No more B.R.A.T.

Second trimester was finally here! No more nausea, my appetite would return and I would start feeling more like myself. Guess again.

Around 16 weeks I contracted the stomach flu. I honestly could not recover from it. It got so bad at one point, that I had to go to the hospital. It was a bit of a scare because I was so dehydrated that I was having extreme cramps in my abdomen. I wasn't sure at the time if it were my actual stomach or my uterus. I now believe that it was my stomach, but at the time I was terrified I was having contractions.

I was given 2 bags of fluids through iv and sent home. I still did not feel okay until I hit 18 weeks. So for a solid two weeks I was an exclusive member of the B.R.A.T. (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) diet.

Now I'm feeling much better. I am actually hungry again. I'm making sure I get plenty of fluids every day so that we don't have a scare like that again. However, my mom, my dad, my grandma and my husband are making sure I'm drinking plenty too. :)

In more exciting news, since about 17 weeks and a couple days, I have started to feel the baby! Right now it is just little tapping in my lower abdomen. It is the most amazing feeling. I can't wait until Ryan can feel the kicks on my belly so that he can share in the excitement with me!

I promised some belly pics from 18 weeks. Here are a couple.

Just one week later at almost 19 weeks, I feel like I am a lot bigger already. It is nice to finally see my belly growing because it brings so much reassurance to the fact that our little babe is growing too!

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