Second Trimester Recap & Highlights

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OH the glorious 2nd trimester!

Now that I've experienced the 1st trimester (read all about it HERE) and we're now at 31 weeks and into our 3rd trimester, I can say with confidence that 2nd trimester was the BEST trimester!  I can't believe time flew by SO fast.  It still feels like it was just yesterday that we found out we were pregnant.  But at the same time, so much as happened since.  I'm looking back at my 2nd trimester and sharing some of the most memorable recaps!

1.  Bump, bump, bump

My bump actually became a noticeable baby bump after week 17.  Until then, I wasn't showing to that extent, so I probably looked like I had a really bloated stomach.  It was in this trimester that I started getting comments like "you're showing now!" or "cute bump!" People wanted to feel the bump and I definitely felt and looked more pregnant.  For some reason, the baby bump made me feel good and empowered :)

2. Flutters?  Tapping?  Is that the baby kicking?

I knew I was suppose to start feeling the baby kick in the 2nd trimester.  While everyone ranges of when, people were saying around week 21 and on, you should feel movement.  I wasn't feeling her at week 21 and 22, and I was starting to get worried.  But when week 23 hit, I started noticing what felt like small taps.  At first, it was really hard to tell if I was feeling the baby kick or if I was just gassy, lol.  But eventually I just knew it was the baby kicking.  And once you know what it is, it's a surreal feeling.  Being a first time mom, it was neat to experience this for the first time.

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3.  I performed on stage with the baby!

 I have to say the highlight of my 2nd trimester was performing on stage at 22 weeks pregnant.  You may or may not know that I used to be a dancer.  I danced competitively since I was in high school, in college I joined a hip hop dance crew called Kaba Modern, and continued to dance years after.  I stopped about 6 years ago.  But a very special opportunity came up this year to dance again with the alumnis of Kaba Modern.  Our directors chose a dance piece I choreographed back in 2009, to bring back to stage this year!  I posted a link below if you want to check it out (the piece starts at 2:13)!

I was nervous going into the whole process because there was lot of worries surrounding dancing while pregnant.  Could I do it? Would something happen to the baby?  Is it safe?  I didn't have anyone close to me that went through something similar that I could seek advise.  But after consulting with my doctor and a promise to myself that I would only do what I could, I decided to just go for it. I'm so glad that I did, because I got to perform again....with the baby in my belly! I was so blown away from the support I got from the team, I couldn't be more grateful and happy.  Also sad that it ended.  It was such a fun experience and I get to share this with the baby when she's growing up!

4.  Cravings

Haha, cravings crack me up because it gets so specific.  My main ones were....meat.  Either briskets from Korean BBQ or Shabu Shabu.  Mcflurrys... 3 days in a row.  Ice cream. Lots of it :p

5.  You feel like yourself

The best part of 2nd trimester is that nausea (usually) goes away.  You get your appetite back.  You get your energy back.   I know this can be different for everyone, but I really did feel a lot better and more like myself.  I don't know if it was the baby and elevated good hormones? but I was really happy in the 2nd trimester.  My suggestion is to take advantage and appreciate this trimester.  Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have, but eat what you like, do what you like and makes you happy, and don't stress too much.

It's hard to believe the next recap will be right before the baby comes!  Or maybe even after.  I hope to share my birth story when our baby girl comes.

But until then....wish me luck on the 3rd trimester!

Pregnancy Recap on My First Trimester

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I can't believe we're already at the 6 month mark of our pregnancy!  Helloooo, where did the time go?  I'm well into my second trimester and thought it would be interesting to do a recap on my first trimester.  Here are some questions I got and answered them as honestly as I could.  Everyone has different experiences and I always like hearing about others' stories, so here's my recap! Hope you enjoy.

