Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Week 27

week 27 pregnant belly side view

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6 months pregnant comparison pregnancy 1 2 side view
A definite difference in my belly shape from 6 months with pregnancy #1 (left) and 6 months with pregnancy #2. I believe this is all thanks to my pregnancy support belt.

STATS:

How far along: 27 weeks.

How big is baby: a cauliflower!

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs nearly 875g and will probably measures more than 36cm from head to toe. His eyes open and close, he sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and he may suck a finger or thumb.

Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by week 27. What do they dream about? No one knows for sure but your baby's brain is certainly active now. The characteristic grooves on his brain's surface is starting to appear and more brain tissue is developing.

You may be detecting rhythmic movements, which is simply your baby having an attack of the hiccups. They are common this week and throughout your pregnancy. A spell of hiccups usually passes in moments. The sensation for you may be strange, but rather comforting.

Since your uterus (womb) is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already. Starting now and continuing through the last three months of pregnancy, you may be plagued by leg cramps, haemorrhoids, varicose veins and an itchy belly. Are pregnancy discomforts getting you down? Try some natural remedies to perk you up.

If a blood test for your rhesus status found you to be rhesus negative (RhD negative) earlier in pregnancy, you'll probably be tested for antibodies this week or next. These may be present in your blood if your baby is RhD positive, and you'll have what's called an anti-D injection to combat the incompatibility. You may be offered a repeat injection at 34 weeks.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/27-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3BVsHqZJV

Total weight gain: 54.7kg, a gain of 700g since last week and 7.9kg since the start of pregnancy. Last pregnancy i only put on 8kg in total. Can't believe i'm at that already.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts.

Sleep: Need to keep trying for earlier.

Best moment of the week: Baby still has heaps of room to move but right now is vertex! (can't tell if head up or down, hopefully down). A vertical lie however is better than transverse or oblique :)

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Got the order in for Anti-D, my doctor phoned it through to the Red Cross and will contact me when it's ready to pick up.

Reflux has been much better this week, especially when i drink enough.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Flips between transverse, oblique with i think a head in my hip, and beautifully vertex (again i think or hope head down... but will have to wait for my midwife to tell).

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss: being able to bend over at the waist easily.

Next appt: 1 September

What else i've done this week: Found a new exercise on the Spinning Babies website, which seems to have helped in getting bub into a better position than oblique. There's a video of it: May I add, Dip the Hip as a rising hopeful?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Week 26

week 26 pregnant belly side view

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 Getting a round tummy now!

pregnant belly progression

And the change in my belly over 4 weeks. Very gradual but you can see it.

STATS:

How far along: 26 weeks.

How big is baby: a continental cucumber.

What is baby doing this week: Measuring your baby from top to toe with her legs extended, she is probably about 36cm. She weighs a little more than 760g. Your baby's eyes begin to open around now. Her response to sound grows more consistent towards the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to her ears is complete. She may be able to hear you and your partner chatting. Your baby also continues to take small breaths, getting plenty of practice for when she's born. It's all preparation for when she takes that first gulp of air.

Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/26-weeks-pregnant#ixzz3AHWdzmqI

Total weight gain: 54kg, a gain of 500g since last week and 7.2kg since the start of pregnancy. Last pregnancy i only put on 8kg in total. I'm not sure what's causing the increased weight this time, but i blame my craving for chocolate ;)

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts.

Sleep: Not too bad... mostly midnight but i've managed a few 10:30/11:30pm bedtimes.

Best moment of the week: Have now moved from triple to double digit 'days to go' estimate. Currently at 98. Eeep!

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Need to visit my doctor to get a prescription for anti-D, which my midwife will inject for me. I could get it free at the hospital but that can take hours of waiting.

Reflux has been quite bad this week. Fruit tingles are not helping, cheese helps for a little while, a small glass of milk helps a little.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Baby was lying transverse, head on my left, at my last check with my midwife, which explains all the movement i could feel in my pelvis and down my right side. Most babies lie transverse between 24-26 weeks (http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/breech-bottoms-up/about-breech).

