As I’m writing this post I am 37 weeks pregnant! Now that I’m on maternity leave I seem to have all this extra time that I haven’t had for a long time. I’ve decided to jump back on this blog and start writing again. This next coming year is going to look very different as I enter into the journey of motherhood with my little baby girl due on the 21st of January. I hope I can find the time to continue writing and sharing my experiences through 2019 and beyond.
In this post I’ll be sharing the first six months of my pregnancy, from finding out I was pregnant, finding out we were having a girl and all the fun symptoms that I’ve experienced! After the birth I will share what’s happened in the third trimester and hopefully my labour and delivery story too.
I found out I was pregnant on Sunday the 20th May 2018. I had taken a pregnancy test a week prior after feeling “off” but it must have been too early to tell because it was negative. The day before I got the positive test I had said to a friend I really thought I was pregnant because I was soooo tired and soooo hungry. My period wasn’t due until the 22nd of May so I was going to wait to see whether it came or not but when I woke up on the 20th of May I decided to take a test anyway as I was home alone and had no plans all day, so I could take the day to let the news sink in if it was positive… and positive it was! Cameron came home from work on his lunch break and I didn’t even wait for him to come inside – I ran and met him at the car and I think he knew what was going on before I even got to him. We were absolutely stoked.
I had a dating scan at 7 weeks, another scan at 13 weeks and then another at 20 weeks. Our baby was looking healthy and well at all three scans. At the 20 week scan we got the lady doing the ultrasound to put the sex of the baby in an envelope. We passed this onto a cake maker and later that week we got together with our families and had a “gender reveal” party. When we cut the cake open the middle contained PINK sprinkles! I wasn’t surprised at all; I’d had a gut feeling from the beginning I was carrying a girl.
I was quite lucky throughout the first and second trimester to experience nearly no sickness. I had a few days where I vomited but I never had a constant feeling of nausea, which I am so grateful for. Working as a hairdresser would have been so tough if I felt sick the entire time! Some other symptoms I did experience include:
- Sore Breasts – This was one of the first things I noticed and it never really went away completely.
- Bad Skin – I broke out on my chin and the skin went really itchy and dry. This cleared up by 28 weeks. The skin on my chest was also really irritated.
- Dizziness – This lasted until about 16 weeks. Anytime I would put my head down or bend over I would get light headed.
- Turned Off Coffee – Before getting pregnant I would drink 2-3 coffees a day. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t stand it! This only lasted until 14 weeks though.
- Exhaustion – I feel like the lack of sickness was made up for in tiredness. I could have 10 hours sleep through the night and still feel exhausted. This got a little better after 20 weeks.
- Leaking Breasts – My breasts starting leaking clear fluid at 23 weeks. This is certainly something I was not expecting!
- Cravings – I didn’t have too many crazy food cravings, but I did eat a lot of honey joys, peanut butter on toast, coke spiders and national meat pies which I never really liked before being pregnant.
I’m the type of person who likes to know exactly what I’m getting myself into so as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started doing lots of research. I read Bec Judd’s book “The Baby Bible”, I listened to every episode of the “Australian Birth Stories” podcast and I have watched plenty of birthing vlogs on YouTube.
The third trimester has been a little more full on, so I will write a post about that when it is over!
Thank you for reading.
Shona Mimi xx