Okay, deep breath. Here’s to the start of documenting pregnancy number two!
It was the day before Christmas Eve when I found out I was pregnant once again. After meeting Tim for a quick lunch at Chick-fil-a, Jack and I stopped by the grocery on the way home. I only had one thing on my shopping list: a pregnancy test. December 23 was the day I was supposed to begin my cycle, and I literally couldn’t wait another minute to know. I was starting to see a few pregnancy characteristics already including fatigue, cramping and bloating, but honestly a lot of early pregnancy symptoms are very similar to menstrual aches and pains.
Well, I think you can all guess what happened next. I took the test and…positive. Why is it that we all know how pregnancy is possible, but it still feels unbelievable when we find out we’re expecting? I wanted to wait until Christmas morning to share the news with Tim, but I knew I would never make it that long. So that night, I wrapped up the pregnancy test in a million boxes, and let Jack give his daddy a ‘gift.’
We were both literally in shock that getting pregnant the second time happened so quickly for us. It took more than a year to become pregnant with Jack, so we figured it would be months before baby number two would actually be a reality. Needless to say that God had other plans, and that his timing is much smarter than our own.
So here we are! Expecting baby number two and we couldn’t be more excited for Jack to become a big brother.
How have I been feeling you may ask? Honestly, not so hot. These early weeks in pregnancy are really trying for me. I am very tired and have quickly realized that it’s much harder to rest during the second pregnancy than it was in the first. It turns out that my 16 month old needs me! Honestly though, I’ve been taking a nap during Jack’s morning nap lately. I feel so lucky to have the option to be home and rest while he rests. Thursdays and Fridays are really hard though since I work full-time those days. By the time I get home I literally want to go straight to bed!
Fitness has been put on hold for a little bit too. I am trying to make it to the gym at least one day during the week, along with taking a couple walks during the week, but that’s about it right now. Again, I am giving myself grace because I know the same thing happened with Jack. By about week 14 I was feeling much much better and was able to incorporate a little more exercise in the second and third trimester than I did in the first.
Nausea came out in full-force during week six, and continued through week seven as well. I literally have to eat all day to keep myself from feeling sick or nauseated. I also am really struggling to eat anything healthy, just like when expecting Jack. However, I try to keep reminding myself that this too shall pass and that eventually all those yummy healthy foods I love will make their way back into my diet at some point. That is the one nice thing about pregnancy number two, you sort of know what’s coming and also that you’ve survived it before!
- Bloating (I swear I’m already showing from all the swelling!)
- Some cramping
- Plain Bagels with Cream Cheese
- Subway – Turkey and American cheese on white bread with lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper, and light mayo
- Potatoes of all kinds – French Fries, Baked Potatoes, Potato Chips, etc.
- Basically Any White Carb with Salt
- Coffee / Lattes
- Peanut Butter
- Pretty Much Anything Healthy
I have done my best to get to the gym 1-2 times a week, and to take a 30-45 minute walk 1-2 times a week as well. I worked out a ton while expecting Jack, but I remember the first trimester being slower as well and then picking it up in the second and third trimesters. I’m not looking to do anything too hardcore or crazy, just enough to keep me moving and healthy.
I forgot how terribly hard those first weeks of pregnancy can be. You literally feel like your body and mind is being taken over! (Because it is lol!) Also, I’ve found that my second pregnancy has been easier emotionally so far since I know more of what to expect, but it’s been harder physically since I am now running after a 16 month old. I’ve been trying to remind myself how this stage is over and done with quickly, and that I should try to focus on the good and soak in this special time with my firstborn. I learned quickly in 2015 that the first trimester is all about surviving, not thriving, and this is proving true again in 2017!
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