I've checked nearly every night since and at the moment he seems to be lying oblique, with a head in my left hip and bum under my right rib, kicking either into my ribs or my side. Keeping up with the 30 sec inversion and 20 cat-tabletops each night to try to help him into a good position. My chiro has also started the Webster technique, and i could really feel the ligament on the left twinging when she pressed on it! She said both were tight.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss: being able to bend over at the waist easily.

Next appt: 1 September

What else i've done this week: Scouted out a location for Father's Day photos of hubby and our toddler. It's a tunnel leading into a park which a local school group painted in bright rainbow colours. I've seen it photographed before and it looks great, and have been searching for it for a while. Took a bit of judicious googling! Took the photos yesterday and i'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Week 25



STATS:

How far along: 25 weeks.

How big is baby: a swede.

What is baby doing this week: our baby now weighs nearly 660g and is about 35cm long from crown to heel. He's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more like a newborn. His senses are becoming more sophisticated, too. At 26 weeks, fetal brain scans show response to touch. If you shine a light on your belly, your baby will turn his head, which means his optic nerve is working.

At every antenatal visit, your midwife or doctor will take your blood pressure and do tests on a sample of your urine. In this way, pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia and diabetes can be detected and treated.

Your fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling achy and numb. The passageway, or carpal tunnel, in your wrist that carries your nerve and tendons to your hand is swollen, as are many other tissues in your body. The nerve that runs through the tunnel is pinched, creating pressure that causes shooting or burning pain. Wearing a brace may help. Talk to your midwife or doctor about other ways to cope. Find out about natural remedies for numb or achy fingers.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/25-weeks-pregnant#ixzz39KiFVeUU

Total weight gain: 53.5kg, a gain of 500g since last week and 6.7kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts/maternity shirts. Have now had to go up to my largest size mat bra as my current mat bras are leaving marks on my skin.

Sleep: Not too bad... mostly midnight but i've managed a few 10:30/11:30pm bedtimes.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Have been falling asleep on the sofa in the evenings... must improve bedtimes!

Other: Swelling in my feet and ankles constantly. I think it's mostly because the tight Tubigrip is slowing down circulation, although i'm certain drinking more water would help.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Seems to be a lot of thumps in my pelvis and less thumps up top... will have to ask my midwife this week which way he is laying.

In fact tonight i had a bath and there was strong thumps up top on the right, around belly button and slightly below it. They were strong enough to push my arm to the side. Not half an hour later, i can still feel a limb up top but all thumps are in my pelvis. What is this baby up to??!

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss:

Next appt: 13 August.

What else i've done this week: 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Week 24

week 24 pregnancy side view

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Definitely popped out this week! Including my belly button, which is very outie and no longer has an indent around the edge. I've had to remove my piercing as it was starting to pinch, but i can't wear my pregnancy belly ring as the Tubigrip presses it too hard into my skin and the resulting red marks hurt more than the pinching of the normal jewellery. I am now inserting my regular piece at night once a week just to keep the piercing open (i've had it for years but it still closes pretty quickly).

week 24 pregnancy tubigrip belly binding

And for those who are interested, this is what the Tubigrip looks like. I now fold it over at the top to provide extra support to the navel area, as this is where my belly went super pointy last pregnancy. It had started to poke a bit a few weeks ago so i started the folding then and it's helped a lot.

STATS:

How far along: 24 weeks.

How big is baby: an ear of corn.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs more than 600g. She is starting to fill the space in your uterus (womb). From crown to heel she could measure 30cm. Though your baby still has little body fat and her skin is thin and fragile, she's well-proportioned. Her brain is growing rapidly, tastebuds have fully developed, and her footprints and fingerprints are continuing to form. Inside her body, her lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree as well as cells that produce surfactant. This substance will help her air sacs inflate once she reaches the outside world.

