5 Things That Surprised Me About Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester

I shared 5 things that surprised me about pregnancy in the 1st Trimester, so I thought it’d be fun to share 5 things that surprised me in the 2nd Trimester.  Can you believe I’m already in the 3rd Trimester?  I can hardly believe it myself!  For the 3rd, I’ll be doing weekly bumpdates instead 🙂

Here we go!

1. Your belly will grow exponentially each week
It is surreal to see how quickly your bump will grow!  Once that little guy pops out of your pelvic area, he just grows and grows.  My husband helped me with taking a new bump photo every two weeks for our keepsake.  Comparing the photos is just amazing.  It’s really unreal what the female body can do.

2. It gets hard to pick things up off the floor
Yes… it begins here about halfway through the trimester.  It’s not impossible to pick things up, but it begins to get uncomfortable.  I didn’t expect it this soon.  It’s definitely a lot harder now in the third trimester, but I also noticed myself getting increasingly clumsy too.  You know, dropping things more and randomly bumping into things.  I guess it’s all a part of the package.  People warned me about all of this, but I didn’t think it would happen this readily. Haha.

3. Baby responds!
This is when you’ll start to feel baby kick and roll and stretch!  It’s amazing.  On the What To Expect app, they mentioned that the baby can be responsive to actions on the outside.  I got pretty excited about this so I tested it out.  When I knew he was awake, I would poke an area of my belly, and he would poke back!  They say if you shine a light, baby can see it and squirm about.  I haven’t tried that one yet, but I already get pretty giddy when he pokes back at me.

4. Your bladder is the size of a peanut
We all know pregnant women need to go to the restroom extremely often.  All this time I thought it was because you’re just flushing a lot of stuff out of your system so fluids just go in and out.  No, it’s because your bladder becomes the size of a peanut.  Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it seems to have no capacity.  You will feel the urge to go as if your bladder has expanded to the size of a melon, but when you finally manage to go, the amount of fluid that escapes wouldn’t even fill a Dixie cup (TMI? Ha).  The baby has given your bladder very little room to expand.  It can honestly get a little frustrating!

5. You might forget you’re pregnant
I felt GREAT during my second trimester.  Baby wasn’t heavy enough to cause any strain on my legs or back and most of the painful belly stretching seemed to have happened in the first trimester.  There were days where I almost forgot I was pregnant until baby gave me a little nudge. Haha.  Close to the third trimester, I started to feel more strain on my belly towards the later half of the day and felt increasingly sleepy, but otherwise, this was definitely the period to get out and do things.  It’s different woman to woman, but I found that feeling my best during the second trimester was really true 🙂

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