It feels like these last 8 weeks have flown by really quickly in my pregnancy since my last update. We have also been quite busy as a family on lots of adventures. I’ve really enjoyed keeping my pregnancy diary and hope it’s something that I can share and look back on with Baby No 2 in the future. I’ve been really lucky that so far *touches all the wood* in my pregnancy I’ve felt well and haven’t had too many nasty symptoms. I was fortunate with my pregnancy with Mini too and hoping this one continues in this way too.
I had my official NHS scan this week. Although I had already seen baby at two early pregnancy scans it was still a relief to find out that all was well. Mr Mack was away cycling in Majorca and sadly the hospital refused to move the date of the scan so that he could attend. I asked my mom to come with me instead, which I think she enjoyed and was happy to get a sneak preview of her 10th Grandchild.
After the scan I also had a health check up with the maternity support worker and I got given a Bounty folder to keep all of my hospital notes in. They also gave me some multivitamins and tips about keeping healthy during pregnancy.
After the scan and everything was confirmed to be ok, we felt more comfortable telling the rest of our friends and family about the news. I had a work night out planned for a Hen Do for one of my team so it was a good opportunity to tell all my colleagues together. It was also a relief to start wearing my maternity trousers at work as my normal ones were definitely getting tight by this stage.
I was feeling really well this week and had lots more energy. We went on a weekend away with our closest friends to North Yorkshire. We were so lucky to have fantastic sunny weather and to paddle in the sea. Whilst we were there we also managed to see the Tour de Yorkshire. It was a lovely weekend away to relax and enjoy being with family and special friends.
We also made our pregnancy official by announcing on social media. It was something that I was initially reluctant to do given our previous miscarriage. I was still having moments of worry and anxiety that I’d jinx things. However I am glad that we did choose to share our news. The support and congratulations we received from friends was so heart warming to know we had so many lovely people looking out for us.
Week 14 -Lemon
This week I decided to go through all of my maternity clothes that I’d kept from my previous pregnancy. Some things I didn’t feel were me anymore and I treated myself to some new things too. I find maternity wear so frustrating to buy and surely can’t be alone in this. The choice seems to be so limited, unless you want to live in stripes! There are also hardly any shops that stock maternity wear in store. This means you have to mess about ordering things online and sending them back. The sizes are very inconsistent too so you end up ordering a few size options to test out.
We also decided to start doing a weekly picture to capture the progress of my bump. This is something I’d forgotten to do with Mini so was pleased we remembered this time. I’m hoping it will also help me when I am worrying about baby to be able to look back and know that I am growing and progressing. Week 14 is approximately the size of a lemon.
Week 15 – Apple
This was a busy week! I went to my first pregnancy yoga class, where I had previously done classes before falling pregnant. I was the only one in the class that day so had a private lesson. That was great up until the bit we started to focus on squeezing and contracting the sphincter muscles, #awkward! I do hope to keep up the classes and know that it has lots of physical health benefits during pregnancy as well as helping mental health and relaxation techniques.
Mr Mack and I visited The Baby Show at the NEC. There will be 6 years between our children so wanted to see if there were any new products on the market. We did pick up some bits and had a good explore. I got lots of ideas about having a crib that goes at the side of our bed so that you can easily scoop baby in and out for feeds. We are still researching brands but I do like the idea of baby being close to us.
Mr Mack and I also went to Manchester this week to see Ed Sheeran in concert. I’d bought the tickets almost a year ago when we were just starting our fertility medication. I had no idea that by the time the concert would come around we’d be singing along with a baby bump in my tummy. It was good to have a night away and we enjoyed eating out at some new restaurants too.
Week 16 -Avocado
We enjoyed a family trip to Dudmaston using our National Trust membership. As we’d had a few days away from Mini it was lovely to spend some family time together. We were also really lucky with the weather, it was a sunny day and a great excuse to try out the ice cream on offer.
I was hoping that this week I would start to feel some movements and flutters from baby. I remember first feeling tiny movements from Mini at 16 weeks. Nothing yet but was hoping for something soon.
I had an appointment with my midwife this week too. However, I really didn’t find it to be useful and felt it was a bit of a waste of time. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the midwife I saw and she didn’t often me any assurance when I had queries. She wouldn’t listen to baby’s heartbeat as she said it was too early. However I am sure I heard it at this stage with Mini. I have later learnt that the policy have changed in my area not to listen until later. The midwife didn’t explain this at the time and it just left me feeling worried and anxious that something may be wrong.
Week 17 -Turnip
Another sunny week, we went to explore Droitwich Lido which had a full outdoors swimming pool. It was lovely to dip my legs in the water however the temperature was rather bracing to be in there for too long.
I was lucky enough to be invited to an awards ceremony in London with our recruitment team from work. It was a fantastic evening and thrilled to say that we scooped the top prize. I bought a lovely white lace maternity dress in the sale from Chi Chi and hoping I can wear it again for an upcoming wedding later in the year.
Our other exciting news for this week was that we went to have a private gender scan, you can read all about our experience here. Before we went Mini kept changing her mind as to if she wanted a baby brother or sister. My prediction was for a baby girl as I felt that my symptoms this time around were very similar to when I was carrying Mini.
I created a gender reveal video for our friends and family, you can watch below to find out what we are having.
Week 18 – Pepper
This was a busy week for me at work. I hosted a mock employment tribunal event at work that I had organised for 60 HR professionals from across the West Midlands. I was really pleased that the event went well but was exhausted by the end of the day.
This week I also had another appointment with my midwife to get blood test results. Again I didn’t find it useful and just didn’t feel that I am building a rapport with her. She failed to recognise from my blood test results that I needed an Anti-D injection. I am a negative blood type and my body may think the baby is an infection and may attack it. Therefore I need an injection to tell my body not to do that. She also didn’t recognise that I needed a glucose tolerance test. This is because women with polycystic ovarian syndrome are at an increased risk of gestational diabetes. I only knew about these two things as I had needed them both with Mini. After I raised it she agreed she had missed them. Anyone got any advice on changing midwife or politely asking to be seen by someone else?
This week we also went Strawberry picking at Clive’s Fruit Farm in Worcestershire. They were delicious and I had to stop Mini from eating them all instead of putting them in her basket!
Week 19 – Mango
I have been feeling very hungry this week. There haven’t been any cravings in particular, just lots of food in general! The weather has continued to be warm this week and my feet have started to swell, I’ve had to stop wearing high heels to work for a bit.
Still not feeling any movements yet which to be honest is worrying me. Hopefully by the time of my next update there will be lots of wriggles and kicks to tell you about.