Labour. Birth. Pain relief.

Before.

When I got pregnant, and soon after I found out, I did not even try to think or imagine how would labour be like. I knew I will get pregnant one day but I’ve never pictured myself going through labour. This thought only hit me when I was probably 15 weeks pregnant and I started to panick a bit. I did not know anything about it and did not pay attention to any stories that I ‘accidentally’ heard before. I am 36+5 weeks today and I must admit that I’ve been going through stages of pre-labour that mentally consumed me to a point when I was dreaming at night that I was giving birth (luckily it wasn’t a nightmare).

First of all, I strongly believe that every woman should do a bit of research, inform and educate herself before going into labour. As scary as this event seems to be you are mainly responsible for trying to turn this experience into a less traumatic one. Of course, no one can guarantee that any amount of information that comes your way or reading and hearing stories will ever get you ready for it.ย  It is certain that every woman feels and experience different things while in labour, and most of them are related to the pain you are supposed to go through.

In order to begin my ‘labour research’ I started watching Youtube tutorials (not the scary ones!!). Video lasted about 15 minutes and my heart was beating exceedingly fast so my first thought is that I will definitely not be able to go through such thing, even though the video presented an easy birth where the girl had an epidural. There are so many videos on Youtube and I consider some of them out of order. Who would need or ask to see a live birth in details? I don’t even want to see mine! I better watch a horror movie. I stayed away from the ‘bloody images’. I continued watching other good videos that represent only GOOD, positive birth stories and I watched tutorials of women who had a completely natural birth, without anesthetic, and want to send a message to everyone that this is not impossible. I have saved some of them on my Youtube so if anyone wants to have a look just let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

My research also consisted in reading about labour and delivery, pain relief, alternative births, relaxation techniques, and I have attended a workshop with a midwife where I got all my information regarding the hospital policy, obviously the one I’m booked to give birth at. Here are some of my favourite pain relief methods:

Hypnobirthing

This technique became popular in the UK in the first half of 20th Century and came in the help of women, mainly those that did not use any drugs during labour and tried to eliminate the fear of delivery, encouraging women to adopt a happy, positive attitude towards it. It is proved that any woman who practiced it had a less traumatic experience, was able to stay relaxed throughout the process and needed less medical intervention. There are courses you can attend with your partner/ birth partner/ on your own or in a group with other mums to be. Courses are held by qualified midwives. They can be a bit expensive and I don’t know how they set the prices because I’ve got different quotes from different midwives and cities. If you do not wish to go ahead and attend the classes, you can just go on Youtube and watch tutorials for free. I have not been to any classes, I have only ended up watching Youtube and learnt some breathing techniques for different stages of the labour and delivery. They say you must practice them every day if you want them to be efficient. I did not – I was maybe too busy or I did not remember, but I must admit it does make you feel relaxed. Many women who practiced hypnobirthing have chosen a home birth.

Water birth

๐Ÿ™‚ If everything goes well and there are no complications I will maybe have a water birth. This is not my plan though as I didn’t really set my mind on anything. I’ll just go with the flow. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Water births are known to easy the pain (not take it away), prevent tearing and reduce the risk of episiotomy, help you feel calm and relaxed. I heard many stories of women who felt so much more comfortable being in water. And guess what, at the hospital where I’m booked at, even your partner can join you in the water (I don’t think that this will happen in my case as I’m the type who prefers to be left alone while in pain). If your iron level is low, you cannot give birth in water as you will be continuously monitored to avoid excesive blood loss.

If you decide to have a water birth keep in mind that you won’t be able to use any pain relief other than Etonox (gas & air) and probably aroma therapy, and paracetamol. Most of the women who had a water birth admited that they didn’t need any other form of pain relief anyway.

Some women choose to be in the pool only during labour and have a ‘dry’ delivery. Some are scared and believe the baby won’t be able to breath. Truth is that the baby has a natural ‘dive reflex’ and he won’t try to breath until he reaches the surface and he will continue to receive oxygen through the ombilical cord. It is believed that birthing in the pool helps the baby, as specialists say, and it will be less traumatic for him.

TENS machine

Battery powered and drug-free – another alternative pain relief that is believed to work wonders in the early stage of labour (probably until you are 4 cm dilated). I’ve seen one but I honestly don’t know how to use it. However, it’s made of pads that you stick to your back. It can be stronger or weaker, depending on how you set it to be. It is supposed to stimulate your nerves, release endorphins and help you be in control of the labour. You can buy it or rent it for about ยฃ15. The hospital I’m booked at provides it but I refuse to use it because, since I wish to have a drug-free delivery, I can’t imagine myself not screaming for anaesthetic if I use the help of anything in the early stages of labour.

Raspberry Leaf Tea or tablets

This is something I’m actually trying so I can only come back after delivery to confirm if it has worked for me or not. This is a traditional way that is believed to help by having a shorter labour as it strengthens the uterine and pelvic muscles. Some say it can help with the pain too, by reducing the torture of contractions, however my midwife (who used it with all her 3 children) said that it can actually make labour be a bit more violent (shorter but more intense). She also recommended I start taking it from week 36. If you choose to drink the tea, you must begin with a cup per day, than after several days you have 2 a day, and then 3, so you can slowly build it up in your body. She said that tablets would be easier to take as the tea tastes nasty. Well, I’ve been a naughty girl and started drinking the tea a bit earlier, at 35 weeks, and it tastes delicious! I thought I got the wrong one, but no, my taste buds are a bit weird. I bought the one from Tesco and after one week I went to Holland & Barrett and got the one from there as I trust that brand more when it comes to herbs ๐Ÿ˜€ . Today, week 36+5, I had my first tablet (from H & B). Some women take both tablets and drink tea and start from week 32. So, I’m not sure now when is best to take the first sip of tea, but is definitely not before the third trimester! Some say that it naturally induces labour – FALSE, as far as I know. Just remember is Raspberry Leaf, not fruit! ๐Ÿ™‚

The tea has so many beneficial proprieties even outside the pregnancy. It’s been known to be good for treating anemia, cold sores and gingivitis, and as a pain relief during menstruation. It contains so many vitamins such as – calcium, Iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E.

