I have been slightly excited to start documenting my pregnancy in a way that was more than just pictures on my iPhone. I see so many women who share their pregnancies online and receive a lot of love and support, and honestly I have felt like I have been missing out. I am a skeptic when it comes to sharing personal information online, but all I can think about is how I will be happy to look back someday and read about how I was feeling at this time in my life. While not everyone is always going to agree with everyone, it is important to stay true to your beliefs and not let the fear of what others think hold you back from doing what you want.
So now that I have added my small disclosure statement, I can go on to write about what I started this post to talk about. 21 Weeks down and 19 to go! I am not going to lie… when I first found out I was pregnant I was really scared. I was worried for what people would think of me, how I was going to afford to have a baby, and just for me and the baby’s overall health. As time went on and more details got worked out, things became a lot easier to accept. One of the first things I did was take to the internet to see how women like me were coping with being young moms, and to my surprise there are a lot of women out there in situations similar to mine! Reading/watching other women’s experiences with pregnancy has made me excited and happy to be bringing a life into this world. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and I have always thought that, and if anything I am happy God has blessed me with this gift that some people never get to experience.
So the journey has been pretty textbook for me so far. The first 3 months were physically difficult for me, for a multitude of reasons. First came the exhaustion, then the all-day-sickness crept up on me and didn’t leave me alone until 2 weeks ago. Now that I am in the second trimester things have gotten a lot more pleasant! I am able to feel the baby kicking and am starting to see changes happening on the outside of my body. When they say that the second trimester is a lot easier than the first, they aren’t kidding. I am using this time to prep for the third trimester, where I am sure there will be many changes going on. I get worried that I will feel overwhelmed, but knowing how many women do this brings me comfort in the fact that I am not alone. I also have an amazing support system from my boyfriend, friends and family.
I will be working up until I physically cannot, and I am also wrapping up college in the next few months! Not to mention my lease is up on October 14th, 2017, a month before my due date!! So I have a lot going on, but I do a lot of things to manage my stress. I know that the further along I become, the more important it will be to keep my stress levels low. I have already started purchasing some baby stuff since we know the gender. I literally have not been spending a penny on myself (besides food) so that I can get ready to have the most stylish baby on the block. I have mainly been buying clothes, but recently I invested in a Moby wrap. This wrap allows you to wear your baby on your chest. I have read so many positive benefits to baby wearing that include calming the baby, lessening your chances of postpartum depression, and of course bonding. I wish I could test the Moby wrap now, but I will just have to wait until baby is here to fully enjoy it!
I’m going to cut it off here before I start rambling too much. I have so many thoughts constantly going through my head about this journey, so if you have any bits of advice or have a similar due date to mine (November 26th) please leave a comment!