Healthy Pregnancy 2 – Week 16

How far along? 16 Weeks

Baby Size: According to “The Bump” baby is the size of an avocado.

Weight gain: 6lbs

Maternity clothes? Not quite yet. Leggings, yoga pants, and running pants are my M.O. right now.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Feeling energized enough to get in a 4 mile run AND cook a few (crockpot) meals.

Miss Anything? Energy still eludes me. I wake up full of energy, but it only lasts for 4-5 hours.

Movement: I felt a few more very faint flutters this week. It is strange having felt the flutters so early this time. Once I noticed them with my son, they were pretty consistent; however, I felt them later meaning he was bigger.

Food cravings: I really wanted a tuna fish sandwich, so I finally made that. Otherwise, we have been having a lot of chili. I’m not sure if that’s a craving or convenience thing though.

Gender: Either pregnancy brain or plain ol’ being Kristen had me thinking our ultrasound would be a week sooner than it is scheduled. We should find out in about 3 weeks!

Looking forward to: Seeing the bump grow and feeling more movement.

Today let’s chat about the never-ending cycle of exhaustion that is pregnancy. Most people say they get tons of energy in their second trimester. I do eventually get that, but it is slow. I go from requiring a nap each day to being able to wean out the nap, but still needing time to rest. As anyone with multiple kids knows, the need for a nap or rest becomes quite tricky when you have a toddler running around.

The other issue I run into is that for some reason during one of my 395894 pee breaks at night, I will decide that I no longer need to sleep, and instead I need to dwell on every.single.thing that has ever happened in my life. So I lay there, wide-awake, from 2 AM on.

Even on the nights where I get a good night of sleep, I still peter out part of the way through the day. I spend my morning’s getting my son to daycare, getting in a quick workout, then working and sometimes meal prepping. Whereas I would normally be able to keep going after only 4-5 hours of doing these normal activities, I need a rest come noon. Getting my son down for nap also wears me down.

So, if you are on your second+ pregnancy and you’re thinking you are a total wimp for being exhausted – you are not! It is so normal. The first thing that has helped keep me energized is to realize I am not, nor do I have to be, superwoman. I am growing a human – that is quite enough activity for me. I have also found that no matter how tired I am getting in some kind of activity is helpful. Unless I am physically barfing, often times some light activity helps energize me and keep nausea at bay. Something as gentle as a walk or yoga, or something more intense like lifting weights or going for a slow run helps. I always feel energized after.

The other expectation I let go of was my need to keep a clean house and cook a ton. When my son naps, I have forced myself to sit down. It is difficult, and there is forever a running list in my head of things that need to get done. If I don’t take that rest though, I get very sick later in the day, and often end up having to tap out around 5PM. Except, I can’t do that, because I have a toddler. I have learned to make dinner with a kid screaming at my feet. It’s grating, but I am less sick when I get some rest during his naptime, so it’s a trade I am willing to make.

The other thing that wakes me often in the night is my calves getting really sore. I remember this with my son as well. It felt like the growing pains I used to get as a kid. I got some compression socks for Christmas and do everyone run in them. So far my calf pain has significantly reduced. Last night was the first night I had some leg pain, and I think it had more to do with our tough leg workout yesterday. Hydration and electrolytes is a big key here as well. The combo of proper hydration, extra electrolytes, and compression socks has been a huge help in taking away my leg cramps.

Overall, when it comes to being well rested during pregnancy, there should be a balance between understanding that you are growing a human, so being tired is to be expected, and not pushing yourself too hard. Ask your spouse for help. Be clear on how you are feeling and learn to let go of some standards you had set. I hate a messy house, but I hate being nauseous and not spending time with my son even more. If people offer up some help, take them up on it. If there is anytime for you to squeeze in rest, take advantage. If you can get to bed early, do it!

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