So, much like a lot of pregnant bloggers and vloggers, I had hoped to do these pregnancy updates a bit more frequently with a Trimester update/round-up post at the end of each trimester. As it turn out, pregnancy goes one of 2 ways – it either doesn’t give you anything to update each week so you end up having to wait 3-4 weeks or more. Or it gives you so much that you forget to do the little updates and end up having to do an update for the last 4+ weeks.
So let’s get cracking!
Week 14 – Hello Second Trimester! I’ve been waiting oh so impatiently for you! I’m officially out of what they call the ‘danger zone’. So many things can go wrong in the first trimester and the risk of miscarriage is higher. And then you hit the second and the risk lowers drastically. I am so relieved to have got to this stage and we have our gender scan in 2 weeks! Exciting!
Week 15 – I can not believe how different this pregnancy has been from my first. My morning sickness has almost completely gone! I’m impressed to say the least! However, I seem to have everything else – fatigue, headaches, migraines, sore boobs and achy joints. And lets not forget the cramps. Oh good god, the cramps. I never had any last time around so these have caused me to become increasingly anxious. Will be speaking to the midwife at my appointment next week.
Week 16 – Gender scan day!!! This came around so quickly and I could not wait to get Alex in that room to find out whether he’s having a brother or a sister! After a lot of moving the widget around my belly, she found the bottom and determined that we are having a GIRL!! This mumma gets one of each and she couldn’t be happier!
On to my midwife appointment – the quickest appointment I’ve had to date? No listening for the heartbeat (causes more anxiety than it does eases it) and no bloods taken. In and out in 15 minutes. Apparently the cramps are normal but also there was the teeniest bit of protein in my wee sample, meaning a minute water infection. This could also be causing the cramps.
2am and I’ve fallen out of bed. This is the stuff of nightmares. I feel straight onto my side and now cramps have started and hurt quite a bit. I’ve called the midwives up at the hospital and was reassured that baby is well protected and everything should be ok. But I am to monitor any more cramping and potential bleeding.
Two days since my fall and the cramps have picked up again. No bleeding but something isn’t quite right. Called the midwives and was told to pop up to Telford as it’s a Saturday. Gave another wee sample and hopped up onto a bed and a midwife was kind enough to get me a drink. Another midwife popped her head around the corner and measured my tummy and got a doppler to try and find a heartbeat. One jug of water and 3 attempts later and there it was, a gorgeous galloping heartbeat! Such a relief!
Week 17 – Wow, what a week last week! Luckily this week hasn’t been as eventful! I did have my first consultant appointment though and was very pleased to be told that I the would be able to labour naturally. I also received the appointment for my glucose tolerance test which will take place late December.
Week 18 – I was hoping to be feeling a lot more movements by this point but only getting a few flutters here and there. I’m really looking forward to when I can feel her move a lot more!
Week 19 – A horrible start to the week, feeling really rotten with horrendous migraines. Turns out, they were the cause of a minor water infection. No need for antibiotics, just rest and plenty of water. Someone had recommended cranberry juice, does that even work? I was lucky enough to have my mum come over and help look after my little boy and me. Not only that but she has pretty much tidied and cleaned my house from top to bottom! Thanks mum
Wednesday morning this week was our 20 week anomaly scan. Baby was just perfect although she refused to move her arms from her face meaning the sonographer couldn’t see her lips to check if there was a cleft lip. We were sent out to walk around and have a drink in the hopes it would get her moving. Not much luck there and the sonographer was only just about able to see her lips and was happy there were no abnormalities.
Week 20 – Started this week feeling loads better, and then jinxed it by mentioning to a colleague that for the first time in weeks I hadn’t woken with a headache. Then Thursday morning, headache! Yippee(!) I also spent the morning being sick, I thought it was food poisoning but as Alex was then sick that night it must have been a bug.
I’m now into my 21st week of pregnancy and still getting the migraines. I’ve also made the decision to take my maternity leave early this time and take the full year off so hopefully that will make things easier to deal with towards the end.