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’ SHAKES! 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 7 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4

As I have mentioned in my introduction post I am now in the middle of the 25th week of pregnancy so everything I write related to the first trimester is in the past – and it feels like it happened ages ago. That’s why I won’t go with ‘week by week’ update every time. And even if I would, I would not have much to write on a weekly basis since, I’ll explain this later, I didn’t go through the usual pregnancy symptoms – or I didn’t really have any pregnancy symptoms at all.

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First step I made to greet the pregnancy in my life was to run to a hairdresser – not the one I usually go to because it really didn’t matter what shape my hair would take, and have a cut, as short as I could. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was just a bit below my shoulders and that’s a BIG change for me. Also, I cut my nails straight away (I usually keep them long because they grow extremely fast and healthy). I somehow thought that a long hair and nails would consume the resources and nutrients in my body – I still do not know, in the course of the present day, if that makes sense or is just a myth. However, as weeks have passed, I didn’t worry about these aspects anymore – my nails are back to being long, so is my hair, and I feel great. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m still working.

I announced one of my best friends who also works there and got really happy and excited for me – that was a relief because I knew that she always says what she thinks. (and I love her for that) ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am currently a smoker – with an activity of 10 cigarettes a day (or less). I feel guilty and as easy as I thought stopping would be if I’d ever try it, now it seems dangerously hard.

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My heart beat is going crazy. I guess smoking makes it crazier. This is why I can’t sleep sometimes or I fall asleep really late and I feel like a zombie at work. I don’t worry much though as I know that is completely normal and my heart has a job of pumping faster now due to the higher amount of blood in my body.

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My boobs get bigger every day and I already have to put some tops to sleep, on a side. As a side note…..they were already big so they will soon be the size of my head (or bigggeer ๐Ÿ˜ฎ )

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I live in Birmingham still and my boyfriend in Nottingham (*it’s been like this for a while now and our relationship had it ups and downs just like any other long distance relationships, I guess). I decided to carry on working for a while and not move there just yet as I need to be and feel productive. So the first time we met after I announced him, he took me on a beautiful date –non-alcoholic one. haha. to celebrate. (I added a picture below that was taken on the night)

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I started, for the first time in my life, to think ย and reconsider everything I eat and how I can make sure is all safe and healthy – the beginning of this process was giving me a hard time because I find it so boring and I get tired by actually becoming conscious when it comes to what goes in my stomach. Until now I have never refused myself anything in terms of I wanted to eat, whenever I wanted to have it (night and day) and I didn’t know what counting calories means or feels like (still don’t know that yet). Current weight was 46 kg – but I have always been a girl who loved food and ate it with no regrets, a lot of it, and those who know me but don’t really spend time with me do not believe in such thing and mean ‘individuals’ wonder how come I’m still alive.

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First pregnancy – the summer of my life.

– is what I call this wonderful stage of my life! I would call it straight away ‘9 months of summer’ but I’m still somewhere after mid pregnancy so is too early for that.

Before I’ll go deep into the subject and create more posts I’ll be honest with you and say that I have not prepared myself for this to come – I haven’t planned this pregnancy in advance therefore I have not focused on being somewhat healthier/ taken vitamins/ visited any doctors, I have never in my life been on any diet – to either loose or gain weight or just to keep myself healthy. Keep in mind that my pre-pregnancy weight was 46 kg (on 1.69cm height) – so this is what any doctor would call ‘not ideal’. On top of that, just one week before I found out I’m pregnant I attended a late-Christmas party where I …consumed alcohol (to the point where I honestly got drunk – but oh well at least this is not my habit). However, having a baby was my boyfriend’s dream while I haven’t pictured in my head a date or moment in my life when this will happen – sometimes I call this irresponsibility . I am 28 years old and I always thought that my life will follow a normal rhythm of getting married and then have children – it happened the other way around and now this is my new ‘normal’, considering the wedding at the bottom of my priority list – well I do wish I won’t get too many wrinkles before I jump into a wedding dress.

Just one month before getting pregnant I stopped taking the daily pill for many reasons that are related to me thinking that they are actually harmful to my general health and well being – oh’ not to mention the mood changing I was going through and how that affected me at work. I just don’t know what method of contraception I’ll go for after this baby. For now I’ll make a wish that they will invent something for men to take so that we, ladies, can relax and stop a bit from torturing ourselves. :-))

The magic day I found out that I’m pregnant was 22nd January 2017. It was eaaaasy. I just got home from work and wanted to jump into the shower when I noticed a BIG change in my boobs. My period wasn’t even late yet (first day of the last one on 25th December). SO, without any doubts I guessed I’m pregnant, bought the cheapest pregnancy test from Tesco and …there you go..after a few seconds of doing the test the second line appeared – as a faint line! That was all the confirmation I needed. I haven’t done a second test (not right then or any other time after), I just knew I AM and told my boyfriend in the morning.

My reaction was just to not have any reaction and go sleep so I can wake up to reality the next day and think it through. The next day reality represented in me waking up HAPPY and nervous about telling others – I couldn’t even pronounce the word ‘pregnant’ or ‘mother’ or ‘birth’ yet if that had to be related to myself because as happy as I was I couldn’t get used to the idea in just a few hours after the news knocked in.

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#1 (Hello)

This is my very first post and probably not the most inspired one as Iโ€™m not good at introductions.

Today marks 25w+2 of my first pregnancy. I wished to have a journal so I can draw all the important steps, experiences and emotions I go through at this point of my life. I couldnโ€™t decide if I needed a pencil to do so or if I should simply create a new document in my computer and start writing. I even browsed online customised pregnancy journals to buy that I can write in. However none of these attracted my inspiration and hunger to do things special so my next thought was to START A BLOG. This is my second one (had another in 2010 that I kind of gave up on after 1 year as my life became too busy and I was taken away with different things) and also a big challenge because โ€˜Englishโ€™ is not my first language โ€“ so wish me good luck with that.

This is for me, and hopefully for my child โ€“ in the future โ€“ if heโ€™ll have the curiosity to read (me).

I will also take the opportunity to write about the way I see โ€˜parentingโ€™ and what are the steps a mum should take in educating her child โ€“ before I even experience this myself โ€“ just so I can compare the way I think as a mum-to-be with a mum-in-action. Ohโ€™ trust me I have strong opinions regarding this matter and a lot of dos and donโ€™ts fly through my head. (Just like I had before I became a smoker โ€“ I was convinced I will never do it and I was holding tough speeches to convince my sister to stop. It didnโ€™t take me long to forget these speeches and start smoking myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have now however stopped thanks to the life growing inside me.

22nd June2017 โ€“ 20:17

Here I start โ€ฆ