So today I am 26 weeks pregnant and I know I say this in every pregnancy update post, but I can't believe I'm this far along! It's almost like I'm starting to see the finishing line in sight and it's so exciting. I've always said that as soon as Christmas and New Year are over and done with, then my countdown really starts.
I'm starting to come out of the second trimester now and I'm really starting to feel the effects of the third. In the last two weeks I really have noticed such a change in my body and I'm starting to find all those smaller everyday tasks a lot more difficult now. It also feels that tiredness has hit me again with full force. Although it's a completely different kind of tiredness as to what I experienced in the first trimester; This time everything feels a lot more physically demanding and I'm not coping too well with all my joints aching, especially my feet. All this aside though, I'm in a very good place mentally and I just can't wait to meet little man now, its the one thing that keeps me going.
At the end of last week I had another midwife appointment where I got to hear little mans heart beat for the first time which was just incredible, it really was one of the best experiences ever. Pregnancy is hard, but hearing him just makes you realise that your doing it all for him, I guess my mummy instinct is just starting to kick in.
The only thing that made me feel a little bit down about the midwife appointment was that when she measured my belly, it was showing slightly smaller that what I should be at this stage in my pregnancy, which is weird because in my head I think I'm huge. Due to being a little bit smaller I have to go to the hospital at the end of this week for another scan just to make sure baby is ok and growing well. My midwife has stressed to me not to worry, but for some reason that has the complete opposite effect, I just want the scan now so I know everything is ok and have that peace of mind.
How far along? 26 weeks and 2 days
Movement? Little man is still moving around frequently and I love it. I feel that theres a lot more interaction from him now and that I can sometimes get a reaction when I rub my tummy. It's amazing to knowing he can feel and hear things. I love it.
Food cravings? No food cravings, but I am still obsessed with sparkling water! I don't have any in the fridge right now and it's making me really sad.
Sleep? At the moment I find it takes me ages to get to sleep no matter how tired I am, but once I do drift off I actually have a good nights sleep which is great. The only thing that is not helping is that I want to sleep all the time again.
Gender? For those of you who didn't catch my gender reveal post last week (here) I'm excited to say I'm having a little baby boy! Eeep.
Symptoms? Tiredness has been a killer for me this week and I'm now starting to get a cold which is really not helping things.
Stretch Marks? None
Belly button in or out? It's actually popped out a little bit more now!
Looking forward to? I'm really looking forward to my scan on Sunday. Ideally it would be good if I didn't need one because that would mean that baby is growing ok. But it will be nice to see his little face on the monitor again, so I am looking forward to that and to getting peace of mind that he's ok.
I can't thank all of you enough for your support with my pregnancy, all of your comments really make my day. I know a lot of you are mums yourself, so if any of you have had to go back for a growth scan please let me know how you got on?
Lots of love