And just like that the second trimester is over and I’m now 28 weeks pregnant and in the third and final trimester of my pregnancy. The second trimester has been quite a tough one for me with an iron deficiency, all the tiredness and ridiculously painful toothache but it’s something I’m happy to go through to get closer to meeting our precious little man.
Back in August (at 16 weeks) we found out we were expecting a baby boy. My pregnancy has been very different to the one I experienced with Olly and many thought I was carrying a baby girl. I think I always knew I’d be a Mama of boys. It’s just something I’m so comfortable with, I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a girl. Baby boy looks like his big brother already, we can tell from his profile. That little button nose and his little chin; I can’t wait to kiss him.
I had the quad test to test for Down’s syndrome and Spina Bifida. It was an additional blood test that I agreed to as the sonographer couldn’t get the accurate measurement for the nuchal translucency test at my 12 week scan. I’m not sure whether it was because of my maternal size (read plus size!) or the sonographer was a bit impatient with baby on the day. Whatever the reason, the results came back as low risk and we’ve just used the information as ‘good to know’. We wouldn’t have done anything different in my pregnancy had the results come back high risk. We feel so incredibly lucky to be having our baby that we would love him no matter what.
In late August, we had our anomaly scan (at 20 weeks) and baby boy was being mischievous and didn’t want to be measured so a repeat scan was ordered. Again, my ‘maternal body habitus’ was mentioned on my pregnancy notes unbeknown to me at the time. Reading those notes made me feel like the worst mother in the world and really upset that I was a fat Mum that was hindering my pregnancy. In reality, they write those notes on ladies that are much smaller than me (a size 12-14 from someone in a forum!) so they were bound to be written on mine and it’s something that I’ll just have to get used too and take on the (double) chin!
The repeat anomaly scan went really well. I took my sister along with me for moral support as Shilts had to work and she cried seeing baby boy on the screen. Such a lovely moment for her to experience. All baby boy’s measurements were taken and we saw his heart beating away brilliantly.
In September, I had an appointment with a midwife to discuss how I want to delivery baby boy and VBAC was mentioned. You can read more about it here as I went on a bit (in true Emma style!) but I have discussed my birthing options with Shilts and we have decided what our plan of action will be. I’ll be discussing this with my consultant at my 28 week appointment this week.
The second trimester is apparently one where you feel back to your usual self with a glowing side effect of pregnancy. I was definitely not glowing, I feel tired, worn out and huge! Baby bump is definitely on show and my taste buds haven’t really gone back to normal. Although I’m back to drinking tea now which is a blessing!
So that was the second trimester. I’ve started packing our hospital bags so baby boy keep growing and wriggling around in there, we cannot wait to meet you but not too early please, 12 weeks to go!