21 weeks— it feels surreal that I’m already halfway through my second pregnancy. The most exciting news I have to share is that we had our anatomy scan last week and baby boy is healthy and growing (and measuring one week ahead and in the 88th percentile!)
I also had my placenta checked (it’s posterior, just like in my last pregnancy, which probably explains why I felt kicks so early) and the MFM says it looks good and that she honestly wouldn’t even think twice about it if she had not know about my previous accreta (read more about that here). She said it looks completely normal right now and that they will bring me back at 28 weeks to re-scan to ensure all still looks good. They will also give me an ultrasound after I deliver to make sure my uterus is clear just in case there is some adherence again, they’ll be able to address it right away.
In my first trimester re-cap, I talked about how sick I was, but I’ve been in the clear since 12 weeks (hallelujah!) You truly can’t appreciate how good it feels to feel normal until you’ve had weeks of nonstop nausea. I’m so thankful I’m able to function again.
Total weight gain/loss: I think I’ve gained just over 10 lbs. My belly looks huge some nights, especially after dinner. I feel like I’m carrying differently this time around, but then I remind myself that’s likely because I went into this pregnancy without a strong core like I had before. Below are some recent bump pics!
Cravings: I’m eating the same as before pregnancy and I crave sweets and salty foods equally. I do notice that I sometimes crave bacon on my sandwiches which I didn’t care for much before. I also love egg white delights, red grapes and apples.
Maternity clothes: I’m wearing my black skinny maternity pants from Gap a lot as well as dresses from some of my favorite shops. I also love wearing long dress shirts— I have a few from J.Crew and Artizia that are perfect for pregnancy because they’re longer and roomier than other styles. This one and this one have been favorites of mine (and they’re both on sale!)
Sleep: I’m still using my snoogle every night and I’m sleeping pretty well. I do have to get up to use the restroom once a night, but I typically wake up feeling rested which is a nice feeling. I have been really busy at work lately, so my sleep has suffered a little bit, but things will calm down after this week (I hope!)
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach, drinking tea.
Worst symptom: Migraines. I’m drinking coffee this time around. I didn’t at all with Harper, not even decaf, but now, if I don’t drink even a cup of half-caf, I get really terrible migraines hours later. So typically I will have a tall latte from Starbucks or make a half regular/half decaf coffee with a little cream. It gives me an energy boost and keeps migraines at bay (I never really had headaches or migraines before this pregnancy so this has been new!)
Best symptom: In both this pregnancy and with Harper, my leg hair grows at a snail’s pace. I seriously can go without shaving for two weeks and my legs are smooth. Winning!
Movement: I started to feel movement at 15 weeks which was pretty exciting since I don’t think I felt Harper until 17 weeks along. I feel movement on and off throughout the day now. Definitely not at the point where it’s consistent, but I notice it on and off, especially when I’m still and just relaxing.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! I definitely popped and when I wear fitted clothing it’s glaringly obvious. When I wear looser clothes I can still hide it a bit.
Random moment: I got some highlights last week and my colorist remarked how thick my hair felt. I mentioned in my last post that the texture was super weird in some areas, especially at the crown of my head near my scalp, so it must be something hormonal. That said, I do think my hair has grown faster since becoming pregnant, which is nice since I’m growing it out again a couple of inches.
Excited to: Make plans for baby boy’s nursery, plan some family/maternity photos before he arrives and just enjoy the next few months with Harper before she becomes a big sister.