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Bump to Baby #2 – Seventeen weeks

This week seems to have flown by with our trip away the days have just ticked down very quickly, it definitely feels like I should be writing the eighteen week update rather than this one. It’s started to set now that we are having a boy, assuming nothing changes at the twenty week/ish scan although the sonographer was 99% sure based on the images we had, also I mean you can see inside so she could see that it looked like a little boy even though things haven’t quite finished moving around yet.

I’ve had great energy this week, I found the heat of Barcelona quite a struggle – it was in the 30’s and my feet and hands would swell when walking. The multitude of short stops have begun and with the kicks and bump now in full force I feel outwardly pregnant as well as internally!

Some organisation has begun in terms of plans for the nursery, clothes, thoughts on prams, cars all sorts really but I definitely feel a lot less concerned about having it all ready this time. In fact I haven’t done half as much research, I’m probably going to end up packing my hospital bag days before at this rate.


Top moment the week? – Heading off to Spain for a long weekend with friends, our first attempt at a city break with Ariella. It was nice to spend time as a family, it has been quite a while since we took our last holiday back in March. Barcelona itself was quite an experience, we were actually there while the terrorist attacks were taking place. We just arrived when it first happened and our transfer drove past the closed of road, we realised soon after that we were only staying a few roads away. Although there was a certain vibe to the City that weekend we tried not to let it impact us much at all.

Stretch marks – Too early still

Sleep – Really not so bad, I feel like the second trimester is quite a sweet time where you don’t (usually) feel too bad and you aren’t heavy enough for your bump to bother your sleeping as much. I’ve been sleeping just fine, some days I am tired if I over do it but in general it’s like I’m not pregnant.

Maternity Clothes – As we were going somewhere sunny I finally cracked out some of the proper maternity wardrobe, I’ve been wearing the maternity jeans for a few weeks now as my bump seems to have grown out quicker than before. But I really can’t get away with my normal clothes in the most part (unless they are really baggy) now. I am fortunate that we took a babymoon last pregnancy so I had a lot of items left over from that in storage, I really didn’t need to buy much at all which is useful since the majority of the latter stages of my pregnancy will be in Autumn/Winter months.

Food Cravings –  All sorts this time, crisps, ice cream, mostly things that aren’t good for me in bulk – Subway, pregnancy safe sushi. I think the main theme is that I’m hungry all of the time! We drank lots of water in Spain, I think it’s a habit I should really try to replicate more so at home at least while pregnant. I often forget to drink but when it’s hot you really feel thirsty!

What do you miss – I think at this moment in time nothing, I feel pretty good and that generally has an impact on the things I miss.

Movement – Yes I’ve had some flutters for a few weeks now but this week I had my very first kick at 17+5 days, It’s officially real now. This is so much earlier than last time at 19 weeks, it came as quite a surprise for that reason.

Symptoms – A proper bump has formed, I know it always feels bigger at first but I’m sure my friends would be able to tell now. Mostly my symptoms have gone away to be replaced with movements instead. My hair and nails are predictably growing like weeds, the very best nails I’ve ever had are always when pregnant.

What are you looking forward to – Right now I’m eagerly looking towards our next scan at around twenty weeks, the anomaly scan.

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Bump to Baby #2 – Twelve Weeks

Nearly at the end of the 1st trimester, depending how you count it. I guess I see it as the end of thirteen weeks, I’m not sure what I counted it as last time. Anyway yes you may have noticed this skipped a few weeks and that’s because not much really happened, those weeks I started to feel sick again. It’s rather difficult to muster the energy to type when you aren’t feeling great, all I really remember is that Grenfell tower caught on fire and I was not feeling well at all. Slouched in front of the TV while Ariella played as best as she could and we both watched the news.

Moving on to twelve weeks however, this week I found out started a little earlier than I realised. I had my dating scan and while I thought I would be almost thirteen weeks I was actually dated four days ahead. Which was almost like losing a week really of time, but it’s much better going forward than going backwards. So I’ll adjust that a little as my posts go on!

The scan was delayed as the scanner had broken, it was only a thirty minute delay – not too bad really and Ariella was being watched by a friend. Every now and then I’d see very happy pictures of her navigating her way around with her little buddy, not having to take her with me was a real relief. Things are definitely more complicated this time around, gone are the days of waiting in the antennal department happily with a cup of water or coffee for my appointments. Now it’s a matter of juggling Ariella, her appointments, my appointments and working out if I can take her with me to them!

