PREGNANCY: THE SECOND TRIMESTER

PREGNANCY: THE SECOND TRIMESTER

A very good friend of mine text me last week and asked me if now I was almost 30 weeks, was I was excited about meeting our baby soon??

Obviously I am super aware of how far along I am, but I hadn't quite appreciated that 30 weeks was actually quite close to the end and whoa, that's two thirds of this whole pregnancy party over already...

So apparently the second trimester is all a bit of a revelation after the early sickness stages – so said everyone and all my books – bouncing back to a version of your pre-pregnancy self, feeling all energised, glowing and awesome as well as not really feeling sick. 

I would agree with most of that – although it felt like as soon as I'd waved off my crippling nausea I was beset with waves of acute heartburn which have got steadily more depressing as time goes on. At this point, I would say this has been the No 1 worst thing about pregnancy. I'm getting better at tackling the causes of it but sometimes it feels like no matter what I eat or drink, even small portions eaten upright with no liquids and all that sensible advice, I still get it. So that's not been so fun.

Otherwise, yep totally agree this middle trimester has been quite lovely. I've felt like I can really get into the whole pregnancy thing – looking and feeling like I'm growing a baby {!} as well as buying things and preparing for June. All very exciting and a nice bonding experience with Mr L, our parents, siblings and friends.

Here's a few notes from my diary of the last 14 weeks... {2nd tri is Week 13-Week 27}

  • Noticing a bump growing at last and realising my body was MAGIC. 
  • Feeling the first flutter of baby at 16 weeks. I was standing in the kitchen at home making some lunch – it felt like someone had put a goldfish in my tummy and it was having a little swim around.
  • Questioning that the flutter/goldfish may have just been a bit of trapped wind. That exactly what it feels like for quite a while TBH.
  • Getting more flutters and them feeling a bit more like a larger fish. 
  • Wanting to actually do every day things again, like go for a walk and clean the house. 
  • Crazy bursts of energy where I cleared all the dead things from the garden in the rain for an hour or manically stripped off wallpaper and paint for a day.
  • Collapsing in a heap after energy bursts for a long nap.
  • Signing up for pregnancy yoga and loving it. Especially the bit at the end where you fall asleep for ten minutes under a blanket.
  • Developing the worst spots of my adult life. Actually my whole life. Week 17-21 I don't miss you at all.
  • Getting through a tonne of concealer for the four weeks or so of peak acne hell.
  • Realising that breathing is challenging if I bend over to tie my laces/put the lead on the tiny dog who is basically like trying to leash up a woodlouse.
  • Getting obsessed with feeling movements...
  • Worrying when I didn't feel movements.
  • Craving healthy food like broccoli and almond butter and everything in my Deliciously Ella recipe books.
  • Also having days where only KFC or cheeseburgers would do.
  • Manically doing more and more at work due to endless energy.
  • Realising doing too much at work was probably not good for me or the baby, oh yeahhh I am knackered, I feel awful...oh that nap or day working at home helped ALOT.
  • Seeing baby again at the 20 week scan and being totally blown away by what I was seeing.
  • Crying when the sonographer got a side-on shot of baby showing the spine and ribs, becoming overwhelmed by the intricate detail of it all and how amazing it all looked. Some people cry at puppies, I cry at seeing bones.
  • All the constant bathroom trips. Babies always find a comfy spot on your bladder.
  • Shopping for travel systems and feeling overwhelmed by the choice, expense and options. 
  • Taking delivery of our pram/pushchair and feeling like WOW we are really grown up now.
  • Feeling an increased emotional attachment for my other baby, Dorrie.
  • Getting quite upset and stressed if she was ever lonely or sad, like the day I had to leave her and go to IKEA for a bit.
  • Itching to wash all the babygrows and putting them neatly in to drawers.
  • Realising it was probably too soon for that.
  • Doing it anyway because, yes, I'll probably wash them all again when I go into uber-nesting mode right before the birth.
  • Putting the nursery together and feeling glad to have something in place for baby at last.
  • Suddenly realising my National Trust membership would be a godsend during Maternity Leave.
  • Being disappointed that none of my warm winter coats zipped up anymore, especially annoying during blizzard week
  • Catching sight of myself in a shop mirror and thinking 'who is that huge woman'
  • Feeling miserable with the relentless heartburn and giving in to glugging allofthegavison on the advice of my big sister.
  • Laying in bed at night watching my tummy pop and move with baby kicks.
  • Going to hospital for my GTT. The nurse missing my vein on the second blood test and it it being painful AF
  • Having a growth scan at 26 weeks and seeing baby chilling out in there just fine and being all happy when the sonographer said he or she is completely normal. Normal is the best word to hear when you are pregnant <3

~ ceels

PREGNANCY: THE THIRD TRIMESTER

PREGNANCY: THE THIRD TRIMESTER

HOUSE PROJECT: MARCH UPDATE

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