I totally forgot to mention something in my first trimester post that I wanted to talk about. Did anyone else’s chest start growing from the first day they were pregnant;) Seriously… for me it was like BOOM! Luckily, at this point the pain has gone away but they keep growing, at a faster rate than my stomach. With Brooke I remember that it wasn’t until about 6 months that my stomach passed them by (I started showing WAY later when I was pregnant with Brooke)! It sure is amazing how pregnancy affects each of us in different ways. I just need to go out and buy 5 REALLY nice sports bras because I refuse to do what I did when pregnant with Brooke… AND WEAR THREE SPORTS BRAS AT A TIME!?!? I also need to start using some body glide because the chafing is intense around my chest and on my thighs. Remember, TMI does not exist on this part of the blog.
PS in the picture below Brooke wanted to write out a list of things to do with the baby… she was very official about it and included everything from taking the baby on walks to feeding it avocados.
Okay, let’s talk about 15.7 weeks and where we are at with that!
*Zantac is like a gift from the heavens for me. I just take one each day (they last about 12 hours) at around 11 and by lunchtime I am feeling good again. I haven’t thrown up once since I started taking it or even felt like I was going to throw up. PS ALWAYS talk to your doctor before taking anything:)
*42.1 miles last week wahoo (less this week because we are taking a little family trip)! One strength training session (over the weeks I’m sure my miles will be going down a bit and my strength training will be going up) and I was sore from that for like 3 days ha. I did a half-marathon last Saturday and felt pretty good. PLEASE NOTE running while pregnant is NOT for everyone. My sister sure didn’t do it and I know so many women (more than not) that are not able to so NEVER get down on yourself if you can’t. Running is so different for each woman and each pregnancy… I even notice huge differences between this pregnancy and when I was pregnant with Brooke. With Brooke I was speeding back up again during the 2nd trimester and with this one, each week I am getting a bit slower which I’m more than okay with. We start sacrificing for these little ones from the very beginning and if running is one thing we have to sacrifice, that’s okay… running is always there for us when we are ready! I hope to keep the running going but if I can’t, I can’t. PS this race gave out free race photos and next time maybe I will open my eyes for the picture.
*The energy is starting to come back again while I haven’t been able to nap every day, on Monday I went the entire day without even THINKING about a nap. When before I thought about the beauty of naps daily whether I got one or not;)
*I’m already starting to forget about how hard the first trimester was… it’s just like the marathon. You tell yourself you will NEVER do another marathon again while you are in the race and then somehow you forget about the pain and sign up for another one. It’s a good thing we forget about really hard stuff quickly;)
*HUNGER HAS KICKED IN!! Which I’m personally loving. So much better than not wanting to eat anything. Now I don’t want to eat everything, but when I eat something I love… I do not experience fullness and I just keep eating. I’m hungry about 93% of my waking hours. The hunger hasn’t waken me up at night yet like it did with Brooke but I see that happening very soon.
*I think we are going to wait until our 20 week appointment (unless our doc will tell us at our appointment next week) to find out the gender. We also aren’t really talking about names until we know the gender!
*I feel like each day I get more and more excited (CAN DECEMBER JUST BE HERE ALREADY!?). I was a nervous wreck during the first trimester that something would go wrong and I feel like now I can relax a bit and just enjoy everything that is happening. It’s so fun to think about this little one throughout the day and talk about it with Andrew and the kids. Andrew said he was ready from day 1 of getting married to have a baby together so his excitement is skyrocketing too.
*The below peach may not look that good but it was amazing. If you bring me a bowl of cereal (preferably frosted flakes, FMW or pops) with delicious fruit on top… We will be best friends for the rest of this life. I still want mac & cheese (or spaghettios), bagels (with cream cheese… from Einsteins please) and salt on pretty much every meal I eat. Mexican food always sounds good (no matter what time of day) and chips.
A few of you asked for my thoughts on the IUD. I know that it really works so perfectly for so many women but it just didn’t for me. To be honest, I’m nervous after this baby because I’m not sure what birth control works for me but I’ll be back to the drawing board soon in terms of figuring out something that will work.
Please note I went 6ish years before the Mirena with ZERO hormones added to my body so maybe that is why my body went crazy with it. Also, sorry if I sound so negative about it but I want to be real in case other women experience similar problems, it was nice for me to read other’s experiences and know I wasn’t alone.
My biggest issues with the IUD.
1. After I had it put in, I definitely felt off for a few weeks. It effected my running a lot for a few months. I felt kind of nauseated and just a tad bit different. I also felt more emotional while having the IUD but that could be because I wasn’t used to having any hormones.
2. One of the reasons I thought I would love the IUD was because of the shorter or non-existent periods that a lot of women loved! I was so excited ha. I only had it for 7 months so maybe things would have changed if I had it for longer but my body reacted differently… Normally I’m like 5 days tops for a period but with the Mirena I was a solid 8 days and I felt way more crampy etc.
3. The Mirena Crash. I didn’t know what this was until I experienced it. Right after I had the IUD removed (like a week after) I felt like I was 8 weeks pregnant. I was confused because I knew it wasn’t possible to be pregnant (or have symptoms) so quickly but I was very nauseated. I had crazy headaches and I felt very sad. I started googling what was happening and I stumbled upon pages and pages of other women talking about the Mirena Crash. I had no idea this even existed and I wish that my doctor had warned me about this possible problem when I had it removed because I was freaking out. It lasted for about 1.5 weeks and maybe it isn’t a reason to NOT get an IUD, just be very aware that it may happen so you don’t freak out like I did wondering what the heck was going on with me.
I am SO happy that the IUD works so well for so many people… keep doing what is best for YOU and your situation!
I am also VERY HAPPY that I was able to get pregnant so quickly after having it removed. It didn’t take long (ehhh maybe a few weeks, I didn’t even have a real period in between having it out and getting pregnant) to get pregnant. I know there are other birth controls out there that take much longer to get your body back to normal and able to conceive. It is also very convenient that you really don’t have to do anything with it until you’ve had it for 5 years and I really do know so many people that love theirs.
Also, for anyone reading that has struggled with amenorrhea in the past or now, I also did for YEARS. I’m so grateful that I worked hard on gaining the weight and once I got my period back I haven’t gone back to a low body fat % or underweight since. Also so grateful that my body recovered from underfeeding/overexercising so that I could have kiddos. If you are struggling with amenorrhea, now is the time to talk to your doctor and get it fixed!
I’d love to hear what types of birth controls have worked for you and your body over the years?
Who is in their second trimester right now? I would love to hear the changes for you at this time!
Let’s talk about fruit right now (because it’s always on my brain)… if you had a bowl of fruit in front of you right this seance,d what would be in it?
PS any other thoughts to share about pregnancy etc?