It was lovely to see the progress made from the eight week scan to twelve weeks, it’s truly amazing what the human body both mine and his/hers accomplishes in this short time. It really is a short time when you think about it, Elephants are pregnant for twenty-two months; now that is a long time. Soon enough baby was on the screen and things were being checked, four days removed off my due date and baby was looking totally fine. It was decided to refer me to have my next scan done by a consultant, so that the brain can be looked at in more detail. But I was reassured that for now everything seemed okay and low risk of the various genetic testing they provide pregnant women. For now this baby was measuring roughly in the 50th percentile, I came out of the appointment feeling very content.

Top moment the week? – Hitting the 12 week mark and knowing that the risks drop dramatically also knowing that I will be having a scan, getting to see the baby again.

Stretch marks – No changes still.

Sleep – Surprisingly doing better than I was, I had a little blip but have been quite ill anyway with colds lately. However I can feel things easing off a bit and I’m hoping this pregnancy will not be like my last.

Maternity Clothes – Not just yet.

Food Cravings –  I don’t think so.

What do you miss – Not throwing up, being able to brush my teeth without gagging.

Movement – Flutters I think but certainly no confirmed movements yet.

Symptoms – Generally I can tell lots is going on, some days I feel worse than others but overall things do seem to be improving. I think some kind of appetite is on its way!

What are you looking forward to – I’ve booked in for my next private scan to find out the gender and just check things are going okay, so looking forward now to the sixteen week mark.

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Bump to Baby #2 – Sixteen weeks

Again you’ll notice we’ve skipped a few weeks, not a huge amount happened or changed and the time passed me by. I think what stood out about this one was that it marked another scan and I am feeling rather normal. I also seem to have a bump forming, this is much earlier than last time which didn’t happen until around twenty weeks. I guess it’s true that your second doesn’t hold in as well, possibly my lack of exercise between pregnancies or the fact that my abs are well and truly shot.

I had my second private scan, it’s such a relaxed event with nice music playing and little Ariella is always allowed in for the scans. It was nice to see the baby again, the change from twelve weeks to sixteen wasn’t as remarkable as both looked rather like a human baby but this time it was more defined. We have begun to look at new car options, thinking ahead as to whether we will need more space for a double pram. Ariella isn’t quite there yet walking long distances or outside so it’s likely we will need one. As well as this the end of the week we had a city break to Barcelona with friends, I’m so glad that I’m feeling well for it! And I’ll have plenty of news to update with the gender by then, it’s starting to feel a lot more real now. Well and truly out of the first trimester and I can definitely feel it, I’m rather surprised how quickly this is all going – I thought it would drag but no. January actually feels like it’s coming too fast! I haven’t prepared anything yet, not even mentally which is rather unlike me.

Top moment the week? – It’s another scan week, so the top moment has to be that of course. Our private scan in which we found out we are 99% likely having a boy!


Stretch marks – Not yet!

Sleep – Pretty normal, I’m still a little more tired I think on some days than I normally would be. I have been trying to keep taking my iron supplements again as I had begun to get a little lazy. Hopefully that will help.

Maternity Clothes – I’ve switched over to maternity jeans, I can’t fit in my old jeans anymore I guess my hips are expanding. I really hate how some of my maternity jeans are ridiculously baggy, I’m talking about you ASOS. My favourite ones that actually fit like my normal jeans are a brand called Mamalicious, going to have to buy more variations. Over the bump is so much better for me, even if at the moment it does seem over kill – under the bump just slide down!

Food Cravings –  Some days I’ll be really hungry and think i’ll eat something massive, then regret it when I feel pretty horribly full afterwards. I definitely have had cravings, mostly like dairy, junk food, or weirdly healthy salads.

What do you miss – Predictably I quite miss having a cheese board, blue cheese, all the cheeses but then that’s probably due to the whole dairy craving right now.

Movement – Flutters for sure, lots of scratchy type feelings. Lots of movement, no kicks yet though.

Symptoms – I have a bump forming rather than bloat, so I’ll start uploading a bump photo now I think. Symptoms are thankfully subsiding, in fact I feel soon I may even be able to remove my anti sickness bands which I’ve worn for many weeks now. I did remove them last week but was sick twice!

