“Your baby now weighs around 2 lbs and is 36 cms long. Their eyes will start to open this week and they will begin practising making breathing movements. Your baby will start to respond more to noises and can hear you and your partner chatting away.”
How far along: 26 weeks exactly
Days until due date: 98 days
My bump: I think you will agree there is a definite bump there now. I would say between week 23-26 I have really ‘popped’ out and my bump feels really hard and firm now. To me it still feels quite neat and compact and I haven’t reached that stage yet where it is hindering me day to day – I can still put my shoes on unassisted thank goodness!!
Weight changes: Pre-pregnancy = 8stone 4lbs. Today = 9stone 1lbs (+11lbs). I think around this point of pregnancy the average weight gain is around 16-20 lbs so I am a little bit under but I think that is due to the fact I am still incredibly active and can’t eat massive meals any longer. (Gone are the days I could finish an entire Pizza Express pizza on my own!) And those 11lbs are definitely all bump and baby – in fact I have never felt more toned in the rest of my body than I do now so that bodes well for my post-partum recovery.
Stretch marks? No – still religiously using Palmers body oil, Bio Oil and plenty of body butters. I have some great mum-to-be products I am testing out at the moment which I am excited to share with you in another post.
Cravings: Nothing really but I am really enjoying Starbucks Chai Tea Latte with soya milk at the moment. I think it is the fact the nights are getting darker and everything is feeling wonderfully Autumnal now. There is something very comforting about hot, frothy, spiced milk and I do end up treating myself a few times a week.
Sleep: No major issues with sleep yet – still find myself sleeping on my back a lot which then causing a slight lower back ache in the morning but by the time I’ve walked to work, it has eased off. I am no longer waking up at ridiculous times now for a quick toilet dash either so that’s really nice.
Symptoms: Recently I have felt really breathless when I’m talking which is completely normal during pregnancy but feels a bit odd when I have to pause and take a breath in the middle of a conversation.
Best moment this week: The lovely ladies at Clarins treated me (and bump) to an incredible Mother-to-be spa treatment which was pure heaven. Even though I haven’t really suffered from many aches or pains yet it was still so lovely to be pampered from head to toe including a wonderful facial and scalp massage. If you are a mum-to-be or wanted to treat someone you know then I cannot recommend this enough – I could have stayed cocooned in those fluffy white towels all afternoon!
Worst moment this week: Nothing I can think of.
Miss anything? Not really.
Maternity clothes: I haven’t bought anything new recently – still living in my maternity leggings and jeans from H&M and lots of chunky knits and cardigans as the weather gets chillier.
Movement: Those flutters and ripples are slowly increasing and I am starting to understand my baby’s sleeping/movement pattern a bit better now. During the day I honestly think he/she snoozing all the time but when I lie down in bed this is when I start to feel things and boom, suddently they are wide awake!
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 flat (definitely on its way out!)
Wedding Rings on/off: On and loose (no swelliing yet!)
Mood: Happy. Energetic. Feeling a little apprenhensive and nervous as I prepare to enter the third trimester. After such a breezy and enjoyable first 6/7 months of pregnancy, I am worried that I am going to get my comeuppance and really struggle in the final trimester. I also know I will only be getting bigger and will probably have to ease of my boot camp classes and road running which will probably be quite hard for me.
Looking forward to: Seeing the new James Bond movie at the weekend. Yes, if you didn’t know already, I am the biggest James Bond geek!