19 Weeks

How many weeks: 19!

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Baby is the size of… A mango (yum!)

How am I feeling? Pretty good! I’ve had a lot more energy in the last couple of days, and have found I haven’t had to eat as much or as often. I’ve put on about 3 kg in the last 2 weeks, which I am attributing to binging after practically not eating for 2 whole months. That said, I am only 3kg up over all on my pre-conception weight, so it can’t be that bad really. I am going to see a dietician next week who can hopefully help me ensure minimal weight gain over the next 20 weeks or so.

Best moment this week? The morphology scan! We have one pretty healthy but very uncooperative bubba! It has all its bits in all the right places. 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 feet, 2 hands and 5 fingers on each hand. Kidneys and stomach seem to be functioning and there are lenses developing in the eyes. Bubs was moving around a lot, but wouldn’t get into the right position to get the right angles for the heart pics. This means I need to go back in 2 weeks and try again. I’m not worried – I know the heart was beating at a good rate – I’m a bit excited we get to have another look!

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We also had a sneaky peek at the sex – something I never thought I would agree to. I was certain I wanted the surprise in the delivery room. However over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling very disconnected from the pregnancy. It didn’t seem real, I didn’t feel like I was bonding with bubs. I was anxious and worried and thought finding out what we were having might help me feel better. It’s only early days, but I’m pleased we found out. I’m starting to see him/her as a real little human and will hopefully be able to enjoy this pregnancy now!

Oh, and it’s a little secret for us for the moment. I’m sure all will be revealed eventually!

Symptoms? The kicking and moving! I was finally able to confirm that what I have been feeling are definitely kicks and movement. At the ultrasound we could see bubs moving on the screen and I could feel the big ones at the same time! Since then, I’ve found bubs most active when I’m sitting down and particularly in the evenings.

Purchases? Still nothing for bubs. But now I know what we are having I’ll be sure to start soon!

What am I looking forward to this week? I have taken this coming Tuesday as an annual leave day as I have my first appointment with the obstetrician in the morning and the dietician in the afternoon. I’m looking forward to the sleep in and finding out what’s going to happen next!

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18 Weeks

Baby is the size of… A Sweet Potato

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How am I feeling? Apart from a minor cold, I’m feeling ok. I still have done virtually nothing to prepare for bubs arrival. I did pick out some colour cards from Bunnings for the baby’s room, but I’m so indecisive nothing is likely to happen on the painting front. This kid will probably be 10 before it gets a nicely decorated room.

Best moment this week? Finishing the week! I’m very much looking forward to a sleep in,

Symptoms? Since yesterday I have developed elephant feet and mega cankles. I thought this wasn’t meant to happen til later! I am worried about pre eclampsia, but I have no other symptoms. The swelling is just in my feet, and I’m still able to wear my wedding rings comfortably. I also haven’t had any headaches and all the checks at the midwife appointment last week were fine.

Also the little kicks and movements I have been feeling have been getting stronger and more frequent. I always get a bit of a tap dance when I drink coffee. I can’t tell if bub loves or hates it!

Purchases? A few more maternity items – I’m pretty much all in maternity clothes now. I’m going to have to pack away all my regular clothes (or have a massive clean out)

What am I looking forward to this week? I have the Morphology scan this week, where they will check bub’s anatomy and make sure all the bits are where they should be. Can’t wait to see him/her again!

17 Weeks

How many weeks pregnant? 17 Weeks

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Baby is the size of… An onion (must be a big onion to be bigger than an avocado…)

How am I feeling? Physically, I’m feeling the best I have since I first got sick. I still have to eat first thing in the morning, but I’m not waking up all queasy. I’m also able to eat pretty much normally.

Mentally – nothing has quite sunk in yet. It still doesn’t feel real. My head just can’t seem to grasp that there’s an actual tiny human growing in there. Had all gone well in December last year, I’d have been giving birth this week. I don’t know how I would have been ready! Everything seems very overwhelming and I really don’t know where or how to start preparing.

