Category: PREGNANCY

16 – 18 Week Pregnancy Update

16 – 18 Week Pregnancy Update

I really do feel like this pregnancy, since the first trimester ended, is absolutely flying by. How am I 18 weeks pregnant already? Just two weeks off of the half way point. Craziness. SYMPTOMS Thankfully, aside from a few episodes here and there, the morning […]

Could I be a boy Mama?

Could I be a boy Mama?

When I fell pregnant with Florence, I knew almost immediately that she was a girl. Something in my gut just told me she would be, and while I entertained the whole pink or blue debate,I knew that the sonographer at our 20 week scan would […]

Pregnancy #2: 15 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy #2: 15 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t actually believe I’m finally sitting here, 15 weeks pregnant, with an empty lap and an entire hour of time to myself to just write and I think it’s pretty fair to say that this is a post that is more than overdue. I feel as though, in the madness of the last month or so, I have barely even had chance to acknowledge this little baby of ours who is currently cooking away in my tummy. I had hoped to write weekly updates as I did with Florence’s pregnancy however that hasn’t quite happened just yet — is this second child syndrome kicking in already?! Anyway I think the last time I told you about our little peanut I was about 10 weeks pregnant and in the depths of the first trimester.

Bleeding in the First Trimester

It would appear that the very day I wrote that little summary of the first trimester so far, I had another bleed. This time a heavier, redder, crampier bleed and so after a call to the Early Pregnancy Unit, we headed off for a second scan at 10 + 1 to have another look at everything. Thankfully, baby was absolutely fine and wriggling away again so we were sent home with orders to keep my feet up and call if anything changed. The bleeding stopped after a few days and touch wood, I’ve not had any more since. I think it’s just becoming clear that I am one of those women who bleed during pregnancy. I am thinking about writing a post sharing my experience of this so if you’ve any questions please let me know.

Pregnancy + Moving House = One Tired Mama.

The nausea and just feeling really awful carried on until last week. Feeling like you’re going to throw up constantly while packing boxes, moving house and looking after a toddler is quite a task and I felt utterly useless at pretty much all of it. Orders to slow down and rest from the midwife meant that any lifting boxes and helping in any way practically to get everything ready to move were out of the question and Sean was on hand to stop me if I even tried. However, I can finally say that we are out of number five and slowly unpacking and finding space for everything here at my Mum’s.

When pregnancy, parenting & moving house get the better of you!

The 12 Week Scan

At 12+1 weeks pregnant I had my 12 week scan. We no longer needed to go to the EPU and were back downstairs in the normal pregnancy clinic. The scan was so lovely and baby played ball the whole way through, pretty much bouncing around my uterus showing off all of his/her best bits. It is amazing to think that at 12 weeks gestation, the hands and fingers are already formed. The sonographer said that baby was around the size of my little finger  and in fruit terms the apps say it’s roughly the size of a plum at this stage. How can something so small already have a brain and hands and a little button nose? It amazes me every single time I think about it. As well as the scan, I had my blood tests done and they did the checks for Downs, Edwards and Patau’s Syndromes. They also have to do extra checks on my blood because I’m Rhesus Negative and Florence is O so they have to keep an eye out for any antibodies left behind from last time which could effect this baby.

Taken by a friend at a birthday party when I was 13 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy Symptoms

I am now 15 weeks pregnant and over the last two weeks the nausea has slowly started to subside and be replaced by a fairly sensitive tummy. I won’t go into too much detail here, you can work out what I mean by that I’m sure. However, with this aside I am feeling a lot more human and at least able to stand up straight! I think the weather cooling down has really helped too. Other symptoms that have either arrived or continued are intensely sore boobs (They are getting BIGGER by the day!) and tenderness on my right hand side. Oh and, a really random one, I’ve got terrible dandruff! I vaguely remember getting this towards the end of my pregnancy with Florence but this time it’s taken to a whole new level. Oh so glam!  I have started to feel little pops in my tummy now and I am pretty sure that this is the baby moving. It happens mostly in the morning or when I’m about to go to sleep and I love the little reminders that he’s (I am convinced I’m having a boy this time, by the way) in there. Sleep, while no where near as bad as when I was pregnant with Florence, has been somewhat difficult to come by – pregnancy insomnia + a unsettled toddler = One Sleep Deprived Mama – however I have turned to a maternity pillow in bed now to make sure the sleep I do get is at least comfortable. 

