I hope you enjoy this 2nd trimester recap! I’m sharing all those big moments, weird symptoms, lessons-learned, decisions we’ve made and how my fitness plan is evolving.
Weeks 15-26 of my Pregnancy
Though there were less BIG milestones (in the form of dates) during the 2nd trimester, there is one big date that I don’t think I’ll ever forget…
- Week 16 – November 29th: I most definitely felt baby boy move for the first time. This was a couple weeks earlier than it was for my first pregnancy, but once you feel it and know what that feeling is, there is NO mistaking it! It was SO EXCITING. It was right before Thanksgiving and we were still recovering from John’s ER visit due to croup (which was very scary as it was his worst respiratory illness to date) and we were exhausted from sleepless nights and pure hypervigilance.
- Week 19 – December 13th: This was when we had our anatomy scan. We already knew we were having a boy because we did fetal DNA testing and got those results around week 13, but it was amazing to see how much development had occurred since our previous ultrasound around week 12. We got to see all the structures of the brain, verified that we had a 4-chamber heart, take a look at the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, stomach, diaphragm, etc. We even got to see a 4D image of his adorable little face. His hands were up blocking his face for the majority of it, but he still looks absolutely delicious.
- Week 24 – January 11th: Since we were moving to another state and changing OBs mid-pregnancy, my first appointment with my OB in Columbus marked a repeat of my anatomy scan. I never saw no to taking a peek at my little nugget. He still looks great, but it’s amazing to see how much growth takes place in 5 weeks!
- More energy! After about 16 weeks, I hit my stride, which was good, because we moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus, and I needed to have energy to hit the ground running and unpack. I took a few weeks off from the gym, because let’s be honest, pregnancy + a new house with 3 stories + a TON of boxes to unpack is cardio alone.
- Some swelling. I’ve noticed that my legs have started to swell. I feel like this is happening quicker than in my first pregnancy, but maybe I just don’t remember it well. I definitely have a good ‘ole sock line by early morning, and more of an indentation by the end of the day. I feel that compression socks are in my future so I just ordered these on Amazon. They got really great customer reviews, so hopefully they will help moving forward.
- Belly pain. I think it’s mostly reflux and gas. Things really start to slow down the bigger you get!
Baby Decisions (so far)
It’s really hard to move in the middle of a pregnancy and have to find a new OB. I really loved my OB in Oklahoma City, and she really got me. She also knew how to deal with my sometimes crazy husband. I had some complications with my first delivery which require me to see a high risk OB, so having to find a new one halfway through the pregnancy was very stressful to me. However, we found a great doctor here and we have come up with a plan together that is reassuring to both myself and my husband. I had an emergency c-section with my first babe, so the decision of attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) vs scheduling a c-section was a big one. With the help of my OB, we’ve decided to let my body see what it wants to do. I’m going to schedule a c-section at 39 weeks, but if I happen to go into labor before that, we’ll see what happens. I can’t have any pitocin because of my previous c-section, so if I’m going to be able to have a VBAC, my body’s going to have to do all the work with no medical assistance. We’ll see…
I was a member of Fit4Mom when I lived in OKC, and I have continued attending classes since we moved to Columbus. Fit4Mom, if you haven’t heard of it, focuses on strength in motherhood. I love that slogan, seriously. They provide a wide array of fitness classes that you can do either with or without your children, allowing mom’s to stay healthy, model the importance of exercise for their children, and creates a village of other mama friends. I cannot tell you how important my OKC village was to me, and I miss them all so much!
Since relocating, I’ve joined the Columbus East franchise, and signed up for their 6-week Fit4Baby class. Fit4Baby is a 6-week program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. What I love about this is that all the participants are also pregnant mamas and the exercises are geared towards reducing all those aches and pains that come with pregnancy. As a bonus, staying active throughout pregnancy also gives you more energy, and may speed the labor, delivery and record processes. Those are all things I’m for! If you’re looking for a franchise, click here, type in your zip code and try a class for free.