I had my first midwife appointment this week which was exciting and a little overwhelming. Everything appears normal and low risk. The midwife said I’d been the easiest case she’d seen that day. The only thing at this stage which could put me at high risk is my BMI. I’m 39 and anything over 35 is high risk. I hope they look at everything else like my low blood pressure and good sugar levels before just assuming I’ll be high risk.

Best moment this week? I definitely felt my first kicks and wriggles. I haven’t noticed any pattern yet but I’m sure I will! Also got to hear the heartbeat at the midwife appointment which was a bit special.

Symptoms? Nothing much to report really!

Purchases? A couple of maternity items for me, but nothing for bub yet! Like I said, I don’t know where to start. I don’t want to spend money on stuff I don’t need!

What am I looking forward to this week? Looks like it’s going to be a regular old week. No appointments till the week after when I have my morphology scan. I’m not looking forward to the dentist on Monday (more so the cost than the procedure!) But it has to be done. The vomiting has accelerated some cavities and I need a filling 😦

16 Weeks!

Woo! 16 weeks this week! I feel like 16 weeks is awesome because it’s closer to 20 weeks than 10. I’m nearly halfway there already!

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How many weeks pregnant? 16 weeks & 2 days today

Days until Due Date? Just over 23 weeks

Baby is the size of a… Avocado!!

Best moment this week? Lots of good things this week!

  • I worked full time
  • I have only been sick once
  • I haven’t taken any Ondansetron (my strong anti nausea medication) since last Friday
  • I’ve re-introduced a few foods back into the diet

Symptoms? I’m still getting bouts of nausea if I don’t eat regularly (90 mins – 2 hours is my limit). Thankfully my energy is increasing during the day, but I’m wrecked at night.

Cravings? Still anything sweet. I made a conscious effort this week to limit my refined sugar intake. I replaced lollies with fruit – strawberries, kiwis and bananas.

Food aversions? Meat still has me a bit iffy, but I cooked a chicken curry and spag bol (much to Damian’s delight!) this week. I’m having it in small doses and I probably couldn’t eat a whole steak, but I’m pleased to have my appetite back.

Maternity clothes? Yes! I caved and had to pick up a few things this week. I got jeans, a top and a dress.

Any nesting going on? As you can see from my photo, I’ve not done a single thing in the baby’s room. I am consciously de cluttering when I can. I’ve chucked a few things from the cupboards already.

What am I looking forward to this week? I have my first midwife appointment on Wednesday when I’ll be 17 weeks. I’m hoping they’ll be able to hear bubs’ heartbeat on a doppler. I *think* I’m feeling some movements but I can’t be sure. Hearing the heartbeat will put my mind at ease.

15 weeks

How many weeks pregnant? 15 weeks & 3 days today

Days until Due Date? Just over 24 weeks

Baby is the size of a… Apple!!IMG_20150730_083259

Best moment this week? I survived my first full time week back at work – including 2 x 7 hour drives interstate and back. I worked 9-5 each day and although I was tired, I didn’t get sick!

Pregnancy Symptoms? The nausea and food aversions are still hanging around, but not as bad as they were. I tend to fall asleep easily, then wake up at 3.30 and can’t get back to sleep. I’ve also been noticing a bit of pain or discomfort in my hips at night. Last night I went to Kmart and bought a body pillow. Best. Investment. Ever! I had a really solid sleep and Damian said I didn’t even snore!

Being a size 18-20 it is hard to see obvious changes in my body, but I have been taking my pics weekly anyway. I have made a bit of a comparison and I think I definitely have a little something going on.

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Cravings? All the sugar. And Cheese.

Food aversions? Still meat, but I am re introducing it slowly. I had a pie yesterday on my way home from NSW and it went down well! A new aversion this week is the crusts of my toast. I think it’s a texture thing – I just can’t eat them!

Maternity clothes? Still haven’t bought anything. I am in desperate need of work clothes as I have an awful habit of only shopping a couple of times a year and wearing every outfit until it is ratty.

Any nesting going on? Nope. Except for pinning heaps of stuff on pinterest, I have done nothing whatsoever. I think I want to wait until after my next ultrasound to start putting the baby’s room together.

What am I looking forward to this week? Hopefully a full time week in the office, and a more energetic weekend next weekend.