20 week pregnancy update

Hello! That’s right – I’m just over 20 weeks pregnant and it’s kind of hit me that I’m pregnant. I have a proper bump now and my cravings are out of control. Last night I thought about burritos for a solid half an hour at least. For the most part though I just want cake. Daily. I can’t keep using the “this is my last baby so I’d better enjoy it” excuse. I remember saying that about a year ago and now look!

A few days ago we went for our 20 week anomaly scan and once again baby decided to play peek a boo. Baby was curled up facing my spine so it made it rather difficult for the sonographer to get a good look at all the bits and bobs she needed to measure. We saw the chambers of the heart clearly but unfortunately baby was so curled up they were unable to get a clear image of the connections in the heart and so we will need to go back in a couple of weeks to get them rechecked.

I think I said this last time I was pregnant but I really can’t wait to not be pregnant. I want to give the house a really good spring clean and declutter and although there’s nothing stopping me from getting on with it, I don’t seem to be able to muster the energy or enthusiasm to actually do it. Elsie’s coming up 10 months now and is well and truly over the baby phase but instead of packing away her baby stuff it seems to be lingering around as it’s all going to be needed very soon. Her bedroom is a floordrobe! I have Elsie’s current clothing, clothing handed down from Florence and friends and clothes handed down from Elsie to the new baby! Trying to keep it all separate and organised is a mission in itself.

The plan, in terms of bedrooms, is to keep things as they are for now. All current children have their own room for the remainder of 2017 and baby sleeps in with us. Come 2018 we will be looking to put Logan, as he is only with us the equivalent of about 6 days in a month, in the smallest room. When I say smallest don’t imagine a jail cell for the poor boy – it’s still a double bedroom! Then the girls will share the larger room which Logan is currently in. It’s like a giant game of Tetris in our house!

At 20 weeks pregnant bump is coming along nicely and I do feel rather huge. My body is already groaning under the pressure of another pregnancy and my hips will probably need replacing by the time I’m 34 but hey ho! I can’t say I’m relishing the idea of donning a swimsuit in a few weeks during our holiday to Fuerteventura. My thighs are thunderous and I dread to think what my arse is doing. Thank goodness I can’t see it.

If you want to see what my bump looked like this time last year when I was about the same gestation click here.

20 weeks pregnancy update

 

 

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16 weeks gender reveal

Daddy’s about to be very outnumbered – we’re happy to announce baby number four is yet another girl! We found out on Wednesday at a private gender scan and it was quite clear to see! I really didn’t know what to expect as my cravings have been so similar to my pregnancy with Logan; very salty and savoury. However, after two girls I couldn’t imagine having anything else but another girl. There has been a little gender disappointment but I’ll probably chat about that in another post.

We’ve been throwing a few names around and I feel like the pressure is really on with this being our final child. I’d love to know what names you love? My favourites are all the old fashioned names; the sort of names your gran or great gran would have had.

Lets not forget about the clothing either; I have enough girls clothes to open a store. I’m most excited to be able to use our The Essential One sleep suits again as Elsie barely got the chance to wear them and they’re just beautiful!

I’m not going to waffle on for too long but wanted to share our news with you all.

 

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13 weeks pregnant and scan photos

Yesterday was a rather exciting day; Matt and I went to meet baby number four at our 12 week scan.

We did go for a scan a few weeks back when we thought I was 12 weeks pregnant but it turned out baby was measuring nearer 11 weeks and therefore too small to measure. The previous scan lasted just a few moments so I was excited to see a more fully formed baby and know everything was developing as it should be. We had also opted for the nuchal screening test for Down’s Syndrome.  I wrote a post about Down’s Syndrome screening during my pregnancy with Elsie – you can read it here.

The hospital was very quiet, there wasn’t another soul to be seen in the antenatal clinic.  It wasn’t long before we were called through.  I made myself comfortable on the bed and before we knew it baby was bouncing around on the monitor in front of us. I know it sounds a bit cliche but I’m sure baby was waving at us! It’s arms and legs were kicking around and its heart fluttering away nicely. It always astounds me that it’s only taken three months for baby to grow from the size of a poppy seed to the size of a pea pod – that’s some growth spurt. No wonder I’ve been tired.

The Sonographer measured the fluid in the neck and although she wouldn’t give any indication of what her measurements implied I was later told by a maternity care assistant that any number below 3.5mm is a good indication that baby will be at low risk of having Down’s Syndrome.

The scan was soon over and everything looked perfect. They actually dated me at 13 weeks exactly and so my new due date is 18th July 2017. We got some beautiful photos of baby stretched out relaxing and using my placenta as a cushion. Thankfully my placenta is posterior this time meaning I should be able to feel baby’s moments sometime in the next 3-6 weeks. My anterior placenta with Elsie meant I didn’t feel any movement until around the 22 week mark. A little disconcerting.

Following the scan I gave what felt like litres of blood to test for further chromosomal abnormalities and to measure my TSH levels as I’m on Thyroxine. Fingers crossed everything comes back normal.

Just as a bit of fun – does anyone want to have a guess at the gender based on the scan photo? I have a hunch, based on mothers intuition I guess, but I’d love to hear what you all think too!

