How far along: 17 weeks
How big is baby: pomegranate or PlayStation controller
Bust: increase this week 0cm / total 4cm
Bump: increase this week +3cm / total 7cm … bit of a jump this week
Weight gain: -1lb this week / 8lb total… rejoined slimming World last week, just need to keep an eye that I don’t keep loosing. Have been eating loads though!! I’ve rejoined to keep an eye on my weight and to check it doesn’t increase too dramatically. I’m normally one of these who puts weight on just thinking about cake!
Sleep: a bit broken now, waking up from around 5am and having difficulty getting back to sleep properly again
Food cravings: None
Food aversions: None
Symptoms: breathlessness, dizziness, heartburn
What I’m enjoying: planning for baby, feeling some kind of movement… I think!!
What I miss: full nights sleep
Appointments this week: Midwife appointment
Next appointment: anomaly scan 6th July
How this week has been: I’ve been on my own a lot this week as hubby went to France to watch the Euros. This meant I managed to get a few early nights in, but as such I had to go to the midwife appointment without hubby , which was a bit strange.
The appointment went fine. She went over all my results from the tests done so far, and seemed to get great enjoyment from telling me I didn’t have chlamydia or syphilis! My urine and blood pressure all came back fine which was a relief. She then checked my varicose veins which I’ve had since I was 16, but didn’t seem overly concerned at this point. I also asked about some pain I’ve been having in my hip/bum area which she said sounded like sciatica. I’ve been advised to keep my pelvis mobile, not cross my legs (which is a lot more difficult than you would think), try to keep my torso and legs at an angle grater than 90 degrees when sitting, and to wear support tights. Other than the tights, I can’t remember which advice was for veins and which was for sciatica! Anyone else have any tips?
The midwife also listened to the baby’s heartbeat, which confirmed I’ve been listening to the right thing on the home doppler! I’ve been listening every couple of days at home, usually just before bed, and can usually hear the baby moving around a lot…. Looks like sleep may be even more difficult once o l really feel the moments. I’ve spoken to a few people about the doppler, and have often been met with disapproval: it’s not safe; it can cause panic. Have any of you used a doppler at home at all?
In terms of movement, this week I have had some odd sensations in my lower abdomen…. I can’t figure out if it’s baby or wind!! I suppose I’ll know for sure in a couple of weeks!
I also met up with some old work colleagues this week which was nice as I’ve not seen them in over a year!! How time flies! However I also noted whilst I was out that my tolerance to spicy food seems a bit lowered, and I can’t nearly as much as I used to in one sitting!
On a final note, I was supposed to go to Brighton with my sister this weekend for my birthday, and we were going to see Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. However our nephew had German measles last week and since then my sister, brother and sister-in-law, mum and dad have all been really ill. We live an hour away so I haven’t had any contact with them over this time, but I rang the midwife who advised me to stay away because if I caught it and passed it to the baby, there would be a 25-50% chance if miscarriage. So I was a bit sad not to see my sister but at least little bubba is safe.
That’s all for now, next couple of weeks entries may be a bit shorter as I have an exam and assessment coming up, but by then it’ll be time for the anomaly scan.