Pregnancy Update: 22 weeks

Sorry this post is so late. I was away at the weekend in Swindon with Annabelle and Andy was in Oxford. We’ve had sniffles and over-tiredness as a result this week.

22 Weeks

As you can probably tell from the photos, I’ve been a bit tired this week.

22 Weeks Side

I will take nicer pics for my 23 week pregnancy updates.

22 Weeks Bump

I am: at the end of week 22 (when I wrote this but now 23 1/2 weeks)
I weighed: 132lbs/60kg
I’ve gained: 2lbs from last week so I am now my pre-pregnancy weight! I regained the 13lb/6kg I lost when I suffered with Hyperemesis gravidarum, which is really bad morning sickness, in my first trimester.
I’m wearing: Maternity trousers from Mothercare. I bought them in my last pregnancy and found them really comfy last time but quite uncomfortable with this bump. It’s only the sides that are elasticated. The top is from Hollister so it is not maternity and getting a bit short.
How I’m feeling: I’m feeling good this week. I’ve got the second trimester glow where there is no morning sickness from the first trimester and not as much discomfort as is experienced in the third. The only thing I have to gripe about, and it’s really trivial, is sleep. It is so hard to get comfortable and I fall so deeply that I hate being woken up as it takes ages to either fall back to sleep (if I can) or to wake up fully. But as I say, it is trivial and quickly forgotten.
Highlight: Annabelle swam an entire length on her own with a swimming noodle! We have been swimming together not only to keep fit and active throughout my pregnancy but also for Annabelle to gain confidence in the water. I was actually beginning to dread our swimming lessons as she seemed to have developed a fear of the advanced activities. She would cling to my neck and whimper but seeing how far she has come has made it all worth it. After the lesson, she seemed really proud of herself too and has hopefully regained her confidence.
The baby is: About 11 inches and getting really strong. I can feel a lot of movement especially after eating fruit or something sweet. I don’t feel it moving so much at night so I’m hoping it will be a good sleeper but it could just be that I’m to deep in sleep to be aware of any strong kicks or wiggles!
Food cravings: More porridge, again! Lots of fruit too, Braeburn apples, watermelon and raspberries. Did you see how large the piece of watermelon was that my mum bought for us? If not, click here. Andy and I have eaten 90 per cent of it. The worst craving this week has been ready made Spaghetti Bolognese. I’m not quite sure why it has to be pre-packed and not fresh, maybe it is the salt content…eek! I’ve limited myself to two this week to prevent kidney failure.
Symptoms: A pretty good week! Long may it continue. Just minor discomfort in the form of stretched feelings at the base of my bump which I have been moisturising to prevent stretch marks.
My body: Thankfully I had no stretch marks in my last pregnancy and so far in this pregnancy. I feel a lot bigger but I haven’t put on a huge amount of weight just gradually gained a few pounds each fortnight. I guess I’m lucky that I haven’t craved excessive amounts of fried food, carbohydrates or meat.
Any mood swings? A pretty happy mood week.
I’m looking forward to: Birthday parties and seeing my mum’s best friend from Thailand. She is like a second mum to me.

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Pregnancy Update: 21 weeks

21 weeks! The second trimester is going well.

21 Weeks

My belly button has popped out!

21 Weeks Side

…and it’s my Wedding Anniversary today!

21 Weeks Front

I am: at the end of week 21
I weigh: 130lbs/59kg
I’ve gained: No change from last week so still 2lbs (1kg) less than my pre-pregnancy weight (I lost 13lb/6kg when I suffered with Hyperemesis gravidarum, which is really bad morning sickness, in my first trimester).
I’m wearing: I’m wearing maternity jeans. They are the Leigh jeans from Topshop in Pansy Vintage. I love the comfy waistband and the fabric is super soft. My shirt is from Oasis and I bought it last Autumn/Winter. It isn’t maternity but it is still a good length.
How I’m feeling: I’m feeling really big this week. Andy thinks I’ve bloomed and says he can’t believe that I’m still going to get bigger. From now on the weight should increase quite progressively as baby will be growing and getting fat. I just love a lil chubby baby with their plump cheeks (can you tell I’m excited?)
Highlight: I’ve bought a few things to prepare for baby’s arrival. I’ll do a post on this soon. It includes a new baby monitor as our last one doesn’t hold it’s charge anymore or beeps randomly and a few essential bits and pieces. Some of it just cutesy really like a soft toy that Annabelle chose.
The baby is: Growing eyelashes and eyebrows. Although saying that, you could barely see Annabelle’s when she was born. They were so fair that it didn’t look like she had any! Andy has finally managed to get baby to respond. It normally has a good old wriggle for most of the day but goes still whenever Andy talks to it but it started kicking away and having a ball.
Food cravings: I still really love porridge. In my last pregnancy update I mentioned that I have been enjoying the banana and strawberry flavour Quaker Heaps of Fruit. I actually prefer it to the apple and blackberry. This is really unusual for me as I don’t like banana flavoured foods or drinks. I’m also craving coffee and hotdogs with American mustard.
Symptoms: I’m not as tired this week and my gums have stopped bleeding when I brush my teeth. Yaay! Feeling big and uncomfortable (not so yaay!). My friend is very kindly lending me a pregnancy pillow to help me sleep. It is a Dreamgenii which can also be used for feeding.
My body: Because my bump has grown quite a bit my belly button has popped out, like last time. I’ve also had ladies in shops noticing my stomach and commenting on their bump envy. It is quite funny that pregnancy and babies seem to be an open invitation for strangers to talk to you on the street and in shops. I remember going to Westfield in London with Annabelle last summer and not being able to go into a shop without someone talking about how lovely Annabelle was (she was so smiley then but is a bit more shy and cautious now). Not that I don’t enjoy talking about my daughter of course.
Any mood swings? A pretty uneventful mood week.
I’m looking forward to: My wedding anniversary and going to lunch with a lot of my cousins.

Have you seen my Gender Reveal video and did you guess correctly? Let me know in the comments below and click here to read my earlier pregnancy posts.  Bx