The Second Trimester
To add lava to puke, it was the end of the second trimester that the heartburn began as my little man got bigger and things moved around. So bulk up on tums once you hit week 20. Mint tea is also a good idea at this point in the game.
Bram's first kick was something I can always remember. The experience of feeling him move from within me was the beginning of making his life and my new life as a mommy real. The sensation was a bubbly flip, like one of my old gymnastic flips but from tiny feet inside me. So much about motherhood takes my breath away and his first little leap and kick was the first of so many moments that stopped me in my tracks.
Finding differing and surprising times to bond with our little guys is a great way to spend these 3 months. Particularly if you're a single momma-to-be; focusing less on your wounds from a man and more on a new person is a smart way to stay upbeat.
It can be quite helpful to look at your single momma pregnancy as a gift; if a man can't be bothered to engage in life it is better for you that he has shown his true colors early on and given your heart time to get preoccupied with your new family unit. Even if your plans do not seem to go the right direction take comfort in the peace of surrendering your control over any situation. God grants us nothing we do not have the will to survive and thrive with.
I suggest starting with 2/3 olive oil, 1/3 aloe and rubbing that in for the first few months. Then when the stretching and tingling starts getting intense as you near the last big trimester months add in two tablespoons of nice, thick castor oil.
Your tee-tas will most likely start itching around now. As your glads get bigger and your fat despots start banking in Boobies land you'll be itching, often most notably at night.
Pets reacting: sir flufferdoddles knew before any human. A once daily belly jumper to wake me in the mornings he stopped and would give morning kisses instead. I tried to give extra attention to my little fur baby because I knew I'd have much less time for him once baby came. Little did I know just how drastically my time would end up shifting towards my son. My dog had to move from my bed to a dog bed under a chair, which he ended up retreating to often as he hid from a loud and colicky baby.
Foods- what to eat: I tried to eat with the assumption that I would or already had gestational diabetes. My doctor forgot during my first trimester of blood work to look for the signs of insulin resistance, since I was at such a high risk, so she left it till well into my second trimester. I found it best for my health and my baby's safety to assume and take food based measures to keep us both healthy. Keeping in mind that I needed extra calories for my little gummy bear, I tired to add in large salads with a lot of lean protein. I moved from sandwiches to yogurts, hummus, chicken breasts and a load of fresh veggies. All the while gaining 2-3 pounds a week through out.
Teas: I started red raspberry leaf tea in the second trimester to help strength my irritable uterus, which turned out to be a great choice because I had months of pre-term labor my doctors refused to believe in.
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