Second Trimester Recap: 2nd Half

Previous pregnancy recaps: 


Weeks 23 – 25


Week 23 is when I started feeling a little less than stellar. I would say weeks 16 – 22 were the “sweet spot” of pregnancy for me. I felt amazing, had tons of energy, wasn’t too big, was sleeping great. Other than a bit of mental/emotional anxiety around waiting for our anatomy scan, those weeks were pretty excellent.

Around 23 weeks I started getting veryyyy tired and sleeping a lot more and for longer.

The above photo was snapped after a 5:30am Fitness Blender workout, so even though I was feeling tired and not sleeping as well, I was still managing to get my workouts in (and still am at 32 weeks now!) Honestly, moving feels SO much better than not moving for me and moving in the morning before my belly is full from a day of eating also feels 100x better. So even though it’s hard to get out of bed sometimes in the mornings, I’m always so so happy when I do.

Wearing the exact same outfit – 16 weeks on the left and 24 weeks on the right. I will be taking another photo this week at 32 weeks in the same outfit as well! Hard to believe it grew that much in 8 weeks!

I was down south staying at my mom’s when I hit 25 weeks and I remember my belly was starting to get super hard at this point. I was also having some pressure / round ligament pain when working out so I took a week off all workouts other than walking and that seemed to help.

Mentally & Emotionally:

At this point I was still riding the high from my anatomy scan at 22 weeks and feeling good mentally and emotionally. Baby H was also starting to wriggle and move much more, which I loved! My pregnancy anxiety went way way down.

One thing I have been a bit anxious about during this pregnancy is movement or lack of. Some doctors / sources online will say that you should feel your baby move 10 times every 2 hours and that is NOT the case for Baby H. He/she likes to take nice long naps and sometimes I won’t feel them for several hours! Throughout the pregnancy he/she has been most active in the early morning and at night right before bed. But often during the day I do not feel them for several hours (up to 4 or 5), especially on days where I am moving lots. So that has caused a bit of anxiety for me.

Weeks 26 – 27

26 weeks! 


I was starting to feel quite large around 26/27 weeks, but still managing to push through regular workouts. I believe this was also when I started to really not sleep well. As the belly got bigger and bigger I found I was having trouble getting comfortable and was tossing and turning a lot at night. Around 30 weeks I hit peak exhaustion with this and got a snoogle! So glad I did.


27 weeks! 

It was around 27 weeks that my back started bugging me. I have had some issues with back pain in my mid/upper back on my left side for years but normally it’s nothing a chiropractor adjustment or massage can fix. However, since 27 weeks this issue has really been rearing it’s head and giving me quite a bit of trouble. For awhile it was only bugging me every couple of days, but now by the end of every single day my back aches. I have been going for regular chiropractor visits and prenatal massages, and they do help a bit, but it’s always back within a day or two. I’m sure carrying around the extra weight is not helping.

At 27 weeks I had a prenatal appointment and Baby H’s heart rate was 142 BPM!

Mentally & Emotionally: 

It’s so funny writing these blog posts looking back, because when I look back I’m like ‘oh I was way less tired than I am now!’ or ‘wow, I miss when my back only bothered me every 2nd or 3rd day instead of every. single. day.’ or ‘I thought I was sleeping bad at 27 weeks?!? HA! 32 week me is laughing so hard at that.’

However, when you’re actually in the thick of the hard stuff, it does feel quite hard and mentally and emotionally I was definitely tired, struggling with the uncomfortableness as I got bigger and also struggling with the lack of sleep. I definitely wasn’t as ‘done’ with pregnancy as I am now, but I was getting there.

Other updates from the second half of trimester #2: 

My mom helped me paint this dresser and nightstand for the babies room with a cream chalk paint. I am in love with how they turned out! The nursery is still an absolute disaster / mess, however my first baby shower was this past weekend, so I’m really hoping to start organizing it now and will do a little tour as soon as it’s done.

How freaking precious are these little moccassins my mother-in-law made for Baby H?? ALL the heart eyes for these little things. I cannot wait for him/her to wear them <3 <3 <3

And that’s about it for the second half of the 2nd trimester! Next will be a recap of the third trimester. Since I kind of want to write it before Baby H comes, I might start by recapping weeks 28 – 38.

Other pregnancy posts churning in my brain that are coming soon: sharing our full infertility story, why we chose to not find out Baby H’s gender and if we’re happy with that decision (spoiler: we are!), nursery tour (when it’s actually done).

Anything else you want to know?

8 Responses

  1. I love reading your pregnancy updates! I think I am going to start to do them every 4 weeks or so with my first one around week 18! Sorry to hear about all the back pain – that sounds awful. But you are carrying around so much extra weight and it’s all centered in one area of your body so I can see why it’s been hard on your back!

    I”m still super impressed by all of the workouts you’ve been getting in. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to stay so active. My situation is obviously completely different because of all the issues I’ve had with my RA, but I”m hoping this past flare was my last one. I want to go 2 weeks without a flare and then I will start to add in strength training 3-4 days a week and I want to be more intentional about going for walks!

  2. Nora says:

    Those moccasins are adorable! Your MIL Is very talented. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable it must be to not be able to get comfortable/sleep well and etc. Sending you lots of love, friend!

    I’m on Team Yellow/not finding out the gender, too. I think it’s so fun to wait and see.

  3. Heather says:

    I think towards the end of my pregnancy, I got restless leg so bad. UGH it carried on for a few months after. She must have sat on a nerve at the end there and it didn’t know how to fix itself. There was one night I was at home, minding my business, and E decided to push hard near my lungs and I got super claustrophobic and FREAKED out that was how the rest of pregnancy was going to be. HAHA

  4. Leigh says:

    Both of my kids were the same way- not always super active except for certain times of the day. I know it’s hard, but try not to worry 🙂 those moccasins your MIL made are adorable! You are getting closer and I’m excited for you 🙂

  5. Stephany says:

    Ugh, I’m sorry for all the back pain. That has to be so awful! Especially considering even chiropractor adjustments and prenatal massages aren’t helping. Are you able to sit with a heating pad (not sure if that’s a pregnancy no-no!)? Whenever I have back pain, heat usually helps to soothe it! But maybe you’ve tried that and I’m sorry for my ass-vice. 😉

    Those moccasins give me heart-eyes as well! What a special gift.

  6. Travelspot says:

    You look great! I can’t wait to meet baby H and see what the heck the gender is and what you are going to name him/her etc! This is so exciting! I am sorry that your back is hurting and that you are feeling blah, but this will all be over soon and before you know it you will have have a little one!

    I want to know what names you are considering, what Eric thinks (is he nervous? Has he ever changed a diaper? Is he hoping for a boy?) and what beer you are missing!

  7. Kelly says:

    You definitely look gorgeous but I feel you on the uncomfortableness! My back really bothered me when I was pregnant with Max. Like you it was a spot that already bothered me a bit but it got wayyyy worse in that pregnancy! Hope these next weeks fly by for you! I can’t wait for Baby H to be here!

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