Dr. Ally’s Pregnancy Blog- Second and Third Trimester
I could live in the second trimester forever! I had tons of energy, not a ton of weight gain; and my clothes still somewhat fit. I went on many hikes/camping trips, and I didn’t even feel pregnant. The only symptom that was even remotely annoying in the second trimester was heart burn. I only had heart burn at night, and it got worse towards the end of the second trimester. I was eating healthy because I had energy to go to the grocery store and cook every night. My body did not ache and I hadn’t really gained too much weight.
The third trimester was by far the worst trimester for me. The physical discomfort and the emotional anxiety really got the best of me. I would say the emotional aspect was worse than the physical. It was almost like I was obsessed with my pregnancy. I really couldn’t get any work done because I was always googling every single symptom I had to see if I was going into labor. I watched many YouTube videos of live births, but nothing seemed to sweep the anxiety away. The anxiety of becoming a parent, the anxiety of going through labor, the anxiety of having anxiety and not getting any work done all weighed on me. I would lay awake at night with anxiety about anything and everything. I found it harder to get to sleep due to anxiety, and also harder to stay asleep due to physical discomfort.
The physical symptoms were continuous. I had middle back pain from my breasts growing so much. I did not have to get a new bra; they just got heavier, not so much bigger. I had severe heart burn all day long. Tums seemed to do the trick, but I really wasn’t a fan of taking any over the counter drugs. Tums was the only medication I took the entire pregnancy and I tried to take them sparingly. The lack of energy and motivation was the worst. I had no desire to work and when I got home I had no energy to cook or clean.
Towards the end I really just wanted to pregnancy to be over so I could meet my little girl. I had Braxton Hicks contractions on and off through the entire third trimester. The contractions were painless and just felt like I had a tight waist band on for a few seconds, and then it would release.