I can’t believe that I’m a few days away from being 27 weeks pregnant. This time last year we were contemplating having a break from fertility treatment following a number of failed ovulation induction cycles, and starting fresh after Christmas. Our lives were so different. So much of our time was spent at appointments, waiting, testing, feeling the effects of different drugs and being so disappointed month after month. As I sit here now, I can feel kicking and movement from the life inside me. We are so damn lucky! I wish I could say something to help those who are reading this and still struggling on their own journey but we can only embrace the hand we’re dealt. Remember that the most difficult roads often lead to the most beautiful destination. Anything is possible!
The second trimester ‘honeymoon’ period has been just that…well almost. I’m feeling completely different to the first trimester. Since 14 weeks I have only vomited once and I’m sure it was because I was in a warm environment and felt all hot and stuffy. Other symptoms have been migraines and nocturnal calf cramps. Sleep has been pretty average and I do get tired but it really doesn’t compare to how exhausting fertility treatment was and the pain of OHSS. Overall, I’m feeling great!
Scans and movement
We have continued to have frequent scans. Our 20 week scan showed normal growth and anatomy, however a mild right pyelectasis (enlarged kidney) that will need to be reviewed down the track. We are told that most cases fix itself as pregnancy progresses.
The average person feels baby move in their first pregnancy between 16 and 22 weeks although this can vary quite a bit. I first felt bub move a little later at 23 – 24 weeks due to an anterior placenta (placenta positioned against the belly, at front of womb).
Since my very inactive first trimester, I’ve tried to get back into exercising and making it to the gym regularly. Before I was pregnant I would usually exercise 5 times a week…now it’s 3-4 times (sometimes much less depending on how my week pans out) but at a lower intensity and shorter period of time. It’s recommended that you exercise at a moderate intensity for 150 to 300 minutes each week during pregnancy or exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.
My gym workouts include use of the treadmill, elliptical cross trainer and weights (less reps or lower weight) and if I’m not feeling like getting to the gym I’ll try fit in a home workout – either a walk, or going on the stationary bike and boxing.
One thing that I needed to invest in when I started growing was a good sports bra. Well bras all together. By about 20 weeks I had already gone up 5-6 cup sizes. Do you know how difficult it is to find something that fits!? Luckily I came across this store which has been a lifesaver – Brava Lingerie, which stocks sizes D and up. I highly recommend checking them out but be warned that most bras start at $100.