Bump @ 25 weeks

25 weeks down, 15 to go! My bump is finally starting to show now and I am well and truly into my maternity clothes. I have always been pretty small so learning to accept the changes to my body has probably been one of the toughest things so far. I think I am frightened that I will never again fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. So far I have put on just over a stone and a half and although I am allowing myself a few extra treats here and there I am not eating any more than I usually would be.

As soon as I remember what we are getting at the end, the weight gain seems like a small price to pay!

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!

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…

Time for a little spa break!

After packing the men off to golf and kids off to grandparents, Nikki and I headed off for a day of relaxation. We went to the Ashford International Hotel for one of their spa packages, read trashy magazines, eat too much cake and maybe have a treatment or two!

The day was just what we needed and we came out feeling very relaxed. They did not offer many pregnancy treatments there so I had my nails done instead of a massage. I did get a bit jealous of everyone using the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room as I usually love to go in them, I did dangle my legs in the jacuzzi for  bit but it was not the same!

A few ladies did comment on my non-existent bump for 18 weeks but assured me it will come 🙂

Pain at nearly 16 weeks

All weekend I have been suffering with pain in my lower abdomen. It started as I was walking with my sister-in-law on Saturday and has been on and off since then, at times I would say the pain was quite severe. We ended up seeing a Gynecologist on Sunday morning at the hospital who checked the heartbeat but due to it being a weekend could do do an ultrasound there and then so I was booked in for today with the EPU.

I have just had the scan to check everything is okay and the sonographer was very reassuring that the baby is growing how it should, the pain has been put down to stretching pains. I have also been told that the placenta is anterior which means I may not be able to feel the baby until a little later in pregnancy, it is also sitting quite low so by the 20 week scan they want to see it has moved away from the cervix. Fingers crossed as I would rather not have a c-section!

Hitting week 15!

Time is now going really fast, can’t believe the baby is now the size of an apple according to my app this morning! I now have lots of energy back and am feeling great, my skin is starting to improve and I am beginning to get the hint of a bump.

I have not felt any movement yet, maybe the odd flutter but people have said to me that could just be wind!

I have my second midwife appointment next week and another 5 weeks to go until the scan, excited to potentially find out if it’s pink or blue.

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.

Telling friends and family

We have taken our time to tell the world about our pregnancy! We wanted to make sure that everything was okay before exciting others, even though it has been tough for keeping it a secret for so long.

We did different things to tell different people and it has been lovely to see their reactions face to face rather than just a Facebook like or comment.

Both sets of parents are excited about becoming grandparents for the first time and our siblings about becoming aunties and uncles, I feel this baby is going to be one spoilt baby!

There is no perfect time to tell I don’t think, everyone is different. I just know that personally telling people is far more appreciated and thoughtful than virtually telling them if possible. I had a lovely Skype conversation with my aunt and cousin to tell them the news and at a good friends wedding we went to last week we took a photo of us holding the scan in their photobooth as we knew they wouldn’t see it until the next day!

It has been nice to share our news with our loved ones, now we can all be excited together.