1. I feel like I’m sneezing all the time. I have no idea what causes all these extra sneezes, but it feels like I’m “allergic” to being pregnant. Ha! These sneezes also seem to be extra-powerful, so I imagine our little baby being violently thrown against the wall of my stomach each time. It’s a good thing babies are so durable!
2. The baby is kicking a lot! I’m pretty sure I felt the first “flutters” at exactly 16 weeks– when I was laying down in bed. They feel like gas bubbles in your stomach at first, so the only way to tell the difference is by their location.
Now that I’m 21 weeks along, they’re definitely becoming more distinct! However, they are still very low and pretty difficult for anyone else to feel from the outside yet.
3. Anything I craved at the beginning of my pregnancy, sounds terrible now. I guess I should be happy I didn’t crave vegetables at the beginning, huh? Even things I’ve loved for years, like dishes at a few of our favorite local restaurants, aren’t appealing to me now. Poor Austin hasn’t been able to take me to any of our favorite restaurants for the last 2 months!
4. Fortunately, vegetables do sound appealing again. I’m in love with green juices lately, having them for breakfast or a mid-day snack, and find myself craving salads over the heavier fare I was eating in my first trimester. I’m not quite back to eating as vegetable-centric as I used to, but I’m glad that I listened to my body and followed my cravings. I’m glad that my affinity for vegetables naturally came back on its own!
5. Oddly enough, soda and coffee also sound very appealing. I can’t even believe how much I want a soda or coffee drink! I know that some doctors approve up to 200mg of caffeine for pregnant women daily, but I personally don’t feel comfortable taking any extra chances, so I have avoided all caffeinated beverages up to this point. I also don’t feel comfortable drinking decaf coffee drinks, since certain decaffeination processes can include chemicals. Plus, I’m afraid the taste might just make me crave more coffee!
I’ve noticed that this reduction in caffeine has made me ultra-sensitive to the caffeine found in chocolate. I’ll include some raw cacao powder in my morning or afternoon green smoothies, but I have to avoid all chocolate at night– or I’ll be up forever!