Today marks my FIRST day of my third trimester, so I thought it was only fair to do a quick wrap up of my second trimester. First trimester was rough because my body physically, emotionally and mentally was accepting that pregnancy was really happening. I think it is important for you and your partner to use that time to mentally and physically prepare for this new exciting chapter of your lives. I have learned that you should share the news when you feel It is deemed appropriate. Most people tend to become public with it during the 12 week mark and it is when it is normally safe. I told my parents around then and told others publicly a month later. We had a variety of things going on and picked the best time to share with others.But I have had some great moments just reflecting on my second trimester
Now, I can honestly say second trimester is better than the first. Maternity Glow has kicked in!
Your body has transitioned to being pregnant morning sickness subsides for the most part. It was during my second trimester around my 5th month I actually started to show and at the sixth month when my stomach was truly round and hard ( and it is not abs) lol. I actually had to upgrade to maternity pants around 4 and half months because I couldn’t fit any of my jeans and button them up. I was a bit paranoid of harming the baby so I just bought maternity jeans and rotated between those tights and dresses.
I would say up till now (knock on wood) I have not really experienced much pain except lower back pain! Oh boy and I do feel it especially as the belly grows it its throwing my spine off and curving it so it makes it feel painful at times. In particular when I sleep I get uncomfortable because starting at 5 months, you have to sleep on your side. Doctors prefer you to sleep on your left side. I am personally a back sleeper so it is uncomfortable to change the way you have been sleeping your whole life. Honestly, to this day I really struggle with sleeping on my side.Just as the weight continues to grow it can hurt to have all of my weight on one side weighing down. But it is so important to sleep on your side because you could be cutting off blood circulation to your baby and not sleeping on your side increases the risk of a still birth! So my husband Willie will tap me and keep me accountable in the middle of the night if by some chance I land on my back for a moment so I can readjust myself to sleep on my side. Pregnancy pillows did not work for me but I know it has worked plenty for other moms!
My Husband and I recently did our Baby Registry! Well most people do it around 4-5 months but we waited till the middle-end of my six months. We wanted to make it simple so we chose Target, Amazon and a small Christian business called The Modern Burlap! It was hard to figure out what to register for and where to start! So here are some essentials and must haves needed for a baby plus extras and good things to have for a registry. It took us a bit longer to figure out so we did our registry when we were ready.
- Infant car seat
- Stroller or baby carrier
- Newborn clothing
- Crib, mattress, mattress cover and crib sheets
- Baby monitor
- Bottles, a breast pump if breastfeeding, formula if not
- Bibs and burp cloths
- Newborn-size disposable or cloth diapers and wipes
- Baby bath tub and toiletries
- Baby first aid kit, rectal thermometer and nail clippers
- Baby bouncer
- Cloth diapers
- Glass bottles
- Baby carriers
- Baby monitor
I have been using quotes and verses as confirmations to help my mind ease during the good and harder moments in pregnancy. The fact I am attempting natural birth, it is know that it has helped so many women in the process but for myself in the past. SO, if you see me posting a bunch of verses and quotes it is for you but it is for me too! I am trying to shift my mentality in order to believe in myself especially during this process. The fact that I have not given birth yet, I am trying to eliminate any fear but know that I am capable and my body was MADE FOR THIS!
What I have found to really help my back pain is walking! Before pregnancy I would jog at a local path but since I have gotten pregnant and BIGGER it is hard to jog so I walk. That has helped SOOOOO Much to alleviate that back pain and there are so many wins from doing that. I have been able to be physically active and help with my posture. I also do hope and plan to deliver naturally and that is a major way that it is suppose to help! Fingers crossed (Especially during labor.) I will let you know about that part later!
Since I want to do a natural and non medicated birth, so I have been on YouTube constantly to asking my friends and people I know the answers to questions I may have. I also have been reading and have plenty of books on my MUST read list to prepare for not just birth but Post par tum and this new chapter in our lives, Parenting! My current reading books are Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Shout out to Yore) and The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Geneviene Howland.
During this time, I really started using my baby apps on my phone! I downloaded The Bump and What To Expect, which I use daily to read articles and learn more about the stages of pregnancy I am at. I love how I can track and see where my baby’s size and features are at. So today I am 7 months officially and I entered into the third and final Trimester! Ahhh! I will continue to post updates about my experience!