I am currently drinking one tea per day and taking 2 tablets. Maybe one day next week I’ll go up a cup of tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅ

Being active

This is my favourite one – mostly because I have a feeling that is the best way to get yourself ready for an easy labour and because is so healthy! I haven’t enrolled to any classes as my activity changes from a week to another so I cannot stay loyal to anything right now, but I exercise whenever I have the chance to. I walk, a lot! Sometimes there are days when I don’t get to sit down much or maybe not at all. And I kind of walk very fast, then I remember I have to take it slowly. I still walk the dogs and I’m almost full term ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย  I squat. Anytime. Anywhere. When I’m at home, I go up and down the stairs for no reason, a few times in a row – I limit to 5 times at once otherwise my heart will explode. I actually run up the stairs ๐Ÿ˜€ . I do run outside from time to time when I’m with the dogs, but I don’t do a long run. What I mean is that I’m not scared to run.

There were nights this summer when I walked with Ken and the dogs for 3 hours in a row, without a stop (or access to a toilet ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ).

While I’m writing this post I have to sit for a long time in front of the computer so I can’t wait to finish and go walk the dogs and do some squats. ๐Ÿ˜€

At the moment I have a problem with my left foot – started hurting all of a sudden and don’t know the reason. But I have no time to rest for it to recover. ‘The marathon’ is about to be over, so I can’t give up when I’m so close to the end. ๐Ÿ˜€

Music

It probably sounds silly but I actually made up a ‘labour playlist’ hoping that I can distract myself from the pain once I hear music. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will have to see if that works.

What is pain?

I honestly believe that human beings can control the feeling of pain with their own minds. I haven’t been taking any form of pain relief for a long time now. I recently had a tooth infection and I was 2 days in constant agony that also caused me fever. I have not touched any sort of medicine. To me, resisting pain is like trying to make yourself eat extra spicy or like getting used to being inside very hot water – you can do it if you train your senses. Everything and any feeling we experience can be controlled by our brain. Fear causes pain and stress. Be optimistic and have no fears. Now, after so long, I’m not scared of labour anymore. I even don’t mind going on my own to the hospital – I actually think I would prefer that but Ken deserves to be next to me when our baby will come to the world. Well, that’s how I feel right now, but I may start shaking and get nervous when contractions will occur. ๐Ÿ˜€

There are so many people in this world which equals so many births. And I’m telling myself that I can do it too and that it can’t be that scary. If it was scary, women would not want to give birth again after their first child.

I don’t believe in ‘I was in labour for 3 days!!’. Well yes, you was probably in pain, but definitely not in extreme pain for as long as 3 days.

I don’t want to hear ‘horror’ stories of labour and pain. Please, be kind, and don’t share it with me. I’m not interested to hear anything negative. I’m not interested to hear women complaining about their birth experiences. I will probably be open to listen to them after I’ll experience it myself. And I’m saying that because some women really like to come and tell you what a terrible event it was for them. There are only 2 women that I was okay with when their shared their stories, just because it happened recently and I was curious of their well being.

I had Braxton Hicks contractions – 2 times! I did not even know such thing exists! I had to confirm it with my midwife that this is what it was. They lasted 1 hour each time and I had the first one at …week 21 (not sure if I remember right).

Birth plan ?

At the end of my pregnancy book there is a section left for me to fill in with my Birth Plan. 2 days left until I’m full term and I have not done it yet. However, all I know is that I don’t have any particular requirements. I just want to have a natural birth if all goes well. If I won’t be able to stand the pain I will ask for (or cry for) an epidural. I would like to avoid any other sort of anaesthetic or drugs. I would like not to have ‘pethidine’ which is by the way supposed to distant you from reality, not to take away your pain. I would like not to have ‘diamorphine’ either. I find pethidine and diamorphine being more ‘dangerous’ than an epidural, but that’s just what I think, I may be wrong. The midwife at the hospital where I’m booked at has confirmed that epidurals are safer now than before and having headaches or any other aches because of it is now just a myth. I’ll definitely give a go to gas and air. ๐Ÿ˜€

I would like to stay home as much as I can before I’m going into hospital. I’m planning to wait until cotractions are very close apart (3 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute). That, if I’ll be home, I’m travelling still and almost always on the go.

I would like to start doing my make up as soon as I feel contractions. ๐Ÿ˜€ I want to go to the hospital looking pretty. I would also like to jump in the shower before going hospital and I wish I will be able to walk around and always be in an upright position as apparently that helps.

I would love to be as relaxed as I am right now when I think about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

My hospital bag is ready. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll write about it in a different post.

MOST IMPORTANTLY….I realy trust my own body that he know what its doing. โ™ฅ

*** I am aware that labour is unpredictable and that you never know what might happen.

It doesn’t matter how you give birth as long as you bring a child to the world. Educate yourself before taking a decision. Sadly, in my country, Romania, many women choose to have a C-section as a pain relief. However, I don’t blame them. I blame the system they live in, the lack of information, the lack of support from hospitals and doctors. Anyway, Romania is not the only one country in Europe with a big rate of c-sections. According to Forbes.com in Turkey 50% of births are done as cesarian.ย 

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Week 18-19 – Anomaly Scan (May, 17)

We have a BABY BOY on the way!!!

Summer is coming! Temperatures are getting higher, and I don’t know what others feel like, but I’m starting to enjoy being inside my hot weather clothes. Yes, that’s right – UK summer that many complain of is excellent for me this year. This is when I started to change the insides of my warderobe. Out with the old..in with the new OR out with the small..in with the big, oversized clothes! ๐Ÿ˜€ I moved most of my clothes away and left only a few at my disposal… My warderobe looks like it belongs to someone that lives at home 3 days a year.

On a side note, I just came back from holiday and noticed that Nana (dog, 5, picture below) has developed a lump on her tummy, therefore she had to undergo a complicated, long surgery to have it removed. It was breast cancer – fortunately was malignan type so doctor said it wouldn’t spread. She has also been spayed. So all these in one go and poor dog was on pain killers for a week afterwards and was in no mood to eat.ย  No more babies for Nana. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So yeah, this is how we found out dogs can develop breast cancer too, and there are ways that can prevent it from happening.

Going back to my pregnancy update. I started to feel a bit heavy, and I feel it mostly when I walk up the stairs. That doesn’t stop me from being active and exercise. ๐Ÿ˜€ Baby is kicking every night when I go sleep and lay down on my back. Ken felt it too. For now, I only feel him when I’m not on the move.

I’m not sleeping on my belly anymore (since week 16). That isn’t because is too uncomfortable but because I feel like something will go wrong if I do. Doctors and midwives do not advise you to lay on your back either and promote sleeping on your sides, especially on your left side as due to that position in particular more nutrients and blood will reach the placenta and the baby. If you go through explanations on internet, you’ll find many more. I choose to not go that deep into this, as who knows what I’ll get to read one day – too many advices and different opinions out there. They say laying on your back will cause you dizziness, nausea and a short of breath as apparently the uterus becomes heavier and it presses on one of your blood vesels. You should, however have something underneath your head to support you and be in a more upright position if you do choose to lay on your back. To be honest, I did lay on on my back and did not feel dizzy at all. My midwife said that is fine as long as I’m comfortable. I must admit that even though I’m going toilet 10 times a night, I do manage to get a good night sleep so I’m not sure what position I always sleep in – I just know I miss sleeping on my belly!!