At 15 weeks, I am more like the size I was at 20 weeks pregnant with Florence! I was showing at 6 weeks and so I was only ever going to get bigger from there on really. I am in need of some serious maternity style inspiration as I am currently living in over sized tops from Primark and last pregnancy’s maternity jeans. I am really struggling to find bits that aren’t drab or just plain frumpy so point me in the direction of ANYTHING please.

What’s baby up to?

As for baby, he / she is currently around 10.1cm which is the equivalent to the size of an apple. Their body has caught up with their head and now everything is nicely in proportion. From here on out, the growing gets serious! The Lanugo has already started to grow to keep baby warm and while it’s eyes are still fused shut baby could very well be sensitive to light. Sight isn’t the only sense that they can make use of now either – baby should now be able to hear my voice which I just find amazing and their tastebuds have formed. The last week has also been about developing the sucking, gasping and swallowing skills. Busy Busy Busy.

We’ve a week of yet more unpacking and hopefully a few trips out with friends. With any luck I will be back this time next week with a little update for you at 16 weeks. It really is flying by this time.

WATCH OUR PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO

We shared the news of this second pregnancy with a little video which, if you missed it, you can watch here. 

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Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

There comes  a time in almost every woman’s pregnancy when sleep begins to elude her. A combination of pregnancy insomnia (yes, that’s a thing!) and sheer discomfort as your body starts and continues to adapt for the tiny human it is busy growing can lead […]

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

Baby #2 | Finding out we’re pregnant & the first trimester so far

If you’re reading this, then we must have just announced our little secret to the world. If you didn’t see it, and you haven’t gathered from the title of this post (really?), we are expecting baby number 2 in February. How exciting! Anyway, I thought […]

Baby number 2

Baby number 2

We have reached that stage, with Florence about to turn one, when the conversation has started to include ‘the next baby’ and we’ve had a few questions lately as to whether or not we will be having another little one any time soon. I know for some, this can be quite a difficult question to answer, but for us talking about our future plans for our family comes pretty freely.

The truth is, I’ve been ready for another baby since the moment I held Florence in my arms. I remember laying there in the hospital bed about 10 minutes post birth and saying to Sean… “shall we do it again?”. Becoming a mother seemed the most natural thing in the world to me and right then and there, I promised myself I’d never allow myself to feel desperate for a baby again. I’ve always pictured myself being surrounded by children of my own. This past (almost) year has been the best of my life and for me, motherhood so far has been everything I ever dreamed it would be.

In short, and this is probably the most detail I will ever go into when it comes to this side of baby making, we never really stopped trying. The goalie never resumed his position. And while there have been times where a bit of the other hasn’t been on the menu thanks to baby induced sleepless nights and the sheer exhaustion you experience as new parents, there have been many a month where we thought a positive test might be possible.

Here we are in May, 10 months since my periods returned and we are yet to see those all important two lines. I’m not freaking out just yet, it took us quite a while to fall pregnant with Florence and it turned out that the two large cysts inhabiting my ovary was probably to blame for that because pretty much as soon as they’d been removed we fell pretty quickly.

The only thing that is making me a little nervous is the return of some of the nasty symptoms I had in the lead up to them being removed. Ovulation is incredibly painful and often sees me lose a day to illness. I have this horrible niggling pain on my right side, just near my groin, which can knock me for six sometimes and In the lead up to my period being due I feel…. well… pregnant! I guess it’s probably been going on since just after Christmas and last week I finally called to doctors to see what he makes of it. He’s booked me in for an ultrasound to have a look at what’s happening in there and I’m really hoping it’s all just a hormone / scar tissue thing but if it’s anything more we’ll just deal with it at the time.

In the meantime though, we are hoping to grow our little family very soon. Watch this space lovelies.

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