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I can honestly say that I didn’t think I’d be writing my 39 week pregnancy update. Since week 37/38 I’ve been experiencing, what I’d say were, the early signs of labour. So symptoms such as back ache, mood swings, increased discharge/slow loss of plug, feeling restless and extra hungry. Yet, here I am, 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant! I’m more pregnant than I was with Florence as she arrived at 39+2.

So to say I feel fed up is a bit of an understatement. It feels like I’m constantly waiting for something; like a train or appointment that never materialises. I’m being a bit of a drama queen  as I haven’t even reached my due date yet BUT I do have a reason.

I see my son, Logan, for two weekends in every three and last weekend was the third week where he spent time with his dad. This weekend coming will be the first time I’ve seen him in about 12 days so, it’s inevitable that baby girl is going to arrive just at the time when I’m due to collect Logan. It’s so hard trying to share yourself around as a parent, even more so when one of your kids lives and goes to school in a different county. I’m not expecting a massively long labour so today or tomorrow would be just fine but if not baby, please can you hold on until Monday when Logan has been safely delivered back to his dad’s house??

I’ve been sleeping pretty well, considering. I’m taking paracetamol before bed as the pain in my pelvis to turn over in the night is quite unbearable. Toilet stops seem to be around every two hours; 11:30pm, 1:30am, 3:30am and 5:00am. Talk about prepping me for life with a baby! Although I curse having to get up and go at least I can go straight back to bed. In a week or two I shall be sat up staring at my daughter as she feeds and feeling like an extra from The Walkind Dead.

I’m almost certain my plug is coming away in small parts and I don’t really expect to see anything larger. It’s very similar to what happened with Florence but I’d already seen some streaks of blood by now which indicated that labour was close. None of that this time, not yet anyway. I’ve honestly never been so interested in what I wipe away after each trip to the lav!

I’ve also been experiencing more contractions. Not just Braxton Hicks but proper contractions. I do still get the BH, which are painless and my tummy goes rock hard, but I also get a slow tightening in my back followed by crampy pain in my lower belly which lasts around 30-40 seconds. These, to me, feel like the early stages of labour and as soon as I feel one I wish another to come soon after. But no such luck. Whilst we’re talking about my belly – it’s definitely dropped further since last week when the midwife said I was 3/5th engaged….just look at that flat area above the bump…..that never used to be there!

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I’ve been encouraging labour in every way you can think of; pineapple, raspberry leaf tea, bouncing on my birth ball, an extremely hot curry and yes; we even did the deed which got us in this mess! Seems baby girl is going to be a stubborn mule and keep us waiting until she is absolutely ready. I’m hoping this will make for a smoother and quicker deliver!

If you missed my 38 week update you can catch up here.  I’m hoping the next post I write will be introducing baby girl! Fingers crossed, legs uncrossed!!

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Hello chummies and welcome back to my 34 week pregnancy update!

Since I posted my last update it’s been a bit of a rough week.  I ended up calling the maternity triage unit last week as I had a day of painful cramps, strong braxton hicks, hot flushes, general weakness in my arms and legs and high blood pressure.  The lady at the unit didn’t seem concerned and didn’t want to see me so although it didn’t help me feel any better it did relieve the worry a little and I spent the rest of the afternoon resting.

Yesterday (Tuesday) I visited the midwife for my 34 week appointment and baby had completely flipped 180 degrees – that would explain all the braxton hicks and cramping from the previous few days.  Baby isn’t engaged yet but I have been experiencing more discharge than is normal for me during this pregnancy so I think my body is starting to get geared up for delivery.  The midwife listened to the heartbeat and it was the usual 140bpm and kicking away.  It’s crazy to think that I just have a 36 and 38 week midwife appointment left and then the next time I see her will be my due date appointment! Matt actually said last night, whilst watching One Born, that he’s getting really excited to meet the little bean now.  I replied stating I’ve been excited since 9 weeks pregnant – this really hasn’t been an enjoyable pregnancy for me.

Now the weathers turning I am starting to think about my post partum body, my clothing and my fitness.  We booked a week in Cornwall for the end of Summer a few days ago and I really want to be able to wear a swimming costume on the beach if the weather calls for it or even a pair of denim shorts.  I’ve not been weighing myself but I will be straight on the scales for a wake up call after birth. I might leave it a week or two just so I don’t send myself into a proper depression! I reckon, by the end of the pregnancy, I will have stacked on about 2.5 stone.  It feels like a lot but has really only made a dress size difference to me as most of it is baby, fluid and placenta! Have you ever seen a placenta? They’re huge! Don’t Google it if you have a sensitive disposition!

According to my pregnancy app baby is just about as developed as she’s going to get, all that remains is to stack the weight on.  You and me both eh baby!

We’ve just about bought everything we need for baby now, the last crucial item is the monitor.  I’ve had my eye on a particular one and I wanted to get it with a gift card I was given for John Lewis but annoyingly its out of stock and they can’t tell me when it will be back in stock. Thanks JL!

Since last weeks little wobble my symptoms have been pretty under control, although I do struggle with restless legs and often find myself scoffing a banana before bed to relieve it.  It does actually work.  Even if it is all in my head.

See you next week for another bump update (hopefully).  If you missed week 33, catch it here.

34 week pregnancy update

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