21 Weeks Pregnant!

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!

xx Katie

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21 Comments

  1. Good luck on your journey! It is such a beautiful road that lies ahead and the moment you hold your little baby you will forget all your fears! They are the biggest blessing you can receive! All the best! Xx

  2. Your blog is beautiful! I love the simple, down to earth way that you write. I will definitely be following your journey because I am studying to be a birth and post partum doula. I love to learn about all different perspectives and what women feel during this amazing time in life. What a great idea to blog about it. Wishing you all the best!

  3. So glad to hear you are feeling better! It really does continue to improve throughout your second trimester. Most women (myself included) can work up until delivery – your body is a true marvel and can do so much more than you might believe! I’d really suggest looking into a k’tan. I loved my Moby when baby was a bit older but there is *so much* fabric that felt overwhelming with a teeny little newborn. The k’tan was so trim and easy to use for the “fourth trimester.”

  4. I love this! Don’t worry everything will be perfect! I can totally relate to you! I got pregnant right after I finished HS… with TWINS!!! I was mortified and also refrained from social media. But then I realized I can;t compare my life to others. We are all on separate journeys, and this is mine I shouldn’t condemn myself because of what society or anyone else thinks. Everything happens for a beautiful reason. Now my girls are six and I couldn’t be happier. Trust me you will be an amazing mother! I truly wish you the best!

  5. Congrats on your pregnancy. It will change your life more than you know, but it’s amazing! Your post is beautifully written and I think you should definitely continue to document your journey. I bet it will help others who will go through it as well!

  6. Hey Katie, the only piece of advice I have is to enjoy every moment. Every part of it. Someone told me this and I am so glad that I listened.

    All the best on your journey

  7. Congrats! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing! Each pregnancy is so different and each mom experience it in their own way!

    I hope you feel good, beautiful and continue to document this fun time in your life!

    Sounds like you’re busy leading up into birth, I suggest taking as much time as possible to rest before your due date- once that baby comes it’s GO TIME!

    1. Haha I am already planning when I will take my absence from work to make sure I have enough time to prepare with out being too stressed out. My due date is November 26th so I was thinking the beginning of November I will take a step back from work to stay focused on moving and school work, and of course preparing for baby!

  8. Congrats! Such a great idea to document your pregnancy experience! I wish I would have done that 🙂 I just started blogging a few months. I think the best advice I can give you is make sure you take care of yourself and make time for yourself through this pregnancy journey and when the baby comes!

  9. Congratulations on your pregnancy 🙂 what a blessing to be able to document and look back on this special time years down the road…

  10. Great blog. I really enjoyed being pregnant when I was. I am glad you are thinking ahead and managing your stress.

    Every stage of pregnancy and motherhood will have a certain amount of joy and stress. Continue to take care of yourself also .

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