At this point I only had two midwife appointments. Pregnancy goes well so I don’t need to see her that often. ๐Ÿ™‚ At week 19 I had my appointment for the anomaly scan at the hospital. All went well and we’ve seen the baby in details – his lips, his legs and hands, brain and heart, his heart beating and he wasn’t shy at all – he showed us straight away that he’s a BOY. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ken had such a funny, loud reaction. (He doesn t remember of it now or just refuses to admit it hehehe). I CRIED. I cried of happiness because I had news about our baby. I kind of knew a bit that he’s a boy and Ken already calls him ‘my boy’ anyway. The most important thing is that the baby is developing normal – he is head down already, and that my womb looks fine and I’m all good for a natural delivery, YAY! I fail to describe using my own words what an emotional, happy day we had! First person I called was my mum who was just awaiting confirmation as she was conviced she’ll have a grandson. โ™ฅ

I straight away went to a shop and bought him the first item – A BIB (so inspired, right?) ! :-)) ๐Ÿ˜€ And this is the day I started buying him things, slowly, slowly, until I got everything I need (and I don’t need). The bib was blue, just to reflect the news of the day, however I’m not a fan of blue, just like I’m not a fan of pink. What I mean is that I won’t turn everything around him in shades of blue just because he is a boy ๐Ÿ˜€ .

My first pregnancy dress has arrived. I orderd all my maternity clothes, and not too many, from Amazon. I’ve been very pleased with them and all of them were good to wear throughout the whole pregnancy. They weren’t expensive at all and I did not look to spend on them too much. I only had a few dresses and a pair of maternity leggings to wear whenever I feel cold (little did I know that this wasn’t about to happen – summer has been just great, great, great!). ๐Ÿ™‚

My gums……are so sensitive. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I went dentist and refused an intervention there so I was recommended ‘Corsodyl’ for 10 days, 2 times a day. Horrible taste. I must have mentioned it in a previous post…

Baby development update at week 18 & 19:

By week 19 the baby gets to the size of a grapefruit, crown to rumpย  ๐Ÿ˜€ weighting around 240 gr. He is now practicing breathing with the amniotic fluid. His hearing has now developed and his umbilical cord is growing. Honestly, I started feeling some weird kicks that lasted a few minutes, just like someone is tapping inside my bump. I now know that they’re hiccups ๐Ÿ˜€ I cannot believe the activity he’s having down there!

He is covered now with a substance called ‘vernix’ which protects his skin from the damage in the womb. Some babies are born with this coating.

Once again, I must mention that I take all my basic information from the pregnancy app I have installed on my phone . I have subscribed to many newsletters from different websites that provide good information as well which are – Mothercare, Emma’s Diary, Baby Club, HiPP Baby, etc. Emails come to my inbox every day but I don’t read them all. Emma’s Diary free packs have been really good and exciting! ๐Ÿ˜€

Week 16-17 (April,17)

I now have a tiny little bump! I wouldn’t say others can notice I’m pregnant though.

These two amazing weeks are marked by the holiday I had with my mum and my sister travelling to Tenerife. I came back from there only 6 months ago but I was so eager to just go there again. For some reason every time I leave a new place that I visit I feel like it remains in my heart and I only wish to go back there and I forget to consider any other destination. Tenerife definitely did that to me! (I already miss it so much!) We stayed in North and visited South on two occasions.

The reason I’m including my holiday memory into this blog is because I am again so happy that even though I’m pregnant I’ve been as close to normality as possible. That means – I left my home at 7 AMย  and travelled all day long until 9.30 PM, once by tram, three times by bus and 4.5 hrs by plain wearing high heels every minute of the day, eating on the go, being too excited to feel the need of a nap.

I must admit that this time around I wasn’t quite pleased by the heat over there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Some of the mornings, after breakfast, we hit the hotel swimming pool area to relax, tan and swim. My mum and my sister made the most out of this while I was having enough after 45 minutes and had to run back to the room and melt into the bed as it was too hot. I also noticed that I tan much quicker. I usually tan quick but this time it happened 10 x faster, I turned red and burnt my skin – very unusual to me, but is all due to the pregnancy. Here in UK, where I live, we don’t benefit of beautiful weather every day, and the sun doesn’t seem to bother to show his ‘face’. Therefore is not recommended I have a long sun bath session during pregnancy. I did enjoy the swimming though – is one of my favourite things to do and is one of the best excercises to do during pregnancy as it uses all your muscles (that, of course, if your healthcare provider did not advise you otherwise).

I’m so lucky I don’t experience morning (or any other time of the day) sickness so I can allow myself to eat anything I want. First of all I absolutely love hotel buffet breakfast. Morning meal was followed by pre-lunch, lunch, after-lunch, pre-dinner and dinner food/snacks. I mean I was in holiday and same was my stomach and appetite – which wasn’t spoiled by anything (except by my mum’s look as she never gives up on encouraging us to have a healthy, controlled diet). OH’ I forgot to mention I stopped smoking completely ๐Ÿ˜€ which probably caused a boost to my already increased appetite. Hmmm…I think I’ve spent all my money on what goes into my stomach and on tourist attractions.

I needed this holiday so much! I would advise anyone who lives in the UK, to have at least one holiday at the beginning of their pregnancy and travel to a hot place and enjoy a bit of sun – vitamin D intake!

I tested my ‘pregnancy skills’ again by booking ourselves for a day trip organised by a local agency which consisted in going up the mountain to see the Volcano Teide (3718 M) and going whale watching for the second part of the day. (YYEEES!!!) I’ve never been sea sick and nothing changed now. Such an amazing experience we had! I now own videos of whales and dolphins swimming in the ocean right next to us which I have never been able to post anywhere as you can hear my silly, over-excited voice in the background – not so funny!

(((Unfortunately during this stage of the pregnancy, as I have previously mentioned in my posts, I suffered from ‘The Most Annoying B***h Syndrome’ and I might have been a nightmare to my mum and sister – sometimes only, I hope! )))

The most memorable moment of this holiday was when I first felt my baby kicking! I remember we were in a bus, travelling up the mountain, when I started to feel some kicks just below my belly button. ๐Ÿ˜€ My mum was surprised as is quite early and this is my first baby (you are supposed to feel movements quicker with your second one). Just one day later, while I was laying in bed on my back, I felt his first kick with my hand! ๐Ÿ˜€ โ™ฅ It seems like he is very busy inside there!

