I can’t work out what’s worse, the first trimester or the second trimester! They both definitely have their downfalls. The first trimester was filled with sickness and anxiety, the second is again filled with anxiety but with a lovely helping of intense back pain (whoever said pregnancy was glamorous?!)
This pregnancy is flying by. In one way I’m glad because I’ve found it super tough this time around, but on the other hand, I’m sad as I’m certain this is the last time I’ll ever be pregnant. I just want to make sure I don’t forget to do everything I wanted to do whilst pregnant, take enough bump photos (which I’m totally slacking in!) and actually enjoy the time being pregnant.
I’m currently 19 weeks as I write this post out. I can’t believe I’m this close to the ‘halfway mark’. Though technically I’m already over halfway since they are expecting to induce me at 37-38 weeks this time around. The back pain has definitely eased from a few weeks back. Weeks 15-18 were filled with such a horrific backache and pain that was mostly in my coccyx and actually bought me to tears most nights. I’m not sure if it was a fluke that it has started to ease or if its the exercises and stretches I’ve been doing with my birthing ball. Either way, I’m internally grateful for the ability to sit on my bottom again.
I am so much smaller than I was this far along with Theodore! I am sure that this baby is going to be measuring small when we go for our 20-week scan. Though saying that Theodore was measuring big at his 20-week scan and they had to give me some extra growth scans to check he wasn’t going to be super-sized! Luckily his growth rate balanced out after 20 weeks so I didn’t end up with a giant of a baby. I’m actually the same weight I was when I began this pregnancy which I think is totally strange since I’m definitely bigger! Perhaps it was the weeks of sickness in the first trimester or the fact I’m going to bed around 8 pm instead of staying up until midnight binge-watching Netflix with all the snacks…
Kicks, kicks and more kicks!
I felt the first few flutters around week 16, and now at week 19, I’m feeling the baby moving around multiple times a day. It’s a wonderful reassuring feeling, especially with the long waits between scans and midwife appointments.
Taken up some exercise
If you know me at all then you know I don’t mix myself with exercise. Like any, not even easy stretches. BUT I’ve added it into my nightly routine to try ease my back pain and it’s working. I bought this exercise ball in the correct size for my height (totally didn’t know you had to do that!) and I think I might just keep it forever. Nightly stretches and gentle exercises feel SO good before bed.
We have a little girl and a little boys name picked out ready. We have actually loved both of these for a while, I think we might have decided on them whilst we were trying to conceive, and I believe we’re pretty set. We’re just struggling on choosing middle names for both.
Cravings and aversions
I haven’t had a single craving or aversion so far. Which is strange because I definitely had some early on when I was pregnant with Theodore. I have a very sweet tooth lately, usually I’m a chocolate girl but I keep reaching for all the hard-boiled sweets and lollypops pops, but I’m definitely not craving them, I don’t need them, I just like them more than usual. Perhaps I’ll get some cravings when I’m further along.
Now rocking maternity clothes
By week 15 I could no longer fit in my regular jeans, but to tell the truth, they were a little tight for me anyway. I’ve managed to rummage around in the loft and find my maternity jeans from the last pregnancy, and now I’m living in them and my favourite leggings from Love Leggings. I’ve been super frugal and not bought anything new. I picked up a maternity bundle from Facebook marketplace and grabbed a few statement pieces from Depop. I don’t see the point in spending megabucks on some clothes I can only wear for around 9 months.
Looking forward to?
Mostly our 20-week scan. I can’t wait to see baby again and see them in a much more developed state than our last scan. We’re not finding out the sex so we’re skipping over that exciting bit, but I’m more looking forward to just having this baby here in our arms and complete our family.