What are you looking forward to – Starting to plan things a little more, I can go through Ariella’s clothes stored in the attic and start giving them away to charity.

These posts are retrospective, if you’d like to check out other weeks please click below

Week 12 < – > Week 17

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Bump to Baby #2 – Eight Weeks

You know what, it’s been bad but it has not been as relentless as my pregnancy with Ariella. This pregnancy is bad for a few days but I get relief for a couple of days between. By the weekend I am always feeling better – worryingly better actually. Now that is something I never even contended with last time, there was no doubt that things were still going on when you’ve got your head in a bucket.

I still don’t feel quite up to taking a photo yet though, I will though! Not much is changing yet.

Top moment the week? – Our first scan, I was feeling quite well on the day which was worrying me. It was lovely to see that I was measured a few days ahead of where my previous dates put me. Everything was fine and it looked rather sweet.

Eight week scan photo

Stretch marks – No changes still.

Sleep –On my good days it’s not so bad, we’ve got ourselves into a little routine at the moment. I still am napping when Ariella does but some days I feel okay. On my bad days I pretty much just feel knackered still.

Maternity Clothes – Nope.

Food Cravings –  No not really but my sense of smell on my good days is making it a lot easier to eat, it doesn’t feel a strong. In fact I can tell that it’s building up again because my sense of smell starts to increase.

What do you miss – I wish I could be sure I’d feel well, we have a lot of events on at the moment. I’m planning a baby shower for my friend and I’m hoping that I’ll seem normal for the weekend.

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – All the same ones as normal, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, bloating. Pregnancy is such a bag of fun.

What are you looking forward to – I was looking forward to our first scan at the start of the week, after which I’m now looking forward to my booking in appointment next week. Will be nice to be on the system and get that over and done with along with bloods.

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Week 7 < – > Week 8

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Bump to Baby #2 – Seven Weeks

I am not feeling well, we’ve started to look at nurseries for Ariella as I cannot function – we discussed a nanny but I don’t really feel well enough to even think about setting up the admin process for that. I can’t even get myself ready in the morning, I feel like it’s exactly like before.

Top moment the week? – Finding nurseries for Ariella, there seems to be plenty of good options between nannies, child minders and nurseries in the area. I have booked to tour an outstanding one on Friday.

Stretch marks – No changes here!

Sleep – I can barely keep my eyes open, luckily Jamie is getting up with Ariella in the mornings and giving me time to sleep. Even with this I am sleeping during Ariella’s nap’s and still feel like someone has hit me with a bus.

Maternity Clothes – Not yet, but I don’t think it will be long – this time I’m definitely growing quicker.

Food Cravings –  A kind friend sent me some crackers and those seem to be helping a lot with the nausea, I hope this is the answer!

What do you miss – Being well, being awake.

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – Huge amount of symptoms this week, mostly nausea/vomiting and being exhausted. Wishing the weeks away, surviving.

What are you looking forward to – September, which based on my last pregnancy will be when I hopefully will feel better again. Feels like a very long time away right now though!

I may go dark for a bit, I don’t know how many weekly updates I’ll be able to do while I feel this bad. We will see! Wish me luck!

These posts are retrospective, if you’d like to check out other weeks please click below

Week 6  < – > Week 8

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Bump to Baby #2 – Six weeks!

It felt like it really intensified this week, I struggled to cope with the constant waves of nausea – It felt like the beginning of the end just like last time. I wasn’t looking forward at all to the next few weeks and had already started to fear the worst with the many weeks stretching out in front of me that it would be just like last time. But it doesn’t seem to be the case, instead this time it’s coming in peaks and then stops for a few days. It’s a lot easier to cope when you are able to eat and drink in between!

I haven’t had much time or energy to write and I’m sure it will just be the same next week. I have started to look for a nursery place for Ariella just so she can be covered a little if I continue to feel like this.

Top moment the week? – I don’t think I have one, this week the sickness went crazy.

Stretch marks – Too early

Sleep – I feel like I could sleep forever if only I didn’t have to get up. I spend nap time asleep and as soon as Ariella is in bed, sometimes before once Jamie is home from work I head off to bed myself. Exhausted is not the word, there should be another word for the next step up from that.

