Second Trimester Recap: 1st Half

You can read the recap of my first trimester of pregnancy here!

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I’ve decided to split the second trimester recap into two posts. Partly because the second trimester (weeks 14 – 28) has felt so so long and partly because I had a very different experience the first half of the 2nd trimester than I did the second half. I am actually not quite out of the 2nd tri yet, as I hit 27 weeks yesterday. So I will officially be in the third trimester on Monday, August 21. Also, halfway through the 2nd trimester would be week 21, but I started feeling very different physically and mentally around week 23, so that’s where I’m going to split this recap. My blog, my rules 😉

Weeks 14 – 16

Physically 

Honestly, weeks 14 – 16 were still very “first trimester-ish” for me. I still did not feel amazing physically and I got sick 2 or 3 times during this two week period as well.

Almost 15 weeks at Lisa’s wedding! 

I remember my blood sugar dipped super low at Lisa’s wedding and my amazing friends saved me by bringing me a sprite. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. I also threw up twice on my flight home. Ha! So the ‘1st trimester’ sickness was not totally gone at that point.

Once I got back from all my whirlwind traveling in May I started to feel better, so I’m sure all the travel had a lot to do with it as well. I also started adding back in regular workouts, which really helped me feel better. I just feel more like myself when I sweat regularly.

I did a Surf Fit class in Calgary with my friend Robyn at 15 weeks pregnant. I was still going on my belly in yoga and during workouts at this point. It was about 1-2 weeks later around 16/17 weeks that it became uncomfortable to be on my belly. When they say ‘you’ll know’, it’s so true. You will know when it doesn’t feel ‘right’ anymore! I’m still going on my back, but not for long periods of time.

Mentally & Emotionally

Mentally and emotionally I was feeling WAY better at this point because we had just had an ultrasound when we got back from our Iceland/London trip and saw our little babe at 13.5 weeks. How I feel mentally/emotionally throughout the pregnancy has really changed as we’ve gotten closer to big milestone appointments, like our anatomy scan later on in the 2nd trimester.

Weeks 16 – 20

Physically 

Aka: my favourite weeks of pregnancy so far! Actually, weeks 16 – 22 were all around pretty amazing physically as I was rocking my workouts, sleeping great and feeling tons of energy during this 6 week period.

Look at that cute little 16.5 week bump! I can’t believe I thought it was huge at the time.

Weeks 16 – 20 were awesome! I was at the top of my game physically and doing multiple challenging HIIT / Strength workouts per week from FitnessBlender.com. I was even doing some more high impact stuff like full burpees (not onto my belly) and jump squats during this time.

My sleep was ah-mazing! I was sleeping through the night and waking up in the morning feeling energized. I also had lots of energy throughout each day and had no problem being productive around the house. Overall, I felt really really good physically.

18 weeks when I did a very tough 5km hiking race with my sister-in-law!

19 weeks! Again, how did I think the bump was “big” then!? Ha

Oh and I also felt baby move for the first time around 18 weeks. I *thought* I’d felt a little flutter before (much earlier – around 13 weeks) but 18 weeks was when I first felt baby move definitively. The movements were very few and far between at this point though.

Mentally & Emotionally 

I was still feeling pretty good mentally and emotionally at this point. I think I was still ‘riding the high’ from that 13.5 week ultrasound and also riding the high of feeling so so good physically. It was around weeks 19/20 that I started to get a bit anxious again as we got closer to our big anatomy scan at 22 weeks.

Weeks 20 – 23

21 weeks is when Eric felt the baby move for the first time! So special! By this point I was feeling Baby H wriggle and move several times a day. Best feeling!

I celebrated Canada Day at 21 weeks. Those are maternity jeans but a non-maternity top. Even now at 27 weeks I’m still wearing a good mix of maternity and non-maternity clothes. Though my non-maternity leggings are starting to get uncomfortable for yoga/workouts so I just ordered two pairs of maternity leggings from Gap.

Physically, I was still feeling pretty good from 20 – 23 weeks. I was still doing HIIT/Strength workouts a few times a week, walking the dog lots and also going to both regular yoga and prenatal yoga classes. It was right around 22 weeks that my sleep started being less than stellar though and I found myself tossing from side-to-side a lot and also started getting up in the night to pee a lot more.

After a morning Fitness Blender workout!

22 weeks – aka the week I ‘popped’!

