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Stepping It Up in the Second Trimester

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yesterday I officially entered the second trimester. emoticon I'm already starting to feel better: my stomach is more stable and I'm a lot less tired. I think Tuesday was morning sickness's last great hurrah. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself, lol.

Tomorrow I have my 12 week sonogram (a week late) and DH and I have taken some baby belly pictures (I'm popping out to the point that I'm wearing almost exclusively maternity clothes). I'll try to get those posted sometime this week; some of you have been asking for them. emoticon

The second trimester is supposed to be pregnancy's sweet spot and I intend to take full advantage of it. I started this morning by modifying my SP nutrition goals to be in line with the guidelines for expectant mothers of multiples. The numbers are a little intimidating: from 1700-1900 calories to 2100-2400, 100-150% of RDA for calcium to 150-200%, plus more modest increases in iron, protein, and folate intake. Tracking is going to be key since the changes are pretty dramatic and the exact opposite of the direction I'm used to them moving. I'm not quite sure how to meet them, so tracking and adjusting as necessary is my tactic.

The next thing I need to step up is fitness. I did almost nothing in my first trimester; the combination of morning sickness, exhaustion, and foot surgery did me in. Last week one of my toes got infected so I still can't go all out, but I can at least pedal the stationary bike for half an hour. (Antibiotics have the situation under control.) My goal is to do that 3 times a week. That's not exactly where I was working at before pregnancy and surgery, but it's the best place from which to start building back without overdoing it, which I am famous for.

My other priority is physical preparations for the babies. I started working on baby registries and my mom has begun talking about shower planning. I've been knitting and sewing lackadaisically and it's time to turn up the focus and volume.

My hope is that this plan is as effective as it is simple. emoticon
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    Your plan is great, I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures too!
    2095 days ago
    Looking forward to the photo's. This is such an exciting time for you and yours. I'm happy you're allowing us a peak inside your baby world.
    2102 days ago
    Simple plans are always best!! Can't wait for pictures...

    Oh, do enjoy this time. Life will never be quite like THIS again... emoticon
    2103 days ago
    Wonderful to be entering this zone of new energy and comfort, Jen -- and your plan makes excellent sense. Yup, we be awaitin' those pics with eagerness, to put it mildly!
    2103 days ago
    Great plan! Yes, I agree about the second trimester being the "sweet spot," so enjoy!!
    2103 days ago
    Can't wait for those pics!
    2103 days ago
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