We made it! By “we” I really mean me, because I am the one that is pregnant, but we made it to the halfway mark in my THIRD pregnancy! These first twenty weeks have been a whirlwind and I am spilling all of the details today in this blog post.
Where do I begin? If you haven’t read my blog post breaking down my first trimester, you need to read that first because it’ll help you understand a lot of what’s to come in this post. You already know right as I was getting out of my dreaded first trimester our whole house got hit hard with the stomach flu. It was rough, and I wanted to throw in the towel. I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive this pregnancy. However, here I am 21 weeks pregnant as I type this, alive and well… for the most part.
Once we were all healthy and feeling better (around 15 or 16 weeks) I made it a point to stick to my workout and meal plan I was following to the best of my ability. If any of you can remember back to my postpartum experience with Slate, I started Nancy Anderson’s Ab Rehab to help heal my pelvic floor and any diastasis recti I developed. Well, I loved her program so much I decided for this pregnancy I needed to subscribe to her Move Your Bump program and I am so glad I did! This program has more workouts than you could ever need, breathing exercises to help keep your pelvic floor and abdomen strong and functioning, and an easy to follow meal plan. I know this sounds like a sponsored post, but I can promise you it’s not. Her programs are THAT good. Working out is so important during pregnancy, especially when it comes to labor and delivery. Also, pelvic floor health is even more important. I had an unmedicated birth with Slate and hope to do it again with this baby, so I want to be more prepared as I didn’t work out much while pregnant with Slate.
Aside from making sure I am moving my body and eating as well as my body allows (still sick some days), I am doing pretty good. I do have days where the nausea comes back but it’s usually only for a brief period of time, which is nothing considering what I went through for twelve weeks. I developed some varicose veins that can be a little tricky if I don’t take care of myself, but overall, they don’t both me too much. I also had them with Slate, but it was very minimal.
Another intense pregnancy symptom that is fairly new is acid reflux and heartburn. Again, this was something I experienced with both Jasper and Slate, but it wasn’t until the tail end of my pregnancy and was tolerable. This pregnancy, like everything else is totally different. I started noticing some mild reflux around 16 weeks of my pregnancy. By the time I hit 20 weeks pregnant it was full force here to stay. This past week has been the worst and I am experimenting with holistic ways to manage it as I am trying not to resort to tums or other over the counter medications. I definitely plan to do a whole post on this because there is so much that goes into it. Right now, I am avoiding trigger foods to the best of my ability, taking ginger honey ACV shots when I feel it coming on, and I placed an order for some supplements to try from Young Living. I also plan to try papaya and/or papaya enzymes.
Now, what everyone has been waiting for. The number one question I get asked is if we know the sex of this baby yet. In short, yes, we now know the sex of our third baby. If you followed my stories on Instagram, then you would know my ultrasound tech couldn’t confirm the sex at my anatomy scan. I was a little upset at first because that is the one ultrasound you wait for and is the most exciting. However, I had to laugh it off because I’ve been through so much during this pregnancy it didn’t surprise me that this would happen. Being the impatient person that I am, I scheduled an ultrasound at a private clinic. There we were able to find out the sex. I don’t want to say much because I don’t want to give it away, but we are taking our time with sharing the news. I will do another guessing the baby’s sex based off of old wives tales post again (those are so fun) before we announce. For now, you can check out Jasper’s and Slate’s.
Some days I cannot believe I am already half way to meeting our third baby, other days I never thought I would make it. I am just so happy and really trying to soak up every moment of this pregnancy. Keeping myself physically and emotionally healthy during this time is so important to me.
If you made it this far, I want to thank you. Thank you for following along on yet another crazy wild pregnancy journey.