Second Trimester Update & Pre Maternity Pics

This week I will be 27 weeks pregnant. It’s unbelievable to think I only have 13 more weeks to go. I really can’t believe how fast time is flying! My belly is huge I feel. It looks like I’m ready to pop and my navel protrudes out like crazy lol. I mean, I’ve heard that you show much faster after the first pregnancy. But, dang. I can’t hide anything anymore. Now in my second trimester almost third, I feel and look pregnant.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares second trimester pregnancy update and maternity pictures

I feel so different during this pregnancy from my first with Amira even with the last with Olivia (miscarriage). In particular with Amira, I wore scrubs to work everyday and battled with body dysmorphia for sure. I weighed in at 101 lbs with a runner physique. I was not used to seeing my body look like a ballon. I was self conscious about everything. How fat my face looked, how big my belly was, how my thighs and hips spread as wide as the Mississippi. Do you need more descriptions? I had already dealt with body image issues prior to the pregnancy so this was hard on me. This pregnancy, I’m quite older, so the cares aren’t really there. Plus, I’m not having to go out the house much since I work from home. I can hide behind the walls of my house in sweats and no one sees me. However, when I go out, I try my best to pull myself together to look as pretty as possible to me. I apply makeup and wear some bomb maternity jeans and regular tops in a larger size and be thankful for this body God created to nurture a new life.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares second trimester pregnancy update and maternity pictures

I have to be real though, I worried tremendously about weight gain. I had not lost the weight from my previous pregnancy before conceiving again. During my second trimester, in the beginning I exercised at least 3 to 4 days a week. I did brisk walking on the treadmill, Zumba & salsa dancing, and a water aerobics class. I tried to eat as clean as possible yet I gave into cravings occasionally. This little boy loves cereal, smoke sausage sandwiches and cookies & cream ice cream. He hates chicken and a lot of fast food. So we didn’t really have an appetite. I spoke to my doctor about my inconsistent eating. She reassured me that I would get an appetite soon. My body would require more calories to help him pack on fat and grow. Boy has it come back. I CANNOT get full to save my life. I just told myself to eat in moderation and worry about the weight loss after. I haven’t exercised much in the past few weeks. Physically, I can’t do much. The lower part of my belly is so heavy. Plus, when I move too fast the round ligament pain kicks my butt. I plan to walk around my neighborhood slowly as the temperature warms up a bit for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares second trimester pregnancy update and maternity pictures

Since entering my second trimester, I feel like my energy is back. I’m asked often “How I feel?” I respond, I feel great. Honestly, I don’t have an emotional or physical complaints. I can handle a full work day as long as I eat and drink water. It hasn’t always been my favorite. But, my body tells me girl if you don’t drink some water. I have started working from the bed more during the latter part of this trimester. My feet were started to swell sitting at a desk. So, I prop some pillows up under my feet and several behind my back.

Headaches were an issue during the first trimester, terribly. Now it’s heartburn! I just drink some warm milk, honey and cinnamon or take Tum’s and it’s relieved. No biggie! I am struggling to take my prenatals. I hate taking medicine. I just give myself a good pep talk for about 5 minutes on why I have to give the both of us all of our nutrients. Can’t start off on a bad foot, right!

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares second trimester pregnancy update and maternity pictures

Now that we are almost in our third trimester, my family and I are preparing for baby. My husband and I are getting our home together to prepare for another little human being. Amira is super excited to meet her baby brother. She’s even saved pictures from Pinterest of what she thinks he’ll look like. Her biggest wonder is the texture of his hair. She wonders if it will be curly like ours or straight like his dad, LOL.

I’m pretty excited to share with you all that as we patiently await for Jasiel Garcia ( baby name reveal lol), I have created a little space in the digital world just for his arrival. WAITINGFORJASIEL is our little place to share candid pictures and video, stories, and our custom registry. I’d love to continue to share our pregnancy story with you all.

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