Today I am officially in my third trimester and I want to reflect on my second trimester because it really was an amazing 3 months. Some will say that you will “feel your best” in your second trimester and I have to agree, I felt great.
12-14 weeks: I was still getting sick in the mornings but it wasn’t that bad. It was only once and I was usually able to control it if I got up and ate right away. Eating really helped.
14 – 20 weeks: The morning sickness stopped and I felt great. During these weeks my weight got commented on a lot. Whether it was “you barely look pregnant” or “I see your little bump!” It seemed as though someone was always commenting. At first this bothered me because I have never really gained weight before. Up until my pregnancy I was still wearing clothes that I had worn in high school. So having people commenting on my weight daily was a bit strange to me but I grew to love it because I love this little person that I am growing inside of me more and more every day.
20 weeks – 28 weeks: *Week 22* was when I first felt the baby move. It’s been moving lots ever since! And I am officially wearing mostly maternity clothes or stretchy Columbia under layers and hoodies. Definitely have a noticeable baby bump that I am quite happy to show off. I lucked out and won a contest for Thyme Maternity and have enough clothes now to last me throughout this pregnancy.
During the second trimester I was lucky enough to be able to continue my usual lifestyle with only making a few small changes or restrictions to certain activities.
Ice climbing: So thankful that Mountain Mama makes a maternity harness that has allowed me to continue to climb throughout my pregnancy. In order to keep climbing I did decide to make a couple changes/restrictions such as only top roping and belaying Mike but then having him repel down because lowering him with a full body harness is a bit difficult. After doing a couple climbs I am quite content with sitting back, eating, and watching the guys climb while I simply enjoy being outside.
Cross Country Skiing: Such a great way to stay active in the winter. I haven’t had to change much about this activity other than sticking to trails with few hills or hills I know I can handle.
Snowshoeing: Definitely an activity I plan to enjoy right up until the end of my pregnancy as long as we get more snow!
Some other activities I am still enjoying but don’t have pictures of are
Swimming: I’ve started swimming every week with a friend of mine. It’s a great way to get exercise after work as well as some quality girl time.
Volleyball: Mike and I play in a mixed recreational league. I keep my feet on the ground as much as possible, I do not dive for anything, and there’s no hitting allowed in this league anyways. I do find it difficult to resist the temptation of giving it my all. I just have to watch the ball hit the floor sometimes and that’s okay. My teammates are really good to cover me.
It’s really important for me to stay active throughout my pregnancy. Not for any reason other than the fact that I know I would be miserable sitting on the couch eating these precious months away. I am loving being pregnant and I really believe that being happy is the best way to stay healthy. Therefore, I will continue to do what I love, as long as I can.