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I’m officially on my third trimester of pregnancy now at 28 weeks. Hooray! I can hardly wait until the baby is ready to come out. To be honest, this is the most challenging pregnancy I’ve ever had and this is my fifth (with one ending in miscarriage).

Last May, I shared a recap of my first trimester. You can read about it here. Now, allow me to share with you a recap of the second trimester.

I’m happy to say that the second trimester was a lot easier than the first. The vomiting and the nausea ended. My acid reflux eased up a lot too. That said, my regular appetite came back and for the first time since the start of the pregnancy I was finally able to eat. Unlike other preggy moms though, I didn’t eat like there was no tomorrow. I just ate like I regularly do, making healthier choices though. But despite that there was very minimal weight gain.

at six months pregnant

Because of the minimal weight gain, people kept saying that I look good but that my belly is not big enough. But at least, based on check ups with my OB, I know that the baby is doing well and was measuring normal. So, I wasn’t really worried. Nevertheless, my OB changed my prenatal vitamins. At the end of the second trimester, I finally gained weight but it was only 5 lbs, and that’s for the entire 6 months of pregnancy.

Cravings-wise, this pregnancy is still so different from my other pregnancies wherein all my cravings were the same. Now, I don’t usually crave a lot but when I do, the cravings are different from the last. So far, I’ve craved for cake, pizza, and Yellow Cab hot wings and twice-baked potato halves. Yum!


Looks-wise though, I think this is the best I’ve ever looked pregnant. I guess, the baby is getting most of the nutrients I’m taking in and that’s why I’m not getting fatter. I hardly had to buy any maternity wear, just a pair each of maternity pants, shorts and skirt. Lucky for me, a lot of my tops or blouses are made of stretchy fabrics and so they still fit me and my growing belly nicely up to now. The only other new maternity wear I have is the dress that Great Expectations Maternity gave me last May.


The first trimester made me feel really weak but it was the total opposite in the second trimester, which was great because it was summer then and I got invited to a lot of family-related events. I’m really happy that I was able to participate in them and spend a lot of quality time with my hubby and kids too.

There were only three challenges I hated during the second trimester. First, was the fact that I kept getting regular and strong Braxton Hicks contractions. I know they’re just normal if they don’t recur too often. I also know that women who’ve had prior pregnancies tend to feel them so much more. So, I try not to panic. But they really do hurt! They usually happen when I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop for too long. I guess, it’s my body’s way of telling me that I need to rest already.

The second challenge I hated was when I had to take my OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test). It was my first time to do it. I had to fast for eight hours before taking the test. There was supposed to be four blood extractions. They take the first extraction first then after that they make you take this orange-tasting liquid, which is the glucose. You wait 30 minutes then they take the second extraction. I was only able to last until the second one because I puked the glucose after that. How couldn’t I when the lab technician forced me to finish the whole bottle of glucose in one go? I immediately felt nauseaous after taking it. It was a miracle how I was able to wait 30 mins for the second extraction.

Apparently, if you vomit the glucose you have to go back to retake the whole test! And that means paying in full twice! I super hated the experience that I really didn’t want to do it again. Luckily, my OB was already satisfied with the results of the first two extractions so she didn’t ask me to do a retake. That was hellish!

The third challenge was hearing loss. There were a few instances when I suddenly had problems hearing with my left ear. On two occasions it happened while I was at SM Mall of Asia. The other times, it happened upon waking up in the morning. I initially didn’t think it was pregnancy-related but after reading forums online, I discovered that it’s actually quite a common occurence among pregnant women. I didn’t know that!

Aside from that, the only other new thing I experienced during the second trimester was the anti-tetanus shot that was given to me during my sixth month check up. That was another first for me. That was easy peasy though since I’m not afraid of shots at all.

Overall, the second trimester was a really good one. It’s amazing how this is already my fifth pregnancy and yet I’m experiencing so many things for the first time.

Now, I’m just really excited about finding out the baby’s gender. We’re set to have a 3D/4D ultrasound by the end of the week. So, yay! We’ll finally be able to shop for baby stuff after that.

Please pray that the last few months of this pregnancy will be awesome for me, the baby and the rest of the family! Thanks, guys.

