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Bump Watch: Tiny Tuppen #2 Week 22

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Another week has flown by, I feel I am beginning to feel like a broken record, somehow I have got to week 22 already. For those that have been following my bump watch, No I haven’t made any further progress getting organised, hey I have about 18 weeks! That’s looking back to say July, that’s aaaaaaages right? Oh Crumbs maybe not! Actually, I bought a packet of newborn nappies this week, there, progress, I’m getting there slowly! Anyway, there are far more pressing things to think about, Halloween is now over which can only mean one thing, Christmas planning!

Week 22

I think my hormones have been really messing me this week, I have been a little bit of an emotional wreck.  Getting upset over a few things like my cats health. To be honest, I will probably be upset whether pregnant or not, but I have gone from happy to crying in seconds, which must be my hormones. However, crying over accidently crushing a snail is definitely the pregnancy hormones (I’m a softie)!

I feel that the hormones are also playing havoc with my anxiety. I have felt quite good the last few weeks and have pushed myself to get out and do a few things with Fin, which I just avoided in the Summer. However, I have found myself worrying more and more about the birth and what could go wrong. My anxieties, as do most peoples tend to go from something benign like eating an apple, to how that apple then ends up killing you. Ok that sounds dramatic, but anxiety is a horrible horrible thing.

So this week me thinking about the upcoming birth and a nice pleasant VBAC has on a few occasions left me sobbing thinking I will need to have a C-section and then bleed to death. It’s irrational and I try hard to remind myself that. I’m quite lucky that I can pull myself out of it quite quickly, but it’s just silly and annoying.

Also, I had my Eye check up this week and I suddenly felt quite anxious, I find myself looking for the door for an exit, not that I would ever just run out. That would be too embarrassing! However, as I sat there I suddenly thought to myself Do I smell of Poo? I have no idea why this thought entered my head, I don’t think I have ever smelt of poo. Not even when I had a pooey newborn. Also having showered an hour before, it was doubtful I would smell of anything. There was no poo I recall on my walk from the car, Why little head would you plant that seed? Well, it had been planted and I spent the next 45 minutes hoping I didn’t smell of poo, embarrassed and uncomfortable!! I definitely blame the hormones, My eyesight has also got worse! Boooo!

I have begun to feel lots of kicking this week which is really nice and reassuring. Mostly down the right side of my tummy which makes sense as that is where the baby was sitting during the scan. I have tried a few exercises to encourage baby to move from the breech position. This involves me elevating my pelvis higher than tummy for 30 seconds at a time. I found the easiest way for me to do this is to lie on the floor and lean my legs and hips up the wall. I did try the one leaning off the sofa/bed but that made the blood rush to my head and I don’t like that.

Hopefully, this will be enough encouragement to boot its bum out my pelvis! Its early days those so I’m not too concerned right now. If in a few weeks it’s still breech I may have to spend the next weeks walking on my hands!

There doesn’t seem to be any pattern at the moment to the movement, I guess the placenta is cushioning a lot of the movement still. There’s been the odd moment when I have had a good wallop, especially in my bladder, so baby is definitely getting stronger. I look forward to getting to know a more regular pattern in the coming weeks so I can keep a better watch on the babies health.

I have quite a few restless nights this week. Not that I can’t sleep, I feel I could sleep for the world right now. It’s more relating to getting comfy. I wouldn’t say the bump is huge right now, but I feel it has really got in the way sleeping. I leant on it too hard the other night and woke myself up. It must have pulled on a round ligament. So as a result of disturbed sleep, this week I have been really sleepy too!

You can read about Week 21 here in my previous instalment, but otherwise join me next week for week 23!

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Bump Watch – Tiny Tuppen #2 Week 21

Bump Watch week 21

Blink and you miss it so they say, well here’s to week 21 and it certainly feels like I almost missed it! I can’t believe there’s only 19 weeks to go. I realised I am actually heading into my 6 month of pregnancy….what?!? I’m beginning to panic, I basically have everything somewhere from Finlay, but I am not feeling prepared! I still don’t feel like I have my head around this pregnancy. Perhaps that is completely normal for the second one?  I shall just keep telling myself that, that will make me feel better, maybe I will write a to do list…..maybe…if I get round to it!

