It is hard to believe how time is flying by during this pregnancy and I am already through the second trimester. For my last pregnancy I was on home rest from week 19 to the end and the weeks seemed to crawl by at a snail’s pace. But with teaching full-time, chasing after my toddler, and running a successful coaching business, my days are full and the weekends more-so!
I started the Second Trimester in the hot lazy days of the last week of August. Within a week, though, I was a full-time working mom adjusting both myself to teaching and my son to full-time day care. The first month was a struggle – new wake-up times needed to be established and new afterschool routines created. I aimed to get most of my prep-work and marking done at school and have been mostly successful with that goal. Mid-terms required a few late nights!
Second Trimester Update
Physically I was feeling more energy and had less aches, pains, and issues than I did in my last pregnancy. I was visiting the High Risk clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital weekly and was having good check-ups. Although it was still suggested that I avoid heavy lifting and extreme physical exertion, I was able to continue with low-impact exercise.
I invested in the PiYo power slides and recommitted to doing the PiYo workouts at the end of the summer. PiYo is a Pilates-Yoga fusion that I first started doing back in the fall of 2014 and it was my introduction to Beachbody. It does a great job of strengthening your core and muscles while adhering to a no-impact approach. The addition of the power slides gave my lower body a great strength workout without any jumping or weights.
In mid-October, Beachbody launched Active Maternity, a pre- and post-natal workout series. I was excited by the timing of this program and quickly added in the second trimester workout 3 times a week. The workouts are perfectly geared to each stage in pregnancy and utilize both hand weights and body-weight exercises. My only complaint is that there are only 4 workouts – so you don’t get much variety each trimester. If you’d like to try it out, send me a message to sign-up free for 30 days!
At the beginning of November I cut back my workouts to 3 times a week (mixing Active Maternity and PiYo) and focused on walking and my step count for the other days of the week. We took full advantage of the beautiful fall weather and tried to get out once or twice a weekend for a hike or walk in a new location.
I also got the good news in Week 23 that I had graduated from the High Risk clinic and could see my local OB for the remainder of the pregnancy!
My eating habits have been harder to balance this time around! Last time I was very conscious of eating healthy and avoiding all kinds of poor food choices. I find I am much more relaxed this time and have been indulging a little too much. Sound familiar, mamas?
I am craving sandwiches (egg salad, tuna salad, salmon salad – high tea, anyone?), chocolate-anything, and comforting casseroles. To counter this I have been making a healthy slow cooker dish on the weekends so that I have a ready-to-grab lunch on weekdays.
Thai Beef Stew
I did do a 14-day sugar detox immediately after Halloween and I felt better and more in-control of my cravings. Since then I’ve been attempting to balance treats by not eating desserts or treats from Monday-Thursday and “indulging responsibly” on the weekend. So far it is working, though it is getting harder to do with fun, holiday activities planned on the weekend.
Another area that has been bothering me is sleep. While I am exhausted by the end of the day and have no trouble falling asleep, I often wake up in the middle of the night or much earlier than my alarm fully awake. This mama needs all the sleep she can get! But it is hard to fall back asleep and I definitely feel the effects…especially around 4 pm.
We found out just before Thanksgiving that we are expecting another boy! While a part of me would have been happy to have one of each, two boys will be quite the fun adventure. We haven’t yet settled on a name as we find boys’ names hard – even harder after having named one already! I’ve taken out a stack of baby name books and they are helping with some possibilities.
As I enter the last trimester, I am excited to see my son enjoy the wonder of the holidays and to get a few preparations ready for our little arrival.