Baby Baking is a weekly pregnancy series written almost entirely by our pregnant writer, Vanessa. Note, official DudeMom is not, now or ever again, expecting a baby.
Hi, it’s been awhile. Things are getting better. I may have finally rounded the corner of this “morning sickness.” I went all of week 28 without puking. This is huge! Amazing! Awesome! No idea how I made it months and months throwing up daily. But I’m better now and enjoying being pregnant. Mother Nature screws with your head and makes you forget all that awful business and focus on the baby you’re growing inside you. Backaches, hip and pelvic pain, heartburn…but if asked I’d still say I’m enjoying pregnancy now. My dude baby and I have a special bond. And I love that right now, it’s just ours.
Baby Baking Update:
29 weeks pregnant
Mom likes: Chocolate!!!
Baby likes: French toast
It’s getting hard to: bend over, roll over, get up, sleep, and remember things.
Weight gain: 16 pounds (because I’m a boss at weight gain)
Daily barf count: 0 (yay!)
Five things I know about the second trimester of pregnancy
Nausea doesn’t always subside. I remember sitting on my couch crying, having a meltdown at 8 weeks pregnant. I had just puked for the fifth time that day. I couldn’t do this! My husband tried to help with words of encouragement, telling me I could do it and things would get better during my second trimester. I know he was trying to help but seriously did the man know how far away that still was?! And things did not get better during the second trimester. But I survived and am here to tell you about it.
Shit gets real. Nothing makes being pregnant more real than being able to feel your fetus roll, kick and stretch inside of you. It’s the best!
You’re rocking a bump. I started wearing maternity clothes during my first trimester but I really started to look pregnant and not just like I’d been eating too much pizza in my second trimester. Yes, someone at work actually told me she thought I was just gaining weight. When you’re rocking a bump people are nicer to you, they smile and let you waddle off the elevator first. It’s nice. Take advantage of it.
Pregnancy brain is really a thing. I have never in my life been as slow and forgetful as I am now. Lack of sleep, plus all the baby things I have on the brain, plus stress, plus the surge in hormones, has made me pretty spacy. There’s only so much your brain can hold so if it’s normal for it to be all filled up with baby stuff which means some other things kind of fall off.
Heartburn. Holy hell the heartburn. Blame it on the hormones.Progesterone relaxes certain muscles, including the ring of muscle in your lower esophagus that normally keeps food and acids down in your stomach. You can try eating more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day and avoid greasy, spicy, and acidic foods (such as citrus fruits). I choose to snack on Tums.