Hello, beautiful life!
Entering 2nd trimester most moms-to-be feel like they have been reborn. Full of energy, positive vibes and ready to go for endless walks at the park. So did I! Most of the nausea is gone by week 16 and the normal food preferences have been restored. Well, ugh, except for having sweets. They say by the 2nd trimester all the food preferences should be restored, and if any of them doesn’t, they probably will once you give birth. So no sweets for be until the end of my pregnancy journey, I guess.
My highlights of 2nd Trimester:
- Nausea slowly disappeared by week 16, appetite growing stronger! Now I am able to eat a pizza without feeling guilty or being chased by the constant nausea.
- Energy has been restored, feeling an urge to go out for walks.
- By week 20 none of my jeans fit anymore, belly started growing fast. I have bought my first pregnancy jeans and comfy leggings.
- Heart burn appears regardless of the food choices I make, no matter how much I am avoiding fried foods and any food that might trigger any heart burn.
- Sleeping in patterns – after week 20, I have started waking up every 2-3 hours, sometimes I don’t even need to use the lady’s room.
- Stretch marks begin to appear on left and right side of my body, even though I have been using pregnancy body lotion and oil, and pure cocoa butter and coconut oil every once in a while.
How do I survive my constant heart burn:
- Sparkling water – the ultimate hero of the day. I have been drinking sparkling water every time I had a heart burn and it really does help. I have been avoiding to drink too much of it, and too cold, to prevent my throat going sore.
- Milk – I have only tried the trick with dairy milk, pure and also tried with flavoured – works wonders for me!
- Yogurt – again, tried only dairy, works every time.
Foods that I have been avoiding to prevent a heart burn:
- Citrus and any sour fruits;
- Tomato sauce;
- Any fried food;
- Junk food;
- Chips and store-bought snacks;
- No fatty foods;
My food choices during the days with lots of heart burn:
- Boiled eggs with white cheese and whole wheat bread.
- A salad with white cheese.
- Oven-baked fish with boiled potatoes.
- Oven-baked chicken with fresh salad, but no vinegar in the dressing.
- Bananas to snack on.
- Nuts such as almonds, raw or baked.
- Low fat cream cheese with whole wheat bread and some tomatoes.
- Just about any food that’s not fried.
Being pregnant during a hot summer is a challenge. Many times I have had headaches thanks to the extremely hot weather. Here’s my tips on how to go through it:
- I always check my blood pressure. High or low blood pressure can cause a headache. Even if I have never had an issue with my blood pressure before, this might change during pregnancy. If it’s too low or too high, I aim for the foods to either lower it or raise it, there are lots of choices for that.
- Staying away from the sun at any cost is my number one rule, especially between 14:00-17:00.
- Air-conditioner is officially my best friend.
- Drink a lot of water.
If you feel really unwell, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor, so be sure to give them a call – sometimes it is better to call even if there was nothing to worry about.
It is getting harder and harder to move by the end of 2nd trimester, squatting and bending is getting harder with every day. Baby is growing and every move and kick can be felt.
Pregnancy is magical, so I am here to enjoy every moment of it! None of the body changes truly scared me, especially knowing there is life growing inside me that needs me to take care of it until ready to be born, and more once born!