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20 week update and gender reveal

Sunday, 13 November 2016

So today i'm 21 weeks +1 and last week we found out we're having a little boy!! 

Throughout my first trimester I was adamant I was having a boy but over the last few weeks this changed and I was convinced we'd be having a little girl. I wasn't even looking at boys clothes! I'd always said that as long as our baby was happy I'd be happy no matter what, but its still taken some time to get used to the fact i'd be having a boy.

Ant was desperate for a boy as soon as we found out I was pregnant so he's over the moon and with me being one of four girls my family are so excited to finally have a little boy in the mix!

We're currently under the Foetal Medicine Unit due to my past medical history but so far everything is perfectly healthy!

 Our boy decided to be a little wriggler during our anomaly scan so we're back in next week to monitor his growth and to finish looking at his heart as she wasn't able to get an in depth look due to his position, although we were told that at a glance, everything appeared to be normal!

How I'm feeling...

For the last 3 weeks I've felt great! I have far more energy and all of the symptoms I experienced within my first trimester have disappeared. 


I've been experiencing pain in my hips along with pain in my sciatic nerve. 

I've also been experienceing frequent headaches. From weeks 13-15 I was experiencing them almost every day and paracetamol wasn't helping to ease the pain at all. They're far more occasional now but are still pretty intense when they do decide to make an appearance. 

Although fairly normal with a growing bump i've been experiencing both sharp and cramping pains in my stomach. I've been reassured the pain is due to my ligaments stretching as my bump grows but I definitely underestimated how frequently i'd experience the pains.

How I'm changing...

I definitely have a neat little bump now but the size fluctuates day to day. Some days I do just look a little bloated, other days I feel huge! When the bump is more noticeable my tummy can be pretty uncomfortable.

So far I've been fairly lucky and haven't found any new stretch marks since the first trimester. The ones I do have sit on my hips and at the very top of my thighs!


 I'm still sleeping relatively well although I'm waking frequently throughout the night to pee! My stomach is starting to feel a little uncomfortable when I lie on my side and I keep throwing my leg over ant to help lift my belly a little so I'm in desperate need of a pregnancy pillow now. 


I experienced a couple of ripples quite early on but was a little unsure as to whether they were movements. They gradually increased and now Im feeling a lot of movement and little kicks. He seems to be getting stronger every day and this evening Ant was able to feel him kick for the first time which I was so desperate for him to experience!


Orange has been one of my only cravings so far, particularly Fanta. Although the craving has eased a little now, at one point Ant was having to take a nightly trip to McDonalds to buy me two large Fantas' to drink before I went to bed. 


The only smell that still repulses me is Dior Sauvage. Ant has had to ditch his permanently and if I walk past anyone wearing it in public it makes me sick almost instantly. 

Looking forward to...

The thing I'm looking forward to the most is organising a room for our little boy. At the moment we're still with Ants mum so we're going to begin preparing a room for him here however, early next year we're hoping to be in a position that means we'll be able to get our own little home in which case, we'll be decorating all over again to give him a permanent bedroom!

I think I'm planning on doing pregnancy updates every 4 weeks with a couple of 'normal' posts dotted in between (I really am going to try to not abandon this little space again) so hopefully, I will see you then for some more baby news! 

My First Trimester

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Once again I've been a little absent from my blog and yes, once again I have an excuse but this one is a little more exciting and a whole lot more life changing.


I'm actually writing this at 20 weeks but now everything has settled I thought it was about time I stopped neglecting my little piece of the internet and attempted a little catch up to bring everything up to date.

For us, having a baby was definitely not planned. I had just finished my first year at University and was preparing to move back to Bournemouth for my second and Ant and I, despite knowing each other for 10 years, had only been together for 7 months.

My cycle has always been a little crazy so although I was a week late I didn't really suspect anything until one evening I randomly began being sick despite not feeling unwell.

We took a trip to Tesco and headed home to do the test.

Ant sat in the corner giggling, thinking I was stupid for even considering that I might be pregnant.

I didn't know tests could respond as instantly as ours did...

Pregnant 3+ weeks.

I honestly don't think I've ever used the word fuck as much as I did in that moment and me bursting into tears pretty much confirmed the result to Ant and I honestly don't think I've ever seen him that excited.

The next few hours were a bit of a blur as we sat our families down to tell them the news not knowing how they'd react... They were so bloody excited and supportive and I don't think we could've asked for a more positive reaction.

The following week I went to see my Gp who estimated I was already around 2 months pregnant. I was already halfway through my first trimester!? How the fuck hadn't we realised sooner!?

Ive recently had my 12 week scan and our official due date is the 25th March 2017

For me, the first trimester was bittersweet.

How I was feeling...

Honestly, I always imagined that I'd love being pregnant but I was hating every second. I was constantly exhausted and feeling unwell but I also found myself feeling quite down. I knew I wanted this baby more than anything but I was struggling to get excited and I was constantly doubting whether I could do this. Thankfully, at the end of the first trimester these feelings began to subside and now Im so excited to meet our little person!


I was in hospital twice for abdominal pain and bleeding and neither time was I or our baby checked. We were simply advised that if it was the start of a miscarriage, there was nothing they could do and that we'd soon know over the next few days. Luckily, everything was okay but I was left feeling pretty alone and unsupported.

Constant nausea and vomiting. Eventually I purchased some Sea-Band Mama Acupressure Bands which were a life saver!

Fatigue. I would sleep a full 10 hours and still wake up exhausted!

Sore breasts.

During my first trimester I also experienced dizziness. It came on in seconds and the entire room was spinning. The dizziness was so severe it caused continuous vomiting meaning I was unable to keep fluids down. We called the Gp who advised I get checked out at the hospital. They prescribed a course of tablets to stop the dizziness and ease any nausea. Within hours my symptoms had eased and so far they've not returned.

How I changed...

Towards the end of my first trimester I found I was struggling to fit in my jeans, skirts and pinafores. Ive hated not being able to wear the clothes that make me feel like me!

I had a little bump but this was magnified by the bloating I experienced so I looked quite big pretty early on.

I gained weight on my hips and at the very tops of my thighs and so Ive got a couple of stretch marks in these areas but no where else so far!


I think I slept a little too well throughout my first trimester.. sooo many naps!


I didn't feel any movements during my first trimester but I think it was too early to expect to.


I didn't really crave any particular foods but I found that salted crisps really helped ease my nausea


The smell of food, especially whilst it was being cooked made me feel nauseas and I couldn't stomach the thought of minced meat!

I think the worst aversion I experienced was the smell of Ant. I couldn't stand to be anywhere near him which he really struggled to deal with and understand. The smell of his aftershave also makes me sick so his trusty Dior Sauvage has had to go... sorrrrry!

Looking forward to...

I can't wait for us to find out whether we're having a boy of a girl! I was adamant throughout my first trimester that we were having a little boy!

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