Thursday, 21 November 2013

18 Week Pregnancy Update

How far along? 18 weeks

Maternity clothes? There was a 20% off weekend on so I got a couple maternity dresses and a swimming costume because I'm determined to start swimming!

Stretch marks? Nope :)

Sleep: Got a bit better for a couple days but really bad again. Hip pain waking me up every hour of the night

Best moment this week: Got told I had a cute, neat bump haha - hope it stays that way

Worst Moment This Week: The hip pain. It's really bad in the morning and I shuffle around getting ready!

Food cravings: Tangerines, Salt and vinegar square crisps

Miss anything? Think I'll start missing drinking as the festive party season kicks in soon!

Movement: Just fluttering feelings

Anything making you queasy or sick: Mornings!

Gender: Don't know

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Nauseous in mornings, hip/groin pain and cramping in legs and feet

Belly button in or out? In, piercing still in

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy but get flashes of anger out of no where!!

Looking forward to: 20 week scan


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Angelsounds Fetal Heartbeat Monitor Review

I'm a bit of a worrier and at the beginning of my pregnancy I heard about handheld Doppler devices you could buy to have a listen to the baby's heartbeat at home.

We saw one in Mothercare but it was recommended from 28 weeks onwards and we needed one that would obviously work a lot earlier as I was only about 12 weeks at the time.

We came across the Angelsounds fetal heart monitor on eBay for £19.99 and thought we'd investigate it a bit further. I sometimes get a bit wary of things on eBay haha. We read a few good reviews on it and thought we may aswell give it a go.

It arrived really quickly and to be honest I wasn't expecting much at around 12 weeks but within about 5 mins of moving it around we found the heartbeat!

It came through really clear and was such a special thing to hear so early on.

The device also came with a cable that you can record the heartbeat onto your computer with. We haven't got round to that yet.

Now that I'm a bit further on, we can hear baby kicking around in there and moving about.

We try not to do it too often but it's really reassuring to know we can listen whenever we want!

Monday, 11 November 2013

16 Week Pregnancy Update

How far along? 16 weeks

Maternity clothes? Want to find some maternity pajamas as my bump is starting to pop out but no luck so far

Stretch marks? Still nope

Sleep: A bit all over the place. Some nights are ok and others are really bad!

Best moment this week: Hearing baby's heartbeat on the loud Doppler thing midwives use at our appt rather than just on our little handheld thing

Worst Moment This Week: Nothing in particular. Struggling with things to wear at the moment now the bump has appeared!

Food cravings: Still tangerines, vinegar and mini cheddars

Miss anything? Not really this week

Movement: Still just pulling and cramping feelings

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nauseous in the mornings! People's perfumes!

Gender: Don't know :)

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Still nauseous, crampy feelings, bad hip/groin pain

Belly button in or out? Still in and piercing still in

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy!

Looking forward to: 20 week scan!


Sunday, 10 November 2013

16 Week Midwife Appointment

Thought I'd write a quick post on the 16 week appointment because I wasn't sure what to expect. No one tells you what's going to happen at each appointment!

All the appointments I've had so far have been at the hospital but the 16 week one was with a midwife at my local GPs.

I'd had a quick google to see if I could find out about other peoples experiences but there seemed to be a variance on what happens depending on where you live.

The appointment lasted about 20 mins. The midwife was really nice and said she'd be the one we saw at the GPs for the duration of my pregnancy.

She checked my urine, did my blood pressure, gave us a DVD on breast feeding and talked about that for a while, talked about antenatal classes and when to sign up for them and then listened to the baby's heartbeat and timed that.

It was lovely to hear the heartbeat out loud as we'd just heard it on our hand held Doppler thingy with headphones. She said it sounded strong and the speed was good.

Some people think that appointments like this are a bit of a waste of time but I felt it was nice to be checked up on!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


One of the first things I noticed, even before I knew for sure I was pregnant, was that your boobs go through a lot of pain and massive changes even at the very beginning of pregnancy.

I was told you're supposed to stop wearing underwire bras pretty much as soon as you know you're pregnant. I think it's because it can damage the breast tissue as it grows as the wire can be quite restictive.

This is all fine and well but unfortunately all the pretty, cute and glamorous bras you see in shops are all underwired!!

I went to M&S to get fitted properly at about 10 weeks because I was already in a lot of pain by then...

Monday, 4 November 2013

15 Week Pregnancy Update

How far along? 15 weeks

Maternity clothes? Still just maternity jeans and leggings. And bought some new bras (will do a separate post on these at some point as I had such an issue finding any nice ones!)

Stretch marks? Nope...want to keep it that way!

Sleep: A bit better, have figured out a way to sleep with pillows which seems to help the hip and groin pain

Best moment this week: Boobs have stopped hurting, woop!

Worst Moment This Week: Still feeling sick and commuting to work in general!

Food cravings: Mini cheddars, tangerines and vinegar still

Miss anything? Eggs Benedict and prosecco

Movement: Not really, just stretching and cramps feelings

Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning times

Gender: Don't know!

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Still nauseous in mornings, bad hip/groin pain

Belly button in or out? In

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy

Looking forward to: Not feeling sick, hopefully!