Maternity Clothes – Not in them yet but I’m struggling to fit into my clothes from the sheer bloat.

Food Cravings –  I don’t even want to think about it.

What do you miss – I miss not throwing up

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – This week the nausea and vomiting came, it did ease off slightly or maybe I’m just coping better than I did last time. It feels different this time though, less intense apart from a few days here and there where it’s unbearable I think eating constantly is really helping.

What are you looking forward to – Feeling better ASAP.

These posts are retrospective, if you’d like to check out other weeks please click below

Week 5 < – > Week 7

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Bump to Baby #2 – Five weeks!

Another week down, I’m currently changing weeks on a Tuesday but that might change at my scan although I’m going on ovulation. This week has brought with it nausea, I knew it would and I could feel it slowly coming. Starting with a lump in my throat and slowly but surely working into full sea sick waves of horrid nausea. Eating frequently seems to be helping but I don’t know how long that’s going to last for, fingers crossed! This week I visited my GP to get my preconception blood test results, mostly fine although I need some investigation into celiac but I’ve decided post pregnancy would be best.

I’m going to be obstetrician led on this occasional due to all the complications I had in my last pregnancy, foetal distress, Polyhydramnios (too much fluid), Obstetric Cholestasis (liver issue) I think that’s everything – I guess extreme morning sickness too! I don’t really know much about the obstetrician led process so that will be all new to me. I really don’t feel like taking a bump picture this week, I’m SO bloated and feel so rubbish – definitely doing you a favour.

Top moment the week? – Nausea which also is my bottom moment of the week but I always appreciate that nausea means high levels of HCG and that’s always a good thing.

Stretch marks – No changes here!

Sleep – I’m so tired, Ariella is waking up earlier now and I’m going to have to start going to sleep earlier to meet the demand. I’m absolutely knackered, I forgot how tiring this process is and i’m sure it will only get worse. T.I.R.E.D

Maternity Clothes – I keep thinking about ordering some more maternity clothes but I’m not sure when I’ll need them and what season I’ll be in by then. All my old maternity clothes are washed and put away, luckily we went on a baby moon last time so I have plenty of summery things to wear if I need to now.

Food Cravings –  Just thinking about food or how to answer this makes me feel queasy, my cravings or no more like the things I think seem appetising and everything else is dirt change each day. I don’t bother trying to preempt them and just go with the flow. Someone bring me some nachos with dips and lots of guacamole please. As the week has moved on I feel like I’m almost at the point of being sick but manage to claw it back.

What do you miss – I miss being sure of my stomach, I miss feeling awake and I miss Champagne.

Movement – Nope!

Symptoms – Extreme tiredness, sometimes I just want to close my eyes and never open them again. Nausea, comes and goes – luckily so far it seems that if I eat and drink at intervals throughout the day I can keep the nausea away. The morning is difficult as I just don’t want to eat but once I force myself to I immediately start feeling better. PLEASE let this pregnancy not have severe morning sickness. Migraine aura’s have been popping up this week which will be all the hormones. Bloating is annoying, I look more pregnant this time around and I know it’s due to bloated and my abs not being what they were but I was hoping to keep things quiet until the twelve week mark!

What are you looking forward to – I’m still very much looking forward to my eight week scan, I’m also looking forward to my booking in appointment as it feels like the start of the journey. A positive pregnancy test being the true start but booking in definitely puts you on the system.

These posts are retrospective, if you’d like to check out other weeks please click below

Week 4 < – > Week 6

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Bump Update – 37 Weeks, AKA Full term

 This week has been crazy, so what have I been doing? Mostly I’ve been spending a lot of time at hospital. Tuesday I started to have contractions that were 2-3 minutes apart, I suppose they were actually going on all day but I assumed they were just braxton hicks at first. When they started to get closer together at 5pm I realised I should start timing them, it was only then that we decided we should call the hospital. I really did not want to go in, having been in there once before and been sent home you tend to opt for holding off. But they did not stop so off we went, although I casually said not to take my hospital bag with us because I was certain it would be just a false alarm.

I was right in a way, the contractions lasted about 7-8 hours and then died off to 5-10 minutes apart. Just long enough for me to have to stay the night along with my husband who got to sleep on a bean bag. He was also sent back for the hospital bag of course! During that time the midwives were pretty certain the contractions wouldn’t stop, I think I lost all the food I had eaten that day to the sick bowls during those hours too.

