It seems like only yesterday that I was writing my post all about my first trimester. Now I’ve reached the third one, I thought I would reflect on my experiences and symptoms in the second trimester and what I loved about.
It is widely regarded that the second trimester is the easiest. It’s where you have a bump but it’s not too big to be a hindrance, and I have to say that after going through it, I agree.
THE SECOND TRIMESTER SYMPTOMS I EXPERIENCED
Sharp ligament pain around my lower abdomen. Especially when I walked. I am still experiencing it now but not as much. After talking to the midwife, it seems this can be very common, it’s where the ligaments are straining under the added weight of the baby. I was advised to slow down my walking (as a naturally fast walker, this is something I have found very hard!). I also read up on a bump support belt that is available to buy, however have yet to make a purchase! Has anyone had any experience with these?
Constipation. Yup, this is one that most women experience during pregnancy. I got it during the first trimester and again in my second, but not as bad or as often! Luckily, as my food aversions from the first trimester had subsided I was able to eat lots of fibre and fruit without feeling sick which most definitely helped.
Dizziness. I had a couple of weeks at the beginning of the second trimester where I didn’t feel myself. I just felt spaced out all the time. One Sunday morning I actually woke up with vertigo – the whole room was spinning and I had to stay in bed. The Dr advised it was a virus which luckily did subside over a couple of weeks but this was the least fun symptom I had!
More energy. I was back to my old self! Able to walk for ages and just felt good. I have found myself getting more tired in the evenings though, especially as I have approached the third trimester but that is a given really.
Less toilet trips during the night. I was able to sleep through the night without having to get up! Hurrah!! Again, this has definitely changed since hitting my third trimester. At the moment I am averaging 1 – 2 trips a night. Eek!
My boobs have had another growth spurt!! Only slightly, but they are definitely bigger than they were in the first trimester! For once in my life I have a cleavage and I love it!
Lower back problems. Before pregnancy I was told I had a weak core and I had been working to try and strengthen it before getting pregnant but it hasn’t been enough. From time to time I do experience lower back pain. Pregnancy pilates and pregnancy yoga have definitely been helping ease the pain though, along with pre-natal massage (see below).
Discharge for days. Yeah, so this delight was something I figured out for myself when walking to work one morning. At around 19 weeks on my walk, I suddenly felt like I’d wet myself! I had to duck into a public toilet to make sure all was ok. This is something that women definitely don’t tell you beforehand!! Apparently, like with most symptoms, this is only due to get worse in the third trimester so that’s great.
Tailbone aggro. Oh the pain!! From about 20 weeks I have been experiencing extreme pain in my coccyx when I sit down on any hardish surface. I’ve been told it’s from the pressure of the baby pushing down, which makes sense I guess. So, out went the office chair. In came a Swiss Ball that I now sit on at my desk at work, much to the amusement of my colleagues! I’ve omitted from taking a cushion with me to any social events/ meals out… it just takes me a while to get up from sitting down. I get a horrible bruising type pain on my tailbone whenever I go to stand up… it takes me longer to get to my feet because of it.
Varicose Veins. I have left the worst second trimester symptom to last. I’ve developed these unsightly veins in both of my legs (calves) and also in my groin. My Mum has them so I suppose it was inevitable I would also get them too. They can get very uncomfortable if I don’t take actions to ease them. Things like keeping my legs elevated in the evenings and not sitting with them crossed. Also not standing up or sitting down for long periods of time. I’ve been told they disappear after baby comes so I really hope this is the case!!
WHAT I’VE LOVED
Having a bump!! At 18/19 weeks, I suddenly popped and all of a sudden I actually looked pregnant, as opposed to slightly overweight. I have been taking weekly bump photos via Instax and love putting them altogether and comparing each week’s growth.
Hearing the heartbeat at 16 weeks. I had a routine midwife appointment at 16 weeks where I got to hear the heartbeat which was so lovely. I hadn’t felt any movement at that point so it was a nice reassurance that baby was still doing well in there.
Feeling all the kicks!! The first time I felt the baby move was at 17 weeks when I was in the middle of a relaxing massage. It felt like wind at first, like butterflies but after then feeling it again and again that evening it confirmed to me it was the baby. It was such a pivotal moment. Ever since then the baby’s movements have been going from strength to strength. The movements really started to be proper kicks at about 20 weeks. Even now at the beginning of the third trimester they are still changing. They make me jump at times but I love feeling every single bit of movement and watching my stomach move is just the weirdest but amazing experience ever.
The 20 week scan. Not only was it incredible to see our baby on the screen again, it was also a massive milestone for us. We felt we could finally relax and start properly preparing and buying all the things. The scan itself took about 30 minutes and was one of those experiences (along with the 12 week scan) that I will never forget. The baby was being a right little wriggler and would not stay put which we found hilarious. We don’t get to have another scan now but are considering paying privately for one in the lead up to D-Day to see him/ her again.
Pregnancy Massage. As you read above, I have been experiencing lower back pain every now and then and I have been treating myself to a pregnancy massage every few weeks to ease it. Not only does it sort my aches and pains out but I feel so relaxed. It’s nice to feel pampered anyway, but I have found it invaluable in pregnancy and the second trimester. If you can find a good masseuse then I definitely recommend treating yourself to a pre-natal massage if you can, it’s worth it and your mind and body will thank you for it!
Hypnobirthing. Mark and I took Miriam Greave’s hypnobirthing course and I can not recommend it enough. The course left us feeling empowered and so much more confident about the birth of the baby. Something that I have had apprehensions and worries about. We both really enjoyed it and have been doing our homework ever since in the hope that it will really help with being able to cope with the labour. We also had the opportunity to meet other local couples in the area who are also expecting which was nice.
Starting to decorate the nursery. We rent our house and have a spare room that has always been the room that we would one day call the nursery. Luckily we were granted permission from our landlord to paint it a couple of months ago. Our colour choice has been a neutral white colour with a view to deck it out with lots of colourful accessories. I’m planning on posting on my Instagram stories the nursery progress as it happens so follow me if you want to see it’s transformation.
Starting to buy all the stuff. We have been really organised. Luckily lots of family members have wanted to buy us bits for the baby too. We have all the major bits on order. (Pushchair, cot bed, changing unit, baby bouncer, slings, car seat etc.) which are all being delivered at the beginning of July. We bought the majority of stuff from Mamas and Papas (the Croydon branch) who we found to be incredibly helpful. We went when they were having a huge sale and managed to save a hefty amount of money because of this, coupled with the discount they offer if you go through their Personal Shopper experience (something I definitely recommend) it was a great day! Now I can’t wait to assemble everything and get the nursery sorted.
So now I’m in the third trimester, I have lots of things to look forward to: NCT classes, my baby shower and obviously meeting my baby amongst lots of others. Keep checking in to see how I’m getting on.
What did you love about your second trimester? I’d love to read about your experiences.