My Pregnancy Journey: Trimester Three!

The last trimester with Baby no.2! My husband and I don’t plan to have any more children so this will be the last time I experience pregnancy. Trimester One was awful because of my severe morning sickness so I’m glad I never have to feel like that again. Trimester Two felt like it was over way too quickly, which is a shame as it was quite pleasant. Trimester Three has been ok except for the discomfort, aches and pains.

The Bump

So the bump has felt pretty big in Trimester Three. Unfortunately, it hasn’t looked very pretty as I have had silvery stretch marks around my belly button, which like last time has popped out! I’ve also gotten quite veiny and they are dark purple too so very visible. The only positive is that the dark vertical line, Linea Nigra, hasn’t been as prominent during this pregnancy.

1st Pregnancy 2

The shape of my bump is very different for this pregnancy. In my last it seemed more spread out but this time it seems to be more pointy. I think that’s mainly as baby likes to lie at the very front of my belly with his spine on the outer outside.

Similarities and Differences

In my last pregnancy, I seemed to gain a lot more weight all over. My fingers and ankles were a bit more swollen as I couldn’t wear my rings in the second trimester. As you can see in the pictures above too, my face got a bit chubby. This time, there have only been two days so far, where my wedding rings have felt a bit tight and I haven’t really put on weight other than my bump.

In terms of health, I suffered with morning sickness with both pregnancies but last time I was only ill in the morning and at most I was sick three times on one or two days. I could function well enough to go to work every day and towards the end, I only had a few noticeable Braxton Hicks in the last few weeks. With this baby, I have had such bad morning sickness that I needed to take medication and I have had strong Braxton Hicks from about 20 weeks.

I hope your pregnancy journey has been good too. Let me know how you’ve been feeling and any similarities you may have had. For my Trimester One story, please click on the link. Bx

Second Baby: What I Wish I Had Bought

Chicco Graco

During my first pregnancy, I was quite frugal. I tried to save wherever possible and refused to buy a lot of things or bought things as cheaply as possible. After Heath was born, I quickly realised that there were a few things I probably should have invested in as I always knew I wanted two children.

I decided to buy a Moses basket rather than a crib as I thought that I shouldn’t spend a lot of money on something a baby would only be in for a few months. Annabelle was always so tiny so she could sleep in it for a while, however, Heath very quickly filled up the basket. He is still waking up a few times a night to feed, so I wished I had purchased a co-sleeper, such as the Chicco Next 2 Me Bedside Crib. I think there are a couple of benefits to investing in a crib. Firstly, it is slightly larger than a Moses Basket and designed for babies up to 6 months old. Secondly, it is ideal to have baby next to you so he can see without worrying that you will roll over on to him.

I also tried to save by purchasing an inexpensive bouncer but I wished I had invested in a motorised rocker or swing, for example, the Graco Duet Rocker. We spent so many evenings eating dinner with one foot on the bouncer or I would have to use the sling while I did the chores. Having something that kept baby moving just to free up a bit of time to spend with the older sibling or to get things done around the house would have made my life so much easier.

Is there anything you wished you had bought during your first pregnancy? Please let me know in the comments below. Bx