Our second post from India, all about how she found the second trimester of her pregnancy:
“After a first trimester which seemed to go at snail’s pace with nobody knowing about the little life growing inside me, the second trimester did a total 180 and seemed to fly by. When I got to the end of it I felt as though I had blinked and missed it!
At the beginning of the second trimester I was convinced I had a full blown baby bump, but in reality at 19 weeks I was only just starting to be uncomfortable in my pre-pregnancy jeans. This soon changed, and by 21 weeks I was needing to be in maternity clothes. By 26 weeks everything seemed to just absolutely explode and all of a sudden I was sporting a pretty sizeable bump.
Luckily for me, my bump has never been uncomfortable. Yes it definitely grew quickly towards the end of the second trimester, but I was still able to continue going to gym classes, and it definitely didn’t feel unwieldy at any point during this trimester. I continued to religiously use my stretch mark cream every evening to try and keep the marks at bay as much as possible.
At around 16 weeks I felt our baby kick for the first time. I wasn’t exactly sure if I felt it, but sure enough over the next few weeks I became more and more confident that I was feeling baby’s movements. Although the little one’s movements didn’t really settle into any sort of pattern during this trimester, he definitely got a lot stronger and towards the end of the second trimester his little kicks and bum wiggles were visible on the outside of my tummy. Not that baby would ever comply with when my partner was around and put his hand on my belly to feel the kicks! It was as if baby had stage fright or was just generally being a sneak, as soon as someone touched my tummy he immediately stilled.
At 17 weeks we booked a private gender scan. This was for a few reasons, firstly for me the gap between the 12 and 20 week scans seemed absolutely mammoth and despite my promise to enjoy my pregnancy I did still feel anxious about things going wrong. Secondly, my husband ended up needing to work away for our 20 week scan appointment, so that sealed the deal. We found out we were expecting a boy, and it was so lovely to have a non-NHS scan as it’s less medical and more focused on things like how baby was blowing bubbles, where his body parts are and whatnot which was just perfect for that stage of pregnancy and very reassuring.
We then had the 20 week NHS scan which my mum came along to. In between our private and NHS scans I still worried, as the private gender scan didn’t focus on any anomalies unlike the 20 week one. Thankfully all looked good, and it was amazing to see all the detail they can pull up on the ultrasound, like his heart chambers and how blood flows through them, his stomach and so on. I just gazed up at the screen in absolute awe that this little human was growing inside me, and doing so well.
I also found the hormonal changes hit me with force this trimester, between 21 and 25 weeks I had a few days where I was teary for no reason and mainly just wanted to be left alone but also cuddled at the same time…very strange and confusing. Thankfully my husband rolled with it and although it must have been a bit traumatic for him he was amazingly supportive of me and by the end of the trimester my emotions seemed to level out a little.
After the 20 week scan I also started to feel a little more confident and started to buy things for baby. We bought some big things like a travel system second hand, and started to look at things like bedside cribs and cots online. We started painting the little one’s nursery as well, although he won’t be in there for a while it’s useful to have it sorted to store all his bits and pieces away in.
And then before I knew it, in true blink and you’ll miss it style, I was hurtling towards the final trimester, well over the halfway point and getting excited about the prospect of meeting our little man in only a few months.
(Read more about India’s pregnancy on her blog, www.indiawoof.com. You can also read her pregnancy diary over on Rock My Family).”
Thanks India – final post coming soon!