As I head into trimester two, I find myself waving bye-bye to symptoms and hello to an ever-growing bump…
Trimester two is GREAT. Energy slowly returned (as did the desire to exercise), and my appetite has definitely kicked back in as I’ve been craving my usual home-cooked meals and plates of vegetables like it’s going out of fashion.
The worst part of trimester two for me has definitely been the pregnancy acne. I’ve always been pretty lucky with my skin, and a solid skincare routine has always meant I’ve rarely struggled with patches of blemishes. I found it really hard to not get upset at my scarred and blotchy face – but on the plus side it’s meant I’ve had to explore a whole host of new skincare that I’ll share with you soon and now as I head into the final weeks of my second trimester, I’m looking more like my old self!
As a gal that spends half her life in jeans and checked shirts, and with a bump that literally popped as I was walking out of my thirteen-week scan, the maternity clothes have well and truly arrived.
Black Friday was well-timed, and I took advantage of ASOS’ oversized (non-maternity) jumpers, maternity multi-packs of basics and some H&M over the bump jeans. Still on the hunt for leggings that don’t go see-through after three washes (!) but my Seraphine ones have held up quite well so far.
I’ve also managed to make use of some of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe such as oversized shirts and jumpers which has been nice to not completely lose my wardrobe.
Now I just need to start scouting clothing for warmer times as we head into summer and into my last trimester.
Private Scan – it’s a boy!
Col and I really wanted to find out the gender so we booked a private scan for the weekend before Christmas.
We got the sonographer to write the gender in a special Christmas card and then opened it at a lovely meal in our house on Christmas Eve. We told the rest of our close family on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and just soaked up the excitement over all of the lovely family time.
I can’t wait to have our little boy and have started filling his nursery with little outfits and bits for him to play with. I can’t quite believe we’re going to have another boy in our family as everyone around us was certain he’d be a girl.
The private scan was also great because we got to hear the heartbeat (something our local NHS sonography services can’t do for us at the scans) and they checked for abnormalities which was a nice bit of reassurance as it can feel so long in between scans.
Being Zen AF: Hypnobirthing
Prior to getting pregnant, I’d read and seen a lot of content online about the benefits of hypnobirthing. A few of my midwife friends had encouraged me to find out more too, so after our early scan at seven weeks, I downloaded the digital guide from The Positive Birth Company.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with hypnobirthing, it’s a form of education which hopes to help you combat fear and pain during labour. It sets about rewiring your brain (in a non-hypnotism kind of way) and helps you recognise how many years of fearful and negative representations of birth you see and hear as a woman and consequently reprogramme your brain.
The content, therefore, helps you build positive associations in your brain as well as informing you about the physiological stages you go through and when – so that you understand how to let your body do what it needs to do.
Our hope is for a home birth at this stage, so we’ve also attended a local session about that where we learnt all about the benefits of being in our own home and the logistics around getting hold of a pool.
Understandably, as a first-time mum, I feel naive about what to expect when it comes to the birth, but countless women all over their world have shared their stories making me feel confident and excited for the birth.
I’ve been watching the videos, listening to the affirmation mp3s, reading the book and soaking up as much of the positive birth stories on the Facebook group as I can. As a logical, methodical person, I’ve really loved the level of common sense and scientific guidance that the course gives.
I’ve also been trying to stay as relaxed as possible, removing as much tension and conflict out of my day to day life as possible, and practising the hypnobirthing techniques when I find myself getting stressed or frustrated.
I’ve still got a few months of my pregnancy to go, but taking in as much information as possible has really helped me establish clear opinions on what I’d like. It has also helped Col and I feel a lot more connected and informed around how we can craft an experience we’ll both remember, for the right reasons.
Reading Like Mad
As with the digital hypnobirthing course, I’ve been reading as much as I can to learn about what to expect and also what’s happening to the baby as each week comes. It’s also been really exciting to share that with Little O, as each week he’s with us he asks to see what the baby looks like now and what’s happening which I remember doing when my little brothers were on the way.
The process of growing a small human completely blows my mind, so I’ve been really loving learning more as each week goes by. I’ll share my favourite apps and books in another post but the hypnobirthing book that accompanies the digital pack has been great and a good source of information for both of us.
Following our scan at 13 weeks, I ventured out and bought our first few baby bits! Financially I’m trying to spread the cost over the next few months whilst also saving for maternity leave plus it’s helped it sink in that we have a little one on the way!
We also got the mural for the baby’s room, a new floor and have bought most of the furniture second hand but have yet to start decorating the nursery. That’s a job for the coming months!
Even though we know the gender I’m not hugely into overly pink/overly blue vibes so we’re just going for something colourful and cosy!
What have you all been up to recently? Are you looking forward to summer?