I totally meant to start posting more regular blog posts, but it seems like I'm more a once-every-trimester kind of girl... which means that my next post will probably be when I have an actual baby! (Or more likely when I hit 40 weeks and don't have a baby yet and need to vent...)
My second trimester went well! It was a lot less eventful than my first trimester (you can read that in my last blog post), which is a VERY good thing.
I haven't exactly been zen (I've stressed out about a ton of little symptoms), but I only had one major pregnancy freakout and visit to my doctor, which turned out to be really funny. It's a bit TMI, but it went down like this: I was worried about an incompetent cervix and premature labor, because my doctor told me I might have a heart-shaped uterus at one of our first appointments (around the time he told me I was miscarrying with this baby!), so I've been really nervous about anything that could be a symptom of this. On my babycenter birth club board, someone posted that you could tell normal vaginal discharge from amniotic fluid leaking by the smell-- amniotic fluid smells sweet. Naturally, I went straight to the bathroom to check this out. I wiped and sniffed the toiled paper... and OH MY G-D IT SMELLED LIKE SOME KIND OF CANDY. Unmistakeably sweet. Bizarrely sweet. I called my doctor right away, but he was in an appointment and was supposed to call me back. So I went online, googled "leaking amniotic fluid"... not something you really want to do at 20 weeks (the prognosis is scary). Thoroughly freaked out, I DROVE to my doctor's office and sat in his waiting room until he could see me. Everything looked fine: closed cervix, perfect amount of amniotic fluid. He tested me for a yeast infection, which came up negative.
A few days after that, I decided to check the smell again, just to see if it had gone away. No... still sweet!! Then I had the bright idea to check the smell of some clean toilet paper.
Same sweet smell. Turned out that my husband picked out the toilet paper last time, and he chose vanilla-scented TP (which seems to be an Israeli thing).
After that, I had a new mantra whenever I was tempted to freak out and conclude my baby has just a few days to live: SMELL THE TOILET PAPER. It's saved me from many an emergency room trip. :)
I've kept up with exercising pretty well. During week 17, I participated in a 24-hour ultramarathon relay, running three legs (mostly downhill) that came out to 20 K total. The training was hard... I was having a lot of pubic bone pain when I ran, and back-to-back runs didn't help. The race itself, though, was incredibly fun. Here I am after finishing one of my legs:
Hot but happy. :)
I kept running (doing 5-6 K every other day) until about week 25, though I definitely got slower-- my 5K times drifted from sub-30 in easy training runs to 37 minutes on a fast day. :) But then summer and pregnancy caught up with me, and I decided that the heat and the pubic bone pain I was experiencing weren't worth it anymore. Now I've been swimming about three times a week instead, and it's a lot of fun... I've never swum much before, so doing 1500 meters (in about 50 minutes) yesterday felt like a true accomplishment! It's so nice to do exercise that doesn't leave me in pain afterward.
I'm a teacher, so I've been on summer vacation for pretty much the entire second trimester. I've become a sewing DEMON... I've so far sewed a bunch of maternity clothes for myself, a baby dress, two cloth diapers, a diaper bag, a changing pad, a wet bag, and a little robot doll that I was going to give to my friend's son but decided to keep for our little girl. :)
By far the best thing about my second trimester has been feeling like I'm getting to know my baby. We found out that she's a girl at my 16 week scan, and I started feeling her kicking around 18 weeks. Now it sometimes looks like my belly is going through an earthquake. :) I love feeling her nudge and roll against me... I always thought it would feel weird to have a human being growing inside me, but really it feels like being a mother and holding my baby... and I can't wait until I get to actually hold her in my arms and look her in the eyes!!
Some stats about my pregnancy so far:
Weight gain-- 12 pounds (from 127 to 139). I tend to gain in fits and starts and I think I'm due for another leap soon, though. :)
Pre-pregnancy (and actually about 4 pounds lighter than I started pregnancy... I decided I felt better at 127 lbs than 123, so 127 is also my future goal weight): 26
22-23 weeks: 34
28 weeks: 37 (I feel a lot bigger, and she's much bigger, though!)
Pre-pregnancy: 36 (though again, this was at about 4 pounds lighter than I was when I got pregnant or than I want to be in the future)
28 weeks: 37
28 weeks: 10
I've thrown up four times this pregnancy-- once in week 17 (the day before the race!), once in week 21, and twice in week 25. Never in the first trimester. Weird, I know.
Here's a collage of my weekly belly shots, from 10 weeks to 27 (I missed one week in the bottom row, I think week 25):
I know it looks like I "dropped" in Week 27, but I think that's just a trick of the camera angle and the waist of my shorts, and maybe where she was lying that day.
And I totally thought I was showing in the very first picture. HA!
Here I am at 28 weeks and 2 days, wearing one of the jersey dresses I sewed:
Here she is at 16 weeks...
Here's to a healthy third trimester!!