Pregnancy #2; 20 Week Update
Yes, we're half-way there! It's a lovely feeling to have finally made it to 20 weeks and to have had our anatomy scan and know that baby is doing great (more on that later), though I'm not sure why I'm so over-excited as time is flying by and I kind of want to slow it down so I can really enjoy what could quite possibly be my last pregnancy (labour tends to have that effect on ya).
SYMPTOMS I'm having vivd dreams/nightmares, which I've really been struggling with as they feel so real that I usually wake up in the middle of the night completely stressed out and the last thing I want to do is return to sleep. I think it could be partly down to anxiety as since our scan, they haven't been quite as intense.
I'm starting to get restless legs which I recall having (and hating) with Archie; I'm hoping it doesn't become too problematic as it was one of the biggest issues hindering my sleep last time.
Really annoying itchy scalp and legs, usually in the evenings and at night, it drives me insane!
I don't remember peeing being such an issue with Archie but even when there's nothing in my bladder I feel as if I still need to go; I'm pretty sure baby #2 has taken a liking to that particular organ and spends most of their time giving it a friendly cuddle.
I've had a few aches and cramps (though lightning crotch has subsided) that I thought could possibly be Braxton Hicks but I'm not sure as I haven't experienced any tightening with them. I never had BH with Archie so I'm not sure what to expect if they decide to ramp up this time.
FEELING Actually pretty good! The round ligament pain has subsided and though I'm not getting a tonne of sleep, I don't feel exhausted anymore. The nausea has all but vanished (besides long car journeys), and I'm eating like a horse (still).
BABY We had our 20 week scan last Friday and it was incredible; our appointment was in the early pregnancy unit (due to there being so many preggo's around at the mo) and the sonographer was lovely! She let Mr J and Archie in the room (even though A can be a total fidget-bum) and talked us through everything she was checking. I was particularly nervous with A's scan as the sonographer was quiet for most of it but this one shared everything with us. She was quiet for a while whilst checking the heart, but let us know it was just because it's a complex part of the scan and said everything looked great!
We're not finding out the gender so I'm happy to report that baby's ankles were firmly crossed the entire time; I did ask the sonographer if she'd seen anything and she said it would've been really difficult if we'd wanted to know. I also found out my placenta is anterior which surprised me as I've been feeling movement for a while now and quite regularly. Though since she mentioned it, I've noticed I'm not feeling alot from the outside and I'm sure by this time with A, there was plenty of sticking bits out.
EXCITED ABOUT Hypnobirthing classes! I've been sent a few MP3's I should be listening to (I haven't) in times I can relax (never), so I really need to try and remember to have a listen as you're supposed to get used to them and start using them as a trigger for relaxation. Next Wednesday is our first class, so I can't wait to start thinking about labour plans and learning breathing techniques and generally getting excited about meeting baby #2! I really wished I'd taken classes in my first pregnancy so I'm so happy I get the chance to do them this time round.
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