Sunday, 22 January 2017

Second Trimester Update - Baby #2

I promised myself that I'd stay regular with these posts like I did in my pregnancy with Grace but sadly I failed, so I thought I'd combine everything into one post about my second trimester.

I'm now 27 weeks so just entering into my third and final trimester which sounds scary! Time has flown even more and I feel like I've neglected this baby so much, it's just not the same when you already have a toddler to run around after. By the time Grace is in bed, I'm that exhausted that I either flop on the sofa or bed.

In terms of comparisons, I'd say this pregnancy seems very similar to my last with Grace; so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if Grace's clone came out! Their movements are the same, the way my body has reacted to the pregnancy and not to mention the dreaded morning sickness. It's lingered a lot more than I remembered with the last, but is finally starting to ease up.

How far along? 27+1 weeks
Total weight gain: 0.2lbs
Maternity clothes? Quite a few, I cannot fit into any pre-pregnancy clothes at all anymore :( not even tops or jumpers
Stretch marks? I can't actually see any new ones, but I've also neglected to moisturise as much as I did with Grace - oops!
Sleep: What sleep? We've hit a very rocky patch with Grace and sleep is pretty non-existent right now. Makes me far more exhausted..
Best moment this week: Buying baby 2 a cute little outfit and continuing to look at double prams - please can someone recommend me some tandem prams?! I'm so baffled by them all and feel a bit fussy..
Miss anything? Sleeping on my front or back without issues!
Food cravings: Chocolate! Although I'm not sure it's classed as a craving, just making up for lost time whilst I barely ate for 2 trimesters.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Stinky nappies and any foul smells generally.
Gender: We did end up finding out the gender, but haven't revealed it this time.
Labour signs: Lotsss of Braxton Hicks contractions that started around 17 weeks - compared to 29 weeks last time.
Symptoms: Needing to pee all the time but having 'pee disappointment', Braxton Hicks as I mentioned above, Pelvic Girdle Pain is back with a vengeance causing me endless pain all day long, tightness in my stomach, my caesarean scar causes me quite a lot of irritation when wearing clothes and underwear. I'm at the moaning stage of pregnancy, can you tell?!
Belly button in or out? Out. It's been out for quite a number of weeks now.
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody - and I'm sure my husband won't disagree with me! I've been pretty fed up with this cold weather and trying to look after Grace whilst feeling terrible. 
Looking forward to: Getting more prepared now for the baby's arrival and packing my hospital bag, it makes things seem so real! We're also considering what to do about the nursery, as we'd prefer them to go in the same room once baby is out of ours...more tips and advice needed!

I had my first consultant appointment at 20 weeks which was hugely disappointing. After the very brief chat about my previous labour with Grace, we were handed a leaflet and advised to make our own minds up about what I wanted from labour second time around and come back at 36 weeks. Not the kind of support I expected from consultant led care.. after mentioning this to the midwife, she wasn't all that supportive either so I guess I just need to do my own research on the pros and cons against a VBAC/elective c-section. 

As it stands I've made my mind up; although that being said, I'm still open to options and love to hear success stories to reassure me that it's possible. 

Also, if anyone already has a newborn and toddler, please let me know your recommended purchases (prams, nursery etc). I need all the 2 under 2 tips that I can get! 

Now that I've completed my nutrition course that I was studying for, I intend to get regular updates posted - Grace depending! So I will be back very soon..

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