We visited Syam Park, which is probably the largest attraction in Tenerife, and #1 water park in the world according to Trip Advisor. This was my second time here. Luckily the first time I’ve been there I got to try all the water slides, even the most scarry ones like ‘The Tower of Power’ which is not for the weak-hearted :D. This time I had to keep myself from any dangerous adventures and I wasn’t allowed on any of the slides except ‘The Lazy River’ and the big wave pool, so I had to switch between them all day long. Water slides should be avoided in pregnancy. I wish I could explain why and how these slides and pools are more than amazing but I can’t make this post longer than it already is – there are, however, plenty of videos and images online which will definitely convince you to jump in the plain and fly over there. ๐Ÿ˜€ If you do go to Syam Park, you should definitely get yourself a ticket to Loro Parque – #1 zoo in Europe according to Trip Advisor (twin ticket of both parks is more convenient) . As much as I am a strong believer that animals shouldn’t be in captivity and I am sad to see orcas and dolphins doing shows to earn their food, this is also a must do location. (I will probably do a separate blog post about orcas in captivity one day as, researching about it, I have learnt things that many others should be aware of.) The down part is that one park is located in South and the other in North, so no matter where your hotel is, you still need to plan your journey in advance. Luckily we rented a car so my mum drove, for 1hr and a half or so. To get to the South we chose the route that wasn’t recommended by Google Maps, through the West side of the Island, just so we can discover new beautiful places (this route is worth it only if you’re not in a hurry!)

Baby development update at week 16 & 17:

My baby weights now around 100-140 grams, he is continually becoming more active and is practicing movements that he is learning to perform. Even though his eyes are still closed, he is able to sense some light through his eyelids. He is now the same size as the placenta, about the size of an orange – big enough to fit into my hand. ๐Ÿ˜€

My breasts are continuing to grow. Luckily I don’t see any stretch marks on me. I had a ‘Palmer’s Cocoa Butter’ lotion, travel size, with me which I used after every shower – skin hydratation was a must anyway since I was sun burnt. Not burnt on my belly as I used a one piece swimsuit.

 

Healthy Pregnancy

As I have mentioned at the beginning of this blog, once I found out I’m pregnant I had to come up with a plan of transforming whatever you call ‘daily diet’ into a healthy-healthier one. It is well known that during pregnancy you must bring on your day to day table plenty of fruits and vegetables – and balance them together. Honestly, even though I am not a vegetarian, these two were part of my main focus when it came to health. So I got to a point where I let myself indulge and have anything I want as long as I keep up with my healthy plan and introduce more fruits and vegetables. Since, I must admit, is actually quite boring to eat every single fruit, several times a day, I came up with an idea to have them all in one go – EASY, TASTY, FRESH: I ‘cooked’ SMOOTHIES! So proud of the combinations I came out with! I have surprised myself and my capacity of hiding the taste of things I dislike when mixed with things I loved.

My first shake consisted of a strawberry and banana mix. I love bananas. I enjoyed the shake. Then I have advanced to more serious combinations and added more fruits and vegetables in my drink, so I got to:

  • strawberry, banana, green apples (12 strawberries, 1 or 2 sliced bananas, 2 apples and water);
  • green apples and broccoli (2 apples and one big broccoli that is raw, and water);
  • mango and grapefruit (one mango, one grapefruit and water – this is a must try! so delicious!!)
  • grapefruit, green apples, broccoli and spinach (1 grapefruit, 1 apple, 1 big broccoli – raw, 100 gr spinach – raw and water);
  • *same combination of the above + 7 strawberries;
  • grapefruit, green apples, broccoli, spinach, kale (1 grapefruit, 1 apple, 1 big broccoli – raw, 100 gr spinach – raw, 100 gr kale – raw and water)
  • grapefruit, kiwi, bananas, green apple, spinach, watermelon ( 1 of each fruit, 100 or 150 gr of raw spinach, 2 slices of watermelon and water)
  • 3 kiwi and 1 golden apple plus water;

At some point I started to slightly boil the spinach, kale and broccoli (for only 30 seconds -1 minute). If you boil/ cook them for too long you loose on their Vitamin C. As you can probably tell, with these I managed to include in my diet almost all the vitamins I need. The shakes are soooo tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚ When I add the greens (the vegetables) Ken calls it ‘your puke drink’ – it tastes nasty to him, but I promise you: they are r-e-a-l-l-y GOOD! Obviously you can get creative and try more combinations of fruits and vegetables. If the weather is really hot wherever you are, add a few ice cubes to it! Don’t add sugar, just enjoy the natural sugars of each item you add to your drink. MY BLENDER WAS MY BEST FRIEND ๐Ÿ™‚ ! Other things I add to my diet in order to keep this pregnancy healthy are:

  • Drinking milk every day (it may seem silly that I mention it but I never done that before, unless my mum would force it up my throat as a child); Starting with week 28 I reintroduced the cereals in the morning – not the chocolate flavoured ones;
  • Eating nuts and peanuts sometimes – high in vitamins, proteins and fibres;
  • Eating meat – honestly that’s mostly chicken (only breast – no fat for me please), sometimes fish, and beef when it comes to the popular beef dishes of a Chinese take away (I wish I was a steak fan);
  • Drinking 10/11 glasses of water a day – the amount of water you drink during pregnancy is extremely important. Toilet trips have massively increased.

