I realized that I’m almost at week thirty-four and have yet to recap the second trimester of my pregnancy. I figured I should probably get around to doing so before it’s time to blog about the close of the third trimester!
SECOND TRIMESTER RECAP:
Intense belly pain. Nothing to worry about – it’s just the stretching of nerve endings around my ribs but, boy, is it uncomfortable! My upper ribs feel like they are on fire and the only thing that seems to bring relief is standing/walking.
I had every intention of weight lifting once the second trimester began but it never ended up happening. I’ve maintained a walking routine of about 6-8 miles/day (broken up into 2-3 smaller daily walks) and that has been it. The thought of running, spinning, weight lifting (after pregnancy) is exciting but also quite daunting. I’m going to have to build back my endurance after the first of the year.
I seemed to have more intense cravings throughout the first trimester. Throughout the second, I just wanted healthy, fresh foods. Seriously. Fruits, giant salads, beans – and, okay, the occasional
bowl pint of ice cream! I started to drink coffee again but towards the close of the trimester, I could barely finish half of my cup. It smells delicious but I just couldn’t drink it like I used to. Beneficial for my wallet.
Feeling really great. Not too many mood swings. I don’t feel overly emotional (quite the opposite actually?)
LOOKING FORWARD TO:
I’m surprisingly looking forward to getting bigger over these next several weeks. I thought I was big around twenty weeks – ha! Oh how things have changed. I’m also looking forward to my baby shower and the cooler weather that’s approaching. We had a fairly mild summer (which has been a blessing during a summer pregnancy) but I’m really looking forward to cooler weather and dressing the bump in fall clothing.