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2nd pregnancy: first trimester recap

by Heather

This week has been a little crazy… which is why I’ve been MIA.  But I guess it’s a look into the craziness that’s to come.


I began watching a little girl named Norah 3 days a week, so now our house has two babies in it.  They’re about 7 months apart in age.  Hunter’s had lots of fun playing with her, although he still needs to work on being gentle with her.  Like not taking hard toys and hitting her on the head with them…

Since I’m just about to finish up my 1st trimester, I thought I’d do a recap of how it went.  I’m officially 13 weeks and 4 days today.  Some websites say you enter your 2nd trimester at 13 weeks, while others say 14 weeks.  I’m following this chart I found online since I’m mainly going to be doing monthly updates.


We found out I was pregnant on Sunday June 16 when I was 4 weeks, 6 days pregnant.  I actually thought I was pregnant the day before since I was nauseated by the smell of raw meat (normally doesn’t bother me) and super tired.

Weeks 5-6

I mostly felt tired these weeks.  Fatigued is a better word.  I slept a bit more, but was just way less productive around the house.  You really don’t get to rest as much once you already have a baby in the house.  This is also the time we told some family too.


first pregnancy pictured on the left, second on the right

Weeks 7-9

While I was still feeling hit by a truck tired, the nausea kicked in.  It mostly started with certain foods just not sounding good, but slowly smelling foods made me want to ralf.  Thankfully I never threw up (same way with Hunter!), but just being nauseous is no fun.

The thing that smelled the worst to me was cooked ground beef as left overs.  I made meatloaf one night and did okay eating it, but every time I opened the fridge once it was in there, I wanted to hurl.  I was so glad when Jacob finished those off.  Leftovers in general were tough for me to eat, which is odd.  Normally I’m a big leftovers person so it was kind of a bummer.


Weeks 10-12

I had a rare morning where I probably should have eaten something right when getting up, but I didn’t.  I felt the cold sweat coming on and had to hang out over the toilet.  I really thought I was going to hurl, but thankfully it passed.  Then I quickly ate a banana and scrambled eggs.

Oranges and orange juice became my favorite thing.  Overall comparing my nausea from this pregnancy and when I was pregnant with Hunter, I feel like I’ve controlled the nausea a bit more this time.  With Hunter I was working full time and relied on mainly the pretzels I brought to work with me.  I’d munch on them whenever I felt nausea, so it was a very carb heavy diet.  Since I’m home I can eat more balanced meals, which keeps the nausea away a bit longer.

At 11 weeks we went to see our midwife for the first time and got to hear this little baby’s heartbeat.  That was so special and made everything so much more real.  There’s a baby growing in my belly!


Week 13

I think the nausea has finally passed. This is the week I’m currently in.  I’m hungry all the time and still really tired this week, but I think that’s actually a combination of teaching some extra classes and not having as much down time since I watched Norah Tuesday-Thursday.

I’ve had a lot of lower back pain this week which is a bummer.  It was super bad yesterday – walking hurt, teaching hurt, sitting hurt, carrying Hunter hurt.  Finally I iced it and it seemed to help a bit.  This morning it’s feeling a bit better so I’m taking it easy to not aggravate it any more.

On a happy note, the word is out about our baby and that’s very exciting.  Lots of people in my classes know and are all very excited for us.  I can’t wait to teach with a big ol’ baby belly again!

Lastly, as far as weight gain, I’ve been steadily just been 1-2 pounds above my starting pregnancy weight.  It’s interesting looking back at week 13 the first time around – I had already gained 7.5 pounds, which is almost exactly where my weight it as now (I started this pregnancy with a few extra pounds).  I guess it’s just where my body needs to be at!

Let me know if you have any questions, I’d love the answer them!

The weekend is almost here, hooray!  Anything fun planned? 

We’re going to see lots of friends and also go to the Boeing day with some family.  Have a great one!


PS: I’m super excited about this stamp art that came through on my Zulily email this morning (there’s so much more than pictured below).  I think we’ll have to start an art day at our house soon. 🙂

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 16, 2013 - 8:56 am

Love these posts! It’s neat to see the comparison of your two pregnancies. I’m so glad the nausea has passed (fingers crossed it stays that way!). Nausea is truly the worst. Exhaustion and fatigue suck, but I had a harder time with the nausea.

This weekend we’re going to a barbecue over at our friends’ house and then tomorrow we’re running a 5K and going to an event for Cody’s work. Should be a fun weekend!

Erica August 16, 2013 - 11:49 am

Definitely good practice for two! Its hard to get kids to be gentle with each other at that age. You look amazing

Kaitlyn August 16, 2013 - 3:16 pm

You look great! So excited for you!!! 🙂 🙂

The Candid RD August 16, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Oh no, no leftovers?! I can’t imagine! Seriously, I couldn’t go through life without loving leftovers 🙂
You look great, by the way.

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