Today is lifestyle day! That’s a day when I use this otherwise informative platform to chit-chat about things like pregnancy…and being halfway done!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a mom and a friend of moms, it’s that there’s not a great way to predict how your pregnancy will go based on what others have experienced.
That said, here’s a look at what my experience has been this time, and I’ll tell you how it varies from my other two pregnancies. Basically, you’re getting a three-pregnancies-for-one deal 🙂
Twenty weeks already?
I knew it would fly this time. Once the nausea mostly subsided and my energy levels returned to that of an almost normal person, I knew it would fly.
Oh, and that brings up an exiting point: I’m mostly not nauseous and most days I feel mostly fine. How’s that for a detailed update?
Ok…here are the for real detes:
- I have heartburn almost anytime I swallow anything. Goldfish crackers, oranges, ketchup…some things make more sense than others but, Goldfish crackers? By the way, this is a completely normal pregnancy symptom for me, and I don’t often suffer from heartburn when I’m not pregnant. These days, I keep the antacids close.
- We have entered the BioOil phase of pregnancy. The bottle says to apply twice daily from the second trimester, but I’m me so that doesn’t happen. I didn’t do too badly with stretch marks during my first pregnancy, and the second one only saw a moderate increase. My stomach doesn’t even get the worst of it; I get more stretch marks on my sides than anywhere else, and I didn’t see that coming. So far, nothing major to report.
- I’m so winded. Sitting, walking, standing, the deep breathing can start at any time, with or without reason.
- I don’t feel much movement (more on this later).
- I can still sleep comfortably (no surprise there).
- I don’t mess around with clothing. That first pregnancy, you try to stay in your pants as long as possible so you do the hair band trick and it’s brilliant. This time? Give me elastic bands and panels. Comfort over fashion, guys. And fyi, that’s a motto that endures through pregnancy and spills over into mommyhood.
Biggest differences between my pregnancies
I’ve noticed a couple of differences between this pregnancy and my other two, or at least what I perceive to be differences. Details have a way of blurring and fading…it’s an occupational hazard for moms before, during and after being pregnant.
But assuming I am faithfully remembering things, I think I stayed nauseous longer this time. The worst of it was over between 17 and 18 weeks, but I still get waves of it now and then. With my previous pregnancies, 17 weeks was pretty much the cut off.
The absolute biggest difference between pregnancies though is the amount of movement I felt with my other two versus this one. I know it’s still early days, but this boy (for boy he is) seems far less active than my first two boys did.
Time will tell for sure, but so far this one is well on his way to earning the Mellow title. And what mom of boys isn’t dying to bestow that?
God has been gracious and good to us, both in this round and the others. How have your pregnancies differed? If you have both genders, was one easier than the other? Let me know!