I know I am already in my 3rd trimester of pregnancy. It is another ballgame quite different from the 1st trimester and 2nd trimester. But I have to say 2nd trimester phase of pregnancy was amazing!!! I have to share it with my fellow preggy moms how wonderful it was and for those preggy moms in their 1st trimester, they have something to look forward to after the tough 1st trimester.
Here are 5 wonderful things to look forward to n 2nd trimester pregnancy:
1. MORE ENERGY
One thing I complained about my 1st trimester of pregnancy was my extreme tiredness and lethargy. I was so beat and lethargic. I wanted to just sleep and sleep for the three months. It was tough I guess in the first few months of pregnancy for body to be building the placneta which will be the source of nutrition, elimination, gas exchange and immunity for my growing baby. But on my 2nd trimester, all of that lethargy vanished. I think I was even more energetic than I was when I wasn’t pregnant. I was more productive on my 2nd trimester than when I am not pregnant. After a zombie-like phase in my 1st trimester, I guess during my 2nd trimester my mind was able to contemplate and revel at the thought that I have a growing miracle inside my belly. I feel more inspired every single day and my happiness level was just sky high. I was glowing in pregnancy high.
2. BABY FLUTTERS
During your 1st trimester, being pregnant seems like an abstraction. If you are like me who like evidences, concrete stuff and doesn’t like online shopping because I rather touch the merchandise before I buy them, it was tough during my 1st trimester when I want to make sure there is really a baby inside my uterus, hehe. That is why I am happy when I get to see my OB doctor who does ultrasound scan to make me see my little marshmallow inside my belly and also when I really get to hear his heartbeat. I do random fetal doppler checks in our clinic to check for my baby’s heartbeat. But during 2nd trimester, you get to feel some sort of action and movement inside your belly and it is awesome. It is called baby flutters. It feels like butterflies inside your tummy and like little fishes swimming gently. It feel very nice. It doesn’t feel like a real kick yet. So it doesn’t hurt yet haha…. I just felt like my baby is tickling me gently from the inside. I couldn’t help but smile when I feel it. It is me and my baby’s little secret. My sweet sister send this cute poetry to me in my Facebook timeline.
3. CUTE BABY BUMP
In your 1st trimester, it is either your tummy does have the evidence of being pregnant or it does, it is all gas and yes, constipation, hehe. You feel fat but you don’t really look convincing enough to be pregnant. So you will get a lot of “You are gaining weight” or “Have you been pigging out on those sinful cupcakes again?” accusations. But on your 2nd trimester, the troublesome constipation has not been visiting often and your belly now is showing signs of a cute belly bump. This maybe the best time to start doing the belly bump documentation because you are quite it is all baby now and not just bloating.
You can still wear your old slightly loose pre-pregnancy clothes at this point. You will can still look cute and pretty at this stage. Something I am not quite sure if you past the 6 to 7months mark of your pregnancy, I am sure if cute is this perfect adjective for you. People would probably use words to describe you with words that rhymes with an “ouse” like “house” or “bounce”.
But of course, some clothes will not be fitting perfectly now like your skinny jeans or your crop blouse. Your bra will feel a bit snug too! Yey for bigger boobs! I use these little helpers to accommodate my new “curvier” body. I use belly support, bra extenders, button extenders and I am so loving the Bella Band.
Yes, this is also a perfect time for you have your ‘babymoon‘ . Babymoon according to Wikipedia refers to a vacation taken by a couple either soon before, or soon after, the birth of their baby, like the honeymoon which follows a wedding. 2nd trimester is the perfect time for a baby moon because all that nausea & vomiting you have during your 1st trimester has gone away and that this stage of pregnancy, your OB doctor and airlines will allow you to travel. It is safe to travel during these times, as long as you don’t fall under high risk pregnancy, no previous history of miscarriages, etc. Also your travel itinerary must be devoid of any strenuous activities like climbing a thousand plights of stairs, skydiving (haha) or anything that might potentially harm your little one.
On my 18th week of pregnancy, me and my hubby took advantage of the Chinese New Year long weekend holiday and headed to nearby Batam, Indonesia for a much needed vacay – our babymoon, hehe… Little one inside get to travel to Indonesia without a passport. He is my little illegal traveller, hehe…. We had a nice, relaxing weekend in Batam eating seafoods and getting massages.
Here is a video of our trip in Batam:
http://littlemisshoney.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140427-193836.movAlso for those travelling in Batam, click on this link of my blogpost of our trip: BATAM TRIP
5. APPETITE BACK TO NORMAL
Okay, I am not sure if this is a good thing. But during my 1st trimester, even if I don’t have that nausea or vomiting symptoms, I was at war with food. Food for me just a piece of substance that I have to force in my mouth because I know my baby needs it. Eating seems to be a disgusting activity and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it so much before. Popeyes chicken taste gross, pasta seems tasteless and JCo donuts just doesn’t appeal me. The only food that my tastebuds can accept are salty foods like a Fish Soup or Potato chips. Even those doesn’t seem enjoyable as it was before. My hubby noticed that my appetite isn’t as it was before. Most eating partner would like someone to eat with who is just as enthusiastic as there to what there are eating. He also worries that I may not be getting enough nutrients for me and my baby with very picky appetite. I also know that that was not really my normal appetite.
But 2nd trimester makes up for all that. My appetite was back with vengeance. I can enjoy food as it was before and also give the adequate nourishment for my baby.
I know that not all pregnancy is the same. You may or not be having the same enthusiasm of your 2nd trimester pregnancy as me. And for those in your 1st trimester, there might be a slightest chance that some of these things I have enjoyed may not happen to you. But hang in there. We all have this beautiful gift after this long 9 months. We all still blessed. And for those mommies who are happy with their 2nd trimester too, drop in a line and tell me of your favourite 2nd trimester moments too.
Happy pregnancy, mommies!