Hooray! We're already halfway through pregnancy. Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman's life. We'll, not everyone has to agree with me but it truly is a miracle. I cried the moment we first laid our eyes on our little baby inside my womb. Me and my husband both immediately fell in love. Our baby was still an inch and a half long at that time, but was already active: squirming and jumping around mommy's womb. Awww!
Many of my friends would ask me if I've been experiencing morning sickness or any other pregnancy symptoms. I'm happy to report that I don't. It was so normal and almost uneventful that I don't even feel like pregnant at all. We'll, until my bump grew out. I was just fatigued and exhausted during my first trimester that I just wished I'd just sleep through the entire duration of the pregnancy and wake up when it's time to give birth. :D
If you're experiencing fatigued and tiredness during your first trimester, don't worry it'll get better on the second trimester. In fact, I was able to do my core & aerobic exercises with moderation on my second trimester. Oh, and don't forget the kegels! Make sure to ask your doctor/midwife if it's safe to do so.
Check out my post : 5 Things To Do When You Find Out You're Pregnant.
This maybe hard to swallow for most woman who go through pregnancy, but that's how our body accommodates the tiny little one growing inside the womb. The recommended total weight gain for a woman with a normal weight before pregnancy is around 25-35 lbs. You don't have to eat for two just eat better for baby's growth and development. Your body needs only about 300 calories more each day.
I'm a bit wary with stretch marks so I try my best not to scratch my belly. I find that applying oils helps. I've used Burt's Bee's Lemon & Vitamin E oil and Sweet almond oil with Vitamin E to help me with this problem. I haven't found one streak of stretch mark on my belly yet and I don't ever dream of finding them, no, not even one, in the near future. I love how natural and nourishing these oils are. I apply the oil immediately after I shower and/or when my belly starts to itch. I've used the shea butter version earlier but my midwife advises me against it because it can affect baby's heart beat. Better be on the safe side.
My baby bump started to grew out on the second trimester. Up until now, I was still trying to squeeze in my regular clothes. I'm glad I had a lot of loose fitting tops in my closet. Since my jeans no longer zips up, I've used a belly band to hold them up. Just a little advice: Stop wearing your regular clothes if it's already too tight. That's just uncomfortable!
The most wonderful part of pregnancy happened when I started to feel our baby's first movements. Ah, how wonderful are the twitterings of life from our growing baby inside! Fetal movement varies from woman to woman. This is my first pregnancy and I first started to feel our baby move on my 17th week. My husband was able to feel it too on the 20th week. Awww! We're already starting to bond as a family. Because my little tenant is an active baby, his kicks & squirms are keeping me awake late at night. Um sometimes, but not always.
Black Suede Booties from Steve Madden | Zara Looney Tunes Minaudiere Bag | Black Stripe Heavy-Knit Shift Dress from Old Navy | Denim Dress from T.J. Maxx
For me, pregnancy is indeed a wonderful time in woman's life. It's no wonder I'm able to say that! It truly is a miracle!