Hitting the gym at 24 weeks

I am still very much trying to keep as active as possible during this pregnancy, I have taken a step back from most of the more challenging classes for now but I am still managing to get to the gym or go for a swim 4 times a week.

I am hoping that keeping myself fit will mean an easier labour but we will see!

22 weeks – watching my belly move!!

After not feeling much up until now, this evening laying in bed I could definitely feel the baby kicking! Chris even managed to feel it kick once which was lovely – he has been waiting to feel this for ages!

We could also see the movement and either a foot or hand poke out just below my belly button several times – this was extremely odd and weird for me but strangely exciting too.

I still cannot feel the baby move all the time but it was reassuring to have finally felt what I know were actually kicks!

ASOS – maternity sale

I have given in and got online to seek some maternity clothes! I came across ASOS maternity sale which had a huge collection of brand to choose from and the prices were really reasonable.

I managed to get work and casual wear which should last me through for £100 with free delivery on Tuesday, excited to try on some clothes that will fit nicely and not now be too short or tight due to my expanding bump 🙂

Also, Topshop have a few good bits left in their online sale, I managed to get a maxi dress for £10 which will come in handy next week when we go on our babymoon.

21 week midwife appointment

Today I had my next midwife appointment at just over 21 weeks. This appointment was not a long one and the usual bits were checked – my blood pressure which was slightly low but not enough to be worried about, my urine which was fine and also the baby’s heartbeat. The baby’s heartbeat was the best bit as you could hear it go up and down which the midwife said was the sign of a very strong heartbeat.

We also spoke about me not feeling the baby at the moment but she was not too concerned and told me to have a warm bath or watch for movement in bed – she said as this is my first I may not notice unless I really concentrate as the baby’s movements are still quite hard to feel.

Next appointment in 4 weeks – bloods will be taken this time (routine) and I will also get given a growth chart.

Second hand items – to buy or not to buy?

The cost of preparing for your first child can go into the thousands! There seems to be so many gadgets out and about that you MUST have that it is no wonder parents end up spending a fortune on things that lets face it, they may never use. I think back to what our parents had and what their parents before them had and we all turned out okay – so what do you really need and what is just a bit of a gimmick!?

This list seems to be quite good, there is a section for items which are nice to have but but essential as well.

We have decided to buy bits and bobs as we go along to try and spread out the cost. Prams were one thing that we found to be crazy prices – some over £1000 once you had purchased all the extras! We went out and tested a few and in the end settled on the Joolz Day Earth which was easy to push, at a good height and folds down to go in the car well. It also means we can use the maxi cozi car seat on this pushchair which will be very handy when the baby is first born. If we purchased the pram new it would still cost us over £1000 so we did a bit of looking around on eBay and Gumtree and saw there were quite a few second hand ones about – some in much better condition that others. The one we went for in the end was from eBay and had only been used a very limited number of times, it came with a whole load of extras and looked immaculate. It cost us less than half the price of buying new and is in perfect condition, it is a little bit of a gamble buying second hand if you cannot go and view but it certainly paid off for us!

There are lots of local groups on Facebook and also Gumtree which you could use for second hand items and be able to go and view before purchasing.

We also picked up a massive bundle of 0-3 month clothing either new or worn once for £30, there must of been over £200 worth of clothes all brand like Next and Mothercare.

The cot is another item we purchased from Facebook locally, it is a John Lewis cot which costs over £100 in the shop and we got it for £25, other than a scratch or two it’s in amazing condition. We will be purchasing the mattress new as that’s advised but cannot fault the cot.

It just shows that even though having a baby can be expensive, if you do look around locally, there are some bargains to be had.

We are going to go along to the next local NCT Nearly New sale as I have been told these are fab!

20 week scan!!

Finally the day is here for our 20 week scan, super excited! Only a few more hours to go…

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Just come out of the scan and everything was as it should be, lovely to see how active our baby was kicking away, even if it was kicking my bladder! The scan was so clear and we managed to see all we needed to including the brain, bladder, bones, kidneys, abdomen etc.

The sonographer also could see the sex so wrote it down for us in an envelope for us to give to Claire (Chris’ sister) who is going to make us all a chocolate at work with a coloured centre – pink for a girl and blue for a boy – and we will all have one later on together.

Exciting!! So pleased the scan went well… slightly sad we won’t be having another one as it’s nice to see the baby wriggling around and I am yet to actually feel movement due to my anterior placenta.

scan 20 weeks

Week 18 and a bump is emerging…

Although I still do not really look pregnant I can now see a definite bump emerging! It still looks like I have just put on a few extra pounds and is yet to really ‘pop out’ yet but I suspect it won’t be long.

I’m still in my usual skinny jeans but there will come a point soon when they will be firmly sent to the back of my wardrobe. My aunt has given me some very comfy maternity leggings which I will probably live in towards the end!

Very nearly halfway there 🙂 I got my 20 week scan date in the post so not long to wait now, I will actually be 19w 3d when I have the scan, really glad I didn’t have to wait 24 weeks. Now we must decided to find out or to not find out…