I go for a healthy breakfast now! ๐Ÿ™‚ I eat one avocado with 2 tomatoes and white cheese almost every day. Sometimes I have the ordinary ham and cheese toasted sandwiches (I add butter, avocados and tomatoes to them) before I go to the park to walk the dogs. I also have in between of meals snacks (that is an evil attitude towards my slim body) consisting of butter and jam/ honey and butter. I hoped to switch to whole grain bread but I stayed with the white one. The whole grain bread is highly recommended though as it has plenty of fibres and vitamins and it prevents constipation – that if you eat bread. I have a golden apple most of the times I leave the house and I’m on the go. ๐Ÿ™‚ Golden apples are not too sweet, not too sour, and are now part of my every day diet and hopefully will remain forever. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know I did not go through the stage of birth yet to get to say what’s best to do to have a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby growing inside you, but I do believe that:

  • You should eat whatever you feel like eating! (I eat a lot of spicy food. I actually eat a lot of any food. I don’t care if I get fat. ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer not to, obviously, but I’m not scared of it as I’m staying active and I trust my determination of getting the look and shape that I want afterwards – by exercising, not starving myself or getting additional help. ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • You should not trust the vitamins or whatever meal supplements are out there! Your healthy life style is just a few minutes away from you, laying on a shelf, at your corner shop, being titled FRUIT or VEGETABLE. That’s the safest, most natural source of vitamins and nutrients. And this is not only good for you as a mum to be but also any other time in your life. I may eat kiwi because is a high source of vitamin C, however, did you know that it also helps in digestion and it helps for a beautiful skin – I bet we all want that, pregnant or not. Same goes for the other Fs and Vs – they come with so many benefits, they prevent all sorts of diseases, they improve your immune system, the level of energy, the growth of your hair! Just eat them! Do it at whatever age you are!
  • Be active! Walk, swim, do yoga or Pilates, or whatever other exercises your midwife/ healthcare provider says that are safe for you. Don’t be scared to move your body while you’re pregnant, as it actually helps you in many aspects – from boosting your mood/ stress relief to an easy labour (I haven’t experienced the last one yet but I just have a strong feeling that is true).
  • REST as much as you can. I have not became a morning person just yet, but I most certainly have the amount of sleep I need. I don’t take day naps, but is nothing wrong in doing it.
  • Don’t let anything negative approach you! (unfortunately I did, as I spend way too much time being on Social Media)
  • I don’t think I should even mention it as this is clear to everyone, but just in case – no alcohol. I didn’t have any at all, not even red wine (some girls have it, and as far as I know is not that harmful, but I prefer not to try it);
  • Stop smoking. You can do it. Just take it slowly – any cigarette you don’t smoke is good for your baby.

THINGS I WASN’T SUPPOSED TO EAT – SORRY BABY!!!

  • Goats cheese. At first I’ve done it without realising, second time I was all aware and I risked it. (there is a chance itย contains a bacteria called ‘listeria monocytogenes’ if this type of cheese isn’t cooked)
  • White grapes. Well now this is hard to say if I’ve done wrong. Some say is better to avoid it during the third trimester as is heating up your body. I had them as I love them and they are a great source of vitamins and Iron.
  • My chewing gum. I PANICKED but there is obviously NO reason to panic, the only issue here being the amount of artificial sweeteners that it contains.
  • 1/4 of my tooth! Yes, my tooth broke, and while I was out in the park, having an apple….. I realised I’m missing something. I now have to wait and go dentist to fix it. I know some say that dental x-rays are not that bad, but I would say, if there isn’t an emergency keep yourself from having it while you’re pregnant;
  • Raw eggs! That’s actually bad. As much as I avoided and over cooked my omelette, one day, as I was cooking meringues, I licked ALL the remaining (and a bit extra) of the mixture of egg whites and sugar (SO YUMMY) oups! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Cream cheese – they say it isn’t safe…but I had it, several times. (dangerous to eat for the same reasons as goats cheese)

In terms of skin beauty, I stopped wearing perfume….on my skin. I spray it on my clothes instead. I have purchased 2 products to prevent stretch marks (pictures below). One is the Bio Oil that Ken got for me as he thinks this is the best one. If you look at what it contains, indeed, it seems to be the perfect choice. The other one is the body lotion from Palmers – Stretch Marks, Cocoa Butter Formula (recommended by everyone). I got it because I didn’t want to be soaked in oil all the time. I haven’t used any of them until week 12 of pregnancy. After that, honestly, I haven’t used them daily – but that’s just what I’ve done. If you really want them to work, the oil is recommended twice a day and the cream 3 times.

All these words come from a person who did not get to experience (until today, week 28) any sickness, who hasn’t been tired or had her feet swollen. However, do note that prior to pregnancy I was only 46 kg (1.69 cm) and did not have a healthy, balanced diet.

Lastly, don’t forget that we are all different. All the pregnancies are different. No one knows what you need better than you, and most probably your midwife/ healthcare provider. The closest person to you that knows what’s best for you IS YOU.ย โ™ฅ

 

Week 14-15

By the end of week 14 the baby is the size of a pear with an aprox. length of 10.1 cm. As week 15 commences he will be able to rub his eyes. ๐Ÿ˜€ His hairline is forming, his eyelashes and eyebrows are growing. Me and Ken are starting to think of names even if the sex of the baby is still a mystery to us. We have came to an agreement and decided that if he’s a boy Ken will get to name him, and I’ll name her if is a girl. I am not using my creativity towards this purpose though as I don’t really think this baby is a girl – I just let him contemplate of boys names. All this process made me discover new things about myself – I actually have no problem in agreeing to any name he wants to choose as this baby is his too. This is such a surprise! I have always thought that I will be the main responsible for this kind of things, not because I have to, but because I WANT TO! But I am so happy to see Ken happy and I value all his opinions and thoughts when it comes to our baby. I let him get involved as much as he wants to, even if I’m the ‘oven’ and he has to do nothing but wait for the ‘oven’ to open. haha. This is the first time in my life that I find myself on the position where I equally share something with someone (someone that is not my sister ๐Ÿ˜€ ) – obviously I am not referring to things like food or drinks but to something more valuable than that. I do admit that I came up with some ideas – that were so not attractive!

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I have now stopped working. As soon as I finished my last shift, I jumped in the car and moved to Nottingham. I know I will miss work and everyone at work so much. As much as I was so ready to start my new life with Ken, I felt incredibly emotional to leave everything behind. This work place I am leaving has offered me the best work experience in my life, in terms of knowledge, personal development, team work and fun memories. Also great friendships came to existence there. This is when I welcome this new chapter of my life, this new journey where I will face the exciting unknown.

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This is actually the first time in a long time when I have no occupation at all. I really needed a break. Just the right time to relax and look after myself better. My mind seems to be more clear. My brain doesn’t meet any stress. I am still an active person but my activity doesn’t involve having huge responsibilities (yet). I’m trying to take advantage of this and explore as much as I can the last few months of not being a mother. So I’m not in a hurry with this pregnancy, or giving birth. I am enjoying every single minute of my life, even if that means simply going to cinema or downloading a silly game on my phone, to play while I still can, or going away, visit places. I must confess that I now remember to hydrate ย my face every night before sleep (yes, I lacked at girly things to do and I have loads of beauty products that I completely ignored until now – God knows why I enjoyed buying so many and using few to none at all). That’s why I must be thankful for the genetic gift my mum has offered me. ย I stopped smoking, I read books and I watch movies, I wake up whenever I want ๐Ÿ˜€ . I feel free. I spend more time on Social Media – not proud of it though. But most importantly I’m getting ready for the holiday to Tenerife ๐Ÿ˜€ where I’ll go with my mum and my sister. YAY. I’m counting the days, the hours, the minutes… I know these are ordinary things I would do even if I work, but it feels and it is so much different now. LUCKILY I still have plenty of energy and I am never sick.

