24 weeks (Pregnancy #2)

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I’m happy to report that we’ve come out on the other side of this stomach flu and are all back to normal (knock on wood!). Apparently, this stomach flu is running rampant around the GTA right now; I know so many friends whose families have gotten it. Our appetites have come back with a vengeance. Adriana has always had a healthy appetite so to see her refusing almost all food during the flu was pretty hard, but she’s back to eating us out of house and home again which is so good to see. Things are busier than usual this week as I’m trying to get all my work finished (and house cleaned, groceries, etc.) before my mom flies in tomorrow. I can’t wait for her visit! Adriana is already so excited to see her Mimi.

Pregnancy superpower: Eric told me I had to add this category this week. My pregnancy superpower is my sense of smell. It’s now a running joke in this house that I can smell everything. I smell things that Eric can’t detect. He thinks I’m crazy.

Pregnancy subpower: I have full-fledged pregnancy brain (and have for a while). Thank goodness for to-do lists! I have to write everything down, or do it immediately. If I don’t…*poof* it’s gone. I even find it challenging to focus on conversations sometimes, such as when talking about renovation stuff like egress windows. But I find the to-do lists are increasing my productivity so it hasn’t been all bad!

Names: After not thinking about names for a while, I dove back into it one night this week! Now, there’s a new name on my radar that’s challenging the current #1 spot. Eric didn’t reject it right away either, so that’s a good sign! We also need to come up with two middle names to go with the first name, since that’s what we did for Adriana. (It’s a tradition in Eric’s family to have two middle names so we wanted to keep that going, but it sure complicates things a bit more!)

Nesting/Nursery: We’re busy selecting a lot of finishes (faucets, sinks, etc.) and getting ready to order cabinets, tile, and so on for our house renovations later this summer. There probably won’t be any nesting/nursery stuff going on for a long time. I do want to try to pick out some nursery furniture soon though, because if I remember correctly, Adriana’s took a while to come in.

Sleep: My sleep is about the same—I still have pregnancy insomnia on and off and I’m waking multiple times in the night. It’s been more than 2 years since I’ve slept well though, so it’s nothing new. I seem to be following in my mom’s footsteps; she often says that her sleep was forever changed after having kids and to this day it’s still not “normal”.

Wearing: Nothing new to report! I do need to find a maternity dress to wear to a wedding next month though.

Symptoms: I’ve been having some pain in the lower right abdomen/pelvic area when I go on walks. It basically feels like the baby is pushing down on everything which doesn’t surprise me since I carry low. I spoke with my midwife about it and she said it sounds like round ligament pain. I’m going to keep wearing my support belt in hopes that it’ll help! Another new symptom I’ve had is that my nose and eyes are very dry lately, especially when I wake up in the morning. It feels like I’m living in a really dry climate or something. I’m knocking on wood as I type this, but my sciatica pain is completely gone. I only had 3 sessions with my osteopath. I really hope that I can keep it at bay for this pregnancy.

Exercise: It felt so good to get back into my exercise routine after a week off. I didn’t jump right back into my regular routine, but took this week to ease back into it with a “lightened up” version. It’s amazing how you can do a workout on a regular basis and not feel sore, but as soon as you stop for a week it’s like your body is in shock when you get back into it. Boy, were my muscles sore after getting back into Barre3 workouts! I’m still loving getting out for a trail walk each day with Adriana.

Hair/skin/nails: My skin is finally looking a bit better after being so dried out after the stomach flu. I’ve been hydrating a lot (and spoiling myself with some fresh juices!), and it’s doing wonders. I feel like the glow is back a bit.

Cravings: My appetite has returned full force, and I’m eating around the clock. This week’s biggest cravings are homemade chocolate chunk cookies (a new recipe in testing) and spaghetti squash with White Linen Collection’s marinara sauce. I’ve eaten a lot of spaghetti squash in the past week. No one said preggo cravings would be seasonal. Still craving cake. There’s a commercial for McCain’s chocolate freezer cake, and it just about kills me every time I see it on TV. Random! I’m also eating a ton of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries.

Best thing I ate/drank all week: Three words for you guys: Grapefruit Mint Juice. OMG. I think it was the first time I’ve ever had fresh grapefruit juice (aside from eating a grapefruit whole, of course). This takes my grapefruit cravings to a whole new level. A close second “best thing I ate all week” is my vegan + gf Jumbo Chocolate Chunk Cookies. I can’t wait to share the recipe. You will just die. We’ve been enjoying them warm, frozen, you name it.

