Well, not quite. I will admit that there seem to be a few perks to the second trimester, but it’s not symptom free as I’ve heard many people describe it. (I’m sure I’ve also read/heard from people who still had plenty to deal with, but that didn’t give me as much hope, so I probably blocked most of it out!!)
The nausea seems to have subsided some, and I think I’ve learned how to deal with it before I become absolutely miserable. I can keep my eyes open past 8pm, but I’ll still sleep for 12 hours given the chance. The taste or texture of some foods still disgusts me, but I’ve learned to suffer through it for some foods, such as apples, realizing that it won’t actually make me sick. I still wake up during the night to use the restroom and I don’t expect that to stop, even though I’ve heard it goes away for many women for a few months. And I still get sick every now and then, mainly from coughing or brushing my teeth, but, sadly, I think I’ve even gotten used to that a little and can pick myself up and move on rather quickly.
However, there is one symptom that I’m not happy to still be dealing with and haven’t adjusted to – constipation. I’ve had a belly-ache and felt fairly miserable since Saturday evening. I called my doctor’s office yesterday and spoke to a nurse, who’s suggestions were to use some sort of fiber supplement, Colace, increase my intake of fruits and veggies and drink lots and lots of fluids. (Apparently increasing fiber without increasing fluid intake has the opposite of the desired effect.)
Today I decided to keep track of my fluid intake to make sure I’m getting enough. I’ve been told that pregnant women should get about 80 oz. a day- water is best, but anythng other than soda and coffee counts – which seems almost impossible, especially given the number of trips to the bathroom that means 😀 So, I thought that keeping a record would be a good reminder for me, help me to see how much I’m actually drinking and hopefully be encouraging if I made it to 80+ oz.
- 12 oz. of 100% Apple Juice with Benefiber before work.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 9:15 am.
- 8 oz. hot tea finished at 11 am.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 1 pm.
- 16 oz. jug of water finished at 3:45 pm.
- Another 8 oz. of water before I left work.
- 12 oz. Crystal Light with Benefiber with dinner.
- 12 oz. water finished at 9pm.
Total fluid intake: 100 oz!!
Now I just need to figure out a way to reduce the number of trips to the bathroom…