Second Trimester Overview

Overall the second trimester was SO much easier than the first trimester for me!  Many of the annoying symptoms of the first trimester went away.  Not to say this second trimester was easy, but it was definitely a lot easier than the first!

My energy levels during my second trimester picked back up which made my workouts a lot easier to be consistent and back to normalish.  Obviously I have had to make some changes due to the pregnancy, but it has been so nice to get back to some good sweats in the gym!  Working out during this pregnancy has really helped me to feel like myself and I also feel like keeping up with my fitness routine has helped me avoid some of the negative symptoms of pregnancy.

Obviously I have gained more weight during this second trimester which has taken some adjusting to.  My belly feels a lot heavier so I have had to make some adjustments (like making sure I wear supportive shorts/leggings at the gym).  Going along with gaining weight…it’s gotten to the point where I have a very select few items in my closet that still fit.  I don’t try and force anything because honestly at this point I am all about comfort, so I stick to the things I know will work and a couple of the things I have had to buy (maternity jeans, align leggings, comfy sports bras).

Sleeping has also been a little bit of an adjustment for me.  I am definitely not a side sleeper so that has been tough for me. Sleeping on my side has always been difficult (especially now), but I have found that putting a pillow in between my knees helps a tons with preventing lower back pain.  (And yes, in case you were wondering I still have to pee all the time so I am getting more used to my nightly  trips to the bathroom!)

My appetite has been pretty much back to normal which has been nice considering during my first trimester the only thing that was carbs!  It has been a lot easier to eat healthier this second trimester without feeling like I am going to throw up every time I eat something other than carbs! haha

Overall I am feeling much more like myself this second trimester (other than this big bump sticking out of the front of me!).  It has also gotten a lot easier for me to love and accept this growing body of mine.  I feel so blessed to be able to grow this beautiful baby girl!

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8 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

If you are anything like me, the second you hop into bed your mind starts racing and the last thing your mind wants to do is fall asleep! Well today I am going to share with you some of the best ways to fall asleep faster:

  1. Brain dump: When your mind is racing and you can’t seem to turn it off, grab a piece of paper and write down everything that is on your mind. This way you can relax and not worry about forgetting things. Save it all for tomorrow when you can actually work on it instead of just laying in bed stressing about it!

  2. Make sure you are moving your body throughout the day. Getting a workout in is very important, but if you have trouble falling asleep at night try getting your workout in in the morning or afternoon.

  3. Avoid caffeine and sugar before bed: you don’t want to get a high when you are trying to fall asleep.

  4. Develop a nighttime routine: a nighttime routine can help your body relax and prepare to fall asleep.

  5. Turn the screens off: I know you have heard this before, but it is important if you are wanting to fall asleep faster! Stay away from any screens AT LEAST an hour before you go to bed.

  6. Don’t clock watch: Instead of focusing on how many hours of sleep you are getting, focus on how you feel. Your body knows when it’s rested and when it isn’t, so listen to it!

  7. Don’t lose sleep over losing sleep: “I fall asleep now I’ll get 7 hours of sleep…if I fall asleep now I’ll get 6 hours of sleep.” I know we have all been here before, but stressing about sleep will not help you sleep!

  8. Get comfy: make sure you are wearing lose comfortable clothes and add some pillows if you need it.

I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!