“Your baby is the size of an aubergine and now nearly weighs a whole pound. Eyelashes and eyebrows are forming and the baby can now hear your voice, heartbeat, your circulating blood and even a gurgling hungry stomach!”
How far along: 22 weeks exactly
Days until due date: 126 days
My bump: My bump is still growing and I feel it is starting to really protrude now and form that nice round, pregnant-belly shape. I feel I have reached the stage where people look at me and realise I am pregnant rather than just a bit bloated! I hope anyway…
Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 3lbs. Today = 8stone 12lbs (+9lbs).
Stretch marks? No, thank goodness.
Cravings: Nothing really – still can’t manage to eat big meals so am enjoying lots of little snacks. Yoghurt with figs, walnuts and drizzled honey is a personal favourite at the moment.
Sleep: Still sleeping really well with my DreamGenii pillow and am waking up less during the nights.
Symptoms: Nothing new but I can sense my belly button is on its way out. It has gone very flat and weird-looking…it freaks me out a little if I’m honest! The sooner it pops the better. Oh and I am also having really vivid, sometimes quite distressing, dreams at the moment which is apparently closely linked with pregnancy.
Best moment this week: Catching up with my friend who is 32 weeks pregnant and spending the whole afternoon talking about babies and birthing plans! It is lovely when you have someone who is going through exactly the same journey you are and you can share all your excitements and concerns with them without fear of boring them with baby talk.
Worst moment this week: Getting bumped in my car by a distracted driver whilst I was driving at the weekend. Baby and I are fine but it really shook me up and upset me for the rest of the day.
Miss anything? Not really.
Maternity clothes: Yes I have well and truly embraced the maternity clothes now and have put a lot of my old ‘pre-baby’ items into storage to make room for those gorgeous stretchy leggings and jeans. I only really needed to get some trousers as all my tops are still fine to wear so I headed to H&M and lucked out on some super comfy (and quite flattering) black leggings and dark demin jeans.
Movement: Every now and again I might feel a little flutter or an odd pop of air in my stomach but they are still few and far between. It will be nice when the movements are more obvious and more consistent so I can get really excited but I am just being patient for the time being.
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 (but weird)
Wedding Rings on/off: On
Mood: Happy and relaxed and enjoying this stage in my pregnancy where I am starting to show but still very able to do all my excercising without a cumbersome bump in the way.
Looking forward to: Being a bridesmaid on Thursday at my lovely friend’s wedding. It will be such a gorgeous day and I cannot wait to see her get married. 🙂