“Your baby is the size of a pear. Taste buds are forming, the kidneys are working and they can move all their joints and limbs. It the next few weeks you will start to feel those tell-tell flutters in your stomach of your baby moving around.”
How far along: Technically 14weeks +5 days
Days until due date: 177 days
My bump: I’ve definitely noticed a change in my belly over the past few weeks. Before then my stomach was completely flat and I had abs. Sob! Everything is beginning to get a little bit softer and rounder and clothes are definitely feeling tighter now. Previously I noticed my belly feeling bigger from my belly button downwards but now I can feel that my belly is starting to fill out from under my bra line down to my belly button as well.
Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 3lbs. Today = 8stone 5lbs (+2lbs) It is so odd feeling so much bigger but still weighing pretty much the same!
Measurements: Pre-pregnancy = 32, 26, 34. Today 32, 27, 35. Things are definitely ‘widening’ to accommodate the little one.
Stretch marks? None to report so far. Have been slathering on the Palmers Skin Therapy Oil which I love.
Cravings: I haven’t really experienced any cravings or food aversions since being pregnant. My appetite has definitely decreased though and I can’t eat massive portions any more. Little snacks are my friend! That said, I did have a hankering for Millie’s Cookies earlier so Rob treated me to a few of my favourites…mmm, raspberry and white chocolate!
Sleep: My sleep has been fine and unaffected so far apart from occasionally being woken up around 5am to make a mad dash to the toilet! Naturally I tend to sleep on my side which is now best for me and the baby since entering the second trimester but sometimes I do end up on my back which after a while makes my lower back ache like crazy.
Symptoms: Nails are so so strong and long and growing like crazy. I now have boobs that actually ‘jiggle’ when I run and I hate it! I always feel thirsty and manage to get through 4-5 litres of water a day. Breathless is a bugger and I feel like I have run a marathon after climbing three flights of stairs!
Best moment this week: Wedding dress shopping with one of my best friends on Saturday and she said “Yes to the dress”!! She looked gorgeous and I am so excited for her wedding day next September.
Worst moment this week: Suffering from excruciating pain around my rib cage. It lasted about a day and I’m really not sure what caused it – maybe it was just down to everything moving around and expanding inside me, but man it hurt!
Miss anything? Tea. Lots of tea. Tea by the bucket-load! I have severely cut down on my caffeine intake which is hard when you work in an office when there is a tea round on offer every half an hour! I have gone from 6-7 cups of tea a day to just a mere two decaf earl greys which I savour and enjoy like you wouldn’t believe!
Maternity clothes: I don’t think I will need actual maternity clothes for a while but I have had to buy some new items in the next size up to accommodate my changing body frame. My tops are fine but trousers and skirts are beginning to feel tight around my hips and waist which become really uncomfortable after an 8 hour day in the office. I feel like I have to constantly breathe in so I have treated myself to some slightly looser fitting bits that should tie me over for a month or so until I properly start to show and don’t just look like I have eaten one too many cookies! Mmm, cookies…
Movement: None yet but it won’t be long! 🙂
Gender: Unknown and we aren’t going to find out either. I think there are so few genuine surprises left in life I couldn’t think of anything better than letting this baby be one of them. I plan for Rob to be the one who reveals to me what we’ve had (if he can see through the tears!) – a little girl or a little boy.
Belly button in/out: In
Wedding Rings on/off: On
Mood: Happy and positive. I am thankful every day that I am feeling well, healthy and still so energetic during this pregnancy. I just wish I could live in sports bras and yoga pants all day!
Looking forward to: Booking a holiday. Rob and I are planning on going to Santorini at the start of September for a week of sun, sea, relaxation and feta cheese as our ‘final’ little holiday together, just the two of us.
I hope you enjoyed my first bump update and all being well I plan to keep them up every 1-2 weeks so we can all marvel at the ever-changing belly! Any questions you want me to answer in my next pregnancy post then please do just leave them below in the comments. x