I can remember spending hours during my first pregnancy trying to find personal stories of what happened week by week. The internet was full of textbook answers of what you could expect and what was considered normal, but I was looking for real life experiences. I wanted the honest stories of people who had been through it and what the medical expectations meant in a real life scenario.
I have had 3 children now, and when I was pregnant with my 3rd I decided to document it week by week so that other’s can see how I felt and what changed at each stage. Plus it is fun to watch my bump grow!
The point at which the second trimester starts varies depends on who you speak to. Some people think it is from 12 weeks, which is also when you have your first scan (in the UK), and others think it doesn’t start until 14 weeks. I have tracked my pregnancy from 12 weeks and so thats the point I’ve decided the second trimester starts.
This is my own personal second trimester experience. Not everyones will be the same of course, but hopefully you find some of my experiences helpful.
Finding out I was pregnant the third time wasn’t the fairytale story you imagine. Read More.
Clothes are getting tight and I have started making a maternity wish list. Read More.
My vertigo is acting up which makes the midwives a little nervous because it is the same symptoms of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Read More.
The nesting clearly has set in much earlier this time for me than ever before. Read More.
Having my kids at the scan made it such a special moment. Them seeing their sibling on the screen for the first time and hearing the heart beat. Read More.
Lately, little things keep slipping in my mind. Will he be healthy? Will he have the immune problem his brother has and his allergies problems too? Read More.
I now have regular routines of kicking and rolling around. Cravings have calmed down. Read More.
The bump is getting heavy but tight and neat still. I haven’t fully started waddling like a duck. Read more.
The start of the 3rd trimester feels like the end is in sight! In reality though there is still a long way to go and a lot can change over the final 12 or so weeks. The third trimester is when your baby bump really starts to pop out and every week it seems to just get bigger and bigger. Tiredness seems to feature a lot for some people, but I had some extra medical issues that made the third trimester particularly tough.
Pregnancy isn’t all roses and fairytales. While it looks all great it’s been the toughest week pregnant this week. Read More.
My sleep is broken now. I guess that’s part of the end and also preparing me for all those night feeds. Read More.
My bump is truly pulling on my back now. Baby boy is kicking and pushing down with his head more than ever before. I feel the added pressure in my pelvic floor. Read More.
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I am in the home stretch now. I can feel the head engage, the feet are up kicking my ribs. Read More.
My bump is measuring in the 92% charts instead of the 10% where it’s been from the beginning so they are concerned about his size. Read More.