Not going to lie, it was around 23 weeks that I started feeling a little less than stellar but I will get into that more in the 2nd half of the second trimester recap 🙂

Mentally & Emotionally

Weeks 20 – 22 were a bit of a struggle mentally and emotionally honestly. So many people think that once you’re past the first trimester you’re ‘in the clear’ but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I also found out about two other infertility sisters who experienced second trimester loss around the 20 – 22 week range and it broke my heart to read their stories. I was feeling so so anxious for our anatomy scan on July 11… Most people can’t wait for the anatomy scan to find out the sex, I couldn’t wait to find out baby was healthy and thriving. I was feeling very worried about discovering something was wrong and I remember I had a high level of anxiety leading up to it…

…in the end, as you guys know, all was A-OK and Baby H was super healthy and happy in there and I felt huge relief after getting to see him/her and hearing that all was good. I’m not sure if everyone feels this much anxiety in their pregnancy, but after trying to get pregnant for 2 years and basically being told it wouldn’t happen for us without some major medical intervention, I not only feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have gotten pregnant after our first IUI but also like this pregnancy is very fragile. And when you have been through infertility you know alllll the statistics about miscarriage and pregnancy loss and it can be very hard not to focus on them or think about the worst happening. Especially when you have so little control over the little human growing inside of you. When you’re in the thick of it you realize you have NO idea what’s going on in there and if everything is happening as it should.

Ok, that’s it for the first half of the second trimester recap. I’ll be back in the next week or two with a recap of the second half!

8 Responses

  1. I didn’t know you threw up twice on your flight home from our wedding. How awful! I am glad the nausea and vomiting went away once you were a bit further into your 2nd trimester, though. It would be awful and so debilitating to feel so sick! I love seeing your growing bump!!

    I can totally understand how you have a high level of anxiety, especially since this might be the only time you’ll be pregnant potentially so it feels like so much is at stake. It’s also hard to know all those horror stories through the infertility community you are part of. I mean we all know of someone who had something awful happen but it’s not usually someone we personally know or have gotten to know. So it feels like the probability of something going wrong is higher when you know multiple people who lost a baby after 20 weeks. 🙁

    Hooray for almost being in the 3rd trimester! I agree that the 2nd trimester has seemed soooo long. I mean, I knew about your pregnancy really early but that first trimester went so fast, probably because you were traveling so much and time was flying for me since I was planning my wedding!

  2. Heather says:

    It is so exciting to feel the baby movements. I didn’t really feel Emery move until 19 weeks and it was because I was getting a leg and foot massage after my conference and SUUUPPPER relaxed. I was able to capture her movements much later on my phone. I liked knowing everything was ok by her movements, but they felt so foreign to me. The worst was the one day she parked her little tushy on my lungs. I felt so claustrophobic and freaked out it was going to be like that for the rest of the pregnancy.

    The second and the first part of the third were my favorite. Once I got closer to due date, I just felt uncomfortable and sleep was so hard. I got restless leg syndrome every time I would go to bed.

  3. Lindsey says:

    With Chloe I had first trimester symptoms into the 4th month too and I did pass out a few times but later in pregnancy from low blood sugar. Fun times 😉
    You look great and the 20 week scan is always nerve wracking for sure!

  4. Leigh says:

    No matter what, you will always worry during pregnancy. But having an ultrasound that shows everything is okay with baby is such a relief too! You are looking so good! Do you guys have any names picked out?

  5. It makes total sense that you’d feel a lot of anxiety during your pregnancy, but hopefully some of that has eased up for you now. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling too great at the start of the second trimester; nausea on a flight home would be rough, and even worse that you actually threw up on the flight 🙁 That sucks!

    I hope the second half of trimester two was better for you 🙂 You’re looking fabulous!

  6. Kelly says:

    You look amazing in ALL of these pictures!

    Pregnancy anxiety is so tough. I remember with Max I had appointments on Thursday and I would worry the whole week leading up that I wouldn’t hear a heartbeat. With Jack I moved my appointments to Monday hoping that would help… spoiler, it didn’t ha ha- I just worried about it earlier! My worst anxiety was during the liver stuff with Max. My numbers just kept climbing and I did not stay off google so I was reading every possible horror story and so many people who lost babies when their numbers were slower than mine. It was my worst time of being a parent so far. Not that there is no worry obviously when you have the kid, but it’s different when you can see them in front of you. Whew, so all that to say I understand and hugs!

  7. Alison says:

    I think you will always worry. We love that bean so much already and we have very little control over them when they are in!! And then when they are out we worry even more!! You are getting so close now!!! Love reading all this, you look awesome!

  8. San says:

    You look great, Amber.

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