Post # 1
how is everyone? i haven’t been here in a looooong time as i found a FB group with everyone due around the same time as me and that sucks all my extra time up. anyway, before my hiatus, i was posting under the name “Secret119” 1/19 being the day i found out i was pregnant. had some early bleeding and was put on prometrium until 12 weeks – so far, so good. anyway, now i’m 18+3 with a due date of sept 26th. went for a recreational ultrasound a few weeks ago and they said it was a girl, but i’m waiting for our anatomy scan next week to fully embrace it (was CONVINCED it was a boy)!
anyway, i’m feeling kinda crappy. when does this supposedly burst of 2nd trimester energy happen??? pretty tired still with boobs killing me and i feel HUGE. my skin looks bad too – when am i supposed to start glowing?? i’ve avoided the scale for the past week because i’m too scared to get on it. as of my 16 week appt, i’d gained 9 lbs. i think it will be better once i have a cute defined bump, but right now i just feel fat. saw some pics of myself and i look terrible! this makes me sad. and then i’m sad that it makes me sad. i know its pregnancy, its natural, its good, but i can’t help feeling bad – is the weight really baby or is it just me gaining weight? my friend is due ina few weeks and has gained less than 15 lbs!!
so that’s how i’m feeling. can anyone relate?
Post # 3
Welcome Back! The weight gain was a shock for me too, i found this chart on:
Baby: 7 to 8 pounds
Placenta: 1 to 2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
Uterus: 2 pounds
Increased maternal breast tissue: 1 to 3 pounds
Increased maternal blood: 3 to 4 pounds
Increased maternal fluids: 2 to 3 pounds
Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 6 to 8 pounds
Helped me feel a little better looking at it broken down.
Post # 4
Glad you’re doing well! My 2nd trimester goodness also came a little late. Don’t lose hope, it can still happen for you! What is your skin problem, is it acne? I ended up asking my OB for a perscription to help with that. And as for gaining weight and feeling fat…. I’m totally with you there! I can’t even fit into most of my maternity shorts anymore! My husband keeps telling me this is supposed to happen, I’m supposed to gain weight, but it doesn’t feel good to gain weight everywhere instead of just my belly. I know people are different and gain differently, but this just sucks.
Post # 5
I would say that second trimester energy came very late for me. Probably around 20 weeks.
I know its really hard but it really doesn’t ever get easier and I have found the best thing is to just try to relax and take it for what it is.
Post # 6
I didn’t really get a burst of energy in the second trimester – I just wasn’t nearly as exhaused all the time.
As for weight gain it’s totally different from person to person so don’t compare yourself to other people. The average recommended weight gain is 25-35 lbs – but that’s for an average height and weight woman. If you’re shorter or taller it might make a difference, if you start out overweight, you may gain less or even loose weight, if you’re underweight you may gain more.
Post # 7
thanks for all your feedback ladies!
i think the weight thing is more mental than anything else. years ago i lost over 100 lbs, so to see myself gaining so much weight in such a short period of time is really traumatizing! especially cause i’m getting very close to the 200 lb mark, which is huge. took soooooooooooooooo long to get below that. i also desperately need cloths and everything maternity just makes me look dumpy and fat.
i do feel better than first trimester, but by no means energetic. hoping that will change. skin stuff isn’t really acne, just very inconveniently placed ugly blemishes. like directly in the middle of my face. *SIGH*
trying to relax and just go with it, but its hard!
Post # 8
@andy113: Just offering some hope – during the first trimester I broke out more than normal (even on my back…ick)…but now my skin is better than ever so it can get better! 🙂
You may want to think about changing your skin routine because I noticed my skin was dryer so I started using a gentler face wash and a better lotion. Pregnancy hormones can make things wacky.