Doula or no doula decision: As I mentioned, I had a doula for my first pregnancy and I’ve been debating whether to hire one this time around. Many of you weighed in with some great advice! I had a chance to speak with my midwife about it at this week’s appointment, and I think I’m closer to a decision. Since I agreed to have a midwifery student as part of my care team (there are two midwives and one midwifery student assigned to me), the student will be at the hospital with my main midwife as soon as I’m in active labour (which they define as 4cm+ dilated, with contractions lasting a minute in length and about 3–4 minutes apart, I believe). So, I will essentially have two midwives by my side once we’re at the hospital. I’ve clicked so well with them too. My midwife said they do give a lot of support during labour, and because I will have two of them, when my main midwife is tending to medical things, the student will be able to give me her support/attention. I almost feel like in this case hiring a doula might in fact be “too many hands in the kitchen”. There’s one small caveat though: The midwifery student has 4 days off a month, so there’s a chance she’ll be off when I go into labour. I really hope that’s not the case because she’s awesome! For the delivery/pushing phase itself, my two midwives will be present plus the student (if she’s working), so up to three present for the end stage. After delivery, one midwife looks after the baby, and the other tends to me (if I need stitches or whatnot). For my first pregnancy, I laboured at home with my doula and Eric for about 7 hours (from 11pm until 6am). It was a very long night. When I arrived at the hospital I was 7cm dilated and quite thrilled that I’d been able to stay home for a good chunk of it. Eric and I are once again hoping to stay at home as long as possible this time, keeping in mind that labours are often shorter the second time around (I’ve been told to cut the time in half as a broad guideline), but who really knows how long it will all take and what new obstacles we might face. We’ll be using a contraction timer app while at home to see how quickly things are progressing. Side note: I’m giving birth in Oakville’s brand new hospital this time around, and am so excited! Everyone is saying this place is like a nice hotel compared to the old hospital. I’m pretty pumped to see it. I’m told the birthing tub room is quite nice too! Best of all, it’s where we’ll meet our sweet little baby.

Days left until due date: 113

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1 Amanda Burger June 8, 2016

Glad to hear you’re over the stomach flu. I can’t even imagine being sick, pregnant and tending to a sick kiddo. You are a superhero!
I had crazy grapefruit cravings throughout my pregnancy too. I enjoyed sipping really cold grapefruit San Pellegrino when I wasn’t just eating grapefruit.

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2 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Thanks Amanda!

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3 Isabel Zaia Gauvin June 9, 2016

Just a random question, since you plan on 2 midwives and a student and want to stay home as long as possible… Why not a homebirth?

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4 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Hi Isabel, We had a great experience at the hospital the first time around, so we’re going to stick with that. :)

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5 Susie B June 9, 2016

Hi Angela! I am newly pregnant, and I have a question for you :). I realized that I can no long order juices or smoothies from my favorite juice bar because they aren’t pasteurized… But how is ordering a smoothie different from making one at home? Should I worry about eating raw fruits and veggies altogether? Thanks for your help!!

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6 Lisa June 10, 2016

I’m newly pregnant too (congrats btw!) and my pregnancy book says to wash the fruit and veggies thoroughly before eating or juicing. You can heat them a bit if you are very worried, but eating them raw packs more nutrition. And be on the lookout for things that are on the listeria or e.coli list (when my sister in law was pregnant last it was fresh peaches).

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7 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Hey Susie, I think it depends on the person and whether you feel comfortable with the potential risk. I tend to take a more relaxed approach once the first trimester is over when it comes to buying smoothies and juices. When in doubt, I recommend speaking with your doc!

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8 Lili June 10, 2016

A little of topic, but would you mind sharing what shampoo and/or hair products you use? Your hair looks fantastic in all these updates.

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9 Caroline June 10, 2016

Glad you’re over the flu! As a word of caution: the second baby really does come faster! My first birth took 12 hours and for the second, once I started having “real” contractions, the baby was out in 20 minutes! Thank goodness I went to the hospital at the very beginnings of labor – if I had waited to feel the way I felt when I started to transition with baby number 1, I would have had to give birth at home! If you do decide to try to stay home as long as possible with this one, put in some prep work for Eric and yourself on home birth – just to be on the safe side!!! :) Of all the women in my birth prep class for non-first-time mothers, half of them gave birth at home for this reason!

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10 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

WOW….20 minutes!!!! How crazy!! And that’s such a great point. I will speak with my midwife about what they do in these scenarios.

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11 Caroline June 10, 2016

PS: Just so people don’t flip out at me – I have nothing against home birth – if the couple has chosen it and prepared for it.

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12 Ln June 10, 2016

Hah, so true ! My 2nd came 20 min after arriving to hospital as well. Wish i had gpne in sooner because i was too late to get the epidural. Keep that in mind if you dont want all natural birth !!