You may be noticing stretch marks on your belly, hips and breasts. These faint, red or brown streaks are known as striae. Whereas creams won't erase them, wearing a supportive bra may help prevent or minimise them on your breasts.

They are very common at this stage of the pregnancy – about 90 per cent of women get them. After you've given birth, the reddish or brown pigmentation in the stretch marks gradually fades, and the streaks become lighter than the surrounding skin.

Also, your eyes may be light-sensitive and may feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy niggle known as dry eye syndrome. Try to rest your eyes as much as possible, and keep them clean with cotton wool and warm water.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/24-weeks-pregnant#ixzz39KLDexto

Total weight gain: 53kg, a gain of 800g since last week and 6.2kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, my longest tshirts. Getting close to having to wear maternity shirts as my regular ones are starting to get a bit short in front.

Sleep: Not too bad... mostly midnight but i've managed a few 10:30/11:30pm bedtimes.

Best moment of the week: Feeling kicks at the top right side of my uterus (my right), which i think means baby has turned head down.

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Nope.

Other: The 'leakage' from last week has disappeared as my cough goes away - yay! Reflux has returned, most evenings i can feel the acid and if i bend too much it rises into my throat.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. I think at some point last week he turned cephalic, as the stronger movements that feel like kicks happen up the top just above my belly button (although quite far to my right), and the movements in my pelvis feel like weaker kicks and wiggles - i think that's arms and hands. Today i did a lot of weeding on hands and knees and while i can feel him move, i can't feel kicks - which i think means he's anterior, an ideal position for birth :) November shall be full of gardening!

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed). Hopefully my midwife will tell me he's turned head down at my next appointment. Although babies tend to still move around a lot at this stage, having had a breech before i do tend to worry a little when he's not head down, even this early.

What i miss:

Next appt: 13 August.

What else i've done this week: Decided on baby boy's bedroom colours.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Week 23

Week 23 pregnant belly side view

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STATS:

How far along: 23 weeks.

How big is baby: a large mango.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs a little more than 500g and measures about 29cm from crown to heel. His hearing is established and around now he may be able to make out a distorted version of your voice, the beating of your heart and your stomach rumblings.

When your baby is born, loud noises he has often heard in the uterus (womb), such as the barking of a dog or the roar of a vacuum cleaner, probably won't bother him.

Some people swear by the theory that unborn babies prefer classical music. So in the coming months you could put on relaxing Bach or Mozart for his enjoyment – and yours!

In addition to advances in your baby's hearing, his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing. And as he gets bigger you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes!

As for you, you may feel clumsy now that your centre of gravity has shifted. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and your belly button, once an 'innie', may now stick out. It'll revert to its pre-baby state soon after you give birth.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/23-weeks-pregnant#ixzz387NGARZ7

Total weight gain: 52.2kg, a gain of 300g since last week and 5.4kg since the start of pregnancy.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, normal tshirts. Getting close to having to wear maternity shirts as my regular ones are starting to get a bit short in front.

Sleep: Far, far worse. Bedtime tends to be 1:30am lately, after i've finished editing some photos after work and then got the washing/washing up/feeding the dog done.

Best moment of the week: 

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Nope.

Other: Never had this last pregnancy - but when i cough, i have to tighten my PC muscles or i get a tiny amount of leakage, which is a new thing for me and i hate it. At the moment i have had a cough for two weeks so have had to try to remember to tighten a lot... sometimes i forget. Also i try to go to the toilet frequently to help prevent any issues.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. I think he's currently breech, most kicks tend to be below the belly button and in my pelvis.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss:

Next appt: TBA.

What else i've done this week: 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Week 22

Week 22 pregnant belly side view

Week 22 pregnant belly side viewWeek 22 pregnant belly front view

Comparison of my 5 month pregnant belly in my first pregnancy (on the left) and my second (on the right).
And my belly progression from weeks 19 through 22. Filling out below the navel!