Week 21

This week I say a fond au revoir to my belly button. It was nice knowing you. I admire how you faithfully returned last time a little worse for wear. If you return again, you may have to give me the heads up as I don’t think I will recognise you. You will be missed and I will reminisce those days when we would go out partying, showing off to the world. Thank you for being such a stunning belly button. p.s sorry, I keep hitting you on things, I am not used to you being the furthest point of my tummy!

This week I think my hormones are reeking havoc with me. I feel my moods are swinging constantly. Especially relating to my positivity. I had a little blip last week and really started to panic about having a successful VBAC. I think a combination of hormones and finding out the baby was sitting breech at the 20 week scan put me into panic mode. However, some lovely reassuring comments on a few of my post have put my mind at ease. I’m going to take a list of things I want to discuss about it at my 24 week midwife appointment. Hopefully, I can get some answers to everything that’s a bit unknown still.

I think the hormones are also messing a little with my Blood Pressure. I had a few funny feelings this week. Nothing bad, but just weird. I remember getting light headed on occasions with Finlay the first time around and it was just down to random drops in BP. I have also been experiencing some funny feelings in my tummy, tightening combined with what I can only describe as going over a hump back bridge in a car, just less intense. I’m guessing this is probably the baby pushing on something of flipping about. If it carries on then I might mention it to be on safe side.

The baby has been moving about quite a bit this week. Although I wouldn’t say I feel regular movements yet due to the anterior placenta, It definitely has a good jiggle a few times a day. In fact, the other day in bed when it was happening I lifted my top. I was just in time to see the teeniest movement on my tummy!

This week I have really begun to notice Chloasma, on my face. This developed with Finlay also, luckily only really by my left eye. It does look just like my freckles, but they tend to fade in the winter where as this gets more pronounced. I have begun to use my bio oil on it, hopefully, it won’t get too bad. The good news is if it does it will disappear at some point after the birth anyway.

I have been looking into Doulas quite a bit recently. Most probably due to  all my overthinking, I was looking for ways to find reassurance. I would really love to hire a doula for the birth. Just to have somewhere there to support me and help make my wishes heard. I just think it’s going to be impossible financially, though. We only just make ends meet each month, so unless I come into some pennies, I don’t think it will happen. It makes me quite sad as I have heard such wonderful things about doulas, from friends and reading blogs. I really think it would be so good for me, I’m still holding out some hope!

So Finally, back to the raging hormones – I have been having weird dreams about Vampire Weekend (The Band)!

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Bump Watch – Tiny Tuppen #2 Weeks 1 -17

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Welcome to my first ever Bump Watch post. It seems so long ago now when I first found out I was pregnant with Tiny Tuppen #2. In fact, I think initially, I was in a bit of denial. It wasn’t that this baby wasn’t planned or wanted, but I was smack bang in the middle of a work dispute. Chris and I had been discussing expanding our family earlier in the year, but when I was issued with my ‘At Risk of Redundancy’ notice. The sensible option was to wait and see if I still had a job.

I learnt my job was safe and babies once again became a topic of conversation. However, as the universe likes to test us, I was then told my working pattern no longer fitted the  organisation. My hours were cut, and my working pattern completely changed. It left me in a very difficult situation financially. My dispute began in June and I also fell pregnant in June!!!

So with all the stress and my mind being on other things, I wasn’t keeping track of my cycle. It wasn’t until I was about 2 weeks late that I mentioned it to Chris, but I convinced myself it was due to stress. About a week later, we finally got a test and a BFP! Chris was over the moon, all I could think about was work. I was between contracts, signed off with stress, on garden leave and I had been served my redundancy notice unless I could agree to the change of terms. So to protect myself, I had to keep it very quiet and hence my first bump watch at 17 weeks!

