January is pregnancy month on Scattered Seashells! #sorrynotsorry #myblogmyrules
Obviously, it’s been occupying my mind a lot, especially since we found out we’re having a boy. My mind is wheeling between baby gear we need, baby names we’re contemplating, and then making a giant leap to, which resort will we be staying at in Thailand? And then, was that a kick I just felt? I’m all over the place.
The other night I was reflecting on how easy this pregnancy has been going for me and thinking maybe I missed something with Penny’s, that I forgot how it went or maybe I was just a big whiner. Honestly, my pregnancy with her went very well, but the road was bumpier than this one has been so far. I decided to read up on my weekly pregnancy updates with Penny** to refresh my memory and compare.
**I decided not to do weekly updates this time on the blog, just for my own sanity, since not much changes and I’m busy anyway. I take the occasional bump photo. I have a pregnancy book where I record my week, so he won’t be left empty-handed!**
So let’s see the differences by this point for both pregnancies.
NAUSEA & FOOD AVERSIONS
First: I had nausea from 6 weeks until at least 13, maybe 14, weeks. I never puked, but I ate my fair share of saltines and not much else, and spent a lot of time lying on the couch. I got hit by random waves of nausea at various points during the pregnancy that knocked me off my feet. The only food aversion I had was to fish. I just didn’t want it.
Second: I stocked up on the saltines and… didn’t eat a single one. I had maybe two really nauseous days, but otherwise, I didn’t feel sick to my stomach. The best way to describe how I felt was off. I wasn’t able to eat my regular foods, I didn’t want veggies, and I had a terrible aversion to Asian food. I still do. (Which is awesome when you live in ASIA.) I did puke three times, out of nowhere, which surprised me. By 10 weeks I felt myself again. Now I’m eating like regular… except Asian food.
EATING HABITS & CRAVINGS
First: Speaking of eating… I craved junk food like it was no one’s business. You know how you can get 20 McNuggets for $5? Um, I did that, and ate them. I wanted pizza and nuggets and fries. I wanted lunchmeat, but didn’t eat it (see below). Oh, and ICE CREAM. Oh my goodness, I craved that like crazy, and ate it too, and then when she was born I didn’t touch the stuff for months.
Second: Like I said, Asian food is pretty much off limits, though I can force myself to eat a good Pad Thai because… Pad Thai. I don’t crave sweets or salty foods or… anything. I eat because I have to and when I’m hungry. I’ve been making a smoothies lately, and eating fruit. Sugar/candy affects me, so I avoid it, except for sugary drinks like sweet tea… yummy. It’s so different.
SLEEP & SLEEPINESS
First: Oh gosh, was I tired. Tired tired tired. That first trimester hit me HARD. I drug myself home from work and laid down on the couch until bedtime. Sleep was good, though. I slept great, and a lot, at night, and took naps during the day.
Second: I noticed my energy dipping during the first trimester for a bit in the afternoon and then at bedtime, but it honestly wasn’t as bad as I expected. I only got hit badly a couple weeks ago with a bit of a head cold that made me so sleepy! As for sleep itself… I don’t nap, and nights are rough, because I have some very vivid dreams that keep me tossing. Almost every night is full of crazy dreams! But I’m so used to bad sleep ever since Penny came along, I just deal with it.
BODY CHANGES & PAINS
First: I started noticing a little belly around 13 weeks. By 18 weeks, it was bigger, but not huge. I stayed small through most of the pregnancy. I had growing pains from the get-go, and back pain, and other pains. It hurt more.
Second: I popped early but it didn’t grow too fast! Now at this point I would say I’m two weeks bigger than I was with Penny. I have a cute baby belly and I love it. I feel pretty good except I did have some pains around my old cesarean scar, which is normal, and more round ligament pain early on.
First: I didn’t move to maternity jeans until 20 weeks. Even though I had a bit of a belly come 17/18 weeks, I just used a rubber band or the belly band.
Second: Screw that. Maternity clothes right out the gate. I was bloated during the first trimester so my pants weren’t comfy. I tried the belly band a few times and decided to not deal with it. I’ve mostly just worn leggings since them because damn, they’re comfy. I went to maternity shirts too, because they’re long enough for my leggings, but I still wear a lot of my regular shirts.
First: I first felt Penny for sure around 18 weeks. I knew it was her. I didn’t feel lots of movement until about 20 weeks, and it took off from there!
Second: I felt my first little “pop” at 13 weeks. Yep, 13. But then I didn’t feel another pop for nearly a week. Now, at 17 weeks, I think I feel the baby kick once a day, usually right before bed. It’s more noticeable this time, but I also think I just know what to feel for.
FOLLOWING “THE RULES”
First: I was a good girl and followed the rules from the beginning. I didn’t sleep on my back, my favorite position. I didn’t eat lunchmeat or sushi. I didn’t lift anything or play too rough. I took my prenatals religiously.
Second: Well… let’s just say, rules shmules. I’ve had sushi a few times, and ate my fair share of Subway during that first trimester when I didn’t want too much else. I’m still sleeping on my back, but it’ll be getting uncomfortable soon. I lift things, wrestle with my family, and work out like I used to. I only take my prenatals every second or third day. Maybe I’m a bit more relaxed, but I think I’m just a bit more busy, and I know the limits of my body and of pregnancy.
This pregnancy is going so much better than the last. The old wives tales say that it’s because boys are good to their moms, but girls steal their moms’ beauty. Ha! Maybe so. I think it’s because I’m more confident and in way better shape this time around. I started out ten pounds lighter and a bit stronger, and I have a better diet.
I’m just happy to be pregnant and enjoying every minute!
What about you? Notice a difference with your pregnancies? What about girl vs boy?