Once I got a bump and started feeling regular movements pregnancy became so much more fun. Life has been busy and I’ve had enough energy to tackle anything I have wanted to really. I’m definitely not my normal physical self though, right since the early days of pregnancy I have noticed that my ligaments are a lot looser so I have been careful not to over stretch or lift and it doesn’t take much twisting or bending over before my back is sore. I do also get a bit more tired if I go on a long walk, but as a result I’m certainly sleeping well. I’ve always slept on my front with one leg bent up to the side and I still do, so far the bump isn’t getting in the way!
On the plus side, my hair started to feel noticeably thicker after 20 weeks and one very welcome change has been how much less greasy it has been. I used to wash my hair every other morning, but now I can leave it a third day without it looking any worse. My skin has also been so much better. In fairness, I’m not sure if this is attributable to pregnancy or to my new cleansing routine with Ultrabland but it has been flawless for a couple of months now. Overall my skin has been ok since getting pregnant – I was nervous about this because I was on antibiotics for my skin prior to trying to get pregnant (always make sure you check on whether antibiotics are safe if you are trying to conceive,) and did have a couple of clusters of breakouts around the 3 month mark. This could have been just as much to do with the fact that I don’t think I cleansed at night for the whole first 14 weeks as I was so tired!
But now onto the really fun stuff. It has been so nice having a bump and being obviously pregnant. When we went to Barcelona (at 22 weeks) lots of people were commenting and smiling at me and I was offered so many seats I started to worry that I looked enormous! While we were there, something momentous happened and Pete felt the baby move for the first time. I had been feeling it regularly for several weeks by then but I had known that he wouldn’t feel it because it felt so ‘internal’. Once or twice I had been convinced he would but he couldn’t, so when we were lying on the beach in Barcelona we finally had time to tune into it properly and it was so cool to share that with him. I felt like I had really achieved something in growing this baby he could now feel!
By 24 weeks my patients at work had started to comment, congratulating me and asking all about it. General Practice is a lovely job in that respect. You are somebody’s GP and they do take some ownership of you. Sometimes this can feel intrusive and like you want to retain more privacy, but I think the relationship works better when you share a bit and I’m happy to talk about it – I can hardly hide it!
Time really is flying now and we still haven’t done much in terms of preparing for baby in any way. The bedroom has taken over and now the kitchen is coming out, but at least that s being done by other people so we can get on with other things, including the nursery, so watch this space! For one final update, we had 2 anomaly scans at 20 and a re-do at 23 weeks, as the baby was in an awkward position and they couldn’t do all the checks they needed to. We didn’t find out the sex initially as a result but at our 23 week scan the radiographer wrote it down for us in a cute card I bought (above). Now the answer is sealed inside a golden envelope waiting for the right time to be opened! How’s that for will power?!