The First few weeks

The first few weeks were a bit of a blur with everything going on. However, once the sickness set in about 7 weeks, I was nauseous from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to sleep. Thankfully I was never sick, but I struggled to eat and drink and I lost about 4lbs in weight. In addition to the nausea, I was sooooo tired. I had never experience anything like it. I would wake up from long undisturbed nights sleep, completely dazed and shattered. I felt constantly hung over minus the headache!

Getting through the day was hard especially with a very active 3.5 year old. I thought this period would never end and I longed for the 12 – 14 week respite all the books say. Well lucky me, it carried right on and I can honestly say its only really last week that I have slightly more energy. Although I’m not nauseous now, my appetite isn’t great, but its slowly getting better. What we do for our babies, the joys!!

Booking in and the Dating Scan

I had my booking in appointment at 10 Weeks and my EDD was 09th March 2017. To be honest it was pretty much as I remembered it with Finlay although I don’t remember it taking quite so long at an hour and a half! Lots of questions about family history and in addition previous birth this time. As I disclosed my Anxiety issues and there was a tonne of paperwork to complete and people to copy in because of it. At the appointment I had my bloods taken, dating scan and my consultant appointment booked (due to previous C-Section).

At 13 weeks exactly we had our dating scan. I was worried that Tiny Tuppen wasn’t OK, however I had no need to worry. Tiny Tuppen was present, with a good heartbeat, with everything that it should have, nothing that it shouldn’t. Tiny Tuppen also was very active (I think another boy!). Tiny Tuppen measured as 13+4, resulting in EDD as 05th March. However, I ended up missing the Combined Screening test through lack of communication.

Consultant Appointment

At 15 weeks I had my consultant appointment. This is when it came to light I had missed the combine screening test. Chris and I were not told to go the get bloods taken on the scan day. We remember the conversation about the Screening and when we would find out the results. It seems odd we would both miss the part about going to get blood tests. The Hospital were sure we were told. Anyway, the consultant advised we could have a Quad screen test combined with the NT measurement taken at the dating scan.

The appointment with my consultant was pretty straight forward. I really want to try for a VBAC with this baby and the consultant had no objections as long as Tiny Tuppen is not Breech. To help reassure us the consultant has booked us in for a scan at 37 weeks to double check the presentation (Fingers crossed with this one). If it’s all good, we can go for a VBAC.

A few days after this appointment, we got the good news that Tiny Tuppen had screened negative for Downs and Edwards. The results were 1 – 2300 and 1 in 50000 retrospectively, which I think are pretty good odds.

16 Weeks Appointment

The Midwife called me 40 minutes before my appointment, which really annoyed me. As I was the only one booked into the Clinic she had made the decision to cancel my appointment. The midwife asked me to go somewhere else that afternoon for the appointment, but I couldn’t as I had plans. I felt like it wasn’t my fault and why leave it until 8.20am when my appointment was at 9am. I guess she had her reasons.

I had my appointment a week later with a different midwife. Surprisingly I found out that midwifes no longer check the babies heart beat at 16 weeks. I was really looking forward to this, especially for reassurance, but that’s the new government guideline’s. Apart from asking a few questions and filling in a few notes, BP and urine checks, that was pretty much it. My next appointment will be at 24 weeks (apart from the 20 week scan).

Worries so far with this pregnancy

  • unexplained bleeding (had my first bleed with Finlay at 16 weeks and regularly after)
  • Hoping stress hasn’t affected baby.
  • Is VBAC right choice?
  • How will work take the news?
  • Is baby OK?
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Breech presentation

Symptoms Vs Last pregnancy

  • No current bleeds – Touch Wood!
  • Loads of nausea – (None last pregnancy).
  • Tiredness – Much more severe this time.
  • No appetite.
  • No Nasty candida – again touch wood (constant from start to Finish with last pregnancy)
  • No movement felt yet – Pretty sure it was 16 weeks with Finlay
  • No Cravings – same last pregnancy

Well, that was a crash course through my first 17 weeks of pregnancy. I tried to keep it brief, I could have gone into so much more detail, waffling about this and that.

Find out next week how things are going and how work take my news!

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