Q&A: Second Trimester Pregnancy
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This week, I hit 26 weeks, I’ll be 27 weeks on Sunday! You guys sent in some great questions that I wanted to answer before I hit my 3rd trimester. I’m still in shock that I’m nearly there.
With everything going on in the world, this pregnancy seems to have flown by, which I’m grateful for. A lot seems crazy and uncertain in the world, and for whatever reason, pregnancy has kept me strangely calm and grounded during it all.
2nd Trimester Pregnancy Questions
What are you thoughts on kombucha during pregnancy?
Literally was taking a sip of my kombucha while I read this one, ha! I’m all for it! It’s so great for gut health and is a nice break from water all day. In my opinion the very small amount of alcohol in it doesn’t matter.
If I don’t notice it, I’m going to say baby won’t either. I drank it throughout my pregnancy with Owen and he turned out fine! I’d just make sure to get a good one that’s low in sugar. Health-Ade is my brand of choice!
What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Fruit! Some people avoid fruit, but not me, I personally think it’s amazing for you—high in fiber, hydrating and hits that sweet craving for me without refined sugars. I try to pair it with a small handful of nuts too to keep my blood sugar from spiking.
Have you adjusted your workout plan, and what modifications have you made
I hadn’t much, but with the virus stuff keeping us housebound, now I have. Before all of this, I was still strength-training with my trainer and going to Pure Barre. I was definitely having to take it a little slower because I get out of breath easily.
Now that we’re inside, I’ve been making a point to get out for a walk each day, longer on days that are nice, but these are usually slow walks since I’m with Owen. I also love doing Melissa Wood Health videos! It’s only $9/mo and she has a free trial. She has some prenatal specific workouts, but I find that most, other than intense abs or exercises where you lay on your stomach have been perfect too.
Did you have morning sickness at all and did anything help?
I did from about 5-10 weeks which was weird because I had none with Owen. I mostly just felt as if I was hungover every morning, which was awful because obviously I hadn’t been drinking.
The only thing that helped was eating regularly and maintaining a level blood sugar as best as I could throughout the day. Carbs also helped a lot.
What are you using for stretch marks?
Thankfully I didn’t get them with Owen, and I do think it’s genetic—some people are just more prone to them than others. Either way, I rub this melting body balm on my belly and hips every night. It smells like a coconut and keeps my stretching skin from itching.
What’s the biggest challenge being pregnant and already having one sweet babe?
This pregnancy is going by so dang fast! I think when you’re busy with one kid, you just don’t have as much time to think, worry or stress about what’s happening in your body. I get worn out quickly too, but weirdly, I think I was more tired during my pregnancy with Owen. Who knows, maybe my body has just adjusted to running on less sleep these days.
Are you using self-tanner during pregnancy, and if so, what are your go-to products?
I haven’t, but I’ve never used any, which I should because I’m super pale right now, haha! I did just order Isle of Paradise tanning drops from Amazon, but don’t expect them to get here until late April. I’ll report back when they arrive!
Which week did you start to feel the baby? I’m at 5 months, is the pregnancy safe now?
With Owen, I felt him at 17 weeks, with this baby, closer to 20-21 weeks, which worried me at first. But, my mom pointed out that with her 2nd and 3rd pregnancies she didn’t notice it as early because she was so busy with her 1st (me!). This totally makes sense! My doctor said that most women don’t feel much or anything until 24 weeks.
At 5 months, or 20 weeks, I felt like everything was safe, but honestly there’s no point where doctors can say, “okay, you’re 100% in the clear now!” Most cases of miscarriage, etc. happen earlier on, but it is possible for things to go wrong later.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the what-ifs, so do your best to trust that your body knows what it’s doing. Nourish it with good food, plenty of rest and movement and stay positive! Also good advice for life right now, don’t ya think?!
I’m 9 weeks pregnant with my first—how do I stay sane with no wine, meds, etc? High anxiety right now.
