22 weeks in: pregnancy symptoms that just refuse to go away!

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I haven’t felt nauseated since the 15th week. I think, my morning sickness has left me for good. I’m really glad! It’s what I’ve expected of the second trimester – after all, it’s supposed to be the ‘golden’ trimester; the easiest one to go through. But I’m far from being okay; there are other symptoms that are overstaying their welcome; in fact, I think some of them are getting too comfortable that they’re cranking up their behaviour! For me, they’re just as annoying as morning sickness:

1. Constant tiredness

That energy boost everyone says I’ll get in my second trimester has yet to show its face! I’m still feeling tired all the time. In fact, I think it might be worse than the first trimester. I mean, yes, I was tired back then, but I could go about my day and do normal activities without running out of breath. Now, I’m tired and I can’t even walk 30 minutes without huffing and puffing. I still cycle to work (because exercise is supposed to make me feel energized!), but I’m finding it so much more difficult to pedal – it feels like I don’t have the stamina to do it. It’s really weird and it’s starting to disrupt my routine and I don’t like it. A friend of mine told me yesterday that her doctor gave her some medicine to take when she was pregnant to make her feel less tired – I’m going to find out what she took and probably give it a try.

2. Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Ever wondered why they say “you have a bun in the oven” when you’re pregnant? Because your body gets so warm that you literally feel like an oven. It’s almost winter, but for me, it feels like it’s 30 degrees outside. I still have to wear very light clothing to keep cool (I find sateen and organic cotton help) and I still have to sleep with my electric fan on (my poor husband – he must be freezing at night; but at least, he can go under the duvet to keep warm!). There’s no consolation for me – this symptom is not going away any time soon; every article I read says that my body temperature will soar even more as I get further into the pregnancy. One article even suggested: “Ditching the duvet, and sleeping with just a cotton sheet, is an obvious way to feel more comfortable at night. But if it’s not enough, pop your pillow in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours before bed – sooo refreshing.” Pretty serious, huh?!?!

3. Dry eyes

Okay, so maybe I didn’t really have this problem in the first trimester. My eyes started feeling dry at week 18, and I mean, really dry. I can’t wear my contact lenses; even when I’m wearing my glasses, they’re still very dry and uncomfortable; bright light hurts; and OTC’s eye drops don’t seem to work. I’m being referred to an eye doctor; hopefully, he/she will be able to give me a stronger drop.

4. Lower back pain

We can’t fun away from this one, can we? I just thought that I’d get it towards the third trimester and not now. The pain is beyond mild and it hurts the worst when I try to get up from lying down. I went to a pre-natal yoga session last week hoping that it would help ease the pain. But, as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, it made it worst. I struggled to stand up from the ‘relaxation’ position in the end! It’s got nothing to do with yoga, I’m sure; it was just a very badly-run class: there was no introduction, no question whether or not anyone had any injuries, no stretching – just breathing exercises, which I’m sure is very important, but I don’t think we should be doing that for the entire hour.

5. Feeling bloated and stretched

In the first trimester, I mainly felt bloated. Now, I feel bloated and ‘stretched’ – my stomach feels like a balloon that’s been blown too much until it’s so hard that it could burst at any time. I know it’s a sign of the baby growing and the uterus expanding, which is a good thing, of course. But it just makes walking so painful at times.

6. Constant need to pee

I feel like a river! I constantly need to pee… all day, all hour, all minute, all second, all the time! Especially at night, right after I found a comfortable position to sleep in, or just after I left the office when I’m on my bike on the way home. I try to limit my liquid intake around those hours, but it never seems to work.

7. Difficulty sleeping

Most nights, I’m just tossing and turning. An article at Baby Centre says: “Wide awake at 4 a.m.? Is that watermelon where your belly used to be making it impossible for you to get comfortable? Or is heartburn, nausea, or a constant need to pee keeping you up? You’re bound to have trouble sleeping at some point during your pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters.” Oh well, it’s just my luck that I’m also getting it in my second trimester! The article also includes suggestions for how to improve your sleep quality depending on what you think causes the disruption – for me, I think it’s a combination of “can’t get comfortable“, “frequent urination“, “sharing a bed” (despite the fact that we’ve got a super king bed!), and just plain “insomnia“.

If you have any thoughts or would like to share your experiences, please do leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.

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