Mama’s due with baby 2 -a journal of weeks 4-12

Okay so we have been keeping our pregnancy a secret for weeks now and we are finally sharing the good news! During our time keeping secrets I decided to do a little summary of each week of my pregnancy and how I was feeling. A lot of the weeks were really similar. This pregnancy has been much harder on me than my last but I think it is good to share.

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Week 4
We found out we were pregnant!! I had been taking the test super early and they kept showing up negative. The evening before our positive test I felt like crap (nausea, tired, icky). I knew I was pregnant so the next morning I took the test and sure enough I was! I quick made a big brother sign and put it in Liam’s crib while he was sleeping. I told Joe to look at how cute Liam looked sleeping and that is how he found out. We were super excited!

I plan to continue with my exercise regimen which is teach Zumba 2 nights a week and a Sweat Circuit one morning a week. Also 1-2 days a week I will use the elliptical and doing some stretching and ab work. I took 4 weeks picture to remind myself of where my body was and that I can get back to that body and even better if I work hard and stay committed to a healthy lifestyle! I am really proud of the progress I made after Liam and am hopeful to do the same after this baby. #afterbabygoals

Week 5
Feeling pretty good for the most part. I started to get tired and have a lack of appetite. I had some serious sweet cravings as well (bring on the ice cream)!

Also frequent urination started almost immediately this time. Waking up in the middle of the night and going a lot throughout the day.

Week 6
Really not feeling well periodically throughout the day. I started having nausea in the morning, afternoon, and evenings after dinner. Serious cravings for junk, especially carbs! Started having mixed cravings for sweets, pickles on pizza, and ice cream. Some serious junk food cravings as well at all times of the day. I haven’t had fast food for years now and I found myself craving  taco bell taco at 9 am one morning! what?!?

We had our first doctor appt to confirm the pregnancy. We wanted to skip this appt but apparently it is required to schedule the next appointment so we followed the rules.
Sure enough, as we already knew, I was pregnant so we were able to schedule our 12 week appointment.

Week 7
Still a lot of nausea, super tired, and lack of appetite especially in the evenings. Joe got me cheeseburger pizza (which has pickles on it) for dinner one night to help my craving. I got super sick and that craving no longer exists!

Still craving everything unhealthy and specifically anything with carbs! Also obsessed with apples this week, I had 4 in one day!

Week 8
So tired. Napping any chance I can for hours at a time. I feel so lazy. I also feel huge by the end of the day. My clothes all still fit great but anything tight around the waist bothers me in the evenings and I just feel huge even though I may not look huge.

Still experiencing nausea and lack of appetite. My craving this week was potato chips and top the tater which my husband made a special trip to the store to get for me. Thankfully I am still able to eat roasted vegetables however do not offer me a salad in the evening because I have absolutely no interest at all!

Had to add some fiber to my diet. If you don’t know why fiber is necessary during pregnancy…well it’s bathroom related. Hoping that adding fiber will help with some of my tummy issues.

Week 9
Starting to feel better in the mornings. Less nausea. Afternoons are still really hard and evenings I just don’t have an appetite even though I am hungry. I suddenly have a super sweet tooth and all I want is chocolate cake (which has never been something I loved).

I am still really tired but doing a little better there it seems. It’s hard to get motivated to exercise.

Week 10
Definitely feeling better in the mornings which is a huge relief. Still having some nausea here and there throughout the day, especially at night but it is not as bad as it was. Cravings for a bloody mary (virgin of course). Lack of appetite throughout the day, especially in the evenings, is a huge issue.

Feeling really noticeably pregnant this week. It is getting challenging to hide the bump. I know I am much larger much soon this time than I was with Liam.

I am still so tired and nap any chance I can. If I am home I will nap during Liam’s nap and can end up sleeping 2 hours!

Week 11
We had our first doctor appt this week to hear babies heartbeat and make sure all is well. We brought Liam with and it was just amazing. I love hearing the heartbeat. Liam was so curious about it too.

Still feeling quite terrible. Still tired. Still having some nausea and just upset stomach. Had a switch of cravings as well. I no longer want chocolate cake but I want sour gummy worms or sour patch kids, chicken with honey mustard, chicken wings, virgin bloody marys. So random!

Literally nothing sounds good ever, especially in the evenings though. I feel like I eat because I know I have to.

I had my first day where I was home and had the opportunity to nap and I didn’t. I feel like that is progress!

Week 12
This is the week where they say things get better and gosh I hope they are right! I still have a lack of appetite in the evenings but for the most part I am doing pretty good with eating. There are some things that I just can’t even think about eating (like fish) and cravings I’ve had in the past have completed diminished (like ice cream and chocolate cake). I have no desire to eat any of them however, pasta, and greasy food always sound so good.

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I am so tired still. I really am not sleeping well at night. I get up every night to pee (still) and sleep really great until that moment. After I use the bathroom I toss and turn until my alarm goes off. When I have the opportunity to nap I set an alarm now so I don’t sleep for too long. If I take too long of a nap it definitely impacts my night time sleep.

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I have continued exercising and that is going really well. I have also continued with the use of fiber which has helped and I will continue to use this likely the whole pregnancy.

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These 12 weeks have gone by slow and fast at the same time. It’s hard to believe that I am now entering my 2nd trimester. I am hopeful that things will get better and as of right now mornings and afternoons are significantly better than they were. Evenings are still my challenging time. Here’s to 1/3 of the way done and 2/3 to go!

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