I'm incredibly excited to meet my little peanut, and while I don't want to wish away my third trimester, I can't help by find myself counting down the days until my due date (83 days to be exact!).

28 Weeks Pregnant
28 Weeks Pregnant

If you've been pregnant and have any third trimester must haves, please let me know in a comment below! xo

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