If you’ve never tried meditating or writing in a gratitude journal, I find both of these practices to be super helpful with calming my fears and making me feel less anxious. Also, make sure you’re getting regular activity! Movement always brings me stress and anxiety now. Lastly, cut out any junk from your diet (which may be harder because the carb cravings were REAL for me at 9 weeks!), but eating a clean diet will make a big difference in anxiety.
Any names picked yet and will you share?
Nope! We keep bringing up the subject, but haven’t made any real progress. We picked Owen’s name on our babymoon last time and were hoping to do that again, but chances are we will not have a babymoon, so I guess we’ll figure it out sometime in the next 3 months!
I do have a few that I like, but we haven’t agreed on anything just yet! But, no, we will save his name until after he’s born to share. I don’t need any people’s input, haha!
Any changes in care since Covid-19?
Yes and no.
Yes—my actual prenatal care has been pushed back a few weeks because I’m not considered a high-risk pregnancy. My 24 week appointment was moved to 26 weeks (I have it this week!). I have to admit, I’m a bit nervous going in to the doctor’s office—like should I wear a non-medical mask—with everything that’s going on, but it’s always nice to get the doctor’s reassurance that all is well.
No—other than my workouts getting disrupted, my daily routines and self-care are mostly the same. I still take all the same vitamins and supplements, and am trying to eat as clean as possible!
Admittedly, donuts and gummy bears have been a major weakness while quarantined. After two weeks though, I really started feeling the effects of all the gluten and sugar I ate and I’ve been cutting back and already feel more energetic!
What are your favorite pregnancy jeans?
This pair has been my go-to pair this pregnancy. There a little pricy, but better than any other pair I’ve tried. I basically only wear these and leggings.
Admittedly, I’m ready for dress season! Pants just aren’t fun while pregnant, especially as your belly gets bigger.
How are you treating acne if you have any—from the inside and out?
I’ve been lucky this go around and my skin has actually been really clear! I have had some breakouts on my back and shoulders though which is not normal for me. It happened with Owen too and was gone shortly after he was born.
I wash with a cleanser in the shower and use this body lotion to stay hydrated every night. I just added that lotion a week ago and it’s already made a huge difference!
My biggest skin tip when it comes to eating is to drink a green smoothie every morning. I started this habit a little over a year ago and it has been one of the BEST things I’ve ever done for my health!
When did you get your nursery ready for your first? Which items do you need right away?
Owen’s nursery was done before he was born, but he didn’t sleep in there other than naps until he was 14 weeks.
Honestly, you don’t need much right away—a bassinet or somewhere for them to sleep, swaddles, plenty of diapers and wipes, bottles and some formula—even if you plan on breastfeeding, it’s good to have as a back-up, a nose plunger for stuffy noses, lots of burp clothes, some pacifiers and a sound machine in my opinion!
Any symptoms different this time? Are you less anxious and worried than with your first?
This time I was nauseous in my first trimester. I also don’t feel nearly as tired this time. Maybe it’s because I’m just used to being tired?!
I’m FAR less worried and anxious this time. I trust that my body knows what it’s doing, plus, having a toddler keeps me busy and I just don’t think about all the little things as much as I did with Owen.
My energy was coming back, but now I’m exhausted again. Is this normal?
I think so! My energy always comes back in the 2nd trimester and then as the third trimester went on, I remember getting SO tired. We live on the 3rd floor and those stairs are really starting to wear on me! I’m always out of breathe by the time I get to the top.
Do you drink caffeine while pregnant?
I actually gave up caffeine over a year ago, except for the occasional matcha latte, which doesn’t give me the same caffeine crash coffee does. With Owen, I did have one coffee per day though, my doctor said it was perfectly fine!
Any tips for comfortable sleeping?
I’m normally a belly sleeper, so I always struggle at first, but I’ve been sleeping on my side with a pillow between my knees that also props up my belly. Weirdly though, I often wake up on my back with my hands on my belly!
How does this pregnancy compare to your first?
Faster and easier I’d say! Both pregnancies were relatively easy, but I think that having another kid makes it go by faster because I don’t have time to think about it. It is harder on days where I don’t sleep great and still have to show up and be mom all day long, but overall, it hasn’t been bad!