Bumpdate #2

I had big intentions of posting bumpdates throughout this pregnancy to track my journey. Then life happened, and I here I am nearing the finish line with my last update given at 15 weeks. Oops!! I decided to focus this update on responding to questions I often get on this pregnancy. I have lots of fun posts written on motherhood, family travel, food, etc. and I’m really hoping to get better at posting and sharing them, along with posts as we navigate life with Baby J 2.0. Happy Reading!

(From left to right: 24 weeks, 30 weeks, 36 weeks)

How far along am I?

36 weeks and 2 days. My water broke at 38 weeks 6 days with Charlie, so I’m so curious to see what will happen this time!

Do we know the gender/name? What’s our guess?

We decided not to find out the gender when we were pregnant with Charlotte, and we are doing the same this time. It’s the ultimate surprise, and one of the very few things in life we can be truly surprised with. We have loved having a little girl, and would be ecstatic with another, but we’d also be thrilled to have a little boy! As we near the end this second time around, with our gender neutral baby clothes washed and folded, I am SO eager to find out!! If I had to guess, I would say boy, just because of the differences in this pregnancy.

As far as names, just like last time, we have a list of 4 or 5 serious contenders on each side and plan to pick one once we meet our little guy or gal!

How am I feeling?

The first trimester was full of nausea, sickness and major food aversions. It was quite different than my experience with Charlie! After the first trimester, I felt WAY better, just still pretty tired. Since then, my only major issue has been my lower back /sciatica pain similar to my first pregnancy but more intense. I’ve focused on chiropractor visits, massage and stretching to keep myself mobile. As we near the finish line, my days are dominated by Braxton Hicks contractions and cramping. I know these are great signs that my body is preparing for the real deal, but boy are they uncomfortable! I’ve been fortunate to otherwise be in good health with no swelling or blood pressure issues up to this point.

What are my cravings? What am I eating? How do we eat healthy as a family?

For the first couple months after finding out, it was extremely challenging to find things that sounded appealing. The only thing that sounded remotely appetizing for breakfast was gluten free bagels and cream cheese. Once I got to the 2nd trimester, I was back to feeling much more adventurous with my appetite. I try to focus on fueling my body with nourishing, healthy food but also don’t deprive myself of treats (gf Mac n cheese, pizza, dessert) because I know balance is key! The key to eating healthy is preparation, preparation, preparation! I seriously cannot stress this enough. Take advantage of weeks to plan, shop, and prep food. It makes pulling together healthy meals even easier than picking up carry out.

Now I’m starting to shift to planning to fuel my body for breastfeeding! I can’t wait to make tons of my lactation energy balls!

What exercises am I doing/do I recommend?

Confession: I have been able to work out wayyyy less than with my first pregnancy. The combination of chasing around a toddler and dealing with my back hasn’t left much time for exercise. However, I did do Good for the Swole’s prenatal workout plan and love how easy those workouts are for a busy mama. They’re also safe for postpartum so I plan to follow her workouts then as well! As always, talk with your doctor before starting any new exercises, but I can’t recommend Becky’s workouts enough. Also, do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram (@goodfortheswole). She’s the cutest and so motivational in many ways.

I will say, even with eating well and staying fairly active, I once again gained more weight than I expected to and more than is technically recommended. I think it just goes to show that your body will expand and gain exactly the right amount to grow your unique baby.

The Countdown is on!

That’s all I have for now. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If there are any topics you’d like to see me post on pregnancy/newborns/motherhood, please let me know!

Have a great weekend!!!

Xoxo,

Mackenzie

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