Second Trimester Recap: Weeks 16-17

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Good morning and happy New Year!

Time for a pregnancy update! And, whoa, I’m already 18 weeks along. Where does the time go?

Ok, first up”¦


There’s actually not too much difference between weeks 16 and 17, and I actually think the longer shirt (or maybe my better posture?) in the 17-week photo makes me look a little less pregnant, but either way, the baby bump is coming! Wait until you see this week’s picture!



Egg sandwiches (like almost every day), red meat (i.e. Five Guys burgers), smoothies, green juice, ALL THE FRUIT (especially clementines), yogurt, ketchup on everything

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Pretty much the same as my first trimester, but plain chicken kind of grosses me out now. Chicken mixed in something, however, like a quesadilla or chicken salad, for example, which I’ve actually had cravings for, is okay, but the thought of plain, baked or roasted chicken isn’t appetizing at all. Not a fan of the smell either.


Frequent urination: I’m still a peeing machine, but I’m also drinking a lot more water now, especially compared to my first trimester when drinking a lot of liquids made my stomach queezy. I’m also really thirsty lately, so I am making a conscious effort to drink up.

Morning sickness: I was feeling so much better in weeks 14 and 15, but as soon as I hit week 16, I felt awful again… nausea, napping, the whole bit. It was like I was back in week 9 or 10 again. Ugghh. Not fun. The morning sickness stuck around well into week 17, but it’s starting to go away almost completely now that I am in week 18. I still feel pretty gross late at night, but during the day, I’m almost back to normal.

Itchiness: My stomach, boobs, and back get so itchy from time-to-time. What’s up with that? I’m guessing it’s my skin stretching to accommodate my baby bump? I dunno, but it seems like it happens every night when I’m getting ready for bed or trying to go to sleep. It’s like we have bed bugs or something! Ha!

Restless sleep: In my first trimester, I slept like a baby, and I never had any issues falling or staying asleep. But now that I’m in the second trimester, I wake up almost every night between 3:00 – 4:00 AM and then toss and turn for a good hour or so before I fall back to sleep again. I’m wide awake and my brain won’t shut off. It’s frustrating, but I always manage to fall back asleep for another few hours.

Weight gain: The majority of my pre-pregnancy workout clothes look absolutely ridiculous and inappropriate on me (my boobs are massive), so I have definitely put on some more weight since the first trimester. (I am still wearing all of my regular clothes, but I think I will be buying some maternity ones very soon!) I finally packed away all of my cute, fitted workout tops and sports bras (so long Ta-Ta Tamers), so now I’m wearing looser t-shirts and flow-y tank tops to work out, which, of course, are so much more comfortable.

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I’m feeling so much better at CrossFit! I still feel like I can’t breathe during metcons (although I did 40 Burpees unbroken the other day), but my strength is pretty much back to what it was before I got pregnant. I’m still doing L3 and some RX workouts (depending on the WOD, of course) and haven’t really needed to make any exercise modifications.

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I also ran a 5K without stopping, which was pretty awesome considering running is insanely hard for me right now.

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So there’s a recap of the past two weeks. I’ll actually have a recap of week 18 early next week because it was an especially exciting one!



  1. Love these recaps!! Great to get a little insight in to other womens pregnancy’s….every one is so different! Such a bummer that you’ve been feeling sick again, hopefully it fully passes soon.

  2. Cutest preggo ever 🙂 So glad things are going better for you, hope it stays that way moving forward!!! Can’t wait for week 18, I imagine it has some big news in it 🙂

  3. I am 19 weeks and am also waking up at 3 or 4 am everyday! I’m usually a stomach sleeper so I’m having a hard time adjusting to staying on my sides. I found recently that having a pillow to hug to my chest has helped me stay asleep!

  4. I hear you with all the itchiness…and restless sleep, too. It feels like the nerves in my legs are going crazy at night.

  5. I had the SAME darn thing with the itchiness, but not during pregnancy. It turned out to be contact dermatitis, basically just an overactive and overly sensitive skin immune system … thingy. It’s gone away for the most part since I got my gluten issues sorted out. Could be pregnancy hormones changing things up? (I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV.)

  6. The itchiness! I had the same problem and every once in a while it still happens! It literally felt like I had fire ants just biting me in random spots and it was always when I was trying to fall asleep. There were nights I would be in tears because as soon as I would fall asleep I would jump because I felt like I was bit. After doing some research and talking to a friend who is a doctor, he told me that the baby was actually pressing on a nerve. The itching is just a nerve being “tickled.” It’s not super common but SO FREAKING IRRITATING! Luckily, the last half of my 2nd trimester and most of the 3rd was without the feeling. The last week or two of pregnancy I felt it again. The worst was end of 1st through the first half of my 2nd trimester.

  7. Itchy skin =’s stretching! I had the same thing! And holy crow 40 Burpees unbroken? I remember for both pregnancies having a hard time walking in heels up stairs with out taking a breather stop 🙂 Good for you girl!

  8. Sorry — thought of these things too — the wesbite/store The Pump Station (in Santa Monica, CA) is THE BEST for all kinds of information relative to breast feeding and newborns (even if you don’t breast feed- weblink below). You can even call and talk to a lactation consultant on the spot! I wish I had this BEFORE my first child b/c I had ZERO clue about nursing. All my friends said it was so easy. It so WASN’T for me, but I stuck with it for the benefits for both me and my baby/ies. I have to be honest, the whole bonding with your baby while nursing never grew on me. I felt like a monkey. HA! Also, after baby, try the belly bandit (link below). Its like the strongest compressive wrap that you put on your tummy right after the baby is born to help contract diaphram and uterus (by a X for the first week or so and then you will likely need an XS- I have never been an XS in my life btw. Also, in full disclosure, I had to lie down on the floor to get this thing on, but as your belly shrinks fast, the XS soon becomes loose!). I know it sounds like torture but its used like everywhere except the US (well, maybe in LA, ha!). I found this for my second baby and honestly, A HUGE difference in my tummy and shape after the second with this thing. I wore it for 12 weeks and begged the nurse to grab from my overnight bag as soon as my second was born. HA again -sounds so vein, and it is, but it’s worth it to feel good about your shape when everything else after baby (in the beginning) can feel so out of control 🙂 Good luck. So happy for you and Mal!

  9. Congrats on the baby news! Having a baby was the best experience of my life!

    I have been reading your blog on and off for like 7 years or something like that and it is fun to check back in and see where your life has led.

  10. omg you’re preggo too!!!!! i had no earthly idea! congrats to you guys and happy new year; i’m 17 weeks along and right behind you. darn these 1st tri hormones but i’m FINALLY feeling like myself again. had my egg sandwich today too. everyday. lol

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