I don’t know how this has happened but after the first 12 weeks moving by at the pace of a snail, all of a sudden I am now 16 weeks pregnant. I am very obviously pregnant now as well.
So this is what has been going on with me and bump since my last update at 12 weeks..
How have I been feeling?
So apart from feeling a little bit physically rubbish, I am feeling good! I am starting to get really excited about having another baby. October 21st is a long way off yet and there are still many months of pregnancy left to get through but I can’t help but daydream about holding a soft, warm newborn again and picturing what my boy Leo will be like as a big brother.
The first trimester of this pregnancy was so much tougher than that of my pregnancy with Leo. I am very lucky that I have not once found myself with my head down the toilet being sick but the nausea I have felt has been awful. This pretty much disappeared in week 14 but it still comes in waves every now and then. The horrible exhaustion seems to have passed too and I feel a bit more like my normal self now, no longer constantly feeling like I am running on empty. Although the sickness and tiredness has massively improved, I have been feeling light headed and dizzy a lot and I very nearly fainted the other week. Note to self: If you must faint, don’t do it front of your Mum who worries over everything! My blood pressure is low so I am blaming the dizziness on that, I also just need to make sure I eat regularly and don’t get too hot as this makes the dizziness worse.
Have I done any shopping/preparation?
It is still early days yet so I haven’t started any major nursery DIY projects or bought any of the big expensive things yet. This baby will be inheriting a lot of things from his/her older brother so in terms of shopping, I don’t have anywhere near as much stuff to buy as I did last time. After our 12 week scan I did go and buy a gender neutral baby gro from Mother Care, I just couldn’t resist.
What food am I loving/hating/craving?
The only craving I have had is tuna! I could eat it every day for lunch but you have to watch how much tuna you eat when pregnant, this has been annoying when all I have wanted is a yummy tuna salad. I am really loving stodgy, carby food which isn’t going to do my weight gain any favours but I just need toast in my life, and lots of it, ideally smothered in butter and jam. After having a big bowl of porridge and fruit for breakfast, I have found myself hungry and ready for lunch by 10am most days! To be honest there is not much food I am ‘hating’ at the minute apart from packet ham, the smell alone makes me turn a bit green.
Have I had any appointments?
After my 12 week scan I had my blood tests done to check the baby’s risk of having Downs and Edwards syndrome. I got my results back and baby is in the low risk category so that is a relief. On Wednesday I had my 16 week check up and the midwife said all seems well. She found baby’s heartbeat easily, I forgot how amazing it is to hear another persons heartbeat coming from my belly. My iron levels all seem OK and my blood pressure is low but at the minute it is nothing to be concerned about. Leo asked the midwife if she could listen to the baby in his tummy. It was so sweet and the midwife put the jelly on his chest and listened to his heartbeat, he looked so happy at the thought of having a baby in his belly too. I won’t see the midwife again now until July when I am 28 weeks, this feels like ages away but I am sure it will be here before I know it.
Have I felt baby move?
I thought I did a couple of weeks ago but have felt nothing since so it must have been gas. The midwife said I have a ‘large lump’ for a bump and she thinks it won’t be long before I start feeling movement. I can’t wait to feel all those little flutters again, it really is the most amazing feeling.
|Baby is now this big..amazing!|
What is happening with bump?
This week my baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs about 100g and is roughly 10cm long. So although I already feel huge and my bump is really noticeable, baby is still really tiny. Also, baby might have figured out how to suck his/her thumb by now, how adorable is that? Being pregnant really is so magical and sometimes I find it hard to believe what is going on in this swollen tummy of mine.
There is not much more to report for now, I will be back at 20 weeks for another update. If you can’t wait until my next post you can subscribe to my Youtube channel and check out my weekly pregnancy update vlogs. Here are some you might have missed..
I will see you again in 4 weeks, when my bump will probably be twice as big and all being well I will have another scan picture of baby to share with you all.
Are you pregnant too? How are you feeling? If you are parent of two, have you got any words of wisdom to share with me? Any advice will be eagerly received as I am pretty sure having two children is not going to be easy at all!
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