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The Second Trimester | TMI

The Second Trimester | TMI

The past fourteen weeks have flown by! With lots going on at work and in our day-to-day lives I cannot believe that we’re entering into the third trimester this week; so here we are for a little Second Trimester Update! This will be similar to my First Trimester Update post in case you’re curious 😉

My Second Trimester

I’m not going to lie, the second trimester has been relatively uneventful symptoms-wise. The first couple weeks (after the fatigue sort of went away) it was hard to remember I was pregnant. It wasn’t until my belly started protruding and the tiny little kicks began that I really felt pregnant.

It’s kind of scary in a way – the first couple weeks of the second trimester where you honestly just feel like you ate a really big burrito. Because you can’t really tell that you’re pregnant yet you still assume that you are. There’s nothing to remind you that pregnancy is still a thing unless you’re looking at the scale (which I may not recommend!)

The Second Trimester The one and only bump photo I've taken!

The Second Trimester

The one and only bump photo I've taken!

Some notable symptoms during the Second Trimester (Don’t worry, I won’t hold back!)

  • Nipple Leakage. It’s a real thing for some people and I’m one of those unfortunate few; it’s called Colostrum and it’s essentially your breasts preparing to produce breast milk for your little one. There’s no real rhyme or reason how or why it starts to come out… it just does. Wet nipples are pretty uncomfortable, let me tell you!
  • Bloating. I have noticed that if you don’t take the time to eat your food slowly you can get some really bad stomach aches and bloating. I work in a retail environment where we don’t really get an assigned lunch break and a customer could come in at any time – so when you get a moment to eat your lunch you have to scarf it down pretty darn quick!
  • You want to eat everything. This didn’t really change for me from the First Trimester because I was lucky enough to avoid the wrath of morning sickness!
  • Bowel problems. With your uterus growing a tiny little human, your internal organs shift around and get pretty squished in the process. You either lose by becoming constipated or if you eat too much fibre then everything wants to come out without much warning. It’s a fun game – guessing what your bowels are going to do that day!
  • Acne. Acne has been a symptom I’ve had from the First Trimester and has continued to prevail. I don’t think it’s going to go away anytime soon and it really sucks feeling fat and ugly. There’s no pregnancy glow here!
  • Back Pain. This has only started during my last couple weeks of the second trimester, but the back pain is intense. I find that in the mornings my back hurts the most and I really don’t want to roll out of bed. (I have been using pillows for support but they only help to a certain extent.)

And an unexpected social symptom of the Second Trimester

As stated earlier, I work in retail and I work on a commission basis. Meaning I kind of want customers in order to pay my bills! Something I’ve noticed a lot since I started to show was that people don’t trust you to sell to them.

I’ve had men and women ask for other male salespeople. This has never happened once before I was pregnant! I don’t really know what it is but I presume that people think you’re suddenly an idiot when you get pregnant. Yes, it’s true that the brain shrinks down to 60% it’s normal size throughout pregnancy but I didn’t get stupid over night!

If anyone can explain this phenomenon I would greatly appreciate it…

SECOND TRIMESTER UPDATE

Some good things about starting to show your pregnancy

You can finally use pregnancy parking spaces! It’s so nice going to the grocery store and be able to park right by the front. However, I get irrationally upset when I see someone who is not pregnant nor with a child using these spaces.

People are more likely to hold doors for you – this could either be a pro or con depending on how you feel about someone opening a door. I’m a big fan of this because I’m a germaphobe and absolutely hate touching door handles.

Second Trimester Milestones

Unrelated to pregnancy, but we bought our first house!

felt the baby’s first kick at 15 weeks

found out we’re having a little baby girl at 20 weeks

first saw my belly move at 22 weeks

Another long post, but I really hope that it can be of help to someone who is going through pregnancy as well! Each pregnancy is entirely different so I hope that you’re lucky enough to avoid some of the symptoms I’ve had!

How was/is your second trimester?
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  • Aww, such a cute bump. Congrats on buying a house, too – so exciting! How weird that your customers behave strangely around you now – I can’t think of why that might be. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

    Clementine | My Darling Clementine

    • Thanks Clementine! It’s very odd about the customer thing.. I guess as soon as you’re pregnant you don’t know anything? LOL.

  • So interesting reading these! That’s so messed up about work. :/ I wonder why that’s happening?

  • SamanthaSeries

    Omgosh you’re at 3rd trimester already! Congrats on the new house! Very strange thing that you are experiencing at work now that you’re pregnant though. Also I’ve never seen a pregnancy parking space before. Must not exist in Quebec lol. Love the blog makeover by the way.

    • Yeah! It’s totally flown by. Really? I do think they are relatively new, the sign is basically a stroller outlined in pink.

  • This sounds like me and I’m not even pregnant hahaha! It’s very odd people don’t trust what you sell when you’re pregnant, that’s just weird. Do you think they just feel uncomfortable being around pregnant women? (Super weird though)

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

  • I didn’t have the same experiences when pregnant wor related, but that might be down to the fact that on ICU you were kind pajama style clothes and I just picked a top two sizes up, so people couldn’t tell if I was pregnant or just very chubby. It helped that my boobs had grown by two cup sizes too by that time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

    • That sounds so much more comfortable! I had to ask my boss if I could wear running shoes to work because heels were just starting to be too much… I missed out on the boob growth spurt though (maybe for the best…)

      • Oh, it will come after the birth the latest, believe me. When the milk comes in, you won’t revognize your boobs anymore!

  • I had two very easy pregnancies with both my boys; no breakouts, no morning sickness, didn’t gain much weight and had lots of energy but I think I got really lucky with both. Strange that people treat you differently when you are pregnant, do share with me why if you ever find out. I’m curious as well because personally it doesn’t matter to me.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Jeeze, you were lucky! Maybe it’s because it was boys. It could be a wives tale but I’ve heard boys are usually easier pregnancies. Next time someone asks to talk to a male salesperson I’ll be sure to ask why haha 😉

  • I absolutely love these pregnancy updates from you being as I’m no where near it and you’re just someone I love reading your experiences about! I’m finding your work situation very strange because if anything I feel like a trust pregnant people more lol…now I’m really wondering why!!

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

    • Maybe it’s because I’m so young and pregnant? I really have no idea! It was totally unexpected lol. Next time someone asks for a male I’m going to ask them why haha

  • This is such an interest read even through I’m not planning on getting pregnant any time soon, haha. It annoys me a lot when people use parking spaces that are for mothers or soon to be mothers or disabled people who aren’t any of these. Like come on, you surely can walk a bit more and save that spot for someone who really needs it.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Thanks for reading, Leta! I know that if I wasn’t pregnant I probably wouldn’t care LOL. And yes, I get especially annoyed when I see someone who isn’t disabled using a disabled parking space. Exercise is good!

  • IT’S A GIRL! Side note, my cousin recently invited us all over for a bbq + gender reveal cake over the summer, and I was just like, “hold up…..who’s pregnant?????”. Anyways, we’re getting our first baby boy in this family!

    How do people ask for another salesperson? I just find it rude if you’re dealing with a customer and they ask for someone else? What????? DO PEOPLE THING PREGNANCY IS CONTAGIOUS, OR??? Are they uncomfortable around pregnant bodies?? So confusing.

    • Yay! That’s hilarious LOL.

      To be fair, the Lady asked the receptionist, but men don’t seem to care about saying it straight to your face! I really wish I knew. It’s a totally weird phenomenon. I guess a different strain of sexism in the workplace.

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