Pregnancy #2; 16 Week Update
I can't believe how quickly the past few weeks have gone; since completing our first trimester, time has flown. I've been feeling much better in the second trimester, which probably has something to do with it, and I already have a little bump. I didn't show until 20+ weeks with A so this is all new to me!
SYMPTOMS Though the nausea has subsided dramatically, it still hits me out of nowhere every now and then. Mostly only a mild amount but sometimes it can be more intense. ≧ω≦ Carrying A is getting more difficult, and I know I won't be able to do it for much longer (without the help of a toddler carrier, anyway). I'm still really hungry most of the time but it's not as intense as it was during the first trimester, and the constant need to pee has kicked in this week; especially dangerous when we're out in public and I need to sneeze..
COMPARISON I feel very pregnant this time round compared to last time; I've been feeling lots of mild, niggly pains and I'm completely unable to stretch and reach for things. If I sit down for longer than 15 minutes, I seem to seize up and struggle to pull myself up and occasionally I'll be hit with such exhaustion, I'll be asleep by 8:30pm (but thankfully, this doesn't happen very often). My skin was perfectly clear with A; I had issues before the pregnancy and everything cleared up whereas this time round my eczema has flared across my back and chest and is the worst it's probably ever been - thanks baby!
FEELING More excited now. During the first trimester, I was plagued with the fear of having a toddler and a newborn, and as much as I know I'll love my new baby, with the sickness and everything that comes with the first 12 weeks, excited just wasn't on my radar. Since the having our 12 week scan and feeling baby start to move, the excitedness has definitely increased and I'm starting to feel much more attached to the little life inside me.
BABY The day I turned 16 weeks pregnant, I started to feel baby kicking, it really took me by surprise. I was 16+6 when I started to feel regular movement with A, and I know they say you usually feel your second sooner but I didn't expect to feel anything earlier than 17 weeks. Last time I had a posterior placenta (when your placenta sits at the back, therefore not masking any of baby's movements) so I'm guessing I have this time too. I'm now 16+4 and have been feeling clusters of kicks every day since, usually when I'm lying down and relaxed (when I wake up, lie on the sofa or in bed at night). The feeling is quite intense and strong for a baby the size of an avocado, I've even felt a couple of huge jabs from the outside, it really takes my breathe away.
I had my 16 week midwife appointment and we discovered we're low risk for DS at 1:100,000 so that was amazing news to hear, plus we've excitingly (not) had a chickenpox scare! A has been exposed to it at nursery (he's yet to catch it) and I've never had it, so the midwife called for the hospital to check my booking-in bloods and thankfully I am immune; I'm starting to wonder if A is naturally immune too (if that's possible), as he's been exposed to it a few times now without having caught it.
EXCITED ABOUT Our anomaly scan, of course, though I am nervous too. I can't wait to see our little baby on the screen again and I just hope everything is ok! We've decided not to find out the gender so I'm just hoping any little willies will be well hidden from sight as I don't want to accidentally find out.
I've also started to think about labour; I desperately wanted a water birth last time, but the water seemed to slow down my contractions and I was so exhausted I was falling asleep in the pool. I've been interested in hypnobirthing for a long time now and there's a chance I may be able to attend classes this time round, and I'll definitely be investing in the book/CD. I'm not as rigid about the birth as last time as one thing I've learned is that it never goes how you imagine, but I know I don't want to give birth in a deathly silent room, I'm definitely going to have some sort of music playing or relaxation sounds this time.
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