Week 14 update

Finally the tiredness has eased off and I’m feeling more like myself again – it’s only taken 14 weeks and 4 days!

I have been doing more exercise as well which I think has helped, not anything too extreme though! We have been out on the bikes and walking to the beach after work as sitting at a desk most of the day probably isn’t doing me much good. I want to try yoga over the next few weeks as I’m really missing my other classes!

Also, I have found that by eating little and often I’m feeling much better than when I have eaten larger less frequent meals. Still not wanting to eat much meat though!

I even think I have started getting a fluttering feeling every now and again which is very strange…

No scan date yet but meeting with the midwife in 2 weeks so hopefully will get booked in then. Looking forward to seeing how much the baby has grown.

Using a Doppler at 14 weeks

One of my friends suggested getting a Doppler at home to be able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. I was a little sceptical about getting one as I have heard quite a few negative things about them – mainly they cause unnecessary worry for mum-to-be and midwives are not keen on them at all.

As it was only £20 from Amazon we decided to give it a go. It comes with headphones and a small tube of jelly as well as the instruction leaflet. We spent about 20 minutes trying to find the heartbeat but had no success! It is possibly a little early yet although I have seen some people comment they have found the heartbeat at 10 weeks. At one point we did think we could hear it but then realised it was just my own!! You can tell the difference as your heart beat is a lot slower than that of a baby at 14 weeks.

We may try again in a week or so! We are not worried though as it was only cheap and the hospital equipment probably costs 100 times that in comparison.

Right now I would say they are more trouble than they are worth, will let you know if that changes!

Maternity wear for the growing bump

Being only 14 weeks I do not really have a visible bump yet although I have noticed a lot of my clothes are getting rather tight and quite a few work items are now no good. I have also got bloating towards the end of the day for quite a few weeks now so leggings have become my favourite.

I decided to use this as a good opportunity to go through my wardrobe and have a good clear out! All my smart work clothes that are now uncomfortable, I have packed away in vacuum packs as I will be going back to work after my maternity leave and would rather not buy a whole new work wardrobe after the baby is born!

I also put away my more skinnier summer clothes as I am determined to fit back into them by next summer…I’m hoping this will be some sort of motivation!

I then managed to fill a large sack to take to the charity shop (after my sister has been for a rummage) which made me realise just how much I had in my wardrobe that I no longer wear… I even found a few items still with the tags on… oppsy.

My New Year’s Resolution (once the baby is here) will be to purchase little and often and clothes of better quality rather than being drawn in by sale signs and filling my wardrobe with things I do not actually need.

Everyone has told me I will be large at the right time – in winter when I can get away with legging and jumpers – rather than the summer where pregnant ladies appear hot and uncomfortable no matter what they wear!

For now I am on the lookout for some maternity clothes for work, eBay seems to be the place to look with great items and good brands going for a few pounds each.