Pregnancy #2; 24 week update
Happy viability, baby! From 24 weeks, baby has a chance of surviving if born early (but you don't have to hurry to meet us for a while yet!). This month has been difficult and I've felt very pregnant compared to last time. I've also been quite poorly which hasn't helped and the dizziness and nausea has started to return. On the plus side, hypnobirthing has been amazing and I've already had a chance to put the techniques to use and see how much it can benefit a situation when you can remain calm and relaxed. For the first time, I can say I'm looking forward to childbirth again.
SYMPTOMS I've recently picked up a nasty virus from Archie that's been causing me to violently cough alot, and sorry for the TMI, but it's made me realise how much I need to practice my pelvic floors. FML.
I'm feeling lots of soreness and tenderness very low, all along the underneath of my belly as if baby is lying right across (which would make sense as the sonographer said baby was transverse at our scan), and it's starting to feel very uncomfortable. It hurts to bend down and I've been waddling along already, though it has eased off the past few days so perhaps baby's moved position again.
My hormones have been literally all over the place! I cry at anything & everything and I've been really emotional.
Nausea has started to return, ahh! I woke up at 4am this morning with pain all over my belly (trapped wind or BH?) feeling really sick. Though I haven't been able to practice a whole lot due to feeling so unwell, my hypnobirthing training kicked right in and I breathed my way through the pain and I was actually amazed at how much it helped and how relaxed I was.
BABY Seems to be very happy considering he or she has brutally kicked their way through all of the above pain I've been feeling, haha. Movement is becoming pretty intense now and I've started to see bits and bums sticking out which is equal parts freaky and amazing, but then I've also felt some odd boots right in my bum which isn't something I experienced alot of with A; I think #2 likes tucking right in at the back pf my uterus.
FEELING It's been a tough month as for 2 weeks I've felt really crap and run-down with a viral infection. It seemed to last forever and even now it's gone, I've started to experiencing lots of pain and discomfort, so not the best physically. I actually asked Mr J if I experienced as much pain with A to which he replied, 'All I remember is you saying how much you loved being pregnant' so obviously not!
APPOINTMENTS Had my first midwife appointment in two months this week; it was all fairly uneventful. Bump is measuring right on track (which surprised me as I feel much bigger), I don't have a water infection (I've checked so many times, can a baby really love a bladder that much!?) and she was really positive about hypnobirthing which was lovely; I was concerned about the hospital midwives not being understanding but she informed me a couple of them run courses themselves so should be able to follow my birth plan as closely as possible.
EXCITED ABOUT We've arranged to go away on a little babymoon next month before I get too huge which I'm really excited about; we haven't been on any sort of holiday since last year and it'll be some much needed rest. It's only a small get-away but it's much needed! I'm also excited to be approaching the third trimester and now that I'm feeling better, I really want to get practicing on my hypnobirthing, especially now I can see how it really can help!
I've finally decided I am going to use cloth with baby #2 from the beginning! I used reusable nappies with Archie from 9 months but sadly accidentally washed alot of my stash too high and now they've been rendered pretty useless. About the same time, A went through a bad stage of teething poo's that we struggled to handle so we ended up going back to disposables, but this time I'm excited to cloth from the off. I feel much more confident I'll know what I'm doing this time, and I'm going to start building a newborn stash (there's some amazing offers on at the moment as it's real nappy week!).
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