Category: FIRST TRIMESTER

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 […]

12 Weeks Pregnant… Or is it 13?!

12 Weeks Pregnant… Or is it 13?!

You’re not going mad, I’ve skipped a week – sorry about that. Nausea, exhaustion stepped up a few notches and the wonderful addition of PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) sent me in to a bit of a daze. When I wasn’t hobbling about in zombie state, […]

10 Weeks Pregnant – A Smoother Ride & Showing off our little Bump

10 Weeks Pregnant – A Smoother Ride & Showing off our little Bump

6th November 201610 weeks Pregnant

I am now 10 weeks pregnant and I think we can safely say that this week has been fairly plain sailing compared to last week! You’ll be pleased to know that the bleeding, even the spotting, seems to have stopped, and we’re back to business as usual when it comes to the symptoms side of things with the addition of hormone type headaches – thank goodness for 4head and paracetamol –  and constipation.

My appointment with my midwife finally came around and after a much needed sleep in (pregnancy insomnia is at a whole new level right now) I met my Mum and we headed to the doctors surgery where I met our stand in midwife, Kate & her student Lottie. Both were lovely and their friendly and calm persona’s immediately put me at ease.

I’d been warned that this appointment would take a long time. I was asked a number of questions about my health, lifestyle and family history. I was quite thankful that my Mum was with me as I wasn’t sure about all of the health bits about her pregnancies.

We discussed the bleeding I’ve had and the concerns that the hospital had had at 6 and 9 weeks and they made a note and ensured me that I could call at any time if there was any further bleeding.

They needed to take blood and urine samples so had drunk what seemed like my weight in water before we arrived. True to form my veins were not playing ball and they really struggled to draw blood from my arm so the phlebotomist was called to help out.

I was given a number of forms and advice by the midwife in a Bounty folder including flyers from Kicks Count and the Lullaby Trust along with a few vouchers for a Bounty pack and some other baby / maternity bits. It’s going to take me a while to read through everything I think, but I especially like the bump to baby magazine in there so far!

We’ve booked my next appointment for the week in the lead up to Christmas, so until then, that’s all there is to report from the midwife. Let the count down begin to the 12 week scan.

I have had quite a full on week with overtime at work and birthday celebrations that I’ve actually got through most of the week without afternoon naps – just going to bed super early in the evenings. I went out for dinner with the girls on Friday night and they are still so excited about our little bump. Whenever I see them they insist on seeing my belly and how much it’s growing. I’d ended up buying a maternity dress from H&M to wear out so I would be comfortable and it showed off this teeny bump of mine so nicely. thumbnail_image1Continuing the birthday celebrations, Sean & I went to see Bridget Jones Baby on Sunday at Bluewater and oh my goodness, I sobbed my way through the last half an hour! If you haven’t seen it and are wondering if it’s worth it, you must must must go.

The cravings seem to have gone up a notch – wotsits and strawberry icecream being at the top of the list. Jam or marmite on toast is a must in the mornings for keeping sickness at bay too. I am still off sausages, ham and smoked bacon and the idea of a normal size dinner in the evenings is a big no no.

My belly is getting bigger by the day and I’ve discovered the beauty of maternity jeans. I managed to get a bundle of maternity clothes from a facebook group for £30 and included were 6 pairs of jeans! They’re all from H&M and super duper comfy. I know it’s early days to be in maternity clothes already, but it would seem because of my op and troublesome ovaries, getting bigger sooner was always going to happen and in my eyes, comfort is key.

Baby is now the size of a date and his / her internal organs should now all be developing quickly. The tail has now gone and  her limbs and toes & fingers are all becoming more prominent. Her little eyes are moving from the side to the front of her head and her ears are starting to take their final shape.

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9 Weeks Pregnant – A blurry few weeks & a glimpse of the Drama Baby

9 Weeks Pregnant – A blurry few weeks & a glimpse of the Drama Baby

30th October 2016 We’ve fast forwarded slightly since my last update. The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur of extreme fatigue (falling asleep on the toilet at 2pm was a highlight!), headaches, nausea and food aversions.  I zombied my way through […]

6 Weeks Pregnant – Spotting, De Ja Vu & Lusting after New Look Maternity Clothes

6 Weeks Pregnant – Spotting, De Ja Vu & Lusting after New Look Maternity Clothes

Wednesday 5th October, 2016 Well, week six was a bit bumpy to say the least. On Sunday, I woke up to some spotting and the pain in my side had been getting progressively worse. We called 111 and after answering about a million questions they […]

5 Weeks Pregnant – Telling People, First Trimester Symptoms & Tears in Tesco

5 Weeks Pregnant – Telling People, First Trimester Symptoms & Tears in Tesco

28th September 20165 Weeks Pregnant

So according to my Nurture App, today I am 5 weeks pregnant which ties in well with my own calculations as, though it was a bit sketchy, my last period was on 24th August. Its still super early days, but I find it crazy that we’re already 5 weeks in. Another 7 weeks and we’re out of the ‘danger zone’ first trimester.

I’ve registered with the midwife already and am waiting on a call from her to book in my first appointment and scan. Until then, I am counting every single bought of back pain, nausea, exhaustion and boob ache as a blessing, as a sign that all is well. It seems that with each day comes a new symptom and the tiredness goes up another notch. The only thing that’s causing me a little concern health wise is that the area where my ovarian cyst was removed from back in June is still super tender and twingey. I keep telling myself it’s been achey ever since the surgery and that it’s probably just adjusting to yet more changes, but it is definitely something I am going to take up with my midwife when I see her.

We’re so excited, but also quite cautious. One of the things I knew I wouldn’t be able to do once I got that BFP was keep this news a secret – partly because I am just so happy to be pregnant and partly because if anything were to happen and things didn’t quite go to plan, I want those closest to us to be able to understand what we’re going through and lend the support that we might need.

Telling people has been my favourite thing so far, watching people react. After Sean, the first people I told were my Mum and sister. I wrapped up the test in bubble wrap and tissue paper and wrote “Guess What…” in a card, and on the way out I gave them to them. The combination of shock and pure elation on their faces when they realised what it all meant filled my heart with joy. My mum pretty much cried the entire way around the supermarket and my sister went into full protective mode. She even hoovered and cleaned my house!

Next to know were my best friends. We’d planned for them to come over for dinner and to see the new house the week before and I hadn’t actually intended to tell them until Sean got home but once they arrived I couldn’t contain my excitement and so told them as I put the kettle on. They, also were so excited. One couldn’t speak and another just kept repeating “You’re pregnant” over and over. I have three very excited potential baby sitters and one of them has called me every day since to see how I am.5 weeks pregnant friends

Sean told his uncle while they were over in Germany. And then the night he got back we headed over to his parents to tell his Mum & Dad, we bought them a balloon which read “You’re going to be grandparents” and wrapped it up in a box for them to open. His brothers, sister in law and Grandma were all there too so it turned out to be quite the family affair.Grandparents

Apart from our friends who are coming over on Saturday, that’s all of the people we are going to tell until our first scan.

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Finding Out

Finding Out

25th September 2016. 09:38am. (estimated 4 weeks & 4 days) OH MY GOD. I can hardly believe I am writing this. My heart is pounding and I’m shaking so much it’s hard to type! Sean and I have been trying to conceive for the last […]

A Happy Hallowe’en Surprise – WE’RE PREGNANT!

A Happy Hallowe’en Surprise – WE’RE PREGNANT!

Well, what a whirlwind the last couple of months have been! As you may have already read, our September was filled to the brim with events, holidays and moving into our new home that by the time the end of the month came and Sean […]