Bye Bye 2nd Trimester

I had my follow up appointment yesterday and everything looks good, my blood pressure is normal (pretty surprising after the last few weeks we’ve had!), weight gain is normal (this is the most I’ve ever weighed in my life, let’s hope it all goes away quickly after the baby is born!), she measured my belly and we listened to his heartbeat.  Every time she moved the Doppler to find his heartbeat he would start kicking and punching as if he were saying “get that thing away from me!”  All is well…The end of next week I officially start my third trimester (!) how did that happen?  So that means I am due for my glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes.  I’ve heard two different opinions about the sugary drink that is required for this test, most people absolutely despise it, others say it’s really not that bad.  I’ll let you know what I think.  I also have an ultrasound scheduled (Yay!  More pictures of baby!) to check to see where my placenta is (please pray that I don’t have full placenta previa).  And finally my blood type is O- (the good stuff!) which means I am Rh- which means I get a RhoGam shot in 2 weeks.  So these next few weeks will be busy with all those appointments.  I’ll keep you posted…

Now that my 2nd trimester is coming to an end, I want to make note of a few things before I begin my 3rd trimester.

  • Overall I do feel really good!
  • Sleeping is hard, it’s not so much getting up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night that bothers me, but it is the achiness of my back, hips and shoulders from sleeping on my side. And every time I roll over to change positions it is like wrestling with an alligator to reposition the 50 pillows around me and try not to kick the dog and wake up Justin in the process.  But it has helped me with getting up in the morning (I am typically not excited to get up in the AM) because it feels so much better to get up and move around.
  • I get tired a lot quicker now and we have lots of stairs in our house (30 steps from the garage to the top of the 2nd floor), and I am walking slower.
  • Bending over is not as easy as it used to be, I know that part is only going to get worse.  I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a step for the shower so I can put my leg up to shave.
  • I never had any crazy cravings, but am obsessed with fresh fruit and always have pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, apples, etc… handy to snack on.
  • Jamba Juice has been another craving of mine, very similar to the fresh fruit.  It is the one thing that saved me in my first trimester when I was battling the queasiness, and it is so refreshing during the hot summer days.
  • The one routine thing is I always have tangerines in bed before I go to sleep.  The dog sits at my side and very intensely stares at me while I am peeling and eating slice by slice of tangerines.
  • I giggle every time I need to get up off the couch because Justin has to pull me up.  I mean, I could do the side roll and push myself off (which is how I get out of bed) but it’s easier and more fun to let him pull me up. You should have seen us when we were shopping for recliner/rocking chairs, let’s just say Justin is getting his upper body workout pulling me up all the time.
  • I do have general aches and pains in my belly and back which is expected since everything is shifting, expanding and growing.
  • I have leg cramps all night long which also contributes to not sleeping well. I have pretty much resolved that I am not going to get a good nights sleep during the next 20 years or so, I am embracing it.
  • I miss my coffee.  And yes…I know coffee is fine to drink in moderation, my OB has told me that on more than one occasion.  But I had given up caffeine before we did IVF and I made the decision to keep that up until my 3rd trimester, I am waiting until the cooler fall weather to start drinking my coffee again. I admit I do have some of the first time pregnancy paranoia since we went though so much to get to this point, I don’t want to do anything that could potentially harm baby.

I know all this is going to intensify in the next few months, that is why I am running around like a madwoman right now to do as much as I can before that happens. I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far and I am hoping that it stays that way. There are a lot of exciting things happening over the next few months with baby showers, holidays and getting the nursery ready!  It’s going to be fun!

Here’s my 26 week 5 day belly! XOXO

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