When in December 2015 I published this post, I conscientiously missed one more very important reason which is preventing me to post regularly on the blog. Out of superstition I decided not to share on my blog that I am pregnant and expecting my second child.
I love reading pregnancy posts that other women publish but me personally I was scared to announce that on the Internet before the pregnancy and childbirth was over and everything was ok.
So how did this pregnancy go?
This is my second pregnancy and surprisingly for me it went much better and easier than the first one. I looked and I felt good, and I had a lot more energy than last time. Also I didn’t pay that much attention to all the discomforts, aches and pains that come along with pregnancies in general, or I was just used to them. The important thing for me was that the pregnancy was progressing well and everything was ok with the baby.
Nausea and vomiting
The first 5 months I was very, very nauseous and I was throwing up at least once a day. Usually I felt nauseous after 5 pm and until I go to bed. Because of this, I lost weigh in the beginning and I didn’t have any appetite. I couldn’t eat meat and fish because the smell of it was making me sick. All I felt like eating was plain yoghurt, olives, beets and carrot salad and sour – pickles and water with lemon.
As with my first pregnancy, the first three months I felt really, really tired almost to a point of complete exhaustion. I literally was going to bed at 7 pm even earlier than my 4 year-old daughter. Very often, after I started doing something, I had to stop for half an hour or an hour just to rest and relax, otherwise I couldn’t continue what I was doing. I was being tired almost until the end, but after the third month it was more manageable and didn’t interfere as much with my daily tasks.
Braxton Hicks contractions
I started having infrequently these “fake” contractions around month six. They weren’t bothering me too much aside from the fact that the feeling to have your tummy muscles tighten is slightly uncomfortable.
How much weigh did I gain?
Just 17 pounds / 8 kg. This is because I was feeling sick, I was throwing up and I didn’t have any appetite in the beginning. So I was losing weight until month five and then slowly after that I started gaining around 2 pounds / 1 kg a month. For comparison with my first pregnancy I gained 30 pounds / 15 kg and from the beginning I was regularly gaining from 2 to 4 pounds a month.
Because I didn’t gain much weight, I looked like only my belly grew and I it looked like a basket ball. From the back and sometimes from the front you couldn’t really tell that I was pregnant. This was partially because of a Zara knit dress very similar to this one that I wore all the time and that was not only comfortable but suitable for work and for all the Christmas and New Years’ parties in December.
Products, I used during pregnancy
I love minimalist style and don’t want to have many things. When I find a product I like, I use it for years without replacing it at all.
During pregnancy I used only two additional products:
L’Occitane Organic Pure Shea Butter
From last pregnancy I know that the skin on my belly is stretch mark prone. That’s why this time I started using a cream from the second month in an attempt to avoid new stretch marks.
L’Occitane Organic Pure Shea Butter cream was great for my skin. It is fragrance free and keeps the skin moisturized the whole day. Although it is a little expensive, one container was enough for me even though I used it every day, and it is still not finished.
Hand soap from Veliika
During her last trip to Bulgaria, my sister found out about the soaps of the Bulgarian company Veliika. She sent me two of them to try and I really loved this soap with pomorien clay. It has very delicate and nice fragrance, forms soft foam while using it without drying the skin on the hands. This was very important for me because during winter my hands are very dry.
A Girl or a Boy?
To find out the gender of your future baby is a very complicated task in Canada.
The medical workers can’t tell you the gender of the baby before week 20 (it’s the law). If the pregnancy is going ok you have only two ultrasound exams – one in week 8 to confirm the pregnancy, and a detailed one between weeks 18 to 20. Even if the technician sees the gender of the baby, they won’t tell it to you.
That’s exactly what happened both my pregnancies – they didn’t tell me if I am having a girl or a boy which drove me crazy! We didn’t mind either but we just wanted to know, we live in the 21st century, not in the Middle Ages!
In spite of the obstacles, we found out that we are expecting another baby girl!
So on April 3rd, 2016 our second daughter was born. Welcome to the world little Mila!