I have been wanting to write about my pregnancy thus far and thought what better time than before I start my third trimester (can’t believe I’ll be 28 weeks this weekend)! Plus I wanted to share some photos from our trip to Bermuda. You seriously can not stop taking pictures of this stunning, picture perfect island. By the way I am 23 weeks in these photos.
I thought it might be fun to answer some common questions that one gets when pregnant, and if there is one thing that I have gathered from this time, it is that people love talking pregnancy and babies!
Have you been very sick?
I was extremely fortunate to have a very easy first trimester. Yes, I certainly felt queasy at times, especially when dancing, but really only got sick twice. In one rehearsal I had to run out in the middle and got sick. The other time was right at half hour before a dress rehearsal.
How was it dancing while pregnant?
Again, it wasn’t too bad, but I did have my harder days. The hardest part was definitely my energy level. Dancing in your first trimester, plus we were working on a pretty physically demanding show, left me exhausted at the end of the day. I would get home, eat a giant bowl of pasta, and not leave my couch. The last show that I performed in I was 15 weeks pregnant. One piece was Minus 16, which is exhausting and requires you to use your entire body to the max. It was a lot of fun but probably would have liked to experience it not being pregnant. The other piece I had to wear a full blown unitard. Yep, now that was a test of my self confidence and left me feeling pretty insecure in my curvier body. But hey, I made it through and I am glad that I did it.
Did you experience any of those typical early pregnancy, emotional mood swings?
Yep! My most memorable one was over my cat. Anyone who knows me know that I am obsessed with my cat Edie, but since being pregnant it has gone to another level. It is almost like I am practicing being a mom and directing all my maternal energy towards her. One night I was crying to Cervi, no, not just crying, gasping for air crying, Edie isn’t going to like our new home! You don’t love her as much as I do! (I don’t expect anyone to love her like I do because I am crazy obsessed.) I look back at that moment now and laugh at how upset I was.
Any food cravings?
At the beginning, goldfish, Kraft mac-and-cheese, pasta, and Izzy’s pickles. Now, gummy candy and watery fruit like watermelon, grapes, and pineapple.
Were you feeling that it was a girl or boy before you found out?
I was leaning towards boy but I think it was more because I have been around more baby boys than girls. Also, not sure if this is true but it ended up being true for me, if you develop a rash you are having a boy. Around Christmas time, long before we found out that we were expecting, I developed a rash on my chest and arms, which was weird since I had never really had one that severe. Turns out, it is a sign of being pregnant with a boy.
Have you started the nursery?
Not really, but I do have some ideas. I did however finally start the daunting task of making my registry. It is so overwhelming! There is so much out there and so many directions you can go. I will say that Baby List has been my life saver. So if you are as clueless as I am this site really educates you, helps you decide what is important to you and your lifestyle, and gives you lists of the best rated products.
Any advice for those pesky pregnancy symptoms?
Ok, this is going to sound completely nuts, but it worked for me. For the past couple of weeks I have had those annoying leg cramps, especially in my calves at night. Now, I am a dancer and know all about drinking water, stretching, eat a banana, yada yada, nothing was helping. Then a friend told me about this odd trick that she heard about, it worked for her and it worked for me. Put a bar of soap under your bed sheets when sleeping. Yep, nuts, a plain old bar of soap (I used Dove). I have no idea how or why but I haven’t gotten leg cramps at night.
There you have it, checking off my first and second trimester, and on to the third. It is going to be one hot summer!