1. How did you find out?

Besides the obvious peeing on a stick and going to the doctors, I'll tell you some of the reasons why I took a test in the first place.  I went to Hawaii for a makeup/hair job from 2/6-2/9 and I remember feeling oddly nauseous this one time during the trip, and then when I came back to LA. The first time I noticed how nauseous I was, was after our 3 hour boat ride photoshoot.  The weird thing was, I wasn't nauseous during the boat ride, but it was after.  I don't easily get motion sickness either.   At the time, I thought maybe it was just an aftermath from the waves and being off my center of gravity.  I was also hungry because we hadn't eaten since early lunch time.  By the time we got back to the dock, it was 7pm.  Eventually after we ate, I did feel better.  So I brushed off the nausea.  On 2/9, When I landed in LA, I felt really tired and kind of nauseous.  But this nausea felt like it was because I hadn't eaten a decent meal in hours.  We got home and I tried to eat but could barely eat anything.  I didn't want to throw up by eating (looking back, this was a mistake and I should of eaten something!  I'll go into this more later).  On 2/10, I was back at work but the whole day I was soo nauseous up until dinner.  I forced myself to eat some Japanese udon and kind of felt better after.  At this point, I thought something was off.  I rarely get nauseous and even if I did, it doesn't prolong like that.  And it was then that the actual thought of "what if I'm pregnant?" popped into my mind.  So I took a test on 2/11.   I'm bad about knowing exactly when my period comes, so I really had to look back to see how late I was.   It didn't help that my periods are not exactly on time every month so this wasn't a primary indicator.  So in my case, I went with my gut instinct and that I was abnormally nauseous as reasons to take a test.

2.  HOw did you feel when you found out? 

I share in depth in my last blogpost of how I really felt when I found out.  Initially my reaction wasn't sheer joy but now that time's past and as my body is changing, I have a newfound excitement about this!  Read about it here.

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3.  Did you have morning sickness?

I guess I kind of already answered this in #1, but yes, yes I did... good news is that, my morning sickness never got to the point of throwing up.  Hallelujah!  Contrary to popular belief, my morning sicknesses didn't happen in the morning.  It happened sometimes during the middle of the day, and then in the evening.  I did read that just because it's called morning sickness, it doesn't necessarily just happen in the morning, so this wasn't a surprise to me.  My morning sicknesses were just these waves of nausea that would come and go.  When it came, it really sucked because you feel like you can't and don't want to do anything.  The thought of certain foods, or even thoughts, would trigger my gag reflex so bad.  I didn't even crave coffee anymore, and you all know I'm a coffee LOVER.  But nope, body said no during first trimester.  If I thought about Thai food or KBBQ, which I usually love, I felt sick.  Even the thought of me traveling, made me sick.  Or when I scrolled through Instagram and looked at my phone for awhile, it made me feel sick.  One time I was driving and the nausea hit all of a sudden, I had to breath so hard so I wouldn't throw up while driving, haha!  But despite all this, I will say that I was one of the lucky ones that had a relatively easy first trimester when it came to morning sickness.

4.  So how did you get rid of Morning Sickness?

I did several things that helped with my nausea.   All thanks to the internet and finding tips that literally felt like it was saving my life.  This was the number one thing I researched because I HATE feeling nauseous.  I have pukephobia.  I will do anything not to throw up.  Haha!  So here's a few things that helped me, and hopefully it'll help you too!

  1. Snack, and snack OFTEN! Never go too hungry because it's when you get hungry that you can feel more sick.  One of the worse things you can do is not eat when this happens.  Usually when I nibbled on something, the nausea subsided for the most part. I've never been so snack prepared in my life. I was never the type to meal prep, but snack prep for pregnancy I did!
  2. Ginger Ale or San Pellegrino (Blood Orange to be exact ha!).  I don't know if it's the carbonation or what, but these 2 drinks made me feel so much better!  
  3. Grapes, saltine crackers, nuts, and yogurt.  These are the snacks that I brought everywhere with me. I could only eat saltine crackers and grapes when I was in the middle of a nausea wave.  Find foods and snacks that you can tolerate, and stock up on them.  Listen to your body when the thought of certain foods make you gag vs. food that give you comfort.
  4. Peppermint essential oil.  I carried this with me at all times and sniffed when I felt nauseous.

5. what were the major body changes ?

Some of the things I experienced aren't necessarily first trimester specific, but it might be good to know it's completely normal if it happens to you too!  

  1. I lost weight.  Usually you think pregnancy = weight gain and I thought this would happen right off the bat.   But because you feel sick most of the time and lose your appetite, I found out you tend to lose weight in the first trimester.  As long as you're eating, you should be fine!
  2. I was thirsty.  I'm one of those bad ones that didn't drink that much water, and would drink coffee more than water (oops).  But once I got pregnant, I was THIRSTY and wanted to actually drink water.  I got good about it too.  I brought around a water bottle with me and filled it up whenever I could and made sure to drink good ole' H20.  It almost became a comfort thing to drink water.
  3. I got leaky.  OK, TMI. But most preggos go through this.  Your bladder control isn't as strong, your baby is  pushing down, and your muscles down there loosen up.  So if you laugh too hard or sneeze, you might...leak.  Sorry mama.  
  4. I ran out of breath easier.  Especially when walking up and down the stairs.  Slightly embarrassing at work when I go to the bathroom and come back up to my desk and I'm huffing and puffing.  But what can you do?
  5. I didn't start "showing" until week 17 (second trimester).   I felt my pants getting tighter towards the end of my first trimester, and noticed what seemed more like a not-so-cute bloat bump.  But not a cute baby bump yet.  Everyone shows at different times, and it's good to remember that.