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13 Cassandra June 10, 2016

Hi Angela, i really enjoy reading your pregnancy posts. I am a due a few weeks after you so they are a fun read! I had a really bad cold and horrible dry skin not too long ago and ended up walking in the lush store on a layover I had in Toronto. I must say I am not a lush fan, but I tried the ultrabland facial cleanser and mask of magnaminty and I ended up buying both. The mask is so fresh and minty wich was pleasant with a cold, but the ultrabland facial cleanser is my favorite, so hydrating and creamy! It really helped my parched skin and I think safe for pregnant women since it’s natural. They are worth a try ;)

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14 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Hey Cassandra, Thanks so much for the tip about those products! I haven’t been in a Lush in ages, but I totally will have to pop in now!

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15 Hanna Thompson June 10, 2016

Hi Angela,

You will not be disappointed with your midwives. I had the burlington midwives for my first pregnancy and delivery but since moved so I’ll be with the oakville midwives this time around! Anyways, I had two midwives and a 4th year student and they were all amazing and beyond supportive. (Am I allowed to say that the student was my favourite? haha) That team, plus a loving husband is the best thing that could have happened to me! Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy…and as a side note, I can’t wait for your second cook book!!!

Hanna

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16 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Hey Hanna, I’m so happy to hear that you had such an awesome experience! I’m also with the Oakville midwives and they’re great. Good luck with everything and thanks for your kind words about my next book!

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17 Heidi June 10, 2016

Hi Angela! Have you ever heard of lactation cookies? They have ingredients like brewers yeast and oats that are apparently supposed to help you lactate. I’m 6 months into breastfeeding my baby and I am obsessed with them. It’s basically just an excuse to eat chocolate chip cookies! But they are so yummy and you can find some great recipes online. Just thought I would mention in case you want to try making a plant based version before baby #2 comes along!

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18 Nicole W June 13, 2016

Birthing tub rooms are where its at! I was the only woman labouring during my second baby’s birth so I got to lounge in the tub for hours…side note…my labour pain was reduced by about 70% while I was in the tub. Add a few tennis balls between the lower back and wall of the tub and its even better :)
The new Oakville hospital does look beautiful…so happy for you!

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19 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

I love that tip about the tennis balls between the lower back and tub, Nicole! I would have to agree that the birthing tub was an amazing experience – I actually passed out between contractions several times! Nuts.

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20 Marissa June 13, 2016

it sounds like you are making a wise decision in not hiring a doula. i gave birth sept 2015 & could not imagine having many people in the delivery room. i do give birth with epidurals (the most fabulous thing ever, by the way), but i really did not feel that i needed any extra support. in my case, a doula would have just been in the way. to each their own though. no matter what you decide, i hope it’s all just as you planned/wanted in the end! good luck.

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21 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Yes, it’s such a personal thing regarding how many people are in the room during labour! At one point in my pushing phase for the 1st pregnancy I had a room full of nurses in addition to the OB, Eric, and my doula and I remember feeling like it was overwhelming. The nurses were absolutely incredible mind you, but it can start to feel like too much. So I get that for sure. Your comment also reminded me of a story my sister told me about her best friend. She went drug-free for her 1st, then had an epidural for the second labour. Afterward, she told my sister, “Kristi why didn’t you TELL ME epidurals were so amazing!???” haha!

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22 Sophie June 14, 2016

Hi –

I’m 18 weeks pregnant and wondering what you use for stretch mark cream.

I’ve been rubbing coconut oil on my stomach, but I’m worried that it won’t be effective in preventing stretch marks.

Loving all your updates!!

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23 Angela Liddon June 14, 2016

Hey Sophie, Congrats on your pregnancy! I actually don’t use any creams for stretch marks. I probably should start putting lotion on more often as my belly grows! I am pretty lazy about it since I didn’t have any with my first pregnancy, but I could probably use a little extra moisture. My body lotion isn’t anything special just a Burt’s bees kind for sensitive skin. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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24 Monique June 15, 2016

Angela, I have to ask; how do you fit a Barre3 workout into your day? I’m so impressed! After your exciting comments I got a subscription and love the videos, but it’s hard work! I have a hard time reaching my yogamat.. Especially since it requires getting into confortable clothing and washing up afterwards. Do you have any tips to make this more of a doable routine? Where do you fit this into your busy day?

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25 Jaimie June 15, 2016

I’m living in that exact same dress (from Old Navy?!) I’m almost 34 weeks and also in Oakville – been to the new Oakville hospital a few times for non stress tests and abdomen pain…..the staff and facilities are all SO NICE. My mom calls it the Oakville Hotel.

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26 Jess June 15, 2016

I would love to know what hair products your are using as well. You look great!

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