Friday, 27 December 2013

Pregnancy OOTD 27th Dec

Outfit of the day for today...well tonight...we're off out for dinner with friends, looking forward to it!

Dress from ASOS maternity. Belt from Primark. Necklace from Topshop. Shoes from Topshop.

Pregnancy Email Newsletters and Apps

As I don't know anyone else who's pregnant at the moment I've been relying a lot on signing up to information newsletters and downloading iPad apps to get some extra information and answer some of many random questions that pop up in pregnancy!

The newsletters I'm signed up to are:
  • Netmums

  • Baby Centre

  • NHS


Monday, 23 December 2013

22 Week Pregnancy Update - Christmas!!

How far along? 22 weeks

Maternity clothes? No new maternity clothes but did get a new dress for Christmas Day! Still fit into a M in brand TFNC so that was nice

Stretch marks? Still nope, I do think I need to up the game on the body oil, body butter front though as I'm growing at a faster rate now

Sleep: Was a bit better until we got up North and I'm obviously sleeping in a different bed. Oh well I brought my pillows to try help haha

Best moment this week: Getting home for Christmas!!!

Worst Moment This Week: Driving the 10 hours up North from London to Aberdeen for Christmas, long!

Food cravings: Appletiser, yuuuum

Miss anything? Definitely prosecco now it's practically Christmas

Movement: Definitely more active now. One night I held my hand on my bump and could feel what almost felt like baby's heartbeat beating away but I'm pretty sure that's not possible! Every time the husband goes to feel the kicking baby stops though, typical!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not so much this week, getting up later and being off work is really helping

Gender: Still not sure

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Just general aches and pains of getting bigger

Belly button in or out? In but a lot flatter so must have been pushed up a little. Will have to take the piercing out and put the retainer thing very soon as it's hurting more now. I just forgot to take it with me, oops

Happy or moody most of the time? Very happy, surrounded by family

Looking forward to: The whole of this week at home


Popped out a lot now!


Thursday, 19 December 2013

21 Week Pregnancy Midwife Appointment

I had a midwife appointment booked at my GP just a few days after my consultant appointment which I thought might be a bit of a waste of time but it was nice to see her and they obviously have to keep up with you as well.

She did the usual blood pressure, pee checking and looked over the consultant notes and asked if there was anything I wanted to discuss with her. She then checked the baby's heartbeat and discussed antenatal classes with me and we were on our way. Short and sweet!

I do like how they book your next appointment there and then with them rather than you having to call up and make an appt like you usually do on the NHS.

Much easier!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

21 Weeks Pregnancy Update

How far along? 21 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Nothing new this week, have to save money for Christmas!

Stretch marks? Still nope

Sleep: Bit better, physio seems to be helping

Best moment this week: Still being able to rave it up at the company christmas party haha

Worst Moment This Week: Nothing really :)

Food cravings: Appletiser, tangerines

Miss anything? All the cheeses I can't have on a cheese board

Movement: Kicking becoming more frequent, especially at night. Husband managed to feel one too!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Mornings! Smell of onions

Gender: Waiting to find out for sure

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Nauseous in mornings, hip pain a bit better, boobs started hurting again (think they've grown again :/)

Belly button in or out? In, piercing still in but starting to hurt a little

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy

Looking forward to: Going home for Christmas!!!


Friday, 6 December 2013

20 Week Anomaly Pregnancy Scan

We had our 20 week anomaly scan on the 6th of December and in the run up to it I was so excited and eager to see baby Knott again. The closer we got to the actual date of the scan though, the more apprehensive I became.

I think it's because it's the scan where they check all the different parts of baby and make sure everything looks normal and is functioning correctly. 

Rather than focusing on the good parts of having the scan i.e. seeing baby Knott on the screen again, maybe finding out if it's a boy or girl etc, my brain just honed in on all the things that could go wrong - typical pessimist!

The scan lasted about 40 mins and we didn't get to go in till about 20 mins after our appointment time by which point I was bursting to pee after the 2 litres of water they tell you to drink!

The sonographer was great and really chatty. Talked us through everything she was looking at, zooming in on different parts of baby, explaining what things were and what she was checking. The only part she went quiet at was when she was checking the heart but she'd warned us she'd be quiet for a few mins so we were prepared. 

They take all sorts of measurements (measure legs, arms, head etc) and check all the vital organs and spine. She even managed to zoom in on baby's face which was amazing, although a bit spooky!

We were hoping to find out what we are having but unfortunately towards the end of the scan she spent ages looking at my placenta and eventually had to do an internal scan to check it as she suspected it was low lying. She did the internal scan and it confirmed it was low lying and touching my cervix. It meant that she forgot to go back and check the sex of the baby so couldn't really tell us for sure what we're having! But we weren't too bothered because as long as baby was looking healthy that's all that obviously mattered to us.

I have to have another scan to check at 36 weeks whether the placenta has moved up and we're planning on a private 4d scan anyway so hopefully we'll find out then!

I'll do a seperate lost on low lying placentas/placenta praveria once I've done some research.

20 Weeks Pregnancy Update

How far along? 20 weeks

Maternity clothes? Went to H&M to get some basics and looser tops for work

Stretch marks? Nope, woop!

Sleep: Still bad because of hip pain but starting physio next week, exciting!

Best moment this week: Properly feeling baby move!!

Worst Moment This Week: Sickness came back with a vengeance one day, bleh!

Food cravings: Still tangerines, anything salt and vinegar flavoured and appletiser

Miss anything? Christmas parties are about to kick off so prosecco will be missed!

Movement: Really strong flutterings and bubbly feelings one night, then a kick the next day!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Mornings

Gender: Not sure! (Separate post on scan)

Labour signs: N/A

Symptoms: Still nauseous in mornings (don't think it'll ever go away!!), still hip/groin pain and cramping in legs/feet, weird feelings when I need to pee (lovely!)

Belly button in or out? Still in, piercing in too

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy

Looking forward to: Starting to think about buying stuff for baby


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

20 Week Consultant Appointment

I got referred to a consultant in my first booking appointment due to past and current health issues that came up at my booking appointment back in September. December seemed like such a long way off then but now here it is!

- I suffer from migraines currently which they needed to monitor with coming off medication etc
- I had an eating disorder (mainly anorexia) through my mid-late teenage years and into my early twenties. I'm lucky to be able to say that part of my life doesn't affect me anymore and I received the treatment I needed at the time. I know a lot of people can't say that and still suffer in silence so I urge anyone, especially if pregnant, to get the help they deserve. It's nothing to be ashamed if and it can change your life I promise! I don't usually talk a lot about that time in my life because I feel that chapter is closed but I'm debating doing a separate post just in case it might help even just one person
- I've had recurring kidney infections which they seem to be quite interested in when you're pregnant, not sure why!

Unfortunately, after barely waiting anytime for appointments before, I had to wait ages for this one. The husband came with me so at least there was someone to chat to! It was so busy. First I waited about 40 mins past my appt time to go through to the usual antenatal room where they do your blood pressure and check your pee. Then we had to wait another 45 mins to see the consultant. Luckily she was great and super efficient...