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I feel movements of the baby when I lay down on my back. I no longer sleep on my belly – it just feels a bit uncomfortable doing so. This was my favourite sleeping position and God I miss it so much!ย There isn’t such thing as a rule of the way to sleep best yet, I guess everyone must do whatever feels more comfortable to them. *At this point I was asking myself how am I going to sit when I’ll have to lay on my belly on the water slides in holiday – little did I know I was not allowed to enjoy the water slides anymore – soon to find out the ugly news.

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We own two beautiful dogs. Two american akitas – both of around 50 kg each. The strongest, most dominant dogs I have ever been around of. A boy and a girl, Hachi and Nana. Nana is the long coat breed (our fluffy bear) while Hachi is short coat (less fluffy bear). Only the new dogs in the neighbourhood would dare come close to them. I honestly pray for the safety of the cats that walk freely on the street when they are out. Nana’s younger and she doesn’t have any other dog friends other than Hachi because she doesn’t know how to play nicely and she would bully any dog. Hachi has friends, but he can’t play with them because Nana is always there and she’s jealous and the other dogs are too scared of her to get close to Hachi. However, we keep both of them on the lead – always. As much as Nana isn’t …let’s say dog friendly, she loves human beings and loves to be stroked by literally everyone! She also almost never barks and she has no expression at all when a dog comes close, which confuses that dog because he can’t read her intention. But as being always on the lead no incidents can happen.

At this stage of the pregnancy I still feel safe and energetic to go walk them, sometimes on my own, and other times even run with them when Ken has got time to accompany me. I noticed Hachi doesn’t like the sound of babies crying. It will be so important to introduce the baby to them properly and try not change my attitude towards them. It will be hard to do so since Nana’s following me anywhere I go, even to the toilet ๐Ÿ™‚ every-single-time.

I have attached plenty of pictures of H & N below.

 

 

 

 

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13 Weeks – Dating Scan

Hello baby!ย Whooaa..the day has finally came and we got to see our baby during an ultrasound. I am not able to find a way to describe this feeling using my simple vocabulary. However I cried and laughed at the same time. He seems so big! I could see his hand so clearly – but then he moved it so it hasn’t been caught in the picture. ๐Ÿ˜€

The sonographer measured my baby and set an estimated due date for his birth – 3rd October, so it has moved 2 days later than the date we initially thought it will be (His daddy’s Birthday is on the 8th, same month). This first scan that we had also consisted in an ‘nuchal translucency’ scan which is a screening test for ‘Down’s syndrome’ – or a stage of it where the neck of the baby is measured. All is great! However I have chosen to have the second screening for a Down’s and a few other syndromes as well – just as a personal preference. This stage consisted in blood being taken (aaa-g-aaa-i-n). The results came after a week or so and the outcome was favourable. We are aware that these tests are not always 100% accurate.

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My baby is the size of a kiwi this week! All the organs of his digestive system are developing into their final shape. I’m at the beginning of the second trimester and I FEEL GREAT!

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I forgot to mention that somewhere in between week 9-10 Ken got sick to the point where he could only get out the bed to go and vomit, a few times an hour. I obviously stayed by him, then we decided to go emergency where it was full of kids and people vomiting outside and inside the waiting room. He got a virus that passes from one to another by air and touching – I completely forgot the name of it but a lot of people were affected, even at my work place. The nurse told me that I’m most likely to get it too, so if that happens I’ll just have to stay in bed and eat nothing until I recover. IT DID NOT HAPPEN TO ME. And I’m so happy about it and I mention this here just because I am amazed to see how strong my immune system currently is, and there I thought (as everyone tells me so) that my body is supposed to be more fragile and sensitive during pregnancy. I wasn’t afraid of the virus, kissed Ken and slept next to him that night. I luckily got away with it just like I got away without having a flu/cold when a lot of people that surrounded me were ill during UK winter time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I should also mention here that I have refused to have the ‘flu jab’ recommended by NHS. I am not a vaccine believer/supporter and I just trusted my own body that it will keep me safe. ๐Ÿ™‚ I however accepted to have the ‘whooping cough’ one because it wasn’t a decision I had to make for myself only and I didn’t want to have the chance to regret it later.

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I got bitten by a dog! I stepped in between two dogs to stop a fight and because of the adrenaline rush (probably) one of the dogs bite my leg from behind. I GOT SO SCARED thinking of the baby! It had never happened to me before. I was wearing long black trousers – some sort of jeans imitation. I started to run back home thinking that there’s a lot of blood on my leg. I took my trousers off at home and there was nothing, just pain and a few teeth marks. I called 101 just to ask for an advice. They told me to take Paracetamol (to ease the pain) and wait until the General Practice would open, as that happened during a Bank Holiday weekend. I have not taken any pain relief and have not called my GP. I just didn’t think that I was really harmed. I washed my leg with water and soap and next day I had a huge, dark bruise on my leg – that I did not know how to hide from my mum or from my holiday pictures later ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Have I told you that apparently I’m NOT allowed to eat ice cream or anything cold??? This is what I’ve been told. Eeeeek…what??! This ‘rule’ was new to me and I didn’t think it makes sense: eating ice cream = harming my baby! I have googled it and guess what? Some websites suggest that is better not to as it’s making the baby cold. And this saying is part of the Asian culture as they believe it would freeze the baby. ๐Ÿ˜ I am not going to say more or extend my opinion on this matter, but just know that if you ever have doubts or anyone tells you it’s not safe – it isn’t true! Or at least the temperature of it is not a problem. You do have to make sure that it’s made with pasteurised milk and eggs.

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In terms of the vitamins intake, my midwife suggested I stop taking Pregnacare and I take the ones that NHS provides for free instead – which include less vitamins: only Vitamin D, C and Folic Acid. I do believe Vitamin D is a must – almost the end of March and the sky is rainy, days are windy, everything s cold. If before they were telling you to take folic acid in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, now, new studies say that you should take it all the way through the pregnancy. I listen. I do as I am being told. Of course I’m not ‘going to sleep’ thinking that the tube of vitamins is my hero. I am taking the nutrients I need from my diet (that is at the moment a mix of healthy combined with ..oups..sugary stuff) as well.

