This pregnancy really is flying by! One part of me is really happy because obviously it means we get to meet our baby soon BUT on the other hand… I DO NOT FEEL PREPARED. I only have 11 weeks left (ish) and with Christmas being this month too, it’s flying by quicker than I thought it would.
It is really true when people say that every pregnancy is different, because this one has been pretty much the polar opposite of Teddy’s. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still had an incredibly easy time compared to some women’s experiences, especially in the first trimester, but it’s been a whole different kettle of fish this time around. Not just in the way of symptoms but also with appointments & my body. I thought I would share a second trimester update as a way to maybe share my experience with other mums-to-be and I also love having these sorts of post to look back on!
SECOND TRIMESTER UPDATE
SYMPTOMS & MY BODY CHANGES
I am happy to say that the sickness and nausea has completely disappeared now and have instead been replaced with the need to eat 24/7, I am constantly hungry & I am not gonna lie, I love this stage of pregnancy! I feel like I am finally back to pre-pregnancy Rachael & I am thrilled. The exhaustion has also eased up slightly, however the pregnancy insomnia has decided to kick-in which didn’t happen until well into the third trimester last time!My bump growth has rapidly slowed down but during a midwife appointment last week I had my belly measured and it is measuring bang on due date so it’s all good! I still have no stretch marks and I only ever got one tiny one with Teddy but I am fully okay with them appearing anytime in the next 11 weeks – they come part in parcel with pregnancy so i’m all about embracing them!I have noticed that everything seems to ache so much more this time around – especially if I have been at work, my hips & ass cheeks throb!!! To the point where I struggle to walk without looking like I’ve crapped myself. The waddle has well & truly made its appearance. Someone actually made a joke about it at work and how I didn’t drop kick them in the face I will never know – pregnancy has changed me as a person clearly. Considering I have a anterior placenta, I have felt this baby from around 17 weeks and boy are they active! The little butterflies and bubble feelings have disappeared and made way for full on rolls, elbows poking out and bums in the air. I love it. There is something so special about feeling your baby move inside you. Knowing they are happy & healthy, whilst giving you a swift kick to the rib.
MIDWIFE & CONSULTANT APPOINTMENTS
The biggest shock I have found this time around is how little you see your midwife! I am 29 weeks pregnant and I have had three midwife appointments (my booking in, 18 weeks & 28 weeks). That is it, and I don’t see her again now until the beginning of January when I will be 35 weeks. They say it is because my last pregnancy was classed as low risk, but I find it frustrating. You are told that every pregnancy is different, so don’t treat my second pregnancy like any less because of how my first one went? Different problems, issues & worries can arise. At my 28 weeks appointment I got to listen to the baby’s heartbeat & I swear it is one of the most incredible moments ever. I had an appointment with a consultant at the hospital last week due to my birth with Teddy (55 hours of labour, forceps in theatre & a haemorrhage) and I was told that I would have to be in the hospital birth unit rather than in the midwife led birth centre which initially I was really upset about but I have come to accept the fact & I plan to ask my midwife at my next appointment whether I can at least birth in the pool, as they do have one available so fingers crossed!
I made use of the black Friday sale that happened last weekend and bought the digital birthing pack from the Positive Birth Company! I have heard so many amazing things about them and there have been so many lovely, positive experiences shared. I knew I wanted to buy the pack anyway but as soon as I knew I would have to be consultant-led during my birth and it might not be quite the experience I had planned – I realised I would benefit even more! I will update you all in a few weeks with how I am finding it and give you a full review. My lovely friend has also lent me her copy of The Positive Birth Book, so I plan on reading a couple of chapters every night. Knowledge is power people! Or something like that…Have you tried hypnobirthing? I’d love to know your experiences!