All hail maternity leave! I’m finally off work and couldn’t be happier. I’ve been struggling for a few weeks now and sitting at a desk all day certainly hasn’t helped. Add to that the hotter weather and my feet have swollen to Kim K in those plastic shoes levels – what was she thinking?! I’ve had my blood pressure checked regularly and have been keeping an eye out for any signs of preeclampsia but so far, all is okay.I’ve had a nasty ear infection for the last week which has disrupted my sleep (even more!) but with some antibiotic spray from the doctor, it’s starting to feel a little better thankfully. I’ve pulled a muscle in my stomach too, probably from only being able to lie on one side because of my ear; honestly feel like I’m falling apart! My midwife gave me a check over this week though and confirmed that the baby is low down and engaged!I’ve felt a few twinges with some low down cramps but nothing constant just yet, so for the foreseeable you’ll be able to find me bouncing on a gym ball, whilst eating curry and copious amounts of pineapple. I’ve got a growth scan tomorrow, so we’ll know a little more about whether I’ll be induced or left naturally for now. Whatever happens, we’re in the home stretch now! Emma x
I haven’t posted an update for a while now. To be honest, I haven’t felt like writing anything over the past few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we’ve had a tough time lately as a family.
A few weeks back, we lost my lovely Nana Mary. She had advanced dementia and in the end it was honestly a blessing. Sadly just the morning after her funeral, her husband Grandpa Colin passed away peacefully in his sleep.
He was 88 and hadn’t been well lately himself, but it was such a shock to come so quickly and while we were all still emotionally raw following Nan’s funeral. The past few weeks have been some of the toughest.
It’s no surprise that I feel emotionally drained at the moment, but I haven’t felt great physically either. At my antenatal appointments, my bump has measured over where it should be. I’ve had a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes, which came back normal and we’re now waiting for a growth scan.I’ve had the worst nausea ever and some swelling ‘down there’ (no real life over here guys, it’s all the glamour!) which is really disrupting my sleep. My bump feels super tight all the time and my energy is a thing of the past. For the next few weeks, I’ll be having as much rest as possible and trying to relax my body as there’s still a way to go yet!Apart from all the crappiness, this little babe is still so active and is constantly letting me know how good the party is in there. Some of the movements are so strong, I feel like this little one could come out crawling and babbling away already!
Another weird side effect I’ve had is melasma; a skin discolouration that’s common in pregnancy. I’ve actually had it for a few years now, which may have been caused by the pill, but it’s spread a little more the past few weeks. It’s now faintly lining my top lip, as well as extra patches along my forehead, cheekbones and nose. It doesn’t bother me, in fact I quite like it. It’s a kind of sun kissed look without sitting in the sun!I’m starting my maternity leave on Monday and I’m determined to enjoy these last few weeks as much as possible. We’re going to get ourselves in gear and sort all the essentials out over the next couple of days, starting with giving Daisy’s cot a well needed lick of paint. Not long left now!
So, my last pregnancy update was just prior to us going to Krakow for the weekend (more on that little trip here). You may know that I’ve been having some pelvic/stomach pain for a few weeks now. It’s uncomfortable, but all part and parcel of growing a little person. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m carrying totally different to Daisy, and with much more weight on the front of my bump, everything seems heavier and a little more off balance.
Before going to Krakow, I was slightly apprehensive about how much walking we would be doing, as this tends to worsen any pains I have. Well, despite us having a lovely time I was bang on in being nervous. I was a broken woman by the Monday! Lots of walking around the (very beautiful) city in pretty cold temperatures did my poor pelvis no good. I couldn’t even talk it down with the promise of lots of cake and coffee. After a morning of sightseeing on the Saturday, we found a lovely bar to watch the Six Nations Final and stayed there well into the evening. By the time we got back to the hotel, I was in tears and in a lot of pain; the third floor of the hotel with no lift didn’t help! Thankfully, I felt better by the morning for our trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. I managed to hobble around for the full tour and honestly just made it back to the minibus. It was touch and go on Jon finding me a wheelchair there for a minute!Since coming home, I’ve been straight back to work and we’re decorating Daisy’s room, so not much time for rest. It’s a bit of a juggling act trying to keep the pain to a minimum as too much movement aggravates it, just as much as too much sitting still. I’ve also started getting a lot of pelvic pressure, which my mother had throughout her pregnancies with my brothers. I mentioned it at my 24 week antenatal appointment and the midwives advised much of the same advice I’ve already had, but to let them know if it gets any worse. If it hasn’t subsided by my 28 week appointment, they can look at possibly referring me for physiotherapy if needed. With my bump growing though, I can’t see this getting better until our little one is in our arms, rather than dancing around in my belly.Still lots of movements and my belly has been some very odd shapes this past week. I have no idea what he or she is doing in there, but one minute I’ll feel kicks near my ribs and within half an hour lots of moves along my bikini line. Who knows what’s going on, but it seems like a pretty energetic party!
Firstly, let me clarify that I am so incredibly grateful to be pregnant and feel so, so lucky. Secondly, this pregnancy is kicking my ass! I’ve combined the last couple of weeks seeing as there was nothing new to report and I’m still feeling pretty pants to be honest. My stomach and pelvis pains are still constant and the only time they go is whilst I’m in the bath, so naturally I’ve morphed into a mermaid these past few weeks. I’m trying to find a balance between walking and sitting still as both make the aches worse, although walking gives me some crazy tightenings in my stomach and it goes incredibly hard.
Whilst I was pregnant with Daisy, I can say hand on heart that I felt like a superhero during the second trimester. I had so much energy and no pregnancy symptoms, aside from a growing bump and kicking babe. This time is a whole different ball game! Oh, and my evening nausea has returned…awesome! Its been a pretty hectic and emotional couple of weeks too. With family members being unwell, the chaos of the snow and Storm Emma, my parents delayed at the airport coming home from holidays and generally feeling rubbish myself has seen me shed a years worth of tears. My lovely Nana Mary also passed away earlier this week and although it was a blessing in the end, it’s still so sad. Here’s hoping the next few weeks get better.
On a happier note though, because my placenta is at the back, I’m feeling so much of this little babe move around. Taking just five minutes each day to watch my bump or feel those movements puts everything into perspective, and reminds me that this won’t last forever and we’ll have another little one in our arms soon.
Scan week! I’ve been so excited to see our little one’s profile again and our 20 week scan didn’t disappoint. Initially we weren’t going to take Daisy with us, given how much the sonographer needs to concentrate, but once she heard we were going to see ‘the baby on the screen’ there was no way we were leaving without her.Our sonographer was really lovely and actually did our 20 week scan with Daisy too. She just about managed to check everything needed, no thanks to an extremely wriggly baby! We didn’t find out what we are having either, so it’s definitely team yellow now!
We were told my placenta is at the back, which explains why I’m feeling so much more this time. Flutters have turned into some regular ‘kicks’, that are getting easier for Jon to feel and judging by how much movement we could see on the scan, no wonder I’m feeling lots of it already!My stomach and pelvic pains are pretty bad this week, so sleep is a much sought after luxury at the moment, which is just a little out of reach. I’m having lots of Epsom salt baths, using my pregnancy pillow every night and am struggling through some yoga, but nothing is really helping. It comes with the territory of growing a little person though, and it will all be worth it when we get to meet him or her.Jon and I are going away for a weekend to Krakow shortly and there’ll be plenty of walking around, so I’d love to hear any remedies that worked for your aches and pains during pregnancy. Failing that, we’ll have to rent a wheelchair from somewhere and I’ll put Jon to work!