The next day around lunch time I was allowed to leave, totally knackered having been put on the CTG monitor constantly, more bloods, more scans. The consultant told me that I most likely did have obstetrics cholestasis after all and to come back the next day for the blood results/discussion.

I did indeed go back the next day and once again another time vortex, I do indeed have obstetrics cholestasis and now I am waiting to find out tomorrow If I need to be induced asap. I’m on a bunch of medications that might help, or might not. So this could be the last weekly update, or not it just depends what my blood results come back as tomorrow morning when I go get them done, along with a growth scan, liver scan and long chat with a doctor. In between all that I’m expecting to be left on a CTG monitor, in a waiting room, hallway while time ticks by again.

 Top moment the week?

The only good thing about this week has been hitting the full term marker, other than that it really has been a crazy one. I suppose I did get to see her face again on an ultrasound scanner which was nice as we hadn’t seen her since 21 weeks.

Stretch marks?

Still none, could I be lucky enough to pass this?

Sleep?

You have no idea, If I made your blood itchy and you were heavily pregnant then told you to go try and sleep you might punch me.

Maternity Clothes?

Struggling to find tops that fit over my bump, not long to go now and hopefully I can start wearing some of my summer clothes! The weather does seem to be improving here after all.

Food Cravings?

Diet Coke, which is a bit weird as I went right off that for a while. I don’t have too much as I am limiting my caffeine but I made a request the day after the hospital night visit. My husband had to go find a vending machine, it was just what I needed though!

What do you miss?

Sleeping, alcohol, being able to get comfortable, feet that don’t swell.

Movement?

I’m watching movement more than normal at the moment as requested by the hospital, but she’s as active as normal. Quite strange to think there is an actual baby in there!

Symptoms?

Itchy, like you can’t imagine. I have scratches all over my skin, I’ve scratched the skin off in places and have those horrible chicken scratch marks (which are really sore by the way).

Not too tired which is amazing because my sleep is not going well.

Lots of contractions, lots of pressure.

 Migraine auras seems to have popped up this week, which is odd and annoying.

What are you looking forward to?

Tomorrow, I’m hoping that I’ll be given an induction date so that I don’t have to itch any more.

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Bump Update – 36 Weeks

 Top moment the week?

I’m not sure this week has a top moment, It’s been all quite annoying. Heavy, itchy, braxton hicks starting and stopping, tiredness from not being able to sleep because of the itching.

I feel like it’s nearly the end now, four more weeks to go until my due date. My latest midwife appointment suggested that baby is now engaged 4/5 so she shouldn’t move around now. I am measuring a week ahead which is the first time since being measured. Oh I suppose on the plus side I should be able to go to the birthing centre, I’m classified low risk for now but you can’t know until the day where you will end up.

Stretch marks?

No stretch marks yet, my belly button popped out this week though! With all the scratching and itching I keep leaving marks but they are just scratches.

Sleep?

Terrible, insomnia, itching, achey bump, hot, it’s just a disaster combination for trying to sleep. I don’t think there is anything I can do to improve things but I suppose naps in the day help.

Maternity Clothes?

Same old. Nothing new here! I suppose now the baby has dropped I can’t fit into lots of my stretchy pj’s, clothing in general is becoming an issue. Even my maternity tops are feeling the strain.

Food Cravings?

I really fancy a Subway again, I’m hungry all the time lately.

What do you miss?

Sleeping.

Movement?

Usual stuff really, hiccups, kicks, punches, sticking her butt in my ribs she is running out of room so I feel every movement.

Symptoms?

Three main things:

I’m tired

I’m itchy

Braxton Hicks constantly

Other than that I’m doing pretty well. My bump is aching quite a bit, this last week there has been a lot of pressure and I can no longer sit with my legs crossed.

What are you looking forward to?

Not being pregnant anymore, I’m not sure being pregnant really suits me. I’ve enjoyed parts of it but I really don’t think I’ll miss it when I’m done. It’s a means to an end for me, whereas I think some people really love the whole process that just isn’t how I have found it.

It’s time to come out now!