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  1. Praying for you and the whole family as you anticipate this bundle of joy, Ice πŸ™‚ Praying for the baby too πŸ™‚
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    1. Thanks a lot, Chrissy! πŸ™‚ Mwah!
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  2. They say all pregnancies are different. That is why i had fun reading how yours goes. I’m praying that the your last trimester will be smooth and that you’ll have a safe delivery! πŸ™‚
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    1. Yes, all pregnancies are really different one way or another. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Melissa! πŸ™‚
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  3. i am sure you are pretty excited to know the gender of your baby. Good luck on your last trim. Hope you have a safe and easy delivery πŸ™‚
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  4. Reading this makes me miss being pregnant. πŸ™‚ I hated the glucose test myself. I really don’t have issues having my blood extracted but making me drink the stuff in less than 5 minutes, that was really awful.
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    1. It was REALLY awful. I never wanna do it again. πŸ™
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  5. Huhula ako. Baby girl yan! Hihi. Good luck on your pregnancy, Janice. πŸ™‚
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  6. I personally like the glucose test lol Idk it was just like drinking orange juice for me. Hehehe! Konti na lang you will see your little one na! Hoping for a safe delivery for you! πŸ˜‰
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  7. I did not experience OGTT when I was pregnant. I had my anti-tetanus vaccine before I got pregnant and sobrang bigat niya sa braso na hindi ko magalaw, 2 -3 shots ba yun.
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    1. Yes, ang bigat talaga ng feeling sa braso. I have to do the 2nd shot in a few days. I don’t know if there’s going to be a 3rd one pa.
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  8. You are looking good sis! I especially love that gray dress on you. Sorry to hear it’s been hard on you especially the glucose test, so I really the rest of your pregnancy becomes a little easier. πŸ™‚
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  9. Ang ganda mo ngang buntis! I remember tuloy that I looked so haggard when I was pregnant hahaha. Btw, I didn’t know loss of hearing was common among pregnant women. I learn something new each day!
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    1. Yeah I didn’t know it before either! I keep learning new stuff pa about pregnancy which is crazy coz this is already my fifth.
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  10. God bless you as you near your D-day! And you look great, ha! Love your preggy OOTDs. πŸ˜‰
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    1. Hahaha! Thanks, Dew. Coming from you, that means a lot. I don’t really do OOTD’s kasi. Now lang that I’m preggy. Haha!
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  11. The glucose test is also my hated part of being pregnant. Ugh. Take care and I am excited for you!
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  12. 2nd trimester is the best! hahaha. 1st and 3rd trim, no comment! lol. I have to agree, you’re a blooming prego! πŸ™‚
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  13. Wow, some of your shares surprised me, like the one about OGTT and Tetanus shot. I can’t remember now if I got the latter, but I’m almost certain I didn’t get the OGTT. My second trimesters weren’t really troublesome, it was usually the final. Btw wow, four kids! Congratulations! God bless your pregnancy, take care of yourself! πŸ™‚
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  14. Wow congrats sis. In fairness naman ang ganda and blooming mo:) Excited to see the little boy again hihi!:)
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  15. I hate the OGTT test too when I was pregnant. What happen to me was I fast for 8 hours then they made me fall in line so I waited for my turn. I waited for about an hour then the nurse told me I am beyond the fasting hour so I have to do it on the other day. It really made me so angry. They don’t know how hungry I am that time. Anyway, goodluck on your upcoming delivery. Praying for you and your child’s safety.
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    1. Wow, grabe! How could they do that to you? I would be so angry too. I hated having to fast for that long lalo na I’m actually low blood and get dizzy whenever I get hungry.
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  16. Reading your post, makes me me think to have another baby, since my son is asking for a sister now. Hoping that I will have easy pregnancy again
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  17. i know who to ask na next time im pregnant! hahaha only have one but who knows? πŸ™‚

  18. You’re one good-looking preggy mommy! I hope you have a safe and healthy delivery.
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  19. Blooming momma πŸ™‚ My husband and I are thinking of Baby Number 3, but with two kids below 5, we want to delay it muna. Take care of yourself πŸ™‚
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  20. […] all the challenges though (read all about them in my pregnancy journey posts during the first, second and third trimester), would I say it was all worth it? Yes, definitely. NO question about […]

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