“Your baby is the size of a mango and now measures 10 inches from head to heel. They are growing bigger and stronger every day and key senses are still forming eventually enabling them to smell, see, hear, touch and taste. You are officially at the halfway stage now and you will feel those flutters and kicks any day now.”
How far along: 20 weeks exactly today (half way through my pregnancy now!)
Days until due date: 140 days
My bump: Apologies for the bikini bump pictures and dodgy tan lines but I have just returned from a little sunshine break in Santorini but was determined to capture my 20 week update before I left. Bump is still forming nicely and I think baby was loving all the walks, swimming, sunshine and Greek salads last week. I have returned from holiday feeling so healthy and refreshed.
Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 3lbs. Today = 8stone 10lbs (+7lbs).
Stretch marks? Still no stetch marks to be found. Still slathering on the Palmers Skin Therapy Oil which I love and plenty of aftersun every night after our long days outside.
Cravings: Greek salad. After eating so many leafy greens, olives and the sweetest cherry tomatoes ever, I need to recreate some of those delicious salads for my lunches this week.
Sleep: No complaints – sleeping like a baby once I get comfy, curled up on my left side.
Symptoms: Nothing new.
Best moment this week: Our 20 week scan. We attended our anomaly scan today at the hospital and are over the moon that everything is perfect and right on track with our little one. I still find the whole pregnancy process absolutely fascinating and I was just in awe of our baby wiggling about on screen, kicking its legs, sucking its thumb and opening and closing its mouth right on cue! Mind blowing!
Worst moment this week: Coming home from 30 degree heat and sunshine to a cold and rainy England!
Miss anything? Not really.
Maternity clothes: Having managed to get away with my normal Summer clothes over the last few months it is definitely time to invest in some Winter outfits which will include some maternity jeans and leggings.
Movement: I really thought I might have felt something by now but I still haven’t recognised any of those tell-tale flutters or kicks but I am not concerned. Having seen our baby wiggling away today on the sonographer’s screen I have all the reassurance I need.
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. Our sonographer asked us today whether we wanted to find out the sex and knowing she could just tell us there and then was a wavering moment, but we stuck to our decision and turned away from the screen at the appropriate moment…there was no peeking I promise!
Belly button in/out: In
Wedding Rings on/off: On
Mood: Happy. Relaxed. Fit and healthy. Excited for the second half of my pregnancy and all the highs and lows it may bring.
Looking forward to: A short working week and catching up with family and friends at the weekend.