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Bump Update – 35 Weeks

Another interesting week in terms of pregnancy related business, although I hadn’t planned for it to be. Over the last few weeks I had noticed that my skin felt really itchy, I mentioned it at my last appointment with the midwife and she told me to go to the hospital if it got worse. Of course it did, I really did not want to go to the hospital but after not being able to sleep one night this week due to my skin feeling like it was on fire. I finally decided it was best to go in and get checked, at least then if it’s nothing I can safely ignore it.

I should add that itchy skin in pregnancy (particularly on your hands and soles of your feet) can be a sign of Obstetric Cholestasis. It’s really rare though so I had high hopes that all would be well and that it was just due to all the hormones, my midwife told me It would be an in out job and they would just take some blood then I could go home. It didn’t quite turn out that way but I’m glad that the hospital midwives seemed to be checking thoroughly either way. What it ended up being was blood tests (once they could actually get my blood out of a vein), the usual routine checks and some time on the CTG machine. Just is just to check the foetal heart beat and contractions which all turned out fine and dandy. But the blood tests took much longer than expected, my veins were too narrow and kept bursting so after around three attempts on one arm and three on another I finally opted for having it taken from my hand.

Have to say, having blood taken from your hand does not feel too great which apparently is why they don’t usually do it. Anyway the good news is that my results came back clear, which is great as otherwise I would have ended up high risk and possibly being induced early.

I’d love to tell you that’s where the weeks events got boring but it isn’t, soon as I got home from the hospital I starting having lots of braxton hicks. Which I’ve had many times before but again another episode started with intervals getting closer together, they stopped eventually but started up again at 3am the next morning slowly getting closer together and more intense. We were due to drive 100 miles to go pickup the new car and just when I was about to get up and call the hospital again they stopped.

I think over the last few weeks I had maybe one episode of these false labour contractions a week, with all the others being irregular and just normal braxton hicks. But again while driving they started up again every ten minutes apart, but not getting any closer until they stopped after two hours. Thought that might be it for the weekend but again Saturday evening every ten minutes, seven minutes, three minutes then stopped right before bed. Sunday again after lunch they started and stopped, finally on the drive home they started up at 3:30pm and kept getting closer together until they were about seven minutes apart. Decided it was probably time to call the hospital as I’m not full term yet and last time I mentioned it to the midwife I was told I should go in to be seen if it happened again.

After waiting around for hours to be seen, hooked up to a CTG again and checked I was basically just told come back when they are closer together. In a way that’s great news, they obviously aren’t worried if I do happen to go into early labour before 37 weeks but also I feel like perhaps they could have just told me that over the phone!

Top moment the week?

Picking up the car, finally feels like everything is ready for her pending arrival now. There is a space for her, I’m going to be able to finally put her stuff in the car this evening and everything should be just right and ready. I also think it’s great now that there is only five more weeks until she’s “due”, two more weeks until she’s full term so that’s nice to know.

Stretch marks?

Still no stretch marks, I thought yesterday that maybe I had some but they turned out to just be red marks from lying on my sides. Still plenty of time to get some though, I don’t expect to get away lightly.

Sleep?

Gah, really not so great this last week. Either from itching or braxton hicks, being up late in hospitals or just restless legs from the days events I have not been sleeping as well as I was before.

Maternity Clothes?

Nothing new to report here, looking forward to getting back into my old shape or near enough.

Food Cravings?

This week has lacked cravings, I did fancy subway and managed to get one on the weekend but I’m not sure that really was a craving as such.

What do you miss?

Drinking lots of coffee without thought, wine, champagne, spa’s and eating any kind of cheese I fancy eating.

Movement?

Normal movement, lots of strong kicks to the ribs, she’s still in the LOA position I talked about last week and I’m keen to keep her that way. She has certain music she likes to move around to and I think that means she likes it but who knows, I suppose I’ll find out when she is born.

Symptoms?

Backache – Only with my braxton hicks lately or if I move something heavy in the day.

Tiredness – I am tired, but also weirdly energetic even though I don’t feel like I’ve been sleeping well.

Braxton Hicks – Starting and stopping for days now, have to wonder what’s going on and whether I’m in for many more weeks of this!

Itching – It’s soo annoying! Must up the moisturiser.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to her coming out now, for this stage to be over and on to the next one. I think pregnancy does go quick at times but also slowly and certainly the last few weeks have felt quite slow. Each week feels like a big hurdle but once it’s done it feels like it went by quickly, that’s how I feel anyway.