I started to write about my pregnancy experience on Monday 20th March and I am 25 weeks pregnant today. I am a little late in keeping a pregnancy diary as in a few weeks I’ll be hitting the 3rd trimester stage. However, consider it fashionably late and it’s better late than never as they say!
For anyone who read my first ever blog post about motherhood and how I found out, you’ll know this didn’t start out as a planned journey, so It feels I’m only just catching my breath and now being to able to embrace it all.
He is the size of a cauliflower this week and his senses are becoming more sophiscated. He’s growing more fat and hair this week. Its an exciting week to bond with him as we both respond to each other.
My first Midwife appointment was this week and for some reason I felt a little nervous. I didn’t really know what they do or ask. It was actually pretty straight forward though. Blood pressure, questions, and hearing the baby’s heartbeat was pretty much it.
However, turns out my blood group is o- which means I am RhD negative and need to have the anti D injection. So basically, your baby develops its own blood supply during their development completely separate to yours. Mine and his shouldn’t mix, however, in some circumstances they could mix. Bleeding in the placenta being the common cause. If my blood receives RhD positive blood cells from the baby, I may produce Anti D antibodies. These will then cross the placenta into the baby’s blood supply and try and destroy any of the RhD positive blood cells. This can result in haemolytic disease of the baby, which can cause bleeding inside the baby. NOT what you want. The disease is pretty uncommon nowadays though because of the injection you are given and since the injection was introduced in 1977 it has reduced by 90%.
This week has been a little bit of struggle but I hate to complain because I have a feeling it’s only going to get…. I don’t want to say worse, because that sounds like its an awful experience, however, there are certain downs with being pregnant, which in my eyes could never outweigh the ups. Needless to say, the swollen and growing feet have been a little bitch this week.
The other thing that is not so much a physical struggle but one that has been getting to me, is dressing for the bump. One day you may find yourself just grow. It feels it comes from nowhere and literally in the space of a few hours your belly grows. I’ve been trying to get away with my existing clothes or bought the odd bit in a bigger size, but unfortunately, at 25weeks this just won’t do anymore. My followers will know, I like my fashion and styling is important to me because it’s one of the things that makes me feel confident. Not having that anymore knocks you slightly.
Yes, I’ve actually had tantrums when dressing because of either, it won’t fasten, the shape that was once perfect on me is now the worst, I can’t get the top past my boobs or the trousers/skirt past my hips, or on Friday morning my inny became an outty. Therefore, prodemiently quite visible through some tops which being able to see your belly button is actually quite an attractive site!
I hit the websites and invested in a few pieces, I’m still on the hunt for the shoes but Comfort and fashion levels restored. I’ll be posting more about this separately.
One thing that did help me was antenatal yoga. I started two weeks ago and it’s just bliss. Highly recommend it. It’s nice to be around other mums, but more importantly giving yourself that time to bond with the bump while being semi active is great! I’ve missed dancing so much and each day I feel I’m losing agility which is difficult. You miss just been able to stand up or get up from lying down so easily. Rather than rolling onto your side and pushing yourself up or asking your boyfriend to heave you up!
Achy legs, Pelvic and lower back ache have been a big player this week also.
Reading this back it sounds like it’s been a pretty negative week but I think it’s important that I share my real pregnancy story. Especially for any new mums reading this. Also, most things I’ve encountered this week can be relieved or resolved pretty easily.
One thing that makes me smile and fills my heart with so much love is that Michael has really started to bond with the baby bump this week. I think one night while I fell asleep he laid there feeling his kicks just the two of them.
With baby longhi being more responsive this week it’s important that we talk to him and we take the time to respond to his kicks and punches so he knows we are here.
•I’m reading Clemmie Hooper book ‘how to have a baby and push it out’ it’s funny, informative and I like how relevant it is right now. Clemmie has a big presence in the baby and mama world right now, so if your reading this many years down the line it may not be so relevant so if that’s the case invest a book that’s current and by a writer you inspire too.
•If you’ve not started any kind of exercise yet, I would seriously get out there. It’s great for your inner peace and state of mind, keeping active and also meeting new mums.
•Invest in a good maternity wardrobe. Make dressing easier with some staples and key fashion pieces. More on this in another blog!
•Feet rubbing and massages. I wake up and feel I have legs made of steel. So by the end of the day it can feel I’m trying to walk through cement, so give yourself a treat or even better get someone else to ease those aches with some lovely mum to be lotion xx