“Your baby is the size of a navel orange. Its taste buds can now make out different flavours and its little heart is busy pumping 25 quarts of blood a day. Your baby is big enough to fit into the palm of your hand and its brain is communicating constantly with the nervous system and muscles.”
How far along: 17 weeks exactly today.
Days until due date: 161 days
My bump: Looking at my bump from week 15 to week 17 I can see a slight difference in the size of my bump and the way the roundness is now sitting higher up. To me I feel huge but I still don’t think anyone who didn’t know my news would immediately know I was pregnant??
Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 3lbs. Today = 8stone 8lbs (+5lbs)
Measurements: Pre-pregnancy = 32, 26, 34. Today 33, 27, 35.
Stretch marks? None to report so far. Still slathering on the Palmers Skin Therapy Oil which I love.
Cravings: No crazy cravings really – I am such a boring pregnant person! My diet really hasn’t changed at all since being pregnant but I did have a hankering for a spicy Indian the other day with a side of peshwari naan bread so Rob and I went to a lovely local restaurant to celebrate his birthday and my jalfrezi went down a treat!
Sleep: Sleeping like a baby especially since my Dreamgenii pillow arrived. I would really recommend this for any pregnant ladies and it doubles up as a lovely feeding support pillow once baby has arrived.
Symptoms: No new symptoms to report this week apart from my skin has taken a bit of a turn for the worse and I am suffering from a few breakouts along my jawline and on my chest area which is really frustrating. Hopefully it will subside soon.
Best moment this week: Definitely hearing our baby’s thundering heartbeat at my 16 week midwife appointment. I had no idea that they would offer me the chance to hear the heart beating so strongly so it was a real treat and such a reassuring sound! The midwife even let me record it so I could send a clip to Rob. I think he may have welled up a little at work…
Worst moment this week: Rubbish skin is getting me down a bit but other than that – things are still just ticking over nicely.
Miss anything? Nothing this week.
Maternity clothes: No maternity clothes purchases as of yet. I am trying to see out the last of Summer with the few remaining loose tees and trousers I have and then I can embrace the Autumn/Winter season with some fetching high-waisted jeans and oversized jumpers!
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: Boundless energy. I am so fortunate that I feel so energetic and have managed to maintain my exercise regime pretty much every day since falling pregnant. At times I feel invincible! I thought being heavier and having a little bump in the way would really hamper my running and movement at boot camp and in my workout classes but I have never felt fitter!
Looking forward to: Those flutters and kicks from my baby. Any time from around 15-20 weeks women can start feeling their baby moving, stretching and wiggling inside them so I am literally on kick-watch every day now. It must be such an incredible and comforting (if a little weird) feeling to experience and I cannot wait!
I am hoping to expand more on my exercise routine since finding out I’m pregnant, how I am staying fit and what has changed so far over these past four months. Any questions you want me to answer in my next pregnancy post then please do just leave them below in the comments. x