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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Week 15, 16 & 17 Pregnancy Update

I decided to combine these weeks as all of the symptoms have been the same throughout.
I am still suffering with sickness, but this does seem to be easing off now. I've worked out that I cannot let myself get hungry, so I always have a stash of biscuits in my handbag.

The bump is starting to show now, definitely more 'rounded'. I haven't got any stretch marks yet and have been combining Bio Oil with Palmers Tummy Butter. My skin has also cleared up recently and I am feeling more confident within myself again.

I have also been using my new pregnancy pillow - the DreamGenii. I do however, keep rolling over onto my back and wake up during the night incredibly uncomfortable. I love sleeping on my back/ front and it's taking some time getting used to sleeping on my side.

My appetite has decreased again and I'm having to force myself to eat - little and often is best. I love fruit at the moment, but I wouldn't say it was a craving as such. I just love the juicy-ness as I have been quite thirsty in this hot weather.

Unfortunately, I still have my cough/ cold so went back to the doctor's again and they have diagnosed me with 'whooping cough' also known as the '100 day cough'. I'm thankful that it is now the summer holidays, so I can really take the time to relax and look after myself.

We also have our date through for our 20 week scan - August 8th. We are getting asked a lot if we are going to find out the gender. We were going to keep it as a surprise, but after a lot of going back and forth, we have changed our minds to find out. As it's our first baby, I am feeling anxious, so I do think it will give me something to focus on and enjoy after a difficult start to this journey.

I am really looking forward to feeling baby move now that we are in the second trimester. It must be a weird but incredible feeling. x
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

The First Trimester

So, I am 15 weeks and 1 day today and can only just bring myself to write a little update on how the first trimester has been.

From 2-4 weeks it was lovely. Didn't feel any different apart from waking up at 3am for a bowl of cereal! Unfortunately, it has been downhill since then.
I've been struggling with morning sickness and nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, mega (and I mean almost crying mega) sore breasts and lower back pain. Not to mention the crazy emotional roller coaster I have been on... Hormones are wonderful!
I couldn't feed the cat as the smell of her food would make me sick. I couldn't step foot into our spare room as there was just this... smell which I can't describe, but it would make me feel instantly sick and I would have to run to the bathroom. Scrolling through my phone or laptop would give me motion sickness. And certain rooms at school would make me heave.
I did buy an air freshener to put in our spare room which only made the smell worse! Having 'superhuman' smelling powers is not for me!
For the past three weeks I've had a non-stop cough, coughing through the day and in my sleep, which would then wake me up. After having the cough for two weeks, I was given some anti-biotics to take. Unfortunately, being as I am so impatient, I went back to the doctors the following week to be given an inhaler and to be signed off for a week with a chest infection. To say that I have been utterly exhausted is an understatement.

With all this going on, it's a wonder I have even survived the past two terms at school. Observations, SIA visits, work scrutiny, induction meetings to new parents, new starter visits, trying to organise an art activity for the transition week - amongst trying to keep the house nice and clean... it has been hard work.

This is a bit of a 'moany' post and I know that everyone is different. I just hope that the second trimester brings a more happier time for me (and my poor other half).
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