Sunday, January 15, 2017

Second Trimester Update: Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

I am 30 weeks pregnant now. I can not believe I am done with my second trimester and only have 10 weeks left! The second trimester is typically called "The Honeymoon" trimester, because a lot of the nasty first trimester symptoms have stopped, but you are not big and uncomfortable yet. Although my nausea has decreased and my energy has improved, my first trimester symptoms were just replaced by strange, new second trimester ones!

Skin Changes: I noticed some weird skin changes these past few months. First, I had a weird red rash after a hot shower and then I noticed my first stretch marks! I had been applying cream to my belly, however, these stretch marks appeared on my bum! I didn't think to apply cream there! Luckily, they will be hidden from most people.

A Third Boob: Wait, what?! Yes. One of the strangest symptoms I had this month was noticing a large lump/swelling of tissue under my left armpit. Of course I immediately thought I was dying of cancer. This symptom caused a very stressful few weeks. After it being observed by my OB, they requested an ultrasound. Luckily, the ultrasound was negative and the lump has not changed. I am following up with a breast specialist next week to be on the safe side. However,  the consensus seems to be that it's nothing concerning and has to do with the extra pregnancy hormones that may have made some accessory breast tissue to swell. So basically a third boob. Awesome!

Gestational Diabetes: My last hurdle of the second trimester was my glucose loading test.  This is the one-hour test where you drink the sugary drink and then have your blood tested one hour later. I was told I could eat a meal of protein an hour before the test and I was worried about feeling faint so I had some scrambled eggs that morning. However, I found out that I failed this test by 4 points. I was crushed and felt like I was putting my baby in danger. After a stressful week where I changed my diet and ate like I had gestational diabetes, I took the 3 hour glucose tolerate test. I passed this test without any difficulties! As part of my hospitals protocol I had to meet with a nutritionist and as the silver lining to this experience, I feel like I am more conscious of how much sugar and carbs are in the foods I eat.

I am excited to start this final trimester of pregnancy. It is getting closer every day and I can't believe we will meet our baby boy in 10 short weeks!

1 comment:

  1. I just saw this post today and I'm assuming you already had your son. ;) Congratulations and I hope you're both doing well. The rash you had after a hot shower, I get the same rash and I started getting it while pregnant with my daughter. I've never worried about it and always thought it was probably a hormonal thing. Three years later and I still get it.