~ Pregnancy Update ~ 1st Trimester

As I enter my second trimester (14 weeks – 26 weeks) I have written about my first trimester. Basically from when we found out we were pregnant (again!) through to 13 weeks. It’s not been as smooth a ride as I had with Alex. Although last time suffered with morning sickness until 24 weeks its all I had. This time, I’ve had everything. So here are the big and important things I’ve been through in my first trimester! There’s a fair bit to get through so please bear with me throughout this post as I feel it’s important to get the information across. 

4 weeks
Oh. My. God. I’m pregnant. Again. I’m going to have not one, but two, yes TWO, children. Not sure whether to be happy or not. Big me and Tim are currently in a state of panic. I do however remember being like this with Alex too and within a couple of days it had sunk in and we both felt like as long as we stuck together we could do this – it will be the same this time around. 

6 weeks
I’m starting to realise that although I really suffered with morning sickness when I was pregnant with Alex, it was actually plain sailing. After suffering with period like cramps over a couple of days, I decided to call the community midwives for some advice. I was told that I needed to speak to the early pregnancy assessment unit and promptly put me through. I spoke to a lovely nurse on the team who advised that I needed to contact the MLU once again and tell them that the EPAU had said that they needed to call Telford and get them to book me in for an early scan just in case we were dealing with an ectopic pregnancy. So I called the midwives back and told her exactly what I had been told. I was met with a response of “we can’t do that for you. As you are experiencing pain you need to call your GP and get them to see you as soon as possible in case the pregnancy isn’t continuing”. I am now at this point feeling a bit pushed about. So I call my GP knowing exactly what they’re going to say (“anything related to pregnancy needs to go direct to the midwives”) and it’s exactly what I got. However, once I explained to the receptionist exactly what had been said so far, she said she would get a GP to call me back within half an hour. Within 5 minutes I got a phone call! The GP said she would call Telford hospital and get me booked in for a scan. She got me booked in within 24 hours.

I have never been so nervous in all my life. Sat in that waiting room, waiting to be called in by the sonographer. She was a lovely lady, who remained calm through the entire scan. She eventually turned the screen to us explaining where the baby was and where it’s heartbeat was. But not just that. She also explained that there was a second sack that showed sign of bleeding. She thought that it was likely to have been a second pregnancy that did not continue. Basically, we could have been having twins. I’m just so pleased that we saw a heartbeat and that all is ok! We have another scan booked for 8 weeks just to make sure everything is progressing well, and I can’t wait to see our little squiggle once again!

8 Weeks
Second scan all done. The second sac they saw in the first scan has shrunk as they were expecting which is good. Baby was measuring just over 8 weeks so right where we thought we were! My next appointment is my booking appointment and then our 12 week scan! (This post will be coming out after my announcement post)

Booking Appointment
Ugh, the worst appointment ever. The only really good thing about it was having the same midwife who did my booking appointment with Alex and I love her! I actually got to thank her for all her help while I was pregnant last time and suffering with severe nausea. She actually made me feel so much better about myself and I have always wanted to thank her and now I have! She managed to take my bloods easily and my appointment was super speedy as all my info was already there on the system.

12 Weeks
Pre-scan – Scan day! So so so excited for this, luckily it’s a 10:30 appointment so I don’t have to wait too long for the scan but I can’t wait! I’m also super nervous. My anxiety has been trying to make a comeback and has been trying convince me that at my scan I’ll be getting the worst possible news. But we are off to the appointment now – wish us luck!
Post-scan – Everything went fine! Baby had grown exactly as they expected and his or her little heart was beating away! Baby was also extremely active and wriggly – something we didn’t experience with Alex until our gender scan.
We’ve also used the positive outcome from this scan as an excuse to finally tell people! We first posted on the family Facebook group and told a few friends. But there are still a few family members we haven’t reached out to as yet, so we’re not announcing it to everyone until all our family members are aware.

As for symptoms, my morning sickness is slowly dying off. I still feel sick especially if I don’t eat but compared to how I was with Alex this is sooo much better! However, cramps are still there, I feel incredibly stretched already, I ache from head to toe and the fatigue is real! I’m looking forward to feeling more like myself as the second trimester goes on. 
And that’s it for the first trimester! My next appointments and milestones will all be during the second trimester. I haven’t yet decided whether I will do one big summary post at the end of each trimester or keep posting regular updates – I’ll make that decision as time goes on!

See you all in Tri 2!

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