STATS:

How far along: 22 weeks.

How big is baby: a spaghetti squash.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs almost 430g, measures about 28cm long from crown to heel. Your baby's legs aren't curled up so tightly to her tummy now. This means she can be measured from the top of her head to her heels, instead of her bottom. She is proportioned like a newborn, albeit a thinner version since her baby fat hasn't yet developed.

Although she's getting heavier every day, her skin still appears wrinkled and translucent because she needs to gain more weight. Her lips are distinct and her eyes are formed, though the coloured part (the iris) still lacks pigment. The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily.

Even this early, the first signs of teeth appear in the form of tooth buds beneath her gum line. Before you know it, your baby will be born, and soon after, her first teeth will come through.

You've probably gained between 5.5kg and 7kg. Starting now, you'll begin to put on weight more steadily, averaging about 225g per week. You may crave certain foods and you may notice an increased (but not bloody) vaginal discharge. Both are a normal part of being pregnant.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/22-weeks-pregnant#ixzz381NUn68Z

Total weight gain: 51.9kg, a gain of 700g since last week and 5.1kg since the start of pregnancy. With babe #1 i gained 8kg by full term. I am hoping the weight gain slows a little or i'm headed for a lot more this time.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, normal tshirts. Getting close to having to wear maternity shirts as my regular ones are starting to get a bit short in front.

Sleep: Still need to work on the usual getting to bed on time.

Best moment of the week: Hubby poking my belly and baby kicking back!

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Nope.

Other: None.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Getting rhythmic movement now that makes me think hiccups. Lots of kicks on the right hand side of my belly, below the level of my navel.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss:

Next appt: TBA.

What else i've done this week: I've seen several people for the first time this pregnancy, and they've all remarked on how small my belly is. I'm inclined to think it's all the Tubigrip, but comparing my photos from last time it's not much different. It was later on, about 30 weeks that i really started to poke out in front.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Week 21


week 21 pregnant belly side view


week 21 pregnant belly side viewweek 21 pregnant belly front view

Sorry for the late post, busy weekend and then i got sick. Only just managed to take the photos this morning at 21+5.

STATS:

How far along: 21 weeks.

How big is baby: a banana.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby now weighs about 360g and is about 27cm long. Your baby's eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed, and he can now blink. If you’re having a boy, testes will descend from the pelvis into the scrotum in the coming weeks.

If you've started to feel your baby's movements, you can look forward to more action in the coming weeks. You may soon feel like she's practising martial arts, as her initial fluttering movements turn into fully-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.

You're probably feeling quite comfortable these days. This, in fact, may be the most enjoyable time in your pregnancy. You're not too big yet, and the usual aches and pains associated with pregnancy like nausea, frequent urination, and fatigue are for the most part gone. Relax and enjoy it while you can.

Have you thought where you might have your baby? Find out more about having your baby at home.

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/21-weeks-pregnant#ixzz37pNMkKna

Total weight gain: 51.2kg, a gain of 100g since last week and 4.4kg since the start of pregnancy. Can't complain about that gain this week.

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, normal tshirts. Getting close to having to wear maternity shirts as my regular ones are starting to get a bit short in front.

Sleep: Still need to work on the usual getting to bed on time.

Best moment of the week: Had two photoshoots lined up this weekend and my business cards arrived. Almost ready to start booking paying clients - just need to find them!

Food cravings/aversions: None.

Symptoms: 

Nausea: None.

Fatigue: Nope.

Other: None.

Movement: Active, mostly morning and evening. Getting rhythmic movement now that makes me think hiccups.

Gender: Boy.

What i'm looking forward to: a non-eventful second half of my pregnancy (fingers crossed)

What i miss:

Next appt: 18 July midwife appointment (rescheduled from 15th).

What else i've done this week: Nothing pregnancy related.