Taking folic acid can help prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord. A high amount of this is found in avocados.ย 

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I have almost stopped smoking.

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If you know me well, you can see a tiny baby bump!

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Now here’s my baby โ™ฅ:

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WEEK 12

โ™ฅ I can feel the baby moving!!! Not kicks, but very light movements in my tummy, like flutters. I know that is possible to feel your baby move so quick at your second pregnancy, not first, but I was thinking that it may happen to me due to myself being skinnier. ๐Ÿ˜€ย โ™ฅ

First Midwife Appointment

As soon as I walked into the room I asked myself: ‘Where is the computer screen? Where s that screen where I’ll see my baby on? Is it maybe in a different room? Will we move rooms? Wheeeere is it???!’ No screen there. Scan is next week at the hospital. Another week of waiting.

I knew they had to take some of my blood this time for tests, and I was terrified at the thought of a needle. I hate needles and the feeling of it going through my skin. I had to cowardly lay down and close my eyes – and ask Ken to support me by turning his head around and not look at it either because he is the same.ย God!!! How will we both do during labour?!ย Anyway, considering that she needed blood to fill 3 containers and one of them had an ‘error’ so then she struggled to use it and eventually swapped it for another one I DID WELL :)) (extra brave points for me). And YES I didn’t bruise. It’s weird how as terrified as I am of needles I don’t bruise and I don’t mind the pain. These blood tests were: blood group; screen for anemia; test for hepatitis B, and HIV and other STD. I had a blood pressure test taken, and urine test that is taken for several reasons like protein, infections and pre-eclampsia.

My midwife is such a nice lady.

I’ve been told that the ideal weight, considering my height, is 59 kg. I have never weighted this much in my whole life! Getting to it seems unreal to me. How am I going to manage to get myself 10 kg heavier (was the mystery back then) ? Well, I have obviously not stressed about it and just let the things be as I think my body knows what he’s doing. I do believe that a healthy and a positive mind, that doesn’t leave worries take the lead helps more than anything. Probably that’s why I’m maybe my midwife’s favourite patient that visits her (and the visit doesn’t last long), since I don’t have many questions to ask and I don’t worry about anything. I understand that this should be the most life changing situation that I’m in but I don’t do much thinking about it and I don’t welcome it as a change – if that makes sense. I love it when my mum says ‘You’re pregnant, not ill!’.

My blood type is 0 NEGATIVE – I’ll need an Anti D Injection later. I will explain in details more about this blood type in a following post.

One more week and I’m going to have the scan – what if the baby’s not there? Keep in mind that I got so far up with all the process and only had one pregnancy test done. I am not experiencing sickness, cravings, I am not tired, I only have bigger (much bigger) breasts and no period since December 2016.

One more week and I’ll stop working so I can move to Nottingham with Ken.

Below is a picture of me and Ken waiting to be seen by the midwife at our first parents-to-be appointment. ๐Ÿ™‚ (He’s going to be so happy that I chose that picture of him – not. )

Baby’s development update

Size of a plum this week. His liver and spleen are now producing blood cells. His liver accounts for 10 percent of the total weight. The muscular system and nervous system are responding to each other so the baby is now able to bend, stretch, kick and even make faces. The kidneys are now producing urine from the amniotic fluid that he ingests. He won’t be using the lungs to breath until birth and all the oxygen needed is coming from the placenta. As I mentioned in a previous post, I take my basic information about the development of my baby from the mobile app I purchased – Pregnancy+.

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As things cannot always be perfect I now have bleeding gums every single time I brush my teeth. My dentist recommended I use ‘Corsodyl’ for 10 days, twice a day. I got the alcohol free one, used it and obviously has not fixed the problem. I just use a standard mouth wash now and it seems better – it’s not that bad anyway.

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Still smoking – much less, 1 to 3 a day, not every day. I just relate stress relief to smoking now. Not that I’m usually stressed. But I do usually get upset for meaningless things. I blame it on the hormones.

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I have attended my dad’s Birthday this week (19th March). All family came over and it was a great day. I’m still not used to ‘you’re soon to be a mother’ look. Mother????? ME?

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I have attended a party in town as Ken had to be there. It was so fun. My first night out since I was like….maybe 19 or 20 years old where I consume only water and orange juice. I haven’t been really dancing either which is unusual for me – but my body just doesn’t seem to get the moves anymore now ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway I have attached a picture below of me and my friend from that night who is also pregnant now (just a few weeks apart from me ๐Ÿ˜€ ). (yes I’m wearing a weird, flashing – whatever is called – thing around my neck ๐Ÿ˜ )

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6-11

The memories I have from these weeks faded (that’s why I need to hurry up and get up to date with the posts before I forget even more).

By week 11 apparently my baby got to the size of a fig, weighting 2 g and with a length of 2.3 cm, crown to rump. ๐Ÿ˜€ By the end of week 11 the placenta will start functioning. His fingernails will also start to form ๐Ÿ™‚ . He will look more human now and the vital organs are fully formed, while his head is almost as big as the rest of his body.

I am very lucky that I have so much energy, I’m never sick, I just feel normal. I have finally gained 3.2 kg and now I’m 49.2. That shows on my legs and obviously my boobs. My tiny, tiny, tiny waist is not so tiny anymore. My body is welcoming the growth of my baby.

I’m waiting to see the midwife soon. Oh’ I need to mention how I thought that I will benefit of a scan at this appointment. I was contemplating of this moment!

I told my mum the news! I was quite nervous to be honest. We decided to meet in town for lunch. I really thought that when a moment like this comes I would be so creative and turn it into a beautiful event. This time I was actually left with no creativity and didn’t even know how to start saying it. Anyway she said that she knew it as soon as she has seen me – mother intuition. She always reads me. I am so happy. We are 2 sisters and 1 brother and none of us took the lead to embrace motherhood/fatherhood until now. My mum is finally going to have a grandson/ granddaughter.

I can’t really say I am certain of the sex of the baby, although when I talk about HIM, I address it like HE is a BOY, and I have a little, tiny feeling that he might be. For some reason I have always imagined that I will have a girl, dress her up and play with her, give her a beautiful name (which ever that would be as I didn’t think of one yet) and that she will be born in August – A LEO – like me, and if that doesn’t work, a Scorpio like my mum. I can’t believe how quickly these things got to have zero importance to me. All I want now is a healthy baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the things I love the most about this pregnancy is that my cheeks are rosy. I absolutely love, love it! This is due to the higher amount of blood in my body. Thanks to it I don’t need make-up anymore.ย I don’t even know why I’m saying this as I don’t really do my make-up anymore (not proud of doing so).

