Second Trimester Recap

Posted on July 17, 2014

Second trimester symptoms and recap, plus some of my favorite mom blogs.

Second trimester symptoms and recap, plus some of my favorite mom blogs.

It’s so hard to remember what it was like back when I had a “normal” body… and to think, I was feeling “fat”…

According to my pregnancy app, I hit the third trimester last week.  Some sites say it doesn’t start until week 28 but I’m going with the app because that just seems so exciting.  It’s also so crazy to think how SLOW the first trimester was and how time really seems to be flying now.  We are supposed to meet our baby boy in just three short months!

How far along:  27 weeks

Total weight gain: 17.5 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Oh yeah.  The only non-maternity clothes I can wear are low-rise yoga pants, some PJs and a couple pairs of sweatpants.  I just have to wear all of the bottoms below my belly.

Stretch marks:  Luckily still a no.  I do have the linea nigra (that dark line that goes down from your belly button), though.

Sleep:  Sleep has definitely been better for the last few months.  I have to get up to go to the bathroom at least once during the night, but I usually can fall right back to sleep.  As long as the room is cool enough I’m happy (higher than 67 degrees just doesn’t work for me).  Still loving this pillow!

Best moment of this week:  Not pregnancy related, but Matt and I got last minute tickets to see Bruno Mars on Tuesday night.  Let me just say, that man is amazing live!  Plus, Pharrell opened the show AND Lenny Kravitz made a surprise appearance during the encore.  It was such a fun night.

Miss anything:  Cocktails and really good wine.  I also started to miss running a bit a couple of months ago but decided it wasn’t worth it to start a more intense cardio at that point in my pregnancy.  My walks, yoga videos and barre workout are keeping me happy for the most part.

Movement: I FINALLY started feeling the baby kick at the end of my 21st week.  Since then it has increased a ton and I feel him moving a lot, especially in the mornings and at night.  I actually really love it!

Food cravings:  I really haven’t had any cravings since my first trimester but I do eat ice cream like it’s my job.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not at all since my minimal issues in the first trimester.  The one thing I haven’t really liked the entire pregnancy, though, has been scrambled eggs or omelets.  So random but annoying since I’m used to egg whites as a go-to protein source.

Have you started to show yet:  It’s impossible not to show.  On the one hand it is so weird standing out with a baby belly, but at the same time, I’m really trying to embrace it.  I actually think I felt more comfortable wearing a bathing suit pregnant than I ever did before.

Gender: BOY!

Labor signs:  Nope.

Belly button in or out:  All in.

Wedding rings on or off:  On.

Happy or moody most of the time:  I don’t think my mood swings have been too bad lately.  Well, except for when I’ve gotten really hot or hungry.

Looking forward to:  I’m looking forward to just enjoying the rest of summer.  I also love getting to see the baby in ultrasounds now because he is really looking like a baby!

Fun Facts:  You get to eat a lot of calories when you are pregnant.

Latest Symptoms:  I thought this was worth adding to the list because I’m always curious what random symptoms other people are dealing with.  I know I’m extremely lucky to have had minimal discomfort so far, but there are some random things I’m dealing with on a regular basis.  First of all, ear clogging.  This is one of those super annoying things that you can’t do anything about.  It usually goes away within an hour or so, but I must look so strange when I keep yawning, swallowing and playing with my ear.  Second, I have a new form of heartburn that has started to occur.  I had a ton of heartburn in the first trimester but that went away for a couple of months.  Lately I get regular heartburn in my chest OR this weird (or at least new-to-me) version where it is up in my throat.  It kind of feels like I haven’t finished swallowing my last meal.  Awesome.  Finally, I now have to pee all the time.  The baby seems to like sitting directly on my bladder so sometimes it seems like my bladder is the size of a walnut.

Favorite Mom Blogs:  I’d love to find more but here are a couple that I really enjoy reading now… Scary Mommy (good for sarcasm, humor and keeping it real) and The Wise Baby (great for product reviews from other moms).  Any others you love?

Cloth Diapers: Thanks to those of you who commented after this post.  I honestly haven’t done as much research as I should, but I have a feeling we are going to just stick to disposables.  If I had a friend or knew someone else I could talk to about cloth diapering I might feel different, but since I don’t, I think I’m just going to do what sounds easy.  If you have a way to convince me otherwise, I’m all ears!

Is there anything else that you want to know?  I plan on writing a bit about my registry experience and tips in the next month or so.

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Comments (16)
  • omg the ear clogging! i have that too. i thought mine was allergy related but maybe baby related! it’s worst after i workout!

  • Sues says:

    You look so awesome!! Glad to hear your feeling relatively OK :)

  • Joanne says:

    You have the CUTEST baby belly!! I love it. And I am SO EXCITED!!

  • Marcia says:

    You look beautiful ! It’s all so exciting !!!

  • Rachel says:

    You look beautiful! And more importantly, I’m so happy that you are feeling good! You are almost in the home stretch! I had 2 really weird symptoms when I was pregnant that I had never heard of…I was totally unable to wear my contacts (and still actually have problems with them unfortunately :\) and I had the WORST dry mouth ever. So bizarre! Anyhow, I hope you continue to feel great! Oh also, my favorite shirts when I was pregnant were the American Apparel heathered tee’s. I bought them a little big, and wore them nonstop, and the bonus? I still wear them now to bed and around the house, they are just a big baggy but I still love ’em! xxoo

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    You look so great!!! Can’t wait to “meet” your little man.

  • meg (mohacey) powers says:

    hey lauren! while eating my pumpkin cinnamon bun ice cream and scrolling thru FB i happened to see this. coincidentally today, i am marking the calendar at 28 wks along! haha how funny, our due dates are so close! i havent been following your previous pregnancy posts but it seems like youve had a relatively easy go of it so far, and fortunately i have too! i feel great, and am really enjoying this time. finally put 2 and 2 together that one of the weirdest and longest lasting pregnancy symptoms ive had this whole time is… chapped lips! isnt that weird?? i thought it was just the winter, then realized sometime the other day they get chapped so frequently! the only thing i can attribute it to is the kid! well enjoy the 3rd trimester!!!
    best wishes and congrats,

    • That’s so funny, Meg! Huge congrats to you! Ice cream is the best summer pregnancy perk, isn’t it? So glad your pregnancy is also going well. Hopefully the chapped lips will subside soon (so random)!

  • looove the update! so much exciting stuff happening-I love your baby bump!!

    and oooh that concert sounds AMAZING!

  • How exciting to feel him moving around!

  • alex says:

    ack! heartburn! the worst! I had it the entire time! have you heard the old wives tale that lots of heartburn means your baby will have a full head of hair? it was true in my case!
    you look adorable!

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