I am happy to say that I have officially made it into the second trimester! The first trimester is always the toughest part of pregnancy for me (even though I am a bit spoiled that I don’t get very sick).
The first trimester is tough. Even though you don’t look very pregnant yet – and most people don’t know you are pregnant at all if you wait to announce like we do – you are exhausted, hormonal, and nauseous. But, you pretend like everything is fine, even though all you really want to do is crawl into bed and sleep for a week! Read about my first trimester experience here.
The second trimester gets easier for a couple reasons. The first being that most women are lucky enough to get their energy back and nausea goes away! The second reason is that by then most people know you are pregnant. They suddenly open doors, tell you to take a nap, not carry things, or sit down and rest. The ironic thing is, you probably feel better than you did the first 14 weeks! (Of course I am generalizing here. I do know a few women who were very sick throughout their entire pregnancies. I’m sooo sorry.)
So welcome second trimester! Welcome baby bump and maternity clothes! Welcome energy and feeling good! Welcome food cravings and goodbye aversions! Welcome finding out the sex of the baby – oh wait – my hubby REALLY wants to be surprised this time – so…never mind!
Hormones – from week 12 to 14 I had a terrible onslaught of hormones! I had so little patience with the kids and everything set me off! This is not like me. Normally I am pretty level headed and calm, but not so in week 12! My poor kids…
Week 13 was better than week 12, but the excessive hormones were still there. I also was very tired on week 12, even though I had felt great from 9.5 weeks until then. And although I know the pregnancy had something to do with the exhaustion, our first full week of homeschool also contributed to it, I’m sure.
Weight gain – the scale has bounced around a bit and is now at six pounds gained. That is in my normal fluctuation range so I am hoping it doesn’t continue to climb too quickly from here.
Cravings and food aversions – thankfully I can eat eggs again! I can also eat meat and was craving a steak, which I got on our date last week. Yummy! I have been craving salads again, which is a nice change from the carbs and cheese sticks I survived on in my first trimester! And fresh pesto from the garden. Enough said.
My favorite craving this week has been a quick cooked apple dish that I whipped up. I will write up my recipe and publish it later, but basically it is just apple pie filling made from fresh apples (tis the season), cinnamon, cloves, and some THM Super Sweet Blend cooked with some water. Oh my goodness! It totally fulfilled my baked apple cravings and is completely healthy! Pregnancy win! I’ve made it three times this week…
Advanced maternal age – don’t you just love that term! This is my first pregnancy in the “over 35” age bracket and now I get a bunch more fuss because of it! Oh joy! I refused all the extra testing on the baby, but I could not get out of the early test they do for gestational diabetes since I am apparently “at greater risk for it in my advanced age”. Fun!
I asked my OB if I could do an alternative test to the sickly sweet “glucola” drink for the 1-hour glucose test, but he was pretty insistent that the dreaded drink was the best test. I was reluctant to take the test, even though I’d never had trouble passing it in the past, because I had not had processed sugar in over a year. I wasn’t sure how my body would react.
But honestly, I was actually curious, so I didn’t fight him on taking the test. I simply informed him that if it made me sick, I was going to refuse it when I had to do it again later in pregnancy.
So I prepared for the test by having a low-carb breakfast of eggs and bacon which I read helps . I drank the glucose drink. I was right behind a lady who chugged hers in seconds, but when I tried that, I immediately felt gross. I drank it slowly instead (over about 4 minutes) and waited out my hour.
I waited to feel sick or to get a massive sugar headache, but surprisingly, other than feeling hungry near the end, I felt fine. They drew my blood and found out I passed with flying colors. Thank you, Lord!
Some women who have been off sugar for long periods of time have gotten headaches, thrown up, or had terrible sugar cravings after the test. I wondered if I would experience the same thing, but thankfully, I did not.
Drinking that sickly sweet drink made me realize how thankful I was that I was no longer addicted to sugar. However, if they had given me a gigantic piece of cake instead, I don’t think I would have found it gross, but I’ve come too far from my days of sugar-addiction to test that theory.
On a sad note, this past week my phone died. I can’t even blame my kids because I was the one who dropped it. It hit just right to crack the screen and now the screen is completely black. So, as a result, I don’t have many pictures for this post… Oh, well… C’est la vie!
Hopefully that will be remedied soon and I won’t have to go too long without pictures!