Wow. My 2nd trimester flew by. Seriously. I remember counting the days and hours until my 1st trimester was over, maybe because I felt so crappy during those first 13 weeks (Read all about my 1st trimester HERE). But the past 13 weeks have gone by so fast! I guess when you feel fabulous, time goes by faster.
The grossness I felt in the first trimester lingered a few weeks into my 2nd, so I was hopeful that I would continue to feel great a few weeks into my 3rd trimester. I was wrong. At around 26/27 weeks I started getting sharp pains in my back! I think this little baby is sitting on my sciatic nerve and it doesn’t feel great. It’s hard to walk sometimes. When putting pressure on my right leg while walking, a sharp shooting pain will almost bring me to my knees. It’s intense! It’s worse some days than others and I’m hopeful that my little babe will move off my nerve and this won’t continue for the rest of my pregnancy- REALLY hopeful. Ha!
I’m also starting to get pain in my pelvic floor. Carrying around an extra 20 lbs is doing a number on my pelvis. My legs go numb around my hips every night and this little baby loves to keep me up at night doing gymnastics in my uterus. Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for every little ache and pain. I know how blessed I am to be able to experience pregnancy, so I try to remember that when I’m laying in pain on my couch. It’s weird how much you can love someone who is causing you such discomfort. Ha!
On top of all this, I was feeling SO cute in the second trimester (read about how beautiful I felt HERE) and that isn’t quite the case now (even though I LOVE how I look in the maternity dress I’m wearing in this photo. You can get it HERE or HERE). I am really started to fill out and pack on the pounds. It’s honestly probably a good thing that I am noticing quick weight gain because it’s motivating me to eat better. I have eaten VERY poorly lately. I still get my veggies each day but after dinner is done, I indulge!!! In everything from ice cream to whip cream to Peeps! Yes – Peeps! Those things are pure sugar but I just can’t get enough of them (I stocked up after Easter). At one point I was putting whip cream ON my Peeps. Really Ali? And did I just say “after dinner”, who am I kidding, I’d eat them for breakfast sometimes! Horrible – I know. I’m not going to beat myself up about the poor food decisions I’ve made, but I am going to make a real effort to eat better moving forward. And not because of my weight (even though my weight brought all this to my attention), but for the health of my baby girl.
Being a first time mom, I don’t always know what is normal and what isn’t – and it can be terrifying! A few days before my baby shower (see my gorgeous baby shower HERE) I was experiencing bad back pain coupled with cramps. After talking to a few of my friends who are moms, they told me I needed to call my doctor because cramps and back pain are two of the major symptoms of pre-term labor. I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going into labor but I needed to call my doctor to be safe. Of course, my doctor was on vacation that week and the on call doctor couldn’t see me so I was told to go to labor and delivery at the hospital. They especially wanted me to go after I told them that I haven’t felt the baby move in 24 hours and she normally kicks ALL the time! I REALLY didn’t want to go because I was almost certain I wasn’t in labor but when it comes to the life of your child, you should always be safe rather than sorry. So Kevin and I headed to the hospital to check on our little girl. While we were headed over there, I realized that I was SO unprepared for our little girl’s arrival. What if I was in labor? I didn’t have a hospital bag packed. I didn’t even have a birth plan! Yes, Kevin and I have talked about what I would like out of my pregnancy (obviously the baby is going to do what she wants to do, but it’s good to have some sort of plan). He knows I want skin to skin contact after the baby is born and he knows I don’t want a ton of people in the room- but that’s about it. This trip to the hospital was certainly a wake up call that we need to be prepared for our little one’s arrival because you never know when she will decide to join us in this world!
When we got to Labor and Delivery they hooked me up to a machine with straps that went around my belly to monitor the baby. After an hour of monitoring, they determined I was not in pre-term labor. Thank goodness!!! I was most likely experiencing cramps from my ligaments stretching due to my growing uterus and the back pain is most likely caused from a pinched sciatic nerve. What a relief. When I say I can’t wait to meet our little girl, what I actually mean is I CAN wait and want to wait. She needs a little bit more cooking in my belly before we see her beautiful little face.
Given my experience and all the pain I’ve been feeling the past couple weeks, I am curious what other moms have experienced. Did the pain start this early for you? Did it go away? Some moms tell me the aches and pains come in waves in the third trimester and I will feel better soon. Is this true for any moms out there? Please tell me it is! Let’s discuss in the comments below.
Oh and here are some products I could not have lived without the last couple months! First, THESE maternity jeans by Isabella Oilver are BY FAR the best maternity jeans I’ve tried. I wear them ALL THE TIME! Also, I’ve been using THIS pregnancy pillow, but I’m thinking about trying out THIS one instead. Mine is pretty firm and I find my ear hurts when I wake up in the morning sometimes. I also think the Boppy might give me better support around my knees. Would love to know all your thoughts!
This maternity “bra” for you belly by Baobei Maternity SAVED me when I went to Disneyland with my niece a couple weeks ago. I also use it on all my hikes. It helps take so much stress off my back and supports my growing belly. And lastly, I really want to tell you guys about these prenatal vitamins! I have been taking them for about a year (I started taking them when we started trying for a baby) and I love them because they don’t make me sick! I have such a hard time taking multi vitamins because they make me nauseous. But I can take these without food! They are amazing! Only down side is you have to take 3 a day instead of one.
Real quick about this dress. It’s the FIRST maternity dress I’ve gotten and I LOVE it! I love how it has a built in bra so I don’t have to wear one (SO much more comfortable). And it flatters me in all the right places while showing off my bump! You can get it at Nordstrom HERE or from the designers website HERE. I also have it in orange. I’m wearing a size 2 (size 6 in US sizes).