2nd Trimester in Review [baby #2]
Third trimester already?! I literally JUST took a pregnancy test. I mentioned in my 1st trimester review post that time is flying and that definitely still feels true. I'm going to bet that time is going to continue to fly until the very last couple of weeks- then time will probably start standing still. ;)
The 2nd trimester was a bit more eventful than the 1st as we hit a couple of minor bumps (no pun intended) in the road. My pregnancy with Kade was so incredibly uneventful, for the most part, that anything out of the ordinary this time seems to be slightly magnified. Before I touch on the "bumps" we encountered, I will start by saying that the major sleepiness/fatigue from my 1st trimester definitely wore off and I got some energy back. The only difference was that I obviously grew larger which makes any physical activity feel more like a work out regardless of how much "energy" you may have!
The first "bump" in the road that we encountered was at our 20-week ultrasound. Baby looked great and was growing, measuring, and developing perfectly. The only thing out of the ordinary that they noticed was that the umbilical cord only had two vessels as opposed to three. You may have heard of this before, or you may be like me who was completely clueless. Apparently, this typically means nothing because the two vessels end up making up for what the third vessel would be doing, however, there is a slight chance that it could lead to genetic defects or have an effect on the baby's growth. Typically, if everything else is looking and measuring normal, than neither of these things become an issue- which was the case for us, thankfully. We get to have some extra ultrasounds to continue monitoring baby's growth more closely, but otherwise everything is looking great and should go according to plan.
The second "bump" was when I failed my 1-hour glucose test around 24 weeks. This happened during my pregnancy with Kade, too, so I was a little more prepared this time. I went back the next week for the dreaded 3-hour assuming I'd just be going through the motions. With Kade, I did the 3-hour test and passed it. This time, I wasn't so lucky. They test your blood when you first get there after having fasted for 8-10 hours over night. Then, you drink "the drink" and they test your blood three more times (with an hour in between each). You are allowed to "fail" one of the four tests. I passed the first two, but failed the last two (by a tiny bit).
Then, I cried. A lot. And it was so, super embarrassing. The poor, sweet lady in the lab was probably thinking "Man, this girl must really love food." And she would have been right. Yes, pricking my finger 4 times a day sounded scary, intimidating, and overwhelming, but I was mostly concerned about not being able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I couldn't believe I actually failed, as she handed me a packet of information on gestational diabetes. I tried listening and briefly looking it over through my tears but all I could think about was pasta and ice cream. I had to sit in an empty room at my OB to pull myself together before leaving, otherwise my friends at the front desk would have thought something awful had happened. I looked like a wreck once I left, but I had at least regained my composure.
I was a bit emotional about the whole diagnosis the rest of the day and the rest of the weekend since my appointment was on a Friday. I couldn't call to make an appointment with the dietician until Monday, so I did a whole lot of googling, joining Facebook support groups, and reaching out to people I knew who'd been through it before. I started eating lighter and kind of "guessing" in terms of what to do with my diet based on what I'd heard and read.
I was able to schedule my appointment for Thursday of that next week, and honestly was pretty refreshed after going. I received all the materials needed for testing my blood sugar and was taught how to use them. I was also thoroughly informed on what to eat, when to eat, and how much of it to eat. Thankfully, it was more than what I thought and less restrictive than what I had mentally prepared for. Since then, *knock on wood,* I have yet to have a single "high number" and have still been able to eat food that I enjoy. I know that it is very different for everyone, and I am feeling very blessed that, so far, I have been able to keep things under control just by watching my diet a little more closely.
Honestly, the biggest adjustments have been things like only have 1/2 bagel in the mornings instead of a whole and pairing it with scrambled eggs, no big bowls of mac and cheese at dinner, a few less sweets, no fruit or juice with breakfast, etc. I am required to have a snack before bed time and it can be up to a certain number of carbs, with some protein. I have managed to make this into my "dessert" time still with an appropriate fasting number in the morning. Not getting to have dessert at night *especially while pregnant* would be quite the struggle for me so I'm feeling pretty grateful (it's the little things, people).
There is a chance that numbers could go wacky and get worse/harder to control as the pregnancy goes on so I am praying that's not the case since I seem to have found a good groove so far. The other thing is that more often than not, gestational diabetes goes away after giving birth, HOWEVER, my risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life slightly increases. Also, I was told that I will likely have this again in future pregnancies- yay! Honestly though, overall, I'm definitely counting my blessings because I am well aware that it could be a whole lot worse.
Aside from these two minor "bumps" in the road, the 2nd trimester was pretty decent. I'm more uncomfortable this time around than I remember being with Kade. I was teaching kindergarten at that time and was on my feet quite a bit, but also had a rolling chair in my classroom that I would sit in as much as I possibly could and would roll around to visit students at their tables. ;) Now, with a toddler, there is A LOT more up and down/crawling around/playing on the floor which I think has played a part in the discomfort. I get some nasty side cramps from time to time and typically feel like I deserve a gold medal every time I successfully roll over in bed each night.
The nesting urge has been strong lately and now that it's FINALLY nicer outside, our motivation has peaked. We are in "go-mode" on Kade's toddler room which, in turn, will allow us to be in "go-mode" on the nursery. Since the nursery is staying "the nursery," we don't have too much to do in there, but I would like to update it just a little to make it slightly different than the first time. I'm planning to do a post on Kade's finished toddler room and potentially on the nursery, if I do enough with it that I feel like it's worth sharing. ;)
Lastly, before I dump a bunch of pictures of the baby bump, I wanted to touch briefly on maternity clothes. At this point, I'm at the beginning stages of learning how to be pregnant in warmer weather. Kade was born March 30 so I didn't really have to deal with warm weather much during that pregnancy. I just recently invested in my first few pairs of maternity shorts and have decided I'll likely be wearing more dresses/maxi dresses when I can.
Most of my favorite maternity items that I have in my closet so far from this pregnancy have been from PinkBlush. Every single time I receive something in the mail from them, I open it up and basically drool over how soft, stretchy, and comfortable the material is. It's important to feel good about yourself when you're pregnant because let's be honest, the symptoms aren't always the most flattering, but I think it's also really important to be comfortable. With maternity clothes from PinkBlush, I'm able to accomplish both feeling stylish/put together, while still feeling like I'm wearing PJs. You will see a few of my favorite pieces from them in the photos below!
We are all getting SO excited to meet this little one and can't believe how quickly it's coming up! Official C-section date will hopefully be scheduled by the end of this week but guessing it will be sometime the week of July 16th. Stay tuned! ;)