This week I am officially 22 weeks through this pregnancy. My trusty app tells me that I have 126 more days to go. I’m not sure if I think that is a lot or a cake walk…
If you weren’t aware 20 weeks is the half way point. This time it came pretty quickly, but not without taking it’s toll. My first trimester was very different, heck, this ENTIRE pregnancy is completely different from the last one. I know ‘they’ always say that, but it’s too hard to comprehend until you are there. The first time around you are in shock and awe at what your body is doing. So, the next time you think you have this pregnancy thing down. Uhhh – no, mother nature has so much more in store for you than a simple repeat.
As you know I found out after our trip to Colorado (which I know I haven’t posted about, but I will, promise). I was all kinds of nutso over the fact that I had alcohol and was in a hot tub 2 times. Well, that proved to be nothing. No matter how much I was told not to stress, I just couldn’t help it. You see, I had two friends that miscarried after the prescribed 12 week waiting period to announce you are expecting. All I could think about was how devastating that would be. Then you go on to think, well crap, if that really does happen and we have to wait a few months to start trying again and it took us 7 months to get pregnant this time, will this ever really happen… That’s the kind of crazy head talking that you can’t quiet down when your hormonal.
So, back to Colorado. The week after we returned, I felt terrible. It was like a switch had been turned on and I was bloated, couldn’t eat much more than a quarter of a meal without feeling like I ate a cow, was constantly exhausted, had to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes, woke up almost every hour during the night, and felt nauseous for most of the day. It was so strange! And awful.
I must say, this pregnancy is much harder than the last one. Not just because I have a toddler to take care of, but because this little guy seems to enjoy torturing Momma. Not that he can actually do that, but sure does feel like it! The nausea didn’t let up until about 16 weeks and then it still came back several times a week, BUT at least it isn’t every day.
The good news is I can eat full meals and I don’t have to pause with the first few bites to see if it’s going to agree with me. Not only that, but I can eat whatever. The first trimester was tough with red meat, but we are all good now. My cravings are also completely different in the fact that I really don’t have any, not like the last time. I still like food and want sweets, of course (we are talking about me). However fruit, water, juice, milk anything that is thirst quenching is what I really want all the time. Not so great for the night time bathroom visits, but those have slowed down to 2-3 a night now (yay!). Along with that I don’t need daily naps that range from 2-3 hours. I can get work done!
What has started up is the back pain. Its horrible, again! Recently, I’ve taken to hot showers with the water on my lower back and did some yoga stretches in the tub. It helped a lot – I no longer felt like I was ready to break in half. Not to mention I’ve been trying not to bend at the waist so my quads are on fire! I’m hoping that the back pain let’s up just like the morning sickness did. We will see!
More good news, the baby kicks and moves ALL THE TIME! It’s really quite fun. Plus, Gil has felt him kick already, too! I’m pretty sure it’s much earlier than last time.
I’ll leave you will a picture of the belly. I was going to try to do the monthly, then weekly (at the end) like last time, but that proved to be WAY too hard. So, there are less and in a different style. The hubs doesn’t even know about this, so SURPRISE to everyone!