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I usually don’t post things quite this personal on my blog, because I know most of the visitors are here for recipes and natural beauty tips.  But, my adorable roommate from college, Adrienne at Happy Ramblings, is pregnant too, and her latest post has inspired me to share more about my pregnancy! 

(Adrienne, if you’re reading this, I hope you don’t mind that I shared your post.  And then copied your idea!)

I find myself in my second trimester this week.  I was pretty excited to be in the 4th month of pregnancy, until I realized that my math is wrong, and I’m actually almost 5 months pregnant. (To be fair, the people who created pregnancy math are kind of illogical.  Why do months three, six and  nine have 5 weeks? Did I miss something in grade school?)

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Regardless of how many months pregnant I am, I will say I am happy to be feeling quite great at the moment.  No nausea, extreme fatigue, or other common pregnancy maladies to speak of.  I will say this baby (or perhaps, my stomach) is growing at an alarmingly rapid pace.  I think my middle section has doubled in size, in the past 3 weeks (here’s me, 3 weeks ago) …

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Not sure if the baby is responsible for that growth, or if its the recent return of my appetite, but I’m going with it.  I haven’t ever been one to obsess about my weight, and I find it far less appealing during pregnancy.  There are so many restrictions put onto pregnant women, that watching the scale is the farthest thing from my mind.  (And, I assume my midwife will alert me if there are any concerns, right?)

Adrienne did a cute little Q&A on her current pregnancy, so I thought I would (again) steal her great ideas 😉  

Baby’s Size?  

According to Baby Center, the baby is the size of an avocado.  According to my last ultrasound, the baby is about 4.5″ long and weighs 5 oz.  According to the size of my stomach, the baby is the size of a cantaloupe. 

Cravings/Aversions? 

Does wine count?  No?  Okay, then perhaps salads.  I know that’s really lame, but I am digging salads right now.  Aversions include cigarette smoke and people who smell like they work at dairies. 

Boy or Girl? 

A boy!  The ultrasound tech said she couldn’t always tell before 17 weeks what the gender was, but about 5 seconds into the ultrasound, she announced that it was “definitely a boy”.  It was a proud moment for my husband. 

Any Good Books?  

I am reading Expecting Better, and am appreciating the research-based approach the author takes towards pregnancy restrictions.  Next up, I plan to read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. For some reason, I seem to want a completely un-medicated birth this time around.  My husband doesn’t think I can do it, which I think will give me a lot of motivation… if not to just prove him wrong. 

Movement? 

As a second-time mom, you would think I would know if I felt the baby or not… but I’m not sure.  I am anxiously awaiting the certainty of feeling baby E move! 

Any Extreme Pregnancy Hormones? 

Nope.  Well, I seem to think that everyone is a bad driver (justifiably) and my 4-year-old tells me to stop saying mean things to other drivers.  But I’m pretty sure that isn’t a pregnancy thing… I am convinced that everyone in my town is truly a bad driver. (Except for me, of course)

Other thoughts? 

5 years may not seem like that long, but there is a remarkable difference between being pregnant at 25 versus 30.  How Halle Berry ever survived a pregnancy at 46 is beyond my comprehension. 

That’s all I have for now!  I may update on the pregnancy in a few weeks, if anyone out there is interested… or even reading this (I’m looking at you, mom).  



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2 Responses to Second Trimester is Here!

  1. Adrienne says:

    I love it, and love that you copied my idea! It wasn’t completely mine, I’m sure I saw it on some other blog 😉 you look great! Look forward to reading more updates!

    I’m reading Ina May Gaskins book right now. The beginning is so empowering! It’s all birth stories, really made me confident that I can do this on my own without medication. We have a great midwife practice, and next week we plan on hiring a doula as well. You can do it! 🙂

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