You’ll already know this if you follow me on Twitter, but just now a delivery man dropping off a parcel (a changing table topper, FYI!) looked at my belly and said ‘You’re pregnant? Don’t know what you’re in for. Twenty years of hassle, that is.’ So there we have it! I’m 27 weeks pregnant, and 13 weeks away from a twenty year sentence beginning ;)
In other, more positively-spun news, I fancied doing one of those ‘pregnancy update Q&A’ thingies today, so here we have it!
How far along: 27 weeks! My final week of the second trimester, and then we’re onto the third and final! I can’t quite wrap my head around that…
Days until due date: 90…which simultaneously feels like an absolute age, and also no time at all!
The bump: Definitely out! I’ve got to the stage now where I look ‘bumpy’ in pretty much anything I wear, and must look noticeably pregnant these days as I’ve had the odd congrats from strangers! I’m think I’m carrying all ‘out front’ as my waist is still clinging on in there, though it’s a good few inches higher than normal!
Weight changes: I have *no* idea- I don’t ever weigh myself, and so decided to carry on in the same vein throughout my pregnancy! I’m just concentrating on eating well and staying fit and active, and allowing the weight gain to take care of itself.
Stretch marks? None so far. I’m using Palmer’s Skin Therapy oil morning and evening (I liked Bio Oil, but the leaky bottle drove me mad!), and so far, so good!
Cravings: None to speak of, only fruit I guess! I kind of hoped I’d crave chocolate or pastries or doughnuts, since I do have an excuse to treat myself, but nope! What an absolute bore…
Sleep: Pretty great, thank goodness, though I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to sleep on my stomach again once baby is here! I do wake up around 4 or 5am every morning to nip to the loo, but usually fall back to sleep straight away afterwards. I’ve heard so many stories of the almost hourly wake-ups and insomnia that can come about during the third trimester, so I’m making the most of being able to sleep well whilst I can!
Symptoms: A touch of heartburn, which for now I’m managing just with glasses of ice cold water whenever I feel it coming on. It’s worse in the evenings and especially after a big meal, so I’m trying to keep my dinners light.
Best moment this week: Spending lots of quality time with family- on a midweek shopping date with my Mum, and a lunch out with my cousins and sister. Oh, and putting up the bedside cot that arrived a few days ago! It’s so exciting to see it sitting in the front bedroom, just waiting to be brought through into our room later this summer…
Worst moment this week: Really horrible pulled muscle pain in my belly, for the second week in a row! It came on again on Saturday and I’m certain it’s because I overdid it the previous day, with an early Body Balance class, followed by a dog walk, and then a couple of hours spent scrubbing the house clean in the afternoon. I think I’m going to sit out the abdominal sections of my workout classes all together from now on, and need to keep reminding myself to go a bit easier at all times!
Miss anything? Brie. Camembert. And sleeping on my front!
Maternity clothes: I’ve been wearing a mixture of maternity (jeans from Topshop, and a few dresses from Seraphine) and non-maternity pieces. The dress I’m wearing here is one of my favourites (non-maternity) I’ve had for years, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to wear it at least once this summer!
Movement: Constant!!! This baby is the biggest wriggler, and the kicks and prods and shimmies and rolls that come all day long make me so, so happy. My favourite part of each day is when Jason and I get into bed each evening, and we sit for a while feeling the baby turn somersaults underneath J’s hands.
Gender: A surprise!
Belly button in/out: In, but kind of weirdly taut and definitely flattening out…
Wedding Rings on/off: On!
Mood: In general, pretty great! I’m *so* grateful I’ve not suffered with crazy hormonal mood swings so far this pregnancy- long may it continue!
Looking forward to: Putting the new curtains up we just bought for the nursery! Though we need to have them lined with blackout material first…thank goodness for Jason’s Mum and her sewing machine skills!