My nails have grown again and they are just as usual, hard and healthy. I will attach a picture below of how my natural nails look like.

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Week 5

My baby’s the size of a sesame seed. Time to start getting prenatal care. (I thought)

I registered myself to a General Practice in Nottingham as I’ll soon be moving here and this is where I’ll give birth. Had my first appointment with a doctor who only seen me for a small conversation to update my records. She also arranged a midwife appointment for me and recommended I start taking ‘Pregnacare’ for 3 months claiming that they’re the best – she didn’t check if I actually need them or not. She didn’t make me have a second pregnancy test either. I thought it was going to be a more interesting appointment ๐Ÿ™‚ but it only ended up in leaving me excited for the next one instead, when I’ll see the midwife. However I do not have any concerns at all regarding this pregnancy so far. For now I just want things to happen faster and the sesame seed to turn into a watermelon.

My due date at this point is 1st October.

As soon as I left the GP, I bought the ‘Pregnacare Plus’. I am not a fan of vitamins in general or any type of medicine. Months ago I even stopped taking the famous Paracetamol (and the rest of his brothers and sisters) when it comes to pain relief or cold/flu. However, as my baby is involved I gave these tablets a go – mostly because they contain folic acid and Vitamin D (I can’t really say that the natural source of vitamin D is easy to find where I am). But then of course I have dressed up my table with all the nutrients I thought I need and that I could find in:

  • avocados – for the folic acid. Luckily I love them!
  • broccoli – great source of Iron (I don’t eat much red meat …not too much…once a year maybe. The reason – just because. No reason.
  • citrus fruits – had a thing for Raspberries at the beginning;
  • cheese – oh what a delight ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad I can’t have blue cheese or goats cheese anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ (unless is cooked) I actually had those later too as I couldn’t helped it or I just did not realise until I finished eating it – oups. Cheese is actually what I love the most and there will a-l-w-a-y-s be in my fridge!
  • milk – started with milk and cereals first. Later I gave up on cereals and just had the milk.ย 
  • nuts;

And that’s my ‘food to be healthy’ list. I did not have all of these every single day. I did not stress too much about food or anything else, however I made sure my diet is quite balanced. I’m still going ‘Mc Donald’s’ – I actually like it now!!! I’m still eating take away food, sweets (a lot of them, daily) and still smoking. I’m not a coffee drinker anymore – since long before I got pregnant. I love the taste of it so decaff does its job all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great achievement that I removed caffeine from my life. I feel so much better without it and so much more energetic . Realised I don’t actually need it to stay awake and there s no such thing as addiction to it. You just get used being without it after a few days (of sleepy eyes).

I AM NOT CRAVING! AT ALL. ๐Ÿ™‚ And by that I mean I don’t experience ‘pregnancy cravings’. I crave food without being pregnant and I just know that now there’s no difference in the way I feel when I see or think of things I want to eat. I do not understand pregnancy cravings. I’m not sure if week 5 is one when you’re supposed to have cravings, however I did not experience them later either.

I’ve installed a mobile app called ‘Pregnancy+’ which is very useful, informative and fun. I think I got all my basic information from here. It’s free in the first few weeks, but trust me you become addicted to it, so you’ll pay the ยฃ2.99 (or so) after. It helps you keep track of all your appointments and development of your baby – such a great feeling to be notified that you advanced one more week and your baby is growing! Everything that I do or have and is related to the baby makes me enjoy things more and feel more special – like this app, the midwife trips or this blog.ย 

I’m not going out anymore. I go home every night after work and I travel to Nottingham in my days off – short train journeys.

My baby’s kicking right now as I type (Today marks the 26th week of the pregnancy). ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

Pregnancy symptoms so far (WEEK 4+5)

Symptoms and body changes I have gone through by now:

  • fast beating heart (not always but exactly when I put myself to bed and I need to fall asleep);
  • breasts growing (today, after months, I’m still asking myself when they’ll stop growing??). They also feel tender but this will go away in a month or so (yay);
  • mood changing. OKAY. This needs to be followed by an explanation. The only moments I feel affected by this is when I’m at work (sadly). If there were things that I was not okay with before I could have managed to keep my mouth shut and go over it….now those times are gone and everything that goes through my head comes out my mouth and let’s say that everything that annoys me is amplified and I want to burn on fire (or burn something on fire);
  • I dream! Every night. A few times a night. Even if I fall asleep for 10 minutes. My dreams are awkward – people I haven’t seen in 10 years and I will probably not see ever again come in my dream. It seems so real. And have I said weird?

..That’s all there is to it when it comes to changes I experience. And I consider myself being so lucky for not having to go through the following:

  • sickness or nausea – Not even once;
  • being tired – NO WAY! I have more energy than ever!
  • lacking of food appetite – NO SIR – all food is YUMMY. Give me more of everything – no matter how strong the taste and the smell is;
  • headaches – never!
  • sickness to perfume smell and any other fragrances – NO – I actually love them more now and I ask people what perfumes they’re wearing (by people I mean even strangers I pass by)
  • I haven’t been ill/had a cold or flu in a very long time (it’s still winter) – my mum says this means that my body was getting ready for the baby, he he;

In other words, with exception made by the changes my body goes through that I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, I don’t feel pregnant at all and that to me is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Because sometimes I turn into a crying baby if something happens to me or I’m not well) I do have some pains inside my tummy but I completely ignore them as I know that they are normal because my body is expanding and busy making space for a growing baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

I have attended a photo shoot in the park – it was FREEEZING cold (6 degrees outside) and I had to wear a summer dress only ๐Ÿ™‚ It was dangerous for me and I risked a ‘beautiful’ flu, but this fortunately did not happen and I was all fine (I attached pictures below). I just guessed that I’m lucky and that my immune system is great – and that surprises me because as I said I have never been careful or worried about my health and what I eat – this is what I call ‘irresponsible day dreamer’. This photo shoot took place when I was 10 weeks pregnant or so (my hair got a bit longer).

I am not researching pregnancy and I am not reading other stories or google things that might happen to me in this journey. I, however, went on to read some posts on a blog that I’ve read before (many years ago) just because I enjoyed it, not because I was interested to inform myself on being a mother. I enjoyed reading it again because it’s being written very positively – just like I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Oh’ I forgot to mention that I’m now busy taking toilet trips on a ‘every-minute-basis’ – quite annoying I must say, since this is another thing that disturbs my sleep every night.

I’m so happy!