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Saturday, 2 September 2017

My week 22 and 23 week pregnancy update

“Your baby is the size of an aubergine and now nearly weighs a whole pound. Eyelashes and eyebrows are forming and the baby can now hear your voice, heartbeat, your circulating blood and even a gurgling hungry stomach!”

My bump: My bump is still growing and I feel it is starting to really protrude now and form that nice round, pregnant-belly shape. I feel I have reached the stage where people look at me and realise I am pregnant rather than just a bit bloated! I hope anyway…

Stretch marks? No, not yet. 

Cravings: Nothing really – i'm finding I can't manage big meals at the moment so I am eating little and often and eating plenty of snacks. 

Sleep: My friend gave me an all-round bump pillow that goes underneath you with two cushions either side. That combined with a pillow in-between my legs and I am 'sleeping like a baby'.

Symptoms: Nothing new but my mood has seemed to have taken a turn for the more positive. I can also sense my belly button is on its way out. It has gone almost flat and weird-looking…it freaks me out a little if I’m honest! The sooner it pops the better. Oh and I am also having really vivid, crazy dreams at the moment which is apparently closely linked with pregnancy.

Best moment this week: Enjoying the last few days of the summer holidays before being back at work next week. The sunshine has come out and I am feeling so relaxed. My hypnobirthing book and CD have arrived and I'm really looking forward to listening/ reading about it all! 

Worst moment this week: Getting bumped in my car by a distracted driver whilst I was driving at the weekend. Baby and I are fine but it really shook me up and upset me for the rest of the day.

Miss anything? Not really.

Maternity clothes: Yes I have well and truly embraced the maternity clothes now. After spending a lot of money on bigger sized clothes during the past few weeks, only to return them a couple of days later, I have won a couple of maternity bundle auctions on Ebay. I can't wait to try it all on once it arrives. Bigger sizes is ok if it looks ok on you however, it just made me look bigger than I am and the shape/ cut just didn't suit me or do me any justice! I am pretty sure this is why my self-confidence took a dip around 20- 21 weeks. 

Movement: The baby is definitely beginning to form a pattern of movement, it tends to be at night, in the morning and around lunchtime. The ripples or swirling movements have developed into a definite 'kick' too! James has also been able to feel her move which is amazing. 

Belly button in/out: In (but weird)

Mood: Happy and relaxed and enjoying this stage in my pregnancy where I am starting to show but still very able to walk around and enjoy light exercise. 


Looking forward to: My midwife appointment on Monday and getting back into a routine once starting back at work. 
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