Pregnancy Knot: Katie Kopp

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How far along are you in your pregnancy?

18 weeks. 

How are you feeling physically?

I’m feeling really great actually. I’ve been lucky so far to avoid nausea. I was pretty tired for a couple weeks in the first trimester and tried to take naps in the afternoon, but I don’t know if I can blame that on my unborn child since my born child (12 months) wasn’t sleeping very well then either! I’m trying to exercise more this time around and I think that has been helpful too. I hate when people treat pregnancy like a disability, so I like to continue to do most activities that I was before the pregnancy. 

 How are you feeling emotionally?

I’ve had a little bit more anxiety this pregnancy since there were two recent pregnancy losses in my family and another in a close friend. I know that miscarriages are common, but these losses for people close to me really hit home.  But we’re very excited otherwise (besides wondering if we’re crazy for having two children so close together!). 

How have you been preparing for childbirth? 

I took a hypnobirthing class with my first pregnancy. I haven’t started reviewing that material yet, but I plan to start listening to the birth affirmations and falling asleep to one of the relaxation tracks again probably after the halfway mark. 

What do you love most about being pregnant?

Feeling the baby move! I’ve had just a few initial flutters so far, but looking forward to some of those big kicks to come. 

Any cravings?

Breakfast food! I’ve always loved breakfast, but now I suggest going to breakfast-all-restaurants whenever we go out. 

What makes you feel best right now?

Sleep, whenever I can get it. And my daughter’s big smile – I can’t wait to see that on the face of another little one. 

Anything else you’d like to share with pregnant mamas?

Don’t underestimate the benefits of having a group of like-minded mother friends. It’s nice to have support when you’re making decisions about your birth plan and parenting when that part comes around. Working in and for the military, I was always surrounded by men and didn’t think it was that big of a deal to have women friends, but since my first pregnancy I’ve realized that it’s pretty awesome to connect with others who truly understand the experience of carrying, delivering, and nurturing another human!