Of course I had every intention to keep up to date with sharing fortnightly updates but it seems that I am failing miserably! Life is just super busy lately which has meant that my poor blog has become a little neglected over the past few weeks sadly. I have so many half written posts, ideas and recipes that I really want to share but I suppose I am just struggling to find a balance at the moment. So this pregnancy update will cover how I have been getting on over the last month since my last one!
HOW FAR ALONG?
23 weeks + 5 days
14th June 2017
HOW’S BABY DOING?
At week 23, baby is the size of a large mango. Measuring about 28.9cm in length and he weighs around 1.1lb! Baby is now becoming more sensitive to sounds and will start to hear more distant sounds now such as a dog barking. His tiny heart is beating strong, and as blood is pumped around his body, his thin skin appears red.
We had our anomaly scan when I was 20+2 and baby is growing perfectly! All the measurements were as exactly as they should be. The sonographer even commented that baby was very symmetrical which apparently is quite rare but a good thing. Bella came with us and loved seeing her baby brother wiggle about on the screen. I can’t believe that all being well the next time will we see our baby boy is when he arrives in June.
I’m now up almost a stone since falling pregnant. I’m struggling a bit with this to be honest, after trying so hard to lose weight after having Bella, I’m finding it hard to swallow seeing the scales go up and up. I know that it is for all the right reasons but mentally I’m finding it hard. I normally eat relatively healthy but have found myself reaching for the biscuits ALOT lately so am considering re joining Slimming World to help keep me on track a bit better.
The pelvic pain is still there but not quite so bad thankfully. I’ve been making a real effort not to lift things that are too heavy (Bella included) and to keep my knees together when getting out of bed and in and out of the car. I’ve also been trying to rest a little more and just not overdo it in general and I think this all seems to be helping!
My other main symptom is that I have become ridiculously clumsy over the last few weeks. I have managed to fall over quite badly on two separate occasions now. Once when leaving work and a week later I also slipped in our bedroom and went flying into our tile fireplace. Luckily both times I fell on my side rather than my bump and apart from a few bruises I seem to have got off lightly.
At my scan the sonographer confirmed that I have an anterior placenta this time which means it is laying at the front. This apparently can cushion babies movements a little which probably explains why I hadn’t been feeling much before 20 weeks. Although since reaching the half way mark, I have definitely been feeling baby move a lot more! Josh has managed to feel kicks from the outside too which has been lovely.
All of the stretch marks I got first time around are beginning to look a lot more stretched again sadly. I’m not sure if I have any new ones as I have so many from last time it’s kind of hard to tell! I am super excited to be working with Secret Saviours as a brand ambassador throughout my pregnancy. I will be sharing more on the blog soon but I recently received my kit so I am hoping that will help keep any new stretch marks at bay!
I’m getting to the point where it feels like turning over in bed is a bit of a military operation. One that I seem to do a million times a night. I’m also still having strange dreams most nights too. Most days I wake up feeling like I’ve hardly slept!
Biscuits & sausage rolls. SO unhealthy and not things I’m particularly fussed about normally! I’ve obviously been trying to keep these things to a minimum but I have indulged a few times over the last few weeks which probably explains why the scales are creeping up a little quicker now! Oops.
HOW I’M FEELING?
Mostly just tired and impatient! I’m having to stop myself from just ordering everything we still need for baby boy in one go. Obviously we don’t NEED it all just yet and the sensible thing to do would be to spread the cost over the next few months but I’m getting impatient and just want everything done right.now. (yesterday).
My pre pregnancy wardrobe! I’m getting sick of maternity jeans already and everything else is fast becoming too small.
FAVOURITE RECENT OUTFIT?
I picked up a lovely grey jumper from Asda of all places recently which is perfect for my growing bump! I’ve been teaming it with jeans and heeled boots or leggings and converse for a more casual look.
BEST MOMENT THIS MONTH?
It was lovely to see baby again at our 20 week scan. We’ve also had the Moses basket, pushchair and cot arrive in the last couple of weeks which has been super exciting. The children’s shared bedroom is all painted now too and we’ve built both of their beds. It just needs some accessories added to it!
LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Getting all the finishing touches done in the children’s new room. Dressing the room is definitely my favourite bit! I have ordered a few bespoke pieces from a couple of my favourite Insta shops and I can’t wait for them to arrive. I’m also looking forward to Spring properly arriving. I’m so over the miserable weather now and I’m desperate to be able to spend more time outside.