I can't actually believe it's taken me until 22 weeks into pregnancy to post an update of how things are going! I suppose there hasn't been much to update really though. Like I mentioned before, there was no sign of an obvious baby bump until around 18 weeks when almost overnight my jeans would no longer fasten, so there was no point in starting the 'bump' updates before then!
This pregnancy has been pretty much exactly the same so far as when I had each of the boys. Weeks 6 to 16/18 are a blur of constant day long sickness, which is another reason I held off posting an update. After all, I didn't want to post week after week of - I feel terrible, sick all at long!
The actual sickness is usually only in the mornings but the nausea lasts all day during those weeks. I've already mentioned how I went off tea (still can't drink it) but I also went off a whole host of my other favourites - biscuits (cookies), cakes, chocolate...really not like me at all.
I was able to tolerate making meals for everyone, it does help a bit when you just have to get on with things rather than dwelling on how awful you feel, but I really couldn't face doing any baking for a good few weeks. That's why my Bake it like Berry went on the back burner for a while! Thankfully for the boys, the no home baking in the house phase didn't last too long.
Throughout previous pregnancies I must have tried every suggested morning sickness remedy going - dry crackers or toast before getting up, ginger tea (even when not pregnant I can't touch ginger drinks now because I always associate them with that horrible nausea!) etc - but with no joy. The only thing I have found to help is to eat a little and often.
It wasn't just foods that made me feel ill though, but smells too. Anyone else found that? The worst offender is my poor husband's first cup of coffee in the morning. That often had me rushing out of the kitchen! And a strange one, you know that lovely smell that comes from the bakery section of the supermarket?
Anyway, as in previous pregnancies, by week 18 the all day nausea passes leaving only sickness immediately in the morning on getting up. Not every day but probably more days than not. I had this for the full nine months with each of the boys so I'm not expecting it to go away this time either.
Moving on from the yuckiness though.
I'm enjoying those second trimester energy levels just now. Not quite pre pregnancy levels but certainly a lot better than they were with all that nausea!
Last week I had my second scan. My fifth baby and this is the first time I have had a scan this far on! Our local health board only brought in the 20 week scan just before Alasdair was born so I only just missed out on getting one by a matter of weeks last time round.
I was amazed at how thorough they are and how much detail you can see. I've always been impressed by the fact that you can see the heart and spine at the 12 week one but the one I had at 21 weeks was far more impressive! Baby seems to be doing fine. All the major organs are where they should be and doing what they should be.
The big question on everyone's lips was, would we find out if baby is another boy? I wasn't too fussed about finding out but my hubs said he would like to know. He wasn't able to come with me so the lady doing the scan told me. I'm glad I know now though. It is kind of nice knowing while they are still in there!
I know what everyone is thinking now....
Do I have to change the name of my blog?
Well you will all just have to wait and see as we are keeping it a surprise until baby is ready to make their appearance!