This week has been a whirlwind! My tummy is bigger every day and I got a brief break from the nausea for a few days where it wasn’t so bad but then it came back. I am so mind blown at how much of a little preggy bump I already have! Every time I am in front of a mirror I keep lifting my shirt and checking it out. Everyone says that the second pregnancy, women show earlier but I think I may have thought I was the exception which sounds outrageous now that I speak that out loud.
I barely showed until I was almost in my third trimester with my first pregnancy. I looked slightly bloated and didn’t have quite as flat of a tummy by the end of my first trimester. My slim, hourglass waist just filled out a gradually as I progressed through my second trimester. I finally got a tiny bump out front at 28 weeks and I was so excited to finally look pregnant. I was tired of just feeling like I’d gained a few pounds through my midsection but didn’t actually look pregnant. I was so proud of my cute little bump. I carried him easily in my tall, athletic frame at 5’10”
As I’m writing this post at eight weeks, seven days pregnant and I look the same as I did at almost 20 weeks pregnant with my first. In the photo I am posting from eight weeks on the dot, I look like I did at about 12 weeks last time and it had defiantly grown over the course of seven short days. My mother said I looked like I had a bump when I was home visiting at six weeks but I just rolled my eyes at her. My mother and I have a history of unhealthy body comments back and forward so I just let that one go but maybe I did have a little baby bump.
Part of me is excited to be showing a little already; there's something special about a growing pregnant belly and in these early stages of pregnancy it makes everything feel more real. The other part of me that was looking forward to still being skinny in a bikini or crop top this summer is pretty sad. The other bummer is that of my maternity cloths are for cool, winter weather. I carried my son very low so I had a hard time with pants pretty early on and even regular yoga pants were uncomfortable. I would really rather avoid buying summer maternity cloths, hopefully I can get away with flowy summer dresses.
I decided this week that I'm not looking at the scale this time around. Sorry folks, no weight updates. I gained 30 pounds with my son and I feel like that was exactly the amount I needed to gain for him. However, I mentally don't need to torture myself with numbers especially when I am starting this pregnancy roughly 10 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight from last time. I never lost everything since I was breastfeeding and needed to keep up my milk supply. I was still breastfeeding at the time of conception with the current pregnancy and stopped a few weeks after I found out. My doctor can tell me that I have either gained too much or little and we can have a conversation if there is an issue. Otherwise I don't want to know that number and I am going to continue to eat healthy and exercise as much as I can.