23 WEEKS PREGNANT – BABY NUMBER FOUR

23 weeks pregnant bump

It doesn’t get any less exciting, for me anyway. No matter how many babies I have I still get that nervous excitement and at 23 weeks pregnant I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle of this pregnancy. I feel as if I’ve been pregnant forever but still have a lifetime to go before I reach my due date. I’m wishing the time away but not because I’m having an awful pregnancy I just really want to get to the finish line, meet this little girl and start our life as a family of six. SIX!

I’ve been feeling great. The pregnancy seems to be going swimmingly. Our scans have shown that little lady is growing along the average line and she seems to be developing well. That doesn’t make being pregnant easy. It’s so hard this time around. Carrying Elsie up the stairs makes me feel dizzy, lifting the pram out of the car four times a day hurts my back and if I sit for too long I seize up when I go to move. Most noticeably in the last week I seem to have developed SPD.

I’ve always had aches and pains during pregnancy but this time it’s different. When I get a bout of it I feel crippled. I get the most awful shooting pains in my lady area and a numbness down one leg. It’s usually when I’ve been carrying Elsie a lot or been sitting for a while. My pelvis feels like it’s crumbling. I don’t have another midwife appointment for four weeks so I’ll just grin and bear it until then. I’m not the sort to make a fuss. I’d rather die in agony then put anyone out.

I took a few bump pictures to share with you all yesterday and I compared them to my bump shots with Elsie. I am so much bigger this time around. I look now as big as I did at 30 weeks pregnant with Elsie. But I have been eating like someone’s starved me. I was also carrying an extra stone when I fell pregnant as I was only 4.5 months postpartum. I’m enjoying the kind of care free side of just letting my body be but I do feel uncomfortable and very, very unsexy. I’m looking forward to getting back in some normal clothes. I feel like I’ve been in the same maternity clothes for 18 months. Matt must wonder where his wife has gone!

23 weeks pregnant comparison

Sleep is as good as can be expected with a 10 month old baby in the house. If it wasn’t for her I’d probably sleep right through with one or two wee breaks. I feel constantly shattered and I’m trying to carry on like a normal, non-pregnant person but it’s getting harder and harder. I’ll have a few good weeks and then I’ll just crack and feel awful until I get some decent rest. I have no more rest or downtime than a person who isn’t pregnant and it’s hard. Sorry for moaning so much but I don’t really have anywhere else to say these things!

I hope you’re enjoying these little updates….I should imagine my next one will be when I am 28 weeks and have seen the midwife.

Read my last pregnancy update here.

scan 22 weeks

 

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9 Comments

  1. March 22, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    What a lovely bump I can see a difference in size from your comparison photo . Sorry to hear that you have been in pain I’d definitely speak to your midwife.

  2. March 22, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    wow, I didn’t realise your youngest was 10 month old – it will be so lovely for them growing up so close in age. And no need to apologise though – rest up all you can!

  3. March 22, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    How exciting! Definitely talk to someone about the pain as they can probably help you 🙂

  4. March 22, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    What a lovely bump. Feel free to moan it’s what we are here for. I’m 33 weeks now and I’m really starting to feel it and I only have one other child to look after let alone 3!! X

  5. March 23, 2017 / 10:00 am

    With regards to the SPD, I’d definitely recommend seeing the midwife sooner! I had it with my second and like you left it until I got a chance to see my midwife and it just got worse. The physio and strap they they can give you are a great help.
    I can totally understand why you are so shattered! No need to apologise for moaning, if you can’t moan on your own blog, where can you?
    Look forward to your next update x

  6. March 23, 2017 / 10:10 am

    God how I hated SPD during pregnancy. I even get the odd one now even if I am not pregnant.

  7. March 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Think you look fabulous! And I know what you mean about rather dying than feel like you’re putting someone out. Good luck with your 28 week appointment!

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      May 16, 2017 / 10:08 am

      It’s silly really isn’t it – the one time we, as women, should be able to feel like we can go to someone for help and we still feel like we should suffer quietly in the corner. I hate to be a burden to people. Congratulations by the way my love – I can’t believe you’ve now got your little one in your arms xx

  8. March 28, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I feel your pain, I had terrible SPD pain with my pregnancies. Defiantly speak to your midwife about it. I found a support band was good for my pains.

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