First time pregnant
I am pregnant for the first time and I live on a small remote island. This is my story.
Part 7: The happy second trimester
Second trimester is the happiest time of my life. It is exactly what I’ve been dreaming of whenever I imagined myself pregnant before - pampered, looked after, feeling special and connected with my husband and feeling the strong healthy baby inside.
The kicks, that started out like little butterfly flutters in my belly, have now (June 2018) become strong and very obvious. It used to happen in the morning and in the evening but now it’s happening all throughout the day. The baby is kicking me lots and I feel so happy every time I feel it. I swear, sometimes I can even see the kicks raise up my skin and it feels so weird yet so exciting!
I started to feel a very deep connection with the little baby, a love that I can’t express in words. Whilst I always loved an idea of a child and up until now was fascinated by the pregnancy it was week 24 that I really started to feel amazing love specifically for this baby. It is a feeling on an unbreakable bond, a conviction to do anything for this little person, a sort of renewed purpose in life and it really makes me feel so happy!
James was able to feel the kicks in my belly for the first time on the 2nd of June and was really moved by it! There was our baby, strong and active, healthy and growing fast. He felt the movements a couple of times since then and I could see that each time he is ever so slightly overtaken by admiration and love. Oh, I love James so much, he is such a great Dad and he will be amazing once the baby comes, I just know it!
It is worth mentioning that there are a few slight discomforts that this new stage of pregnancy brings: I have lower back aches, pain in the muscles between my ribs and an annoying heartburn which never bothered me before. I also feel very off-balance and find it difficult to stand up or climb over obstacles. My nails are growing at an alarming rate and I have also put on a lot of weight. That doesn’t really bother me at this stage as I know I can easily lose once the baby arrives.
Another thing that was on my mind recently was other people touching my baby bump. I was already told by one of my friends that I should expect to become a public property from about 32 weeks where everyone will be touching the baby bump as if a good luck charm and even the grumpiest people suddenly become all soft and gooey! Personally, I hope people remain respectful to my personal boundaries, but I also understand how fascinating and magical pregnancy is to everyone so I don’t worry about it too much. I think touching a baby bump is a loving gesture after all and I know that I will always be respectful to myself, my body and my baby!