The first trimester – second time around

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I’m not planning on weekly updates of bump throughout my second pregnancy. As much as I appreciate that pregnancy itself is a blessing and something to be celebrated, to me it’s more of a means to an end. This perhaps owes something to my previous early miscarriages, but if I’m honest, I can’t say that I ‘love’ the feeling of being pregnant (although so far this one has been good to me) and I just look forward to the day that I can hold our second bambino in my arms.

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However, this blog has been a record of our growing family that I started before Taylor’s birth, so it feels only right to record the major milestones throughout this second pregnancy  – starting with the end of the first trimester. At 18 weeks in, I’m a little late writing this update – partly due to the reasons above, but mainly just because I’ve been so busy catching up from the slump that was the first 12 weeks…

The First Trimester

How I’ve been feeling

I completely forgot how totally draining the first trimester is!! I literally spent many an evening wanting to do nothing but sleep on the sofa after 8pm and I couldn’t have been more of a bore over Christmas. I even slept during a couple of Taylor’s afternoon naps – once with my head on the kitchen table whilst trying to blog!

In terms of sickness though, I wasn’t as affected as the first time around. In fact I didn’t throw up once, even though I did want to on multiple occasions (especially when brushing my teeth!) I’ve been having ongoing bouts of dizziness though and also random pins and needles.

Cravings and aversions

Similarly, my taste buds and stomach for certain foods hasn’t changed as much as during my first pregnancy. I did go off tea for about a month and craved comfort food for my insatiable appetite, but aside from that I was still up for the same foods I always have, including chili and strong flavours. Not really up for cooking them though!

Bump progress

I didn’t grow that much in the first 12 weeks, although I do feel like I am growing much quicker than the first time around and my belly button is already looking forward to another appearance, even though I don’t think it popped until the very end of my pregnancy last time…

How I’ve been looking

Generally knackered and old. Hormones have been playing havoc with my skin, so at least the spots are helping me look more like my teenage self…

General health

All is going well aside from a couple of water infections and I’ve also been told that I have the Group B Strep infection following a urine sample at the hospital. Apparently this means I’ll need IV antibiotics during the labour as a precaution (there’s a small chance that the baby can contract it and it’s pretty serious if they do). I’m thinking that with everything else I have to think about, this will be the least of my worries at that point. Would love to hear from anyone if they’ve also had it…

On finding out the gender…

I was initially in two minds about finding out the sex this time around. We did with Taylor and I never once regretted it, but felt like maybe we should experience it both ways. However, I have still been finding it hard to ‘get my head into it’ and it still doesn’t feel real. I was hoping that the twelve week scan would put that right, but we both left wanting to know what we were having! So I’m pretty sure we will be finding out at the 20 week scan – not long to wait now!

How did you find the first trimester? I’d love to know in the comments section below…

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4 Comment

  1. Katrina
    February 23, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Ooooh pregnancy! My most favorite topic ever! First of all, congrats to you on this new bambino of yours! I have birthed ten children and I have a few things to say about pregnancy 1) the first trimester sucks big time. I’m always feeling miserable, and I don’t even have a baby-bump to show for it. 2) second trimester rocks! I’ve got the baby bump, I’m all glowing, and I have energy and I’m not sore anywhere. I can still get in and out of my car with ease. Pregnancy clothes look absolutely the best in that second trimester. 3) third trimesters are way better than the first, but they aren’t as fun as the second. I start waddling when I walk, my sciatic nerve starts acting up, and I’m getting tired more often. But I am also getting close to meeting my baby, so the third trimester is actually great because it’s the most exciting. So… to know or not to know? that’s the question. With our babies, my husband likes to know if it’s a boy or a girl during the ultrasound, and I don’t. I like to be surprised at the birth. So what we always do is alternate every other pregnancy; one we find out, two we don’t, three we find out, four we don’t…etc. Okay, before I write a book I will end this now. #bestandworst
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      February 23, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Wow – TEN!!! I can’t even begin to imagine. You are definitely well placed to be giving advice on the subject of pregnancy then! I agree that the second trimester is definitely the best – although we’ve had loads of bugs and colds, but that’s more to do with the time of year. That’s a good idea to find out alternately – although we’re not planning anymore! I’m not sure I can wait the full 40+ weeks to be honest x

  2. AM
    February 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Congratulations on your second pregnancy! We’ve just completed our first trimester of pregnancy number 1 and had no idea what to expect but your post pretty much summed it up!

  3. Helen Gandy
    February 24, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Ahh this is so exciting! I was totally shattered 2nd time around! Looking forward to seeing your updates! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

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