All in all, my first trimester was thankfully easy.  I felt that this transition was more of a emotional and mental one vs. hurdling the physical challenges.  And as mentioned in my last blogpost,  I didn't feel fully ready or actually excited about being pregnant until I hit the second trimester.  As I'm writing this and comparing how I felt back then vs. how I feel now, it's affirmation that the mind and body does prepare and adjust to life changes, no matter what you think.  Second trimester's been amazing and can't wait to recap this one for you too!

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Paris Travel Part 1: What to do when you have no itinerary

There's SO much I can say about the beautiful Parisian city, I almost don't know where to start.  But I can say I fell in love.  I've always admired from afar the architecture, Parisian sense of style, and the overall energy of the city.  I feel so lucky to have actually experienced this in person. 

Because there's so much, I'm breaking down my Paris trip in a 2 part series!  Today I'm sharing 6 most memorable things we did.

Do you ever travel without an agenda?  Without a check list of places to go?  We did not have an itinerary to follow for the most part.  What we did do though, is once we checked into our Airbnb, we wrote down a few places as a starting point for the day.  Then we went from there.  But we went about our days without expectations.  I almost prefer this way of traveling.  What about you?  Do you like to plan out your trips or go with the flow?  

Either way, here are 6 things things you can consider doing if you're like me, and didn't plan beforehand, ha! 

1.  Walk the City

I never thought I'd say this, but I was so excited to walk.  Coming from LA you get so used to driving everywhere, you think walking down the street to the grocery store is a hassle.  But not in Paris.  By walking, you get to actually see the architecture, the ornate details of every building, people walking, sit down at a cafe, and be a part of the everyday Parisian people.  I recommend taking the metro to be able to visit more areas, but walk as much as you can. 

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2.  Angelina 

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If you want a Parisian restaurant experience, have lunch at Angelina (or brunch or dinner, of course).  I've actually never heard of Angelina until my travel sister mentioned it.  But when I looked it up, I was so excited to see the interior and try their famous Mont Blanc!  The restaurant is over 100 years old and is the epitome of what a Parisian restaurant would look like.  To be honest, I was more excited about the interior, than the food :p That's not to say the food wasn't good though - the roasted sea bass fillet I had, was well prepared, juicy, and tasty.  But I'd have to say, the Mont Blanc was my favorite and I would return for these.  They also retail chocolates (which they're known for), teas, confectionaries, and other delicatessen products.

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3.  Rent a bike

When in Paris, ride a bike through the city.  This was one of the scariest things I did while we were there. I was so scared at the thought of going through the streets of an unfamiliar place, riding only inches away from cars... I almost didn't do it.  But ended up being the most fun and exhilarating activities we did. Sounds so cliche but there's nothing like the wind blowing through your hair and taking in the beauty of the city, being uncomfortable but comfortable all at the same time. 

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4.  Musee Carnavalet

Musee Carnavalet was the one place both Lara and I really wanted to visit.  We saw photos on Instagram and knew we had to get a few photos of our own!  Nestled in Le Marais, this museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of the city.  The day we went, admission was free, so we scored there!  I actually loved how intimate this museum was.  It was a smaller museum, packed with history.  My favorite was the courtyard.  I could sit in the courtyard forever...!

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5.  Stroll the La Seine Area

One of my favorite things we did was take a (long) walk along La Seine. La Seine is "The River" where you can take your time to stroll, rest at a cafe, visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, take a boat ride, or walk across Ponte Alexandre III.  Pretty much wherever you end up, there's scenery to admire and something to do.  HIGHLY recommended!    

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6.  The Louvre

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Not to be such a sap, but the magnificence of the Louvre really got to me when I saw this place in person.  Pictures don't do justice at all and I won't forget how I felt.  We came when it was about to close, so we didn't get to explore the inside, but because of how big it is, you would probably need a whole day inside!  But even if you don't have time to go inside, it's totally worth it to visit for the outside!

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Je t'aime Paris, I'll be back

There's so much more (to do) to Paris, but you'll just need to get there to experience it firsthand ;)  Can't wait to be back in my favorite city and explore more.  Stay tuned for Part 2 - What To Wear & Practical Travel Tips.

Au Revoir!

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