17 weeks

How far along: 17 weeks

How big is baby: pomegranate or PlayStation controller

Measurements:
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.

16 week update

How far along: 16 weeks

How big is baby: Action figure or poached pear

Measurements:
Bust:  increase this week 0cm / total 4cm

Bump: increase this week -2cm / total 4cm …   Last week’s gain must have been due to France!!

Weight gain: -1lb this week / 9lb total…   Last week’s gain must have been due to France!!

Sleep: Fine

Food cravings:  None (well, food generally!!)

Food aversions:  None

Symptoms: breathlessness, dizziness, potentially sciatic pain

What I’m enjoying:  planning for baby

What I miss: Not much

Appointments this week:  None

Next appointment: 16 week midwife appointment 16th June

How this week has been: Pretty good week. We bought a fetal doppler and have been able to hear the heartbeat and hear baby wriggling around which is amazing

It’s been pretty humid this week, which I think contributed to some dizzy spells at the weekend. However this improved when I sat and drank something

We’ve started to think about what we’ll need for baby and made a huge list!! Quite a lot to think about!! Any suggestions for less obvious items we may have missed?

Midwife appointment coming up next week,  although hubby is away so I’ll be going solo. I don’t think he’ll miss much though. 

15 weeks

How far along: 15 weeks

How big is baby: canary or eclair

Measurements:
Bust: increase this week 1cm / total 4cm

Bump: increase this week 1cm / total 6cm

Weight gain: +4.5lb this week / 10lb total (although this may be due to food from France rather than baby!)

Sleep: Fine

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions:  None

Symptoms: breathlessness

What I’m enjoying:  everyone knowing. Starting to look pregnant

What I miss:  Being able to go to a restaurant and being able to guarantee there will be lots of things I can choose.

Appointments this week:  None

Next appointment: 16 week midwife appointment 16th June

How this week has been: We had our 1st Wedding Anniversary this week. We also had a weekend in Paris which Hubby got me for my 30th.

Paris was amazing,  but my God there are a lot of steps!! I’ve been quite breathless these last couple of weeks and it definitely showed this weekend.

We saw lots of sights, went to the top of the eiffel tower, and the sacre couer. We saw the outside of the louvre museum,  but they’d closed it due to the floods. All in all a very lovely weekend to celebrate my birthday, our anniversary,  and potentially our last weekend away just the two of us before baby arrives.

I’ve not really missed any foods I’m not allowed to eat, but it was difficult in Paris where most of the food on offer is rare meat,  pates, soft cheeses and wine!!

13/14 weeks

How far along: 14 weeks (missed 13 weeks as jumped ahead a few days at 12 week scan)

How big is baby: House Mouse or Troll Doll

Measurements:
Bust: increase this week 0cm / total 3cm

Bump: increase this week 2cm / total 5cm

Weight gain: +0.5lb this week / 5.5lb total

Sleep: Fine

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions:  None

Symptoms: Some heartburn / indigestion.

What I’m enjoying:  starting to tell people,  slight emergence of baby bump.

What I miss: Nothing

Appointments this week: We had the dating scan

Next appointment: Midwife on 16th June

How this week has been: So I’ve turned 30!! And we had the dating scan (see previous entry).

My 30th celebrations were great although quieter than usual 30ths!! We had a bbq for friends and made the announcement there…  hubby gave me a present with a babygrow, but no one seemed to notice! However once they did everyone congratulated us.  Then we had round 2 at my parents where we invited family. This time we changed the plan slightly,  and was given an early anniversary present from our parents,  again with the baby grow. This time everyone was watching,  caught on quicker, and there were a few tears!!

I then told my cohort at uni, it was a bit of a strange day as although I was only just telling them I’m pregnant, I’m only going to be with them for a few more weeks before we break up for the summer,  and then I’ll be going on maternity leave as the final year starts.

THE Scan!

All is well!!!!  So relieved!! 

So we had our scan yesterday morning. In preparation I drank the obligatory litre of water an hour before my appointment time…. And we got stuck in traffic so were 10 minutes late for our appointment (despite leaving an hour to make a 15 minute journey). As we were late,  we were late being seen, and as such were seen 40 minutes after our original appointment time. I have never needed the toilet so much in my entire life…. It actually hurt and started to make me feel sick. I caved after a bit and had to go let a little bit out; but I was so scared about completely emptying my bladder that I could barely go at all!!

About 10 minutes after that, the sonographer called us through. Within seconds of her starting the scan we saw our baby!!! S/He was sooooo active… It looked like S/He was sliding up and down my uterus using their feet to push off the wall!!! S/He was so active that the sonographer couldn’t get an accurate reading for crown to rump length or the nuchal test,  so she asked me to go to the toilet to see if that helped. Ah the relief!!! And it worked,  the sonographer managed to take all the measurements needed. The baby is actually measuring 4 days ahead of what we originally thought. 

I then had to get my bloods done for the combined screening test. The midwife refused to be beaten by my veins and eventually found one in my arm and managed to get enough blood, but again I have bruised!!

I will do my usual weekly update after the Bank Holiday Weekend…. It will be a combined 13/14 weeks due to dates changing,  but will include my 30th Birthday celebrations and the big reveal!!

12 weeks

How far along: 12 weeks

How big is baby: Roborovski Hamster or Apricot

Measurements:
Bust: increase this week 0cm / total 3cm

Bump: increase this week 1cm / total 3cm

Weight gain: +1.5lb this week / 5lb total

Sleep: Fine

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions:  None

Symptoms: tiredness is easing. Some heartburn / indigestion.

What I’m enjoying:  thinking about baby names / thinking about the future. Looking forward to scan and announcing the pregnancy

What I miss: Proper cups of tea!

Appointments this week: None

Next appointment: 12 week scan 25th May

How this week has been: Pretty uneventful week. Really looking forward to scan tomorrow so can then start telling everyone.

I still have an irrational fear that despite seeing the heartbeat at 8 weeks,  we’re going to get there tomorrow and find something has gone wrong….Those who know I’m pregnant tell me I’m “lucky” having minimal symptoms,  but it just makes me worry something is wrong. Really hope I’ll have some peace of mind this time tomorrow.

Assuming all is well, I’m having a couple of get togethers for my birthday this weekend so will announce our news then!

I know my posts have gotten shorter recently,  but with it all still being secret, and not really having any symptoms / signs of pregnancy there’s not much else to write about. We’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead so should have more to talk about soon.  Next week’s entry with all the reveals (hopefully)  should be much longer!!

11 week update

How far along: 11 weeks

How big is baby: bee hummingbird or profiterole

Measurements:
Bust: increase this week 0cm / total 3cm

Bump: increase this week 0cm / total 2cm

Weight gain: +1lb this week / 3.5lb total

Sleep: Fine

Food cravings:  None

Food aversions:  None

Symptoms: tiredness is easing. Some heartburn / indigestion. Also noticed a bit of breathlessness when walking. Sensitivity to smell…. Mainly of bodily odours and functions…. Which makes me gag

What I’m enjoying:  thinking about baby names / thinking about the future. Looking forward to scan and announcing the pregnancy

What I miss: Nothing

Appointments this week: None

Next appointment: 12 week scan 25th May

How this week has been: a fairly non eventful week to be honest!  However symptoms seem to finally have caught up with me. I know I shouldn’t complain seeing as I’ve got away lightly this trimester…… But oh my God the heartburn!!!  It’s very aptly named and makes me feel sick at times. I’ve been prescribed asprin to mitigate the risk of pre-eclampsia,  and was warned heartburn could be a side effect,  but it started before I began taking them, so maybe now it’s just making it worse. I’ve also noticed I’m becoming more sensitive to smells…. Mainly body odours,  passing wind, and breath…. And it’s making me gag…. Very hard to disguise from people around me but I’m managing so far!  Some of my

clients aren’t the most sanitary of individuals…. I’m trying to remain professional – and succeeding at the moment – but it’s hard!!

We have our scan next Wednesday…. So excited now! It will hopefully put my mind at rest and we can finally announce to the world!!