I just hit 28 weeks which is why it is the perfect time to share with you the second trimester. It was looooooooonnng. I feel like I have been pregnant forever!
(sorry I have a pic but it won’t upload… grrr). If you want to see what 18 weeks looks like (3rd time round, so you prob won’t be as big if it is your first ) the link is here.
I got big in my second trimester pretty quickly, third baby and all that. I had been hiding it on the school run to begin with (just because I couldn’t be bothered with answering a million of the same questions) but after a while there was no hiding it and I kept noticing people staring at my tum and doing a double take.
The sickness left the building, thank goodness but the second trimester brought with it a whole load of stuff I was not expecting…
I went through a period of sleep insomnia which I had not remembered happening so early (from about 15 weeks for me). You can read that post here. I am very happy to say that sleeping has been pretty good since then. I get up to go to the toilet but I go straight back to sleep. I am very tired though (not quite having to nap in the day but def 8.30pm bedtimes, unless it’s a special occasion (like the weekend where I sometimes stay up till 9.30pm fuelled by a Netflix binge!) Just watched Ozarks and it is brilliant!! I even stayed up till 10 watching that! 😉
Heartburn came with a vengeance and unfortunately has hung around. You lovely lot gave me lots of advice on Insta and Facebook and what I have found works best for me is …. not eating 3 hours before bed, not drinking a few hours before bed (also helps with the toilet trips), not eating big meals (going more for smaller meals and more often), Ranitidine (which can be bought over the counter and I have twice a day if need be). I really don’t like the taste of Gaviscon and am not mad on the chalky tablets they do or Rennies and the Ranitidine are stronger. If I do have it badly at bedtime I prop myself up on 3 or 4 pillows until it subsides and I can fall asleep. I have found avoiding more than one slice of bread and fizzy drinks helps too.
I have got the Positive Birth Company app and am listening to the relaxation techniques on there before bed. This can be used in birth as well and is a bargain at £2.99.
I got pelvic girdle syndrome. Basically achey pelvis and lower back ache. I had not had this with either of my other pregnancies. I first noticed it walking up the hill to school in the mornings, I would get a dull ache. This started to get worse and one weekend after a long walk I was in lots of pain. I then spoke to my midwife and got your advice on Insta as well. I bought myself a bump band / girdle thing for a tenner on Amazon and it seems to have made a big difference. I do have to be careful with my physical activity not to overdo it but it has def helped and on the day I forgot to wear it I definitely noticed a difference. On the downside it is a bit warm (I wouldn’t fancy wearing it in the height of summer that is for sure!) and I do love removing it at the end of the day! Apparently my midwife could have referred me for group physio but she said the same exercises were available online so I have watched on YouTube and done a few times. I was also recommended pregnancy yoga, but with to-ing and fro-ing the kids I just couldn’t fit it in. I also bought a birth /gym ball (which is still in the box!!) and I like to sit on cushions when I can.
I welcomed coffee back into my life with open arms! Relax… its mainly decaff, tho I do have a small cup of instant every day because I need it, it is allowed and it makes a huge difference to starting my day! I also starting eating some of the stuff I hadn’t wanted in the first trimester and stopped craving junk food. I was much healthier in my eating in the second trimester but I carried on craving chocolate though! Everything in moderation!
Toilet trips are off the scale. We must have doubled our loo roll consumption in this household in the last month! I had forgotten just how many times it is possible to go to the loo within an hour. A weekend trip to London meant I explored all of the toilets the capital has to offer!
I have been wearing lots of comfy stuff (mostly my Beyond Nine jumpsuit and my Isabella Oliver Activewear ) I have been very kindly gifted some bits from Isabella Oliver, who are offering you all a 20% discount on their range, with code MD20 (valid on full price items only from 20th March to 20th May). Pictured below is the black dress which I have and is amazing at giving you a fantastic silhouette (it is so flattering, especially considering my additional pregnancy love handles!)
So I had my 20 week scan and I didn’t find out, even though I really wanted to. My boyfriend really wants a surprise so I have made the ultimate sacrifice. The good news from the scan was that the baby was healthy. From this week I will be having more regular scans, every 4 weeks as I am an older mum. I have transferred my midwife care over to the homebirth midwife team, which means all my appointments will be at home (the joy!). I wrote a message on Instagram and Facebook about home births and was overwhelmed by your responses and your positive stories. Especially as my family and boyfriend had some initial doubts. You (and the HB team) have definitely all put me at ease and if everything is ok until the end I am going to try for a home birth. I shared lots of stats including the Birth Place report with my family) I will be sharing some home birth stories in our Birth Stories series, so watch out for those if you are interested.