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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

16-21 Weeks Pregnancy Diary

 

It's official, I'm over halfway through my pregnancy! I can't believe how quickly time has started to go in the last few weeks and I can now say I'm 21 weeks pregnant.

Weeks 16-21 have been the easiest weeks of my pregnancy yet, but it hasn't been as easy as I expected. So many told me I'd get the second trimester energy burst, but I've felt exhausted every day and my mood has been a bit all over the place too. Let me feel you in on the last few weeks.

How I've Felt

As I mentioned above, I've been feeling really tired still! It's not the extreme exhaustion I faced in the first trimester, but more like I need a nap come 1pm and bed past 9pm isn't an option. Working out is still a bit of a struggle, but I have fitted in a few Bumps & Burpees workouts and a few weighted workouts too to try and keep my body strong. Apart from this I'm still walking regularly with my dog and aiming to do pregnancy yoga 4 times a week (even if it's just 15 minutes).

My mood has been the most irregular it's been throughout my pregnancy and I've felt a few down periods, which I didn't expect. I always assumed I'd be 100% happy as soon as I was carrying a baby, but even though I'm not sad about anything specific and I know I have so much to look forward to, I can't help feeling very low some days. I've really tried to take care of myself on these days because having suffered with chronic depression in the past I know I need to stop myself slipping into a downwards spiral. Taking time away from social media, getting into the fresh air, having a bath, seeing family and relaxing all help.

Apart from this I've been feeling good! No nausea, no aches or pains and nothing to complain about - yet. I have noticed the shortness of breath becoming more apparent, especially when walking up hills etc, but I know that's normal due to the extra weight